lana turner

My Top 10 screen beauties.

February 3, 2016 // 7 Comments

        Of course, everyone’s idea of what constitutes real beauty varies. I guess that is why we have so many pretty girls walking about with tattoos and bolts through their noses; why a large portion of the male population shave their heads or prefer to go unshaven (or both). Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder and tastes change down the decades. The ‘cupid’s [...]

Did you know? Points of interest – Pt. 17

October 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, I watched an old 1937 classic on Foxtel called They Won’t Forget. In all honesty I chose it because I wanted to see for myself why audiences in 1937 instantly fell in love with newcomer, 16 year-old Lana Turner, in her debut performance as the ill-fated Mary Clay. It took me about two minutes to understand why. Even at 16 she was extraordinarily beautiful, long before she was turned [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Pt. 8

September 11, 2015 // 4 Comments

  At around the time that Errol Flynn was being tried for statutory rape in 1942, a young bisexual actor named Peter Lawford arrived in Hollywood to commence his career on the silver screen with MGM. He soon made friends with another bisexual, Keenan Wynn, the closeted homosexual star Van Johnson, and the emotionally unstable Robert Walker. Van and Peter were seldom apart, and most of their [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Pt. 6

September 3, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Ursula Andress says she lost her virginity at the age of sixteen in a photographer’s studio. Before her career began to blossom the Swiss beauty spent a week with Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot, reputedly sharing their bed each night. After making several potboilers in Rome she was introduced to a Hollywood agent by none other than Marlon Brando. She missed out on an acting contract at [...]

MICKEY ROONEY – Will the real Mickey please stand up?

August 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

  young Lana Turner If you happen to be a Mickey Rooney fan (I am most certainly not, by the way), then you should definitely not read his sleazy autobiography titled Life Is Too Short. I have and I wish I hadn’t. My reason for repeating a couple of excerpts here is simple. I think it is important that we fully understand what a grubby little pervert the guy was, and the best way to do so [...]

Did you know? Items of interest Part 2.

August 16, 2015 // 9 Comments

  Mimi Rogers Until 1990 Tom Cruise was a Catholic. In fact, at 18 years of age he studied to become a priest, but changed his mind after one year. His first wife, actress Mimi Rogers, convinced him to renounce Catholicism and embrace the Church of Scientology. In 2003, he antagonized the National Dyslexic Foundation when he claimed Scientology had cured his dyslexia. ‘Dyslexia is a [...]

SPENCER TRACY – A nightmare of a man.

August 6, 2015 // 15 Comments

  As an actor Spencer Tracy had few peers and cinema-goers adored him. Off screen he was a very ordinary human being, a man beset with all kinds of problems. He was a violent alcoholic his entire life and a rampant womanizer who had almost as many conquests to his name as Gable although, unlike ‘the King’, he is alleged to have taken male lovers as well. When he went on a ‘bender’, [...]

What’s in a Name – Part Two?

August 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Part Two of ‘What’s in a Name?’ features some of the more stupid names thought up by the studios in their endeavours to create phony images for their stars. One of the silliest was the one they lumbered poor Ann Sheridan with – The Oomph Girl. She simply did not get it, and who could blame her. ‘Oomph’ is what a fat man says when he leans over to tie his shoelace in a telephone [...]

CAROLE LOMBARD – The Profane Angel.

July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Finding really likeable movie stars from the studio era can be quite a challenge at times. Carole Lombard, however, courtesy of her brazen, down to earth approach to life, was a woman who enjoyed the trappings of fame, but never let them seduce her. And that made her a rarity. She seemed to recognize Hollywood for what it was, a ‘Dream Factory’ full of mostly ordinary people blessed [...]

Judy Garland – a victim of MGM’s greed?

July 18, 2015 // 27 Comments

    Frances Gumm was born in Minnesota in 1922. She had two sisters and was nicknamed ‘Baby’ from her childhood. The family moved to Hollywood in 1926 where she was signed to a 7 year contract by MGM at $100 a week in 1935. She was a prodigious talent, but she was naive and impressionable; ripe to be taken advantage of. Before she had even turned fifteen, 38 year-old Spencer Tracy [...]
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