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PIER ANGELI (1932-71) – A casualty of stardom, adulation and the high life.

August 29, 2017 // 2 Comments

  PIER ANGELI (1932-71)                                      Anna Maria Pierangeli was born in Sardinia in 1932 and would one day evolve into Hollywood movie star Pier Angeli. Her twin sister, Maria Luisa, would also change her name and achieve limited screen success as Marisa Pavan. The family moved to Rome when the girls were three, and then to California in 1950. [...]

ROCK HUDSON – An all-time great sex symbol.

July 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

  In 1995, Empire magazine named the Top 100 Sexiest Stars in Movie History and Rock Hudson came in at # 28. Today, of course, he is best remembered for his sexuality rather than his appeal to female cinema-goers around the world. Rock was the first big star to be publicly ‘outed’ as a homosexual. His death from AIDS in 1985 exposed his lifelong battle to keep secret his gayness. In [...]

Did you know?

November 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Director Dorothy Arzner & Crawford ‘I like to think that every director I’ve worked with has fallen a little in love with me’, Joan Crawford once confided in an interview none too modestly. ‘I know Dorothy Arzner did’. No surprises there. Given her well-documented sexual orientation Dorothy may well have fallen in love with many of her leading ladies over the years. When it [...]

‘Gilligan’s Island’ – was it really over FIFTY years ago?

September 5, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Gilligan’s Island popped onto our TV screens back in the sixties and, like I Love Lucy, it has just stayed there and stayed there and…The more I think about it (which I admit is not often), most of us probably watch the thing because it is forever cluttering up our TV screens at some hour of the day or night. The entire premise of Gilligan’s Island is absurd, annoyingly so. I was a [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 2.

July 27, 2016 // 6 Comments

  ANDRESS, Ursula                –           DEREK, John                        1957 to 1966 (div.)       Ursula and Jean-Paul Belmondo Ursula today A good seven years before she waded out of the Caribbean and into movie legend with her debut in the first Bond film Dr No (1962), Swiss-born Ursula Andress met the fading movie star John [...]

Paul Newman – Did he harbor a secret?

February 12, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Not many superstars begin their careers with an out and out ‘lemon’, but Paul Newman certainly did. After popping up in a dozen or so TV series between 1949 and 1954, when the television industry was still finding its feet, he landed the romantic lead in a sandals and togas drama called The Silver Chalice (1954). And it very nearly sunk his career there and then. Even his character’s [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 24.

November 11, 2015 // 9 Comments

  Yesterday I stole 203 minutes out of the remainder of my life and watched the Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson and Jimmy Dean 1956 blockbuster Giant. I have certainly seen worse movies, but two hundred and three minutes! I found Rock and Liz to be far better than I expected, but I am still to understand what all the fuss was about Jimmy Dean. Half the time he was incoherent, the other half he was [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 18

October 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

    If the executives at Warner Bros. had their way it is very likely that Blazing Saddles might never have seen the light of day. They watched a private screening and none of them laughed at any part of it. Director and creator Mel Brooks then showed it to Warners employees and they laughed uproariously throughout the screening, convincing head office to take a chance with it. The [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 1 )

May 24, 2015 // 5 Comments

    Hollywood movie stars are prone to luck, good and bad, just like the rest of us. My research has found over sixty actors and actresses who have been killed in accidents involving automobiles, airliners, drownings, genuine accidental overdoses, fires, skiing, even earthquakes. Some have been electrocuted, others accidentally shot themselves or choked to death on food. By far the [...]

ELVIS PRESLEY – Was he bisexual?

May 7, 2015 // 20 Comments

  Nick Adams achieved brief fame in 1959 when he starred in his own TV series called The Rebel, which ran for 76 episodes over two years. By February 1968 Adams was dead from a drug overdose at 36, although it has been argued ever since that his demise may have been accidental. Some even said it was murder, but with absolutely no evidence to back up their claims, it is safe to dismiss that [...]
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