marilyn monroe

David Niven – a true gentleman.

December 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

  David Niven’s first wife, Primula Rollo, (known as Primmie) died in a tragic household accident several months before he made The Bishop’s Wife in 1947. The couple had been married since 1940 and were visiting Tyrone Power’s home when a game of ‘hide and seek’ was suggested by someone. In the dark Primmie opened what she thought was a closet door, but happened to be [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 15

October 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Richard Schickel’s biography of director Elia Kazan tells how Marlon Brando was tricked into accepting the role of Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront (1954). Kazan had actor Karl Malden direct a scene featuring a young unknown from the Actors Studio speaking Malloy’s lines, knowing full well that Brando’s competitive spirit (and his pride) would see him intervene. And he did. The [...]

DEAN MARTIN – Mr. Nice Guy.

October 6, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Dino Crocetti was an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and Joseph Levitch was a Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, and nearly nine years his junior. From the moment they joined up in 1946 to form the comedy duo of Martin & Lewis they were a hit. Within three years they were in the movies; My Friend Irma (1949) and At War With the Army (1950) being their first, and on their way to [...]

CLARK GABLE – Skeletons in the closet.

September 5, 2015 // 8 Comments

  A lady named Franz Dorfler was responsible for getting Clark Gable his first acting job, but he soon ditched her for acting teacher Josephine Dillon. Jo was 41, plain and matronly, but she took the 23 year-old aspiring young actor to Hollywood, and in 1924 they married. It was Jo who changed his first name from William to Clark. Josephine Dillon In 1925, when Clark was a struggling young [...]

RONNIE REAGAN – his women.

August 24, 2015 // 11 Comments

  Only recently have details begun to emerge about Ronald Reagan’s off-screen activities in Tinsel Town prior to his political career kicking off. In yet another new book, this one titled Love Triangle, by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, the writers say they have interviewed persons connected with Ronnie and his family, and have discovered around fifty stars and starlets that warmed his [...]

ROBERT MITCHUM – an all-time great.

July 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Mitchum’s father was killed in an accident when he was just two years old. As a teenager Bob criss-crossed the country as a train hobo until he was arrested at 15, charged with being ‘a suspicious character with no visible means of support’. He spent that summer on a Georgia chain gang, after which he set off for Long Beach, California. There he attended high school, got jobs, [...]

LOUELLA PARSONS – A law unto herself.

July 24, 2015 // 6 Comments

  When the studio system was at its peak in the thirties and forties, a ‘Gossip Columnist’ could wreck a career with just a couple of acid-laced lines. They did not even need to be true. Louella Parsons, the Hollywood mouthpiece for the Hearst empire of newspapers, became a most feared individual. Few stars crossed her, for to do so was tantamount to committing career suicide. [...]

Conspiracy or Cock-up?

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When asked for their opinion on why, for instance, America got caught with its pants down at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, historians tend to fall into one of two camps – conspiracy or cock-up. One school will argue that the US allowed the Japanese to attack, even pushed them into it; a scenario that must have involved more than one person, therefore (by definition) – a conspiracy. The [...]

The best female voices in movies?

March 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Finding ten great male voices in the movies was easy. In fact, I found many more than that and was forced to eliminate. Not so with the females, however. I discovered several truly pleasant voices and several distinctly unique ones. Sadly, most of the unique ones were quite irksome, so I was compelled through necessity to choose on the basis of quality and/or uniqueness, in some cases, rather [...]

Marilyn Monroe – who murdered her?

March 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Ever since that day, August 5, 1962, speculation has raged over whether or not Marilyn Monroe committed suicide, accidentally overdosed, or was murdered. Such prolonged speculation merely demonstrates how few people bother to analyse events for themselves, and how many people are only too willing to accept whatever official explanation gets served up to them. There is no mystery. There [...]
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