March 31, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    MITZI GAYNOR (1931 – )  Mitzi Gaynor is a rarity in Hollywood, an extraordinary talent who was married to the same man for more than half a century and, as far as we are aware, remained in love and faithful to him throughout. Mitzi Gerber was born of […]


March 28, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg was working as a waitress at San Diego’s ‘Big Kitchen’ café, in 1978, when she witnessed Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) flight 182 falling from the sky in flames after a mid-air collision with a Cessna 172 light aircraft.  All 135 aboard the PSA flight died, […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT20.

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                                                  RITA HAYWORTH (1918-87)                                                                               The Robert Landry photograph of Rita, dressed in a negligee and kneeling on a bed, first appeared on the cover of Life magazine on August 11, 1941, and made her the #2 pin-up of the war (behind Betty Grable). It would grace the walls of […]


March 22, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)                                          I was enjoying my one and only trip to the UK in 1981, when I met my sister and we went together to see a recent release that looked promising – Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Like most of the […]


March 19, 2020 Alan Royle 4

  DUSTIN HOFFMAN:                                                          [On the administration of President George W. Bush and its invasion of Iraq] ‘For me as an American, the most painful aspect of this is that I believe this administration has taken the events of 9/11 and has manipulated the grief of the country and I think […]

HARVEY WEINSTEIN – Some of his accusors.

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                             Movie producer Harvey Weinstein Since The New York Times and The New Yorker published reports in 2017 of decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault by producer Harvey Weinstein, scores of women have come forward with […]



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Judy Garland Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922, Judy Garland was singing from the age of two. Her mother recognised her potential at once and carted her around the country, having her perform solo in nightclubs, cabarets, hotels and theatres. The family was in constant turmoil, […]


March 10, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    The 1970 abomination titled Ned Kelly was initially intended as a vehicle for Albert Finney in the title role back in 1964 but it never happened. Instead, someone with a warped sense of humour reached the ludicrous conclusion that Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger could portray the iconic […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT20.

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    HAYAKAWA, Sessue:                                                         He was born Kintaro Hayakawa in Chiba, Japan in 1886. Hayakawa’s family intended him to become an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. However, after he was expelled from the naval academy at the age of eighteen he attempted suicide, before re-evaluating his situation and moving […]


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    ANGELINA JOLIE:                                                                        [Discussing her reaction if she ever caught her then husband Billy Bob Thornton cheating] ‘I’ve told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I wouldn’t kill him because I love his children and they need a dad. But I would beat him up. I know where […]