WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT39.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT39.

January 13, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  DAVID NIVEN (1910-83) David Niven’s father died in action at Gallipoli, Turkey, at the age of 38, in 1915, during the First World War. He was listed as ‘missing’ until 1917. Young David would claim to have been born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, simply because he thought it sounded more […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT38.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT38.

December 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

GEORGE NADER (1921 – 2002)                                                                                                                           George was an actor and writer who hailed from Pasadena, California where he was born in 1921. In the fifties he starred in a short-lived TV series called The Man and the Challenge (1959-60), and was a close friend of actor […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT37.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT37.

December 14, 2020 Alan Royle 0

WAYNE MORRIS (1914-59)                                                                                  While he was making Flight Angels (1939), Wayne Morris decided to take flying lessons. Consequently, in the summer of 1941, he enlisted in the US Navy Reserve. In February, 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor, he married former Olympic swimmer Patricia O’Rourke whose uncle commanded Air […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

November 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  DOLORES MORAN (1926-82)                                                                               Dolores was one of those actresses whose private life proved to be far more interesting than her film career. The extremely well-endowed Californian beauty was signed to a seven-year contract at Warner Bros at the age of sixteen (with her parents’ full consent) in […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT35.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT35.

November 14, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    JOHN MILLS (1908 – 2005)                                                                                                Norfolk-born John Mills enjoyed one of the most outstanding film careers of all British actors and was greatly admired by all who knew him. He was over thirty years of age and acting at the Old Vic when war broke […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT34.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT34.

October 30, 2020 Alan Royle 0

      BUTTERFLY MCQUEEN (1911-95)                    Born Thelma McQueen in 1911 in Tampa Florida, she acquired the nickname ‘Butterfly’ – a tribute to her constantly moving hands – for her performance of the Butterfly Ballet in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She never much cared for her Christian […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT33.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT33.

October 15, 2020 Alan Royle 0

LEE MARVIN (1924-87)                             Like Audie Murphy, Lee Marvin was not an actor when war broke out, but became one after hostilities ended. He was still a teenager when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserve on August 12, 1942. As a member of the 4th Marine Division, he took […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT32.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT32.

September 30, 2020 Alan Royle 3

            PATRICK MACNEE (1922 – 2015)                      The British actor who made a name for himself in the sixties and seventies playing John Steed in a couple of popular TV series – The Avengers and The New Avengers – was called up for the United Kingdom Armed Forces just as he […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT30.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT30.

August 31, 2020 Alan Royle 0

VIVIEN LEIGH (1913 – 67)                                                                        The beautiful actress who will forever be Scarlett O’Hara in 1939’s Gone with the Wind, entered this world via Darjeeling, (in what was then British India), to a British broker and his wife. Vivien and British star Laurence Olivier, having obtained divorces from their […]