frank sinatra

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT64.

October 7, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Kitty Kelley Biographer Kitty Kelley wrote His Way in 1986, an unauthorised biography of Frank Sinatra. In it she told of his numerous conquests that included Nancy Reagan, whom he visited at the White House for romantic trysts while her husband the President of the United States was away on state visits. His list of lovers consisted of most of Hollywood’s greatest beauties – Liz Taylor, [...]

ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGER/ACTRESSES

August 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bernadette Peters                                                                Bernadette and her then boyfriend Steve Martin Singer/actress Bernadette Peters is nicknamed ‘The Queen of Broadway’ and rightly so. She was born Bernadette Lazzara to an Italian father and a Maltese mother in Queens, New York in 1948. Her list of achievements on Broadway is too [...]

ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGERS/ACTORS PT1

August 22, 2018 // 2 Comments

 Frank Sinatra recording on Capitol   as Maggio in From Here to Eternity    with his wife Ava Gardner There has never been a shortage of Italian/American singer/actors down the decades, so I thought I might write a little about the more accomplished ones. It would be fair to say that Francis Albert Sinatra (1915-98) deserves to head the list. Not only was he a wonderful singer, but he also [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT37.

July 29, 2018 // 3 Comments

                                 Edie Adams                                        Ernie Kovacs in North to Alaska (1960)                       Edie with Rock on the town                 and dining with Eddie Fisher Edie Adams recalled meeting Ernie Kovacs for the first time: ‘Here was this guy with the big moustache, the big cigar, [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 23.

June 19, 2018 // 7 Comments

                                                                                             Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra & Judy Garland Black performers were not allowed to stay at the Vegas venues that employed their services on-stage, not until Frank Sinatra took a stance on the issue in the early sixties. Lena Horne was performing at the Sands [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off so that the producers and director did not have to put up with her [...]

LAUREN BACALL (1924-2014)

April 10, 2018 // 10 Comments

When lists of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses are drawn up the name of Lauren Bacall is often left out. There is no denying the fact that her beauty was even more transitory than most; her features seemingly hardening quite early in life, but in her prime ‘Betty’ Bacall was a sultry, sexy, green-eyed knockout. She began life in 1924 in The Bronx as Betty Joan Perske. Her alcoholic [...]

The Divine Dinah Shore (1916-94).

August 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

  DINAH SHORE                                     She was born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee in 1916. Friends called her ‘Fanny’, but to the music-loving world she was known as Dinah Shore. She altered her Christian name after success with a song of the same name early in her career. The divine Dinah arrived on the recording scene in the late thirties. And [...]

The many loves of Ava Gardner.

August 3, 2017 // 5 Comments

  AVA GARDNER (1922-90)            Ava was a ‘knockout’, possibly the sexiest woman ever to grace a movie screen. She married Mickey Rooney when he was the number one box-office draw in movies (she refused to sleep with him unless he married her first). Within three weeks or so of the marriage he was cheating on her and she caught him out. She became involved with Howard [...]

The many loves of Lana Turner.

August 1, 2017 // 4 Comments

  LANA TURNER (1921-95)   1936:   Wayne Morris, who would become a fighter pilot hero in World War Two, was Lana’s first Hollywood crush.   1937:   Ronald Reagan was her first studio-arranged romance, although it is generally believed that their relationship did not go beyond a few horse-riding outings. However, given the healthy sexual appetites of both parties – who knows? [...]
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