WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT41.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT41.

February 10, 2021 Alan Royle 6

            PETER ORTIZ (1913-88)                                                    The highlight of the undistinguished film career of Peter Ortiz was probably his portrayal of Captain St. Jacques in the 1950 John Wayne western Rio Grande. His wartime career, however, is the stuff of legend. Multi-lingual Pierre ‘Peter’ Ortiz was the most decorated man to […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

November 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  DOLORES MORAN (1926-82)                                                                               Dolores was one of those actresses whose private life proved to be far more interesting than her film career. The extremely well-endowed Californian beauty was signed to a seven-year contract at Warner Bros at the age of sixteen (with her parents’ full consent) 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 […]

WW2 – The Stars & their Stories – PT9.

November 1, 2019 Alan Royle 0

CRAWFORD, Broderick:                                                               Crawford was just two days shy of his 30th birthday when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps, he was assigned to the Armed Forces Network and became one of two announcers for the Glenn Miller […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 20.

June 9, 2018 Alan Royle 2

                           Orson Welles circa 1938 The Night That Panicked America (1975) was a tele-movie about the legendary 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre group, of a version of The War of the Worlds, that ‘millions of […]

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 ‘GIRL NEXT DOOR’ TYPES – PT 1.

May 4, 2016 admin 0

There has never been a shortage of classical beauties, sex symbols, femme fatales, man-eaters and out and out dramatic or musical stars in Hollywood. Many of these ladies led headline-riddled lives, married multiple spouses, and/or embarked upon numerous affairs, not always exclusively with members of the opposite sex. Some had […]

Hollywood’s real-life war heroes ( Pt 3 )

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Here are a few pieces of trivia regarding actresses during World War Two that you may or may not know. The first one deals with selling War Bonds, the second involves touring with the United Services Organizations Inc. (USO), and the third looks at the famous Hollywood Canteen. Touring with […]

Gene Tierney – an unfortunate life?

February 24, 2015 admin 0

    Nineteen year-old Gene Tierney had made her screen debut in the 1940 western The Return of Frank James. Already a star on Broadway, she was nevertheless appalled by the high pitch of her voice when she first saw the rushes. Determined to lower the tone of her delivery, whatever […]