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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) – a timeless classic.

November 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)                                            After deliberately punishing myself by recently sitting through the lamentable 1956 soap opera Written on the Wind, I felt I owed myself a treat, so I sat back and watched the brilliant Sweet Smell of Success (1957) for the umpteenth time. And it was still wonderful. The two pictures were made within 12 [...]

B-List Beauties – PT7.

October 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

       FAITH DOMERGUE (1924 – 99)                    Cult of the Cobra (1955)                                   Faith Domergue’s name has become synonymous with Howard Hughes and his ‘stable’ of starlets that existed in the forties and fifties. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1924, Faith was adopted at six weeks by Leo and Adabelle Domergue who kept her [...]

Keeping it in the Family – PT 2

October 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

RICHARD BECKINSALE (1947 – 79) – Born in Carlton, Nottingham, England. Acting credits: 22. He played Lennie Godber in Porridge (1974-78) and in Going Straight (1978). Tragically, a heart attack claimed him at a young age.   JUDY LOE (1947 – ) – Born in Urmstom, Lancashire, England. Acting credits: 47. Was Dr. Helen Sanders in two seasons of TV’s General Hospital (1978 – 79). [...]

Did you know?

December 26, 2016 // 3 Comments

  When the United Artists cast and crew arrived in Prague, Czechoslovakia in June 1968 to shoot this picture, Alexander Dubcek had only recently become the Communist Party Secretary in Czechoslovakia. Unlike his predecessors, he was a man bent on improving the lot of his countrymen by softening the hard-line policies put in place by the Soviet Union since World War Two. The cast and crew of [...]

Hollywood & the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD).

December 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

  At the zenith of their power the ‘Seven Sisters’ (MGM, Warners, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox and RKO) did much as they pleased. Few outsiders had any influence over their decisions or their conduct. Few, that is, with the exception of the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). They were a force to be reckoned with and they exercised their power each year by publishing their [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 17.

November 6, 2016 // 3 Comments

  CROWE, Russell                              SPENCER, Danielle                         2003 –   New Zealand-born Russell met Australian actress Danielle when they co-starred in The Crossing in 1989. Their relationship endured despite their being apart for much of the time until they finally tied the knot in 2003. They have two children, [...]

‘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 [...]

Did you know? (I)

July 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

      Dina Merrill Born in New York in 1927, Dina Merrill has oozed class all her life. Her pedigree demanded it. She is one of that rare breed born with a silver spoon in their mouths who managed to remain unspoiled throughout their privileged lives. Her father was financier E. F. Hutton, founder of the Wall Street firm; her mother none other than Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to [...]

Did you know? (F)

July 1, 2016 // 3 Comments

    Tony Curtis circa 1948 ‘I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948’, Tony Curtis stated in a 2002 interview with gay magazine, attitude. ‘I had more action than Mount Vesuvius – men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn’t where I didn’t. I’ve always been open about it’. Although that rather ‘tongue in cheek’ response hinted [...]

Yvonne de Carlo – A rare beauty.

April 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The ravishing (and ravenous) Yvonne de Carlo was at the height of her beauty when Robert Wagner spotted her in her car alongside his at a drive-in restaurant called ‘Jack’s at the Beach’. She nodded for him to come on over, which he duly did, and she invited him back to her place – for sex. After three torrid love-making days at her home he returned to find his car still parked [...]
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