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‘Hollywood – The Skeletons Are Out’ – a sampling

October 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

  My latest book is titled Hollywood: The Skeletons Are Out. It contains 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films. Here is a random two dozen of them:   Young Joan Collins When Joan Collins was asked if she was ever unfaithful, she replied: ‘Yes, but only on location. I used to say, ‘it doesn’t count on location.’ Everybody was [...]

Two tragic Hollywood beauties.

September 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Ava Gardner (1922-90) Mickey Rooney took one look at Ava Gardner when she arrived in Hollywood and was hooked. He pursued her, wooed her and did his utmost to bed her, but the 18 year-old virgin made it clear that any man who wanted to alter that status was going to have to marry her first, so the perpetually randy Mickey proposed at a hundred miles an hour. Ava accepted on condition the [...]

‘The Seven Year Itch’ (1955) – not a good movie.

August 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Some movies seem to take on a life of their own. Suddenly and often inexplicably, they are lauded as masterpieces, works of art, living statements of the times. Easy Rider (1969) is one such film. I have always thought it was an over-rated ‘nothing’ picture, inhabited by two ‘druggies’ and one non-actor, but for reasons known only to the critics and the publicity people in [...]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt.2

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Marilyn met actor John Carroll and his wife Lucille Ryman in December 1947. Lucille was a talent scout for MGM. The three hit it off right away and their friendship resulted in Marilyn moving into their home for a while. Lucille even got her to sign a contract with the Carrolls which saw them financing her acting and singing lessons. John and Lucille had an ‘open marriage’, [...]

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, [...]

AVA – ‘She can’t sing, she can’t act, she can’t talk. She’s terrific!’

March 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

      Ava – a unique beauty                            If Ava had not decided to meet her sister Beatrice in New York in 1941, we might never have heard of Ava Gardner the actress. Beatrice’s husband was a professional photographer and offered to do a portrait or two of Ava and display them in his 5th Avenue studio window. One thing led to another and before long she was [...]

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 [...]

What’s in a name Part One?

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Back in the good old studio days it was customary for studios to come up with snappy nicknames for their female stars. Well, they thought they were snappy, anyway. For some reason these were seldom given to male actors, although that is not to say that some of these guys didn’t have nicknames of their own long before their movie careers took off. John ‘Duke’ Wayne was one, for example. As a [...]

The Best Ever Child Movie Stars ( Pt 2 )

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Here are my top 10 (top 11 actually, since I had a dead-heat at number 6)   10        DREW BARRYMORE that brilliant moment in ET Yet another Californian, this time from Culver City, where she was born in 1975. Drew stormed into cinema fame at the tender age of 7 when she played Gertie in Spielberg’s ET – The Extra-terrestrial. Since then she has established herself as a [...]

AVA GARDNER – Far from perfect but drop dead gorgeous.

April 30, 2015 // 11 Comments

    It all depends on your age group, I suppose, but most guys from mine seem to be in agreement that Ava Gardner was the sexiest woman ever to appear in American movies. Given the likes of Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and a couple of hundred more from the studio era alone, that is a pretty tall claim, but the camera certainly loved her. And so did [...]
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