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BEST PICTURE 1944 – ‘Going My Way’.

March 5, 2018 Alan Royle 5

                             I recently wrote a piece on the worst ‘Best Picture’ – the 1952 abomination The Greatest Show on Earth. It is a movie I have avoided all my life until it bobbed up on Foxtel last […]

The Romances of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.

June 24, 2017 Alan Royle 25

    The stunning American actress Grace Kelly only made eleven movies in her brief but spectacular career. By most accounts she made hay with most of her leading men while the sun shone. But not all of them. Her supporters argue that she was basically seeking a father substitute […]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 16.

October 11, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    CRAIG, Yvonne                                BOYD, Jimmy                                   1960 – 63 (div.)   If things had worked out differently Yvonne might have spent her days dancing instead of acting. As a teenager she showed enormous promise, enough to be chosen as one of the youngest ever dancers by the Denham’s Ballet […]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 14.

September 17, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  CILENTO, Diane                              CONNERY, Sean                              1962 – 73 (div.)   Australian actress Diane Cilento is all but unknown today to international audiences. If not for her marriage to the first James Bond, Sean Connery, her career might be pretty much forgotten. Even her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress […]

The exquisite Grace Kelly.

March 13, 2016 admin 18

  Fans of Grace Kelly (and I am one of them, believe it or not) are probably going to jump up and down if they read this, and accuse me of ‘muck-raking’ or, at best, sensationalising her track record (or should I say ‘sack’ record) with members of the opposite […]

TV – More trivia from the early days.

December 8, 2015 admin 4

  In 1945 there were 7,000 TV sets in the USA. By 1950 there were 5 million! The first three shows to run weekly were I Love Lucy, Life with Riley and The Adventures of Superman. Most movie actors did not want to have anything to do with TV, convinced […]

Did You Know? – Points of Interest PT 5

August 30, 2015 admin 0

  After starring in A Summer Place in 1959, Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Troy Donahue had the acting world at his feet. Then he blew it with drugs and booze. ‘I was loaded all the time’, he recalled. ‘I’d wake up about 6:30 in the morning, take three aspirins mixed with codeine, […]

GRACE KELLY – Man-eater extraordinaire.

February 6, 2015 admin 10

    Every once in a while an actress comes along with whom the camera seems to fall in love. Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo were three one could name, but even these beauties took a back seat to Grace Kelly. She only made eleven movies, yet she […]