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WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1928.

February 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

      LINA BASQUETTE (1907 – 1994) Californian Lina Basquette was born Lena Baskette. Obviously, someone thought the French spelling gave her something that the American spelling didn’t. Her screen career comprised just 48 credits, many of them when she was a child actress signed by Universal during the First World War. Her private life, however, was something else again. Six of [...]

Hollywood & the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD).

December 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

  At the zenith of their power the ‘Seven Sisters’ (MGM, Warners, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox and RKO) did much as they pleased. Few outsiders had any influence over their decisions or their conduct. Few, that is, with the exception of the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). They were a force to be reckoned with and they exercised their power each year by publishing their [...]

The Silent Movie Era – a few observations.

November 30, 2016 // 6 Comments

                                                             Here are a few unrelated ‘snippets’ from the good old days of the ‘Silent Era’. Some of them you may already know about; others you may not. But each one contributes to our knowledge and understanding of that long ago age when the movies were still a thing of wonder and the [...]

A few Hollywood substance abusers PT 2.

November 4, 2016 // 9 Comments

    Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins opted to join Alcoholics Anonymous after he awoke in another state without having any idea how he got there. Until then he had struggled with alcoholism since the beginning of his acting career. It turned him into a loner and destroyed several relationships.   Veronica Lake Veronica Lake died at the age of 51 in 1973. Acute alcoholism and mental [...]

‘Hollywood – The Skeletons Are Out’ – a sampling

October 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

  My latest book is titled Hollywood: The Skeletons Are Out. It contains 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films. Here is a random two dozen of them:   Young Joan Collins When Joan Collins was asked if she was ever unfaithful, she replied: ‘Yes, but only on location. I used to say, ‘it doesn’t count on location.’ Everybody was [...]

Clara Bow – Hollywood’s first sex symbol.

August 6, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Clara Bow was the original ‘flapper, the ‘It Girl’, the ‘Brooklyn Bonfire’. She enjoyed her sexuality. She exhibited it, she exploited it and she lived it. Yet, for all her voracious appetite for living life in the ultra-fast lane, underneath she carried dark secrets from her childhood that prevented her from ever really being happy or contented. Her millions of fans around the [...]

The ‘girl next door’ types – Pt.2.

May 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

      In the fifties the iconic ‘girl next door’ arrived on the screen in a series of domestic romantic comedies, several of them opposite Rock Hudson. Doris Day would grace the pop music charts with numerous best-selling singles and albums, but her screen image of the suburban housewife, freckled face and all, battling family issues common to most housewives made her the [...]

THE ‘GIRL NEXT DOOR’ TYPES – PT 1.

May 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

There has never been a shortage of classical beauties, sex symbols, femme fatales, man-eaters and out and out dramatic or musical stars in Hollywood. Many of these ladies led headline-riddled lives, married multiple spouses, and/or embarked upon numerous affairs, not always exclusively with members of the opposite sex. Some had booze and/or drug issues as well. But there also existed a group of [...]

Bugsy and Virginia – a Hollywood romance?

May 2, 2016 // 10 Comments

  New York crime boss Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano initially sent Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel out to California in 1937 to set up a horse-racing wire service on the West Coast for the National Crime Syndicate. Once in Los Angeles, however, Bugsy set to work infiltrating the movie unions. He also controlled an extensive prostitution ring. Before long he was making millions extorting [...]

The exquisite Grace Kelly.

March 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Fans of Grace Kelly (and I am one of them, believe it or not) are probably going to jump up and down if they read this, and accuse me of ‘muck-raking’ or, at best, sensationalising her track record (or should I say ‘sack’ record) with members of the opposite sex. Be that as it may, there is a plethora of sources to draw from when it comes to Grace and her penchant for [...]
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