john barrymore

SNIPPETS – PT2.

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Kate and Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Kate Hepburn made her movie debut in the 1932 drama A Bill of Divorcement, in which the aging John Barrymore played her mentally unbalanced father. Known as ‘The Great Profile’, he invited her to his dressing-room where he promptly stripped naked and suggested the two of them ‘get on with it.’ Kate admitted that he seduced her, ‘but [...]

SNIPPETS – PT1.

November 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

                             Annette Kellerman                                        and naked in Daughter of the Gods (1916) When Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman appeared naked in the 1916 silent movie Daughter of the Gods, she actually caused less shock waves than she did back in 1911 when she brazenly wore a one-piece bathing costume onto an [...]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 1.

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Darwin Porter is a prolific writer, a man who has been an entertainment columnist for The Miami Herald since he was 20 years old. He has written and sold more celebrity biographies than anyone else, yet he has his ‘knockers’, people who think he is little more than a sensationalist muckraker. And they may well be right yet, when we consider that generations of movie fans have been weaned on [...]

Random Snapshots – Vol. 3.

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sharon Stone                     ‘Any man in Hollywood will meet me if I want that’, proclaimed Sharon Stone after achieving worldwide fame in Basic Instinct (1992). ‘No, make that any man anywhere’, she added. One of her former boyfriends was Hart Bochner, the know-all executive in Die Hard who gets his brains blown out while on the phone ‘negotiating’ with the hero. When [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars – PT5 (1926)

December 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

  MARY ASTOR (1906-87)                            1526 For some reason 1926 was quite a year for WAMPAS Baby Stars. Most of them ended up being major movie stars. Mary Astor is the first of these. Born Lucile Langhanke, her career started in 1921 and lasted over forty years and 154 screen credits. These included such classics as Red Dust (1932), Dodsworth (1936), [...]

A few Hollywood substance abusers. PT 1.

November 2, 2016 // 13 Comments

  John Barrymore John Barrymore became famous for playing sympathetic drunks on film, no great stretch for him given he was a fully-fledged, dedicated alcoholic off-camera all his life. As a Shakespearian stage actor he was brilliant in his youth, able to memorize and deliver extraordinarily long speeches effortlessly and without a blemish. But as the years caught up with him, so did his [...]

Two tragic Hollywood beauties.

September 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Ava Gardner (1922-90) Mickey Rooney took one look at Ava Gardner when she arrived in Hollywood and was hooked. He pursued her, wooed her and did his utmost to bed her, but the 18 year-old virgin made it clear that any man who wanted to alter that status was going to have to marry her first, so the perpetually randy Mickey proposed at a hundred miles an hour. Ava accepted on condition the [...]

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 [...]

The 4 ‘Romeo & Juliets’ – enough already!

November 25, 2015 // 6 Comments

  The chronic problem with casting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is finding actors who are both young and experienced enough in stage acting to carry it off. After all, in Bill the Bard’s play Juliet is just fourteen years old. MGM producer Irving Thalberg unwisely chose to tackle the problem in the 1936 version by giving his wife Norma Shearer the role. Depending on which birth date is the [...]

What’s in a name Part One?

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Back in the good old studio days it was customary for studios to come up with snappy nicknames for their female stars. Well, they thought they were snappy, anyway. For some reason these were seldom given to male actors, although that is not to say that some of these guys didn’t have nicknames of their own long before their movie careers took off. John ‘Duke’ Wayne was one, for example. As a [...]
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