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

March 25, 2020 Alan Royle 6

                                                  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 […]

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

March 7, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    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 […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT17.

February 8, 2020 Alan Royle 4

  GOULD, Harold:                                                                  Fans of the Academy Award winning Best Picture of 1973, The Sting, will recall Harold Gould in the showy role of Kid Twist. On television he was Martin Morgenstern on the sitcom Rhoda (1974-78) and Miles Webber (the steadfast suitor of Betty White’s character Rose Nylund) on […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The Stars & their Stories – PT16.

January 24, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    GARBO, Greta:                                                                                                        If we are to accept the word of Orson Welles, it seems that not every Hollywood star was filled with the milk of human kindness as we were led to believe by the studio publicity machines. Scarcely a revelation, I know. He recalled dining with […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The Stars & their Stories – PT15.

January 9, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    FORSYTHE, John:                                                              Forsythe had just completed Destination Tokyo (1943), in which he had a minor role, when he decided to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 25. He appeared in the Corps’ play and film titled Winged Victory, but for most of […]

WORLD WAR 2 – The stars & their stories – PT14.

December 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  FALK, Peter:                                                                                                                                                 The star of TV’s Columbo (1971-2003) lost an eye to retinoblastoma in 1930 when he was three years old. Having a glass eye, however, did not deter him from trying to enlist in the US Marines at 17 in 1944. He bluffed his way past […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT13.

December 10, 2019 Alan Royle 3

  EBSEN, Buddy:                                                                    It took quite a long while for Buddy to recover from the effects of the toxic aluminum paste he had breathed in as the Tin Man in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, (he had to leave the production). So he took up sailing and became quite proficient […]

World War Two – The Stars & their stories – PT12.

December 1, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  DONALD, James:                                                                 The highly respected Scottish actor James Donald is probably remembered by most movie fans for his portrayal of the Senior British Officer in the enormously successful 1963 film The Great Escape, but he graced many other fine productions in his career. In 1939, he tried to enlist, […]

WW2 – The stars & their stories – PT11.

November 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    DAVIS Jr, Sammy:                                                                                                   Sammy was called up in 1943 when he was eighteen and his experiences in the services were typical of many African-American servicemen during World War Two. He had his nose broken twice in barrack-room fights following racist remarks and persecution from white soldiers. To […]