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Some Notable Character Actresses – PT 1.

January 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

MARGARET DUMONT (1882 – 1965) Margaret Dumont’s great claim to movie fame was her regular role as the ‘straight woman’ to the Marx Brothers in their movies. She was totally bald beneath her wigs and, consequently, wore them all the time. Groucho was convinced that she rarely understood the group’s humour which, of course, made her ideal for the role. Others who knew her, however, [...]

B – LIST BEAUTIES – Pt 1.

September 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

B – LIST BEAUTIES OF THE STUDIO SYSTEM’S FINAL DAYS – PT 1 For the final 15 years of the studio system, from the end of World War Two until about 1960, an enormous number of starlets were signed to five and seven year contracts by the large and small lots. Many did not make it to the big screen before their options expired, a few went on to become major players and the rest had [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 1

July 25, 2016 // 2 Comments

  In this series of articles I shall be examining many of the ‘Hollywood’ marriages down the decades. By ‘Hollywood marriages’ I mean those between actors and actresses involved in the industry, not the unions where one half comes from outside the business. Of course, like anywhere else, there have been strong, lasting marriages in Tinsel Town between individuals of flawless [...]