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Did you know? – Garson, Darnell, Eastwood & Boyle

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Greer Garson Mr & Mrs Richard Ney 1943 Teresa Wrioght & Richard Ney in Mrs Miniver (1942) The first of Greer Garson’s three marriages did not last past the honeymoon in Austria in 1933. Her possessive husband virtually held her hostage the whole time. On their return to England she moved in with her mother. Her husband then went off to India and they divorced seven years later. [...]

Jean Harlow – quite a woman.

June 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1911, 16 year-old Harlean Carpenter ran away from home to marry a 21 year-old businessman named Charles McGrew in 1927. The couple lived off his rather large inheritance for a couple of years, but it is believed that his drinking led to an early divorce. In 1928, at the age of 17, she was photographed nude in Griffith Park by Hollywood photographer Edward [...]

Frank Sinatra and the Mob.

April 6, 2016 // 6 Comments

  It would most likely surprise fans of Frank Sinatra to learn that at his birth in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915 he weighed an enormous 13.5 lbs! He would, however, grow up to be a very slight 5’7” (1.7m). His forceps delivery left a permanent scar on his face and damaged an eardrum, the latter injury keeping him out of the services during World War Two. His non-participation in [...]

Esther Williams – the Million Dollar Mermaid.

April 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

  If World war Two had not intervened and caused the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, Esther Williams would have, in all probability, represented the USA as a swimmer in both meets. In 1940 she was just 18 years old and already the holder of three National Swimming Championships, having won the 100 metre freestyle and set a record in the 100 metre breaststroke. Bitterly disappointed, [...]

Girl # 27 – Patricia Douglas Part 1.

March 17, 2016 // 2 Comments

     This story will be in two parts. It is a tale of a young woman’s quest for justice in an era and a place where greedy and powerful men determined who was entitled to fair treatment and who was not. Ptricia Douglas was a ‘nobody’, one of thousands of young hopefuls living and working in Hollywood, California. Like most of her peers she trusted the studios, [...]

Luise Rainer – the forgotten star.

March 15, 2016 // 4 Comments

                             The lovely Luise Rainer is pretty much the forgotten star of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Era. The petite actress had all the assets necessary for screen success, but she was built of sterner stuff than her contemporaries when it came to ‘playing the Hollywood game’. Right from the beginning she set her own standards and never strayed from them. [...]

Norma Shearer – MGM’S ‘Queen of the Lot’.

January 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Irving Thalberg, the ‘boy genius’ in charge of production at MGM, died in 1936 while his wife, Norma Shearer, was in the middle of making Marie Antoinette. He was a genius when it came to organizing a film studio and making it run efficiently and profitably. The fledgling company run by L B Mayer had taken him on at $600 a week, although an important clause in his contract guaranteed [...]

Hollywood – tales from the dark side.

December 14, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Mabel Normand was one of the wildest of the silent stars whose off-screen antics ultimately wrecked her career and contributed to her early death. Mack Sennett credited her with inventing the pie-throwing gag that came to be used extensively throughout the silent picture era, claiming she threw one in comedian Ben Turpin’s face while the cross-eyed star was struggling to get a laugh from [...]

More tragic Hollywood.

December 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

                              Lord Richard Attenborough starred as the creator of Jurassic Park. Three of his family members lost their lives in Phuket, Thailand when the devastating Boxing Day tsunami hit the Pacific Rim in 2004. His daughter Jane, her mother-in-law and grand-daughter, 14 year-old Lucy, were swept away and killed. His eldest grand-daughter, 17 year-old Alice, was [...]

MGM’s ‘fixers – Mannix & Strickling.

November 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Back when the studio system was in vogue, back in the ‘Golden Years of Hollywood, each of the ‘Big Five’ had its ‘fixers’, men whose job it was to keep scandal and bad publicity at bay; to do whatever it took to ensure that the paying public remained ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed’ about the movie industry and its stars. MGM had two such men who were even more adept at [...]
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