PROFILE – Katharine Hepburn

PROFILE – Katharine Hepburn

October 21, 2020 Alan Royle 0

KATHARINE HEPBURN (1907 – 2003)              Kate Hepburn hailed from Hartford, Connecticut, where she was born in 1907. A natural redhead, she was a tomboy in her youth who wore her hair short and liked to call herself Jimmy. As early as the 1930s there were rumours she was bisexual. Biographer […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT32.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT32.

September 18, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  DIANA RIGG:                                             [The gorgeous actress who played Emma Peel in the British series The Avengers (1965-8), liked to wear Armani, ‘because he’s just brilliant at tailoring’, she said] ‘I think I was quite daring. I was once escorted out of a restaurant because I was wearing a trouser suit. […]

TV WESTERNS – PT6.

TV WESTERNS – PT6.

August 28, 2020 Alan Royle 4

      CASEY JONES (1957-8) 32 EPISODES               Casey Jones was a short-lived western series loosely based on the real-life railroad engineer of that name who worked on the Illinois Central Railroad in the late 19th century and drove ‘The Cannonball Express’. Alan Hale Jr played Casey with Dub Taylor […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT26.

June 8, 2020 Alan Royle 2

MYRNA LOY:                                                         [Issuing a challenge to MGM bosses in the 1930s, a challenge that fell upon deaf ears] ‘Why does every black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a black person walking up the steps of a courthouse carrying a briefcase?’ [Referring to her being […]

STARMAKER.

STARMAKER – HENRY WILLSON

June 2, 2020 Alan Royle 2

Super agent Henry Willson I have written about super-agent Henry Willson in this site before (about three years ago), but his extraordinary story merits an up-date and a little clarification. Today, although barely remembered at all, Henry has made it into the Hollywood history books as the creator of former […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT20.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT20.

March 4, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  ANGELINA JOLIE: [Discussing her reaction if she ever caught her then husband Billy Bob Thornton cheating] ‘I’ve told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I wouldn’t kill him because I love his children and they need a dad. But I would beat him up. I know where all […]

GRETA GARBO (1905-90)

THE LOVES OF GRETA GARBO (1905-90)

February 23, 2020 Alan Royle 0

GRETA GARBO (1905 – 90) Anna Christie (1930), Camille (1936), Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo was born Greta Gustafsson in Stockholm, Sweden in 1905. Famed Swedish director Mauritz Stiller chose the 18 year-old for the lead in The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924) and she was on her way. Soon, both […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT18.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT18.

January 30, 2020 Alan Royle 0

ROCK HUDSON:                                                    [His response in 1978 to whether or not he was gay] ‘I’ve heard that rumour for years and I just don’t care about it. I know lots of gays in Hollywood. Some have tried it on with me, but I’ve always said, ‘Come On, you’ve got the wrong […]

PROFILES – Gish & Gaynor.

PROFILES – Gish & Gaynor.

January 27, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Lillian Gish Lillian Gish might very well have died in her twenties when she was hit by the influenza pandemic of 1918. She miraculously survived it when a great many people did not. In the 1920s, there was something of a scandal when producer Charles Duell made public details […]

HELEN GILBERT (1915-95)

January 15, 2020 Alan Royle 0

HELEN GILBERT (1915-95) Helen came out of Warren, Ohio and made quite a splash in Hollywood for a brief time, more through her appearances in the gossip columns than for her acting on the silver screen, however, for her talent as a thespian was minimal at best. She did have […]