PROFILES – HOPKINS & HORNE

PROFILES – HOPKINS & HORNE

November 26, 2020 Alan Royle 1

MIRIAM HOPKINS (1902 – 72)                 Born Ellen Miriam Hopkins into a wealthy Savannah, Georgia family in 1902, ‘Mims’ Hopkins attended the finest educational institutions, including (according to most historians but not all of them) Syracuse University in New York State. She studied dance in New York and got her feet […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT164.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT164.

November 5, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    Barbara Stanwyck & husband Frank Fay Thirty-seven year-old comedian Frank Fay married 21 year-old chorus girl Barbara Stanwyck in August 1928, their stormy union ending in divorce in 1935. Fay was an egotist and an abusive, unpopular drunk. A standing joke around Hollywood begged the question, ‘Who has […]

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 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT154.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT154.

May 3, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Kay Kendall Rex Harrison & Kay Kendall British actress Kay Kendall was pretty much born into the music hall business. Her grand-mother, Marie Kendall, was an Edwardian music hall star and her father, Terry Kendall, was a song-and-dance-man on the circuit. It was no surprise, therefore, when Kay tossed in […]

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

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 […]

WW2 – The stars & their stories – PT10.

November 10, 2019 Alan Royle 0

DARNELL, Linda:                                                                                                  Linda was one of the many local actresses who attended the Hollywood Canteen and did their level best to make a lot of young servicemen briefly happy before they embarked for battle zones on the other side of the world. On one particular evening she danced […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT4.

September 14, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    JULIE ADAMS   Julie in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) ‘No matter what you do, you can act your heart out, but people will always say, ‘Oh, Julie Adams – Creature from the Black Lagoon’.   CLAUDIA CARDINALE ‘I wasn’t speaking a word of Italian until I was […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT121.

April 26, 2019 Alan Royle 0

     After a highly publicized meltdown, Charlie Sheen was fired from the hit TV sitcom Two and a Half Men (2003-11) in March 2011. He had made anti-Semitic remarks about the creator of the series, Chuck Lorre, and posted videos on YouTube of himself smoking cigarettes through his nose […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT119.

April 8, 2019 Alan Royle 1

                                                                                                                                      Wendy Barrie as Jane Seymour in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) Whenever I see the Alexander Korda feature The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the one in which Charles Laughton so memorably plays the title role, I find myself drawn to the actress playing Jane […]

THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

April 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in GWTW (1939)         The Academy Awards is a competition, but it is one that has seldom been conducted on a level playing field. A winner one year may very well not even have been nominated in a stronger year. Historically, the two […]