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WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1927.

January 15, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Patricia Avery (1902-73) Boston-born Patricia Avery must have wondered ‘what the hell happened?’ After starring opposite superstar Lillian Gish in Annie Laurie, immediately making two more films and then being chosen as a WAMPAS Baby Star – all in 1927 – her star seemed set to soar above the Hollywood heavens. However, one more role in 1928 and her promising career came to a [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 11.

September 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

  BRUCE, Virginia                              GILBERT, John                                1932-4 (div.)   Virginia Bruce may have started out as one of the original 20 Goldwyn girls, along with Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard and Ann Sothern, but she soon showed she had talent. In all she chalked up 82 screen credits between 1929 [...]

Four forgotten stars of the silent era – PT 1.

August 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Renee Adoree One of Hollywood’s many sad stories, Renee Adoree was a silent star who had her moment in the sun before illness claimed her at just 35 years of age. She was born Jeanne de la Fonte in Lille, France in 1898, and began her performing career with a variety of roles in a traveling circus. Her first movie was a 1920 silent short titled The Strongest, but the role that shot her [...]

Paul Bern ( 1889 – 1932 ) – An exercise in character assassination.

July 12, 2015 // 8 Comments

  Irene Selznick, the wife of producer David O, once described Paul Bern as ‘the single most beloved person in Hollywood’. He was a writer at MGM, 45 years old, short and bald, yet his new wife, Jean Harlow, clearly seemed to be in love with him. It was probably not a ‘match made in heaven’, but there seemed to be considerable trust and real friendship between them, qualities not [...]

GRETA GARBO – Selfish, miserable and not much liked.

June 30, 2015 // 27 Comments

     At the age of thirteen Greta Garbo was seduced in a tent in the family’s backyard by her older, prettier sister, Alva. A little later she had her first heterosexual union with a local boy in the same tent. Incidentally, Garbo always said she wanted to be let alone. She did not want to be alone. The lady craved privacy not solitude. Massive orgies like the Berlin Transvestite Balls [...]

Hollywood’s Oldest Stars

April 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

  So far, in the entire history of Hollywood movie stars, only five have managed to reach the ripe old age of 100 – three women and two men. There are, however, quite a few beating down the door to ‘The Hundred Club’, plus a handful who fell just a bit short. Here is a short rundown on the oldest Hollywood movie stars living and dead. Luise at the peak of her powers             [...]