WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT22.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT22.

April 30, 2020 Alan Royle 0

LENA HORNE (1917 – 2010)                                                                                                                     Throughout the Second World War, black USO entertainers were treated as second-class citizens, given segregated living quarters and ordered to perform to segregated audiences. Most of them were disinclined to complain or revolt at the injustice of it all. But not Lena Horne. […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT7.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT7.

April 27, 2020 Alan Royle 4

  One of the very first movies I recall seeing was the 1955 World War Two ‘epic’ Battle Cry. I suppose the word ‘epic’ is a bit of an exaggeration, but it was based on Leon Uris’s novel of the same name, and at 704 pages it was certainly long […]

HEATHER GRAHAM

HEATHER GRAHAM

April 24, 2020 Alan Royle 0

HEATHER GRAHAM (1970 – ) Heather & James Woods Heather hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of strict Roman Catholic parents. Her mother taught school and her father was an FBI agent who moved around a lot. Although her mother drove Heather to auditions in the early days in California, […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT23.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT23.

April 21, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  BRIAN KEITH:                                                       [On being diagnosed with lung cancer, shortly before he took his own life with a gun in 1997] ‘I was willing to deal with the emphysema, but now I don’t think there’s much point in trying to live on. Forgive me, but I don’t want to live […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT6.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT6.

April 18, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise landed in England in the fall of 1996 to make Stanley Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut. They expected to be stuck in the UK for several months, fully aware that Kubrick notoriously took forever to shoot his films. Instead, they stayed on through the […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT153.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT153.

April 15, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Marilyn Monroe Sir Laurence Olivier once gave his opinion to Michael Parkinson on Marilyn Monroe, his co-star in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). Olivier said she was unhappy throughout the shoot and very difficult to work with, discomforted and forlorn in front of a movie camera. But then the […]

BETTY GRABLE

BETTY GRABLE

April 12, 2020 Alan Royle 0

BETTY GRABLE (1916-73)                                               Ascertaining the level of intimacy in many of Betty Grable’s relationships is not easy. Most people who knew her during her time at the top were impressed by her morality, convinced she was ‘more show than go’ in most of her romances. Of course, times and people […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT21.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT21.

April 9, 2020 Alan Royle 0

WILLIAM HOLDEN (1918 – 81)                                                               On April 21, 1942, Holden became the first prominent, married movie star to enlist in the services, inspired by his brother, Bob Beedle, who was already in the Navy Air Corps and fighting in the South Pacific. The moment Holden graduated from Air Corps […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT5.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT5.

April 6, 2020 Alan Royle 0

The 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge is a pretty lame war picture that culminates in the real-life USMC invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada in October 1983. The assault was successful inside four days but was not the ‘walk in the park’ depicted in this picture, although the outcome […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT22.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT22.

April 3, 2020 Alan Royle 0

SEAN CONNERY:                                                                                                                                                                                                                          [His response regarding co-starring with his then wife, Australian actress Diane Cilento] ‘Diane and I are often asked why we don’t make a film together. Frankly, it would be a bloody disaster. I don’t go along with husband and wife double acts. I […]