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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT9.

May 14, 2018 // 4 Comments

                       Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans Steve McQueen’s performance in Papillon (1973) was overlooked when Oscar nominations were announced in 1974. The general feeling was that his stealing Ali MacGraw from Robert Evans, a very powerful studio executive, may well have been the reason. The fact that he had also slept with many other Hollywood wives scarcely worked in [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT3.

April 24, 2018 // 1 Comment

             Stunning Gladys circa WW1                with Wilfrid Hyde White in My Fair Lady (1964) The former World War One British pin-up girl Gladys Cooper was perfectly cast as Henry Higgins’ mother in the 1964 musical My Fair Lady. A class act all her life, Gladys’s final words on her deathbed were typical of her British upper class stoicism. ‘If this is what virus [...]

PETER USTINOV – A truly great man

October 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Few character actors can boast a resume like that of the late Peter Ustinov, probably because few possessed the extraordinary qualities he possessed. Not only was he an outstanding actor in both movies and stage plays, but he was also a successful writer, director, producer, journalist and raconteur. He spoke fluent French, Russian, Italian, German, as well as his native English. He [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Pt. 13.

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

    French-born Claudine Longet was the lead dancer of the Folies Bergere revue at the Tropicana Casino in Las Vegas. A year later she became Mrs. Andy Williams and was suddenly in the spotlight. Her beauty, combined with her French accent, saw her in demand as a ‘guest star’ on most of the high profile TV series of the sixties, culminating in a movie lead in the Peter Sellers [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 3

September 24, 2015 // 10 Comments

  Part 3 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ looks at some of the individual Academy Award winners who, for want of a better word, purloined their statuettes. I shall start with the Best Actor category. 1930/1             Lionel Barrymore for A Free Soul I haven’t actually seen any of the other nominated performances for this year, but if this was supposed to be the best of them, then I [...]