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JOHNNY DEPP – A most engaging man?

February 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Johnny Depp’s screen debut was in A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 when he played a guy that gets swallowed by his bed! Well, it happens. He only got the part because director Wes Craven’s teenage daughter and her friends were present for the readings and they all flipped over him, convincing Wes that the unknown young man had sex appeal. Most members of the female gender on planet [...]

THE MARX BROTHERS – Likeable scallywags.

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Harpo Marx (1888 – 1964) Chico Marx (1887 – 1961) Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977) Individually they were very funny. Collectively they were even funnier, whether on stage, on the screen, or in real life. When MGM summoned them to Hollywood to discuss a movie contract, the brothers tired of waiting for executive Irving Thalberg to arrive, so they stripped naked in his office and [...]

River Phoenix – a foolish waste?

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

      River boasted of losing his virginity to an eighteen year-old girl he met while making Stand by Me in early 1985. He told his parents and siblings of his intention to seduce her, so they erected a psychedelically painted tent in their back yard for the occasion. His ditzy mother described the ‘ceremony’ as a ‘beautiful experience’. Well, it might have been had he been [...]

NICOLAS CAGE – Nepotism, talent, or a bit of both?

February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

He was born Nicholas Coppola, his father being the brother of screen director Francis Ford Coppola. Young Nicholas changed his name in the early days of his career because he wanted to make his own way in the acting business without his connection to Francis Ford giving him unfair advantages. Well, that’s what he says, anyway, although how effective that was is debatable, given that everybody [...]

GEORGE CLOONEY – No friend of Charlton Heston.

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Clooney’s first marriage was to actress Talia Balsam, the daughter of brilliant character actor Martin Balsam and actress Joyce Van Patten, the sister of Dick Van Patten, star of the 80’s comedy- drama series; Eight is Enough. The union lasted almost four years. His famous aunt, Rosemary Clooney, was a huge recording star of the fifties who co-starred opposite Bing Crosby in the 1954 hit [...]

JOHN BARRYMORE – A drunk, a rake & a rare talent.

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

  John Barrymore’s siblings, Lionel and Ethel, both won Oscars in their careers, but most critics are agreed that John was the best actor of the three. Not everyone agreed, however. Playwright George Bernard Shaw detested his ‘Hamlet’, describing it as one of the worst portrayals in history, accusing the actor of indulging his own ego at the Bard’s expense. Garson Kanin, by [...]
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