Did you know? Items of interest Part 2.


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Mimi Rogers

Until 1990 Tom Cruise was a Catholic. In fact, at 18 years of age he studied to become a priest, but changed his mind after one year. His first wife, actress Mimi Rogers, convinced him to renounce Catholicism and embrace the Church of Scientology. In 2003, he antagonized the National Dyslexic Foundation when he claimed Scientology had cured his dyslexia. ‘Dyslexia is a condition, and conditions don’t get ‘cured’, said an executive. ‘They get dealt with.’


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The late Bobby Darin

Singer/actor Bobby Darin shared a similar secret with Jack Nicholson. Both men were led to believe that their mothers were their sisters. Bobby did not learn the truth until he was 32. Jack found out when he was 37. Until then he thought his grandparents were his parents. Bobby was told that his deceased grandmother was his mother.

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Dean & Jerry at their peak

Jerry Lewis Rushed to Hospital | E! Online

Jerry Lewis in recent years

Dean Martin summed up what most people who knew him thought of Jerry Lewis in the years after he and Dean split up. ‘At some point, he said to himself, ‘I’m extraordinary, like Charles Chaplin’. From then on, nobody could tell him anything. He knew it all.’ Lewis is said to deliberately leave audio-tapes running in briefcases after he leaves meetings, so that he can find out what his associates are saying about him behind his back. On a positive note, he was actually nominated for a Nobel Prize as recognition for his 50 years raising money for muscular dystrophy.

 Sandra Dee on Pinterest | Bobby Darin, Black Capris and Globes

Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee's Second Marriage to Bobby Darin: How It's Working Out

With her husband Bobby Darin

In the musical Grease, when Rizzo sings ‘Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee, lousy with virginity’, she could scarcely have been farther from the truth; not that the truth was any fault of Miss Dee, for the girl had been sexually abused by her step-father, Gene Douvan, from the age of four until she was 12. It only stopped because the man died. In her autobiography, Sandra wrote that her mother must surely have known of the abuse all those years, but did nothing. Every morning, she would send the girl into the couple’s bedroom to say goodbye to her step-father. When Sandra emerged, she would ask her mother to button up her open blouse. It was a silent plea for help that was always ignored. ‘Gene didn’t only molest me in the mornings’, Sandra wrote, ‘but during the day, the night, whenever he wanted to and there was an opportunity.’ No wonder she suffered from psychological issues that led to anorexia, bulimia and alcoholism. Sandra passed away from kidney disease in 2005 at the age of 62.

Joanna Pettet

Joanna Pettet

Joanna was born in London in 1942. She is now (2015), 73 years old, yet only good luck prevented her life from ending in 1969. On the afternoon of August 8 of that year she had afternoon tea at 10050 Cielo Drive with her good friend Sharon Tate. Had she stayed for dinner, she would have met the same fate as Sharon and her guests that evening when the Manson Gang slaughtered everyone on the premises. Even so, there was still tragedy in her life. Like far too many Hollywood identities, she suffered the horror of having a child die from drugs. In 1995 her 26 year-old son, Damien, fatally overdosed on heroin.

Les Icônes du 7ème Art: Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. (5 mai 1913 - 15 ...

Ty & his wife Annabella

In 1939, while making Jesse James, Tyrone Power impregnated a local girl who later gave birth to a little boy. Power arranged for the boy to be secretly put up for adoption, but then had a change of heart and spent a small fortune trying to trace him throughout the forties, but without success. In 1943 Ty conducted an illicit affair with 17 year-old Judy Garland soon after she ended her three year affair with Spencer Tracy. Then, in 1946, Lana Turner aborted his child as well. All three affairs took place while he was married to French actress Annabella.

Basil Rathbone - Film Actor, Theater Actor - Biography.com

Basil Rathbone

South African born Basil Rathbone was the British Army Fencing Champion during World War One. He was also a bona fide hero of the conflict; a winner of the Military Cross on the Western Front. A modest man, when asked how this happened, he replied: ‘All I did, old man, was disguise myself as a tree – that’s correct, a tree – and cross no man’s land to gather a bit of information from the German lines. I have not since been called upon to play a tree.’

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George Sanders


George’s brother Tom Conway

George was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, two years after his brother Tom. The family fled from the Bolsheviks, leaving all their wealth behind, and settled in Britain in 1917. When George and Tom both decided to become actors they tossed a coin to see who would change his name from Sanders. Tom lost and became Tom Conway from that day forward. George had been talked into pursuing an acting career by a fellow employee at an advertising firm. Her name was Greer Garson.

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Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia

On 10 July 2015, Omar Sharif died in Cairo, Egypt from a heart attack. He was 83. After undergoing a bypass operation in 1994, the 100 cigarettes a day smoker quit the habit on the spot. It may surprise you to learn that this seemingly gentlest and sophisticated of men had an ‘anger management’ problem. In August 2003 he received a one-month suspended sentence for head-butting a police officer in a French casino. ‘It made me the hero of the whole of France’, he quipped. ‘To head-butt a cop is the dream of every Frenchman.’ Then, in 2005, a US court ordered him to take an ‘anger management’ course after he punched out a parking attendant who refused to accept Sharif’s European currency. Three years before his death he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Strangers in the Night- Frank Sinatra | On Stage Music Academy

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Rosalind Russell

Frank Sinatra truly was an enigma. People either loved him or hated him. He could be the staunchest of friends (as Sammy Davis Junior could have testified), or the bitterest of enemies, (as Peter Lawford found out after Frank came to the conclusion that Peter had betrayed him with Ava Gardner). Actress friend Rosalind Russell was just one of many who had nothing but praise for ‘Ole Blue Eyes’: ‘He is a man with concern for people’, she once said. ‘Not only his friends, but people he doesn’t know. I guess there is just reams that could be written about the things he has done for people which no one knows other than the recipients. He likes it that way.’

Happy Birthday, Lauren Bacall!

Sultry Lauren Bacall. 

Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall were involved for some time prior to the death of her husband Humphrey Bogart in 1957. Few admirers of Bacall were willing to accept that but, soon after Humphrey passed away, she made the mistake of announcing her engagement to Frank to the press. She may have done so without first telling him, or he may just have got cold feet at the last minute. Either way, he ended their relationship at once. She dated Kirk Douglas when they were both attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and met and became firm friends with Gregory Peck when she was 17 and working as a theatre usherette. In her autobiography she stated she lost her virginity at 19 to Bogart when they started their romance.


  1. Bacall has said that her marriage w/ Bogart was NOT what “they said it was”, referring to the studio. She said it wasn’t perfect, but “what we had was real and I’ve never been ale to replicate it.”
    [A printed interview.]
    I have a striking memory of her many years ago. My mother and I were
    watching her on a call in show, where she was seated at a table, and
    people called in w/ whatever. A man called and either addressed her
    as Betty, or possibly Baby[I hope not!] She firmly and respectfully
    told him that he wasn’t that good a friend to call her that. I
    thought her response was so neat, and I’ve always remembered it.

  2. I agree about the lies, etc. V.T. said that Bogart contacted her 3 mos. after marriage to Bacall, called her a “pretentious, opportunistic interloper.” He “shouldn’t have married her,” and
    could they start where they left off. She agreed. It is all too
    depressing. I will probably read Sperber and Lax bio. of

  3. Quickly, Thompson’s book came out in ’82, when Bacall was alive, children were and are alive. Thompson died shortly after hurricane
    Katrina, in New Orleans. Amen

  4. Lauren Bacall and Sinatra pre Bogart’s death, or so they say.
    If so, I’m giving her some slack on that one. She had been living and
    caring for a dying man for a year or more, and was devastated. I was
    furious w/ the Daily Mail, UK, I believe, for printing that 60 yr. old “trash”, right after Bacall’s death. Did her children have to hear about that. I’ve read that she didn’t leak engagement story to
    press, but it was “Swifty” Lazar who admitted it, and sometime later,
    Sinatra was to have said to Bacall, that he knew it wasn’t her.
    I can’t feel sorry for Bogie, re. his wife and Sinatra, because it has come out that he and studio asst. hairdresser, Verita Thompson
    carried on 1942-1955. [“Bogie and Me”, a love story, Thompson]. It was sporadic, and ended ’55, when she told Bogart that pro. W. Thompson, other lover!, wanted to marry her, which Bogart encouraged.
    I’ve not read her book, but found a page reproduced on internet, where she makes some claims. I believe Bacall knew about it, having
    surprised them on set of “The Barefoot Contessa.” What is so horrible
    is the deceit and lying that goes along w/ that behavior. There are
    always people left in the ruins, ex. poor Mayo Methot, desperately
    trying to hold on to Bogart. I feel most sorry for her. As for Bogart, I like a lot about him. Some people were surprised that he
    read books, liked classical music etc., and was not like his screen persona. However, his “lectures” to Bacall about fidelity, and that
    he would leave her if she had an affair, almost make me throw up!

    • Yes, I knew about Verita Thompson, of course, but it still amazed me that ANYONE would cheat on gorgeous Betty Bacall anyway. Whether it was Swifty Lazar or Betty who made the announcement to the press, the fact remains that Sinatra and Bacall were an item for some time. Given Sinatra’s track record, he may have set it up with Swifty as an excuse for dumping Betty, rather than marrying her. Who knows? There is so much subterfuge and lies spouted in Hollywood, it is difficult to know who to believe. Personally, I read as much as I possibly can, from as many angles as I can, then try to analyze the truth from there. I believe I am right MOST of the time, but some of these people have spent a lifetime duping and backsliding, and they have become very adept at it.

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