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GOLDIE HAWN (1945- ) – a self-made star.

August 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

  GOLDIE HAWN (1945 – )                           Goldie Hawn is a direct descendent of the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, one William Rutledge. If you have seen the musical 1776, Rutledge is the southern gentleman whose portrayer sings what is arguably the best song in the picture – Molasses to Rum. Mr. Rutledge went on to fight courageously in the [...]

The many loves of Ingrid Bergman.

August 5, 2017 // 4 Comments

  INGRID BERGMAN (1915 – 82)                   Most fans are genuinely surprised to find that many of the screen’s biggest movie stars are diminutive in stature. It probably has a lot to do with cinema-goers seeing their idols enlarged on theatre screens, but the illusion surely exists. Ingrid Bergman did not fall into that category, however, for she stood at 5’9” (1.75m) [...]

‘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 [...]

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some observations – PT 2.

October 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1942                Mrs. Miniver – Best Picture   Well, World War Two was in full swing and America was now in it, so a war picture (or at least a flag-waver) was bound to win Best Picture. And one did. There were four of these nominated: Mrs. Miniver, Wake Island and The 49th Parallel were about the current conflict, and Yankee Doodle Dandy provided the flag-waving. I [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 8.

August 18, 2016 // 4 Comments

  BOW, Clara                          Bell, Rex                                 1931 to 1962 – (his death)   Clara was just about the hottest property in Hollywood in the Roaring Twenties, especially after starring in It in 1927. Previously known as ‘The Brooklyn Bonfire’, she suddenly found herself with a brand new nickname [...]

Did you know?

August 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Stephen Boyd Stephen Boyd was born the youngest of nine children of a Northern Ireland family in 1928 and will more than likely become immortalized in cinematic history because of his memorable performance as Messala in the enormously successful 1959 blockbuster Ben-Hur. Charlton Heston may have secured the Oscar in the title role, but an awful lot of fans (and critics) found Boyd’s [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 4.

July 31, 2016 // 1 Comment

  BANDERAS, Antonio                                   GRIFFITH, Melanie             1996 to 2015 (div.)   Antonio as Zorro And as the voice of Puss in Boots Melanie as Tess McGill in  Working Girl (1988) Antonio and Melanie met in 1995 on the set of Two Much when both actors were married to others. Banderas had already admired Melanie from afar [...]

Anthony Quinn – a hypocrite or just a product of his times?

July 15, 2016 // 4 Comments

  When it came to love and marriage Anthony Quinn was a bona fide, gilt-edged hypocrite. He was livid when he found out on his wedding night in 1937 that his first wife, Katherine De Mille, (CB’s adopted daughter) was not a virgin. So he beat her up. As far as he was concerned a wife had to be a virgin. Her first lover had been none other than superstar Clark Gable. Director Victor Fleming [...]

Omar Sharif -Egypt’s superstar.

January 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Omar Sharif riding into movie history as Sherif Ali Throughout movie history there have been a number of truly memorable debuts, none more so than Omar Sharif and his camel emerging from the Sahara heat-haze in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia. It ranks right alongside Ursula Andress wading out of the Caribbean, conch shell in hand, in Dr No, also in 1962. It would probably surprise many [...]

Did You Know? Shortcuts to an Oscar PT 1.

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Since Academy Awards have been introduced there have been, by my count, 32 Best Actor or Best Actress Oscars won by players portraying someone with a medical condition or an affliction. No wonder actors go after these roles with a vengeance. They know that a strong performance will almost certainly earn them a nomination and, most likely, a statuette. Below are listed the first 16 of the 32 [...]
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