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ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGERS/ACTORS PT1

August 22, 2018 Alan Royle 2

 Frank Sinatra recording on Capitol   as Maggio in From Here to Eternity    with his wife Ava Gardner There has never been a shortage of Italian/American singer/actors down the decades, so I thought I might write a little about the more accomplished ones. It would be fair to say that […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT37.

July 29, 2018 Alan Royle 3

                                 Edie Adams                                        Ernie Kovacs in North to Alaska (1960)                      […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 23.

June 19, 2018 Alan Royle 7

                                                                                             Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off […]

LAUREN BACALL (1924-2014)

April 10, 2018 Alan Royle 10

When lists of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses are drawn up the name of Lauren Bacall is often left out. There is no denying the fact that her beauty was even more transitory than most; her features seemingly hardening quite early in life, but in her prime ‘Betty’ Bacall was a […]

The Divine Dinah Shore (1916-94).

August 23, 2017 Alan Royle 7

  DINAH SHORE                                     She was born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee in 1916. Friends called her ‘Fanny’, but to the music-loving world she was known as Dinah Shore. She altered her […]

The many loves of Ava Gardner.

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  AVA GARDNER (1922-90)            Ava was a ‘knockout’, possibly the sexiest woman ever to grace a movie screen. She married Mickey Rooney when he was the number one box-office draw in movies (she refused to sleep with him unless he married her first). Within three weeks or so of the […]

The many loves of Lana Turner.

August 1, 2017 Alan Royle 5

  LANA TURNER (1921-95)   1936:   Wayne Morris, who would become a fighter pilot hero in World War Two, was Lana’s first Hollywood crush.   1937:   Ronald Reagan was her first studio-arranged romance, although it is generally believed that their relationship did not go beyond a few horse-riding outings. However, […]

The Romances of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.

June 24, 2017 Alan Royle 26

    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 […]

Miss Peggy Lee

February 22, 2017 Alan Royle 0

                                      Peggy Lee was not only an extraordinary singer, she also had the makings of a fine dramatic actress as evidenced by her Oscar nomination for Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955). She later complained […]