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B-LIST BEAUTIES PT 4

October 2, 2017 // 1 Comment

         LINDA CRISTAL (1934 – )                 The Last of the Fast Guns (1958)                                                Marta Burges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1934, to a French father and an Italian mother but would act under the name of Linda Cristal in Hollywood. When she was just 13 she and her parents were involved in a [...]

B-LIST BEAUTIES – PT 3.

September 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

            PEGGIE CASTLE (1927 – 73)                  The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) opposite Rory Calhoun                                   Audie Murphy                                    Peggie Castle was a green-eyed blonde beauty from Appalachia, Virginia who, according to Hollywood lore, was discovered eating a shrimp cocktail in the seafood [...]

B – LIST BEAUTIES PT2.

September 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

         LITA BARON (1923 – 2015)                          The Broken Star (1956) opposite Howard Duff Tiny Lita Baron (she was just 4’11”) was a fiery Andalusion-born singer/dancer from Almeria, Spain who performed up front with Xavier Cugat’s Orchestra at the Mocambo and at Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip. It was while she was working there that she encountered [...]

‘The Red Badge of Courage’ (1951) – John Huston’s ruined masterpiece.

August 9, 2017 // 2 Comments

  The most extraordinary thing about Stephen Crane’s American classic novel The Red Badge of Courage is that it was written 30 years after the US Civil War had ended, and penned by a young man who, at that time, had never experienced war in his life. In fact, he was born six years after the American Civil War had finished, yet everything about the feelings and reactions of his leading [...]

Did you know?

August 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

  IRINA DEMICK (1936-2004)                       Irina was born Irina Dziemiach to Russian/Polish parents in France in 1936. She became a highly paid model, appeared in a French film, then met Hollywood movie mogul Darryl F Zanuck, a notorious womanizer who quickly seduced her and put her into his blockbuster war film The Longest Day. Of course, Irina was just another of his [...]

The Magical Fifties.

June 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I remember being taken in the fifties by my grand-parents to the open-air cinema nearby to watch black and white dramas starring the likes of Joan Crawford, George Raft, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Dana Andrews, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Ida Lupino and many others. For some reason a handful of those stars held a kind of fascination for me. I did not much care for these gloomy film noirs [...]

My Top 50 Handsome Actors (Pt 1)

February 6, 2016 // 13 Comments

    Since listing my 50 most beautiful actresses I have been asked to provide a similar list of the 50 most handsome men. And that creates a problem for me. Being heterosexual, how do I go about naming the men I find most sttractive? I don’t really think of ANY man as being particularly attractive, (although I recall in my punting days how I developed a ‘man-crush’ on [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 4 )

May 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Part 4 of this series on accidental death focuses on twelve actors who died in accidents related to aircraft. I have not included Anthony Perkins’ actress wife, Berry Berenson, who was aboard Flight 11 when it struck the North Tower of the World Trade Centre on 9/11. Her death belongs in the ‘murdered’ category and will be included in that segment at a later date.   Aaliyah [...]

Hollywood’s real-life war heroes ( PT 2 )

March 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Because of the research I do on movie stars and Hollywood in general, friends have asked me whether or not John Wayne was a draft dodger in the Second World War. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t the faintest idea. For every comment I have read that described him as a coward and a shirker, there are just as many who vow and declare that he did everything in his power to get into uniform. It all [...]