WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT60.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT60.

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GEORGE TAKEI (1937- )                                                                                                                                      George Takei portrayed Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the original TV series of Star Trek (1966-69). He was born in Los Angeles in 1937 and his father named him George after England’s King George VI, whose coronation had taken […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT59.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT59.

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  JAMES STEWART (1908-97)                    A native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, James Stewart was blessed with an appeal that seemed to transcend all boundaries. His movie career blossomed in the thirties, due mainly to an on-screen image that made him popular with cinema-goers of both genders and all ages. Men considered him […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT58.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT58.

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  HARRY DEAN STANTON (1926-2017)               Born in West Irvine, Kentucky in the Roaring Twenties, he grew up in Lexington, graduated from Lafayette High School in 1944, whereupon he was promptly drafted into the US Navy. Harry served as a cook during the war and was aboard the Landing Ship Tank […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories. – PT57.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories. – PT57.

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DONALD SINDEN (1923-2014)                 English actor Donald Sinden was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1923. His screen career was not very spectacular and today cinema-goers would probably agree that the most memorable of his film roles was his portrayal of Grace Kelly’s cuckolded husband in the 1953 adventure/romance Mogambo, a picture […]

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

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

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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.

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  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 […]