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Child stars of bygone days – PT2.

December 29, 2017 // 2 Comments

MATTHEW ‘STYMIE’ BEARD (1925 – 81)              During the Depression years Americans found something to laugh about at the movies watching the antics of a group of talented children in the ‘Our Gang’ and ‘Little Rascals’ comedy shorts. One of those extraordinary kids was an African-American named Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard whose trademark was an oversized derby hat, a gift [...]

The WAMPAS Baby Stars PT4 – 1925.

December 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

  BETTY (BETTE) ARLEN (1909-66) Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars down the years, Betty Arlen had one of the least significant acting careers of any. She actually appeared in a total of 24 movies, three of them in the Roaring Twenties and the rest between 1949 and 1956, but her name appeared only three times in the credits, and these were scarcely good parts. The first was in A Punch in the Nose [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 1 )

May 24, 2015 // 5 Comments

    Hollywood movie stars are prone to luck, good and bad, just like the rest of us. My research has found over sixty actors and actresses who have been killed in accidents involving automobiles, airliners, drownings, genuine accidental overdoses, fires, skiing, even earthquakes. Some have been electrocuted, others accidentally shot themselves or choked to death on food. By far the [...]