WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT56.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT56.

September 20, 2021 Alan Royle 12

SIMONE SIGNORET (1921-85)                 When Simone Signoret won an Oscar for Room at the Top (1959), she became the first woman to win a ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ Academy Award in a non-American film. Back in the early 1940s, she took her mother’s maiden name to help hide her […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT55.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT55.

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  ANN SHERIDAN (1915-67)                                                She was born Clara Sheridan in Denton, Texas during World War One. It has been said that Ann was a direct descendant of Union General Philip Sheridan and maybe she was. Her sister thought she was beautiful enough to win ‘The Search for Beauty’ […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT54.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT54.

August 24, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  PAUL SCOFIELD (1922-2008)                  A native of Birmingham in Warwickshire, England, Paul Scofield has been described by several doyens of the theatre as ‘the greatest English-speaking screen actor of all time.’ Few who saw his Oscar-winning turn as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (1966) would disagree. […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT53.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT53.

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HAROLD SAKATA (1920-82)                               His name might not ring many bells for cinema fans, but his face usually does. Harold Sakata achieved cinematic immortality portraying Auric Goldfinger’s personal bodyguard Oddjob, steel-rimmed bowler hat and all, in the third of the James Bond franchise films Goldfinger (1964). Born in Hawaii of Japanese […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT52.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT52.

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   HAROLD RUSSELL (1914-2002)                          Born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1914, Harold Russell moved with his family to Cambridge, Massachusetts when he was just five years old. He was training paratroopers and working on an Army film at Camp MacKall, North Carolina on June 6, 1944, when some […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT50.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT50.

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EDWARD G. ROBINSON (1893-1973)                                                                                                                 Eddie was born in Romania to Jewish parents who raised him in the Lower East Side of New York City after immigrating to the United States in 1904. After starring in Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), he joined numerous groups such as […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT49.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT49.

June 13, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  DON RICKLES (1926-2017)                                               Don was born to Lithuanian- Jewish parents in New York City and grew up in Jackson Heights. After graduating from Newtown High School he enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of seventeen. He served as a seaman first class aboard the motor […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT48.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT48.

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GEORGE REEVES (1914-59)                    Television’s first Superman, George Reeves, was born George Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, but was raised in Pasadena, California. He was a good amateur boxer and musician before interning as an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse where he was discovered by a movie talent scout who offered […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT47.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT47.

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CLAUDE RAINS (1889-1967)                    The actor who was immortalized as Captain Louis Renault in the 1942 classic film Casablanca, was born in London in 1889. This meant, of course, that he was almost fifty years old when hostilities broke out between Britain and Germany in September 1939, far too old for […]