PROFILES – HOPKINS & HORNE

PROFILES – HOPKINS & HORNE

November 26, 2020 Alan Royle 0

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 […]

PROFILES – Wanda Hendrix & Sonja Henie.

PROFILES – Wanda Hendrix & Sonja Henie.

September 6, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  WANDA HENDRIX (1928 – 81)                             She was born Dixie Wanda Hendrix in Jacksonville, Florida in 1928. Whilst appearing in her little hometown theatre group, young Dixie was noticed by a talent scout and signed to a […]

JUDY GARLAND

JUDY GARLAND

March 13, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Judy Garland Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922, Judy Garland was singing from the age of two. Her mother recognised her potential at once and carted her around the country, having her perform solo in nightclubs, cabarets, hotels and theatres. The family was in constant turmoil, […]

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 […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT12.

November 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

        CLINT EASTWOOD:                                                         [On surviving a plane crash in the early fifties] ‘They had one plane, a Douglas AD, sort of a torpedo bomber of World War Two vintage, and I thought I’d hitch on that. Everything went wrong. Radios went out. Oxygen ran out. And finally […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT137.

August 18, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Three of the film’s Munchkins Judy Garland recalled working on the set of The Wizard of Oz (1939) with The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), The Tin Man (Jack Haley) and The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). ‘Whenever we’d do that little dance up the Yellow Brick Road, I was supposed […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT108.

February 24, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Lulu sings ‘To Sir with Love’ in the movie (The Mindbenders in the background) Sidney Poitier as ‘Sir’ Columbia held To Sir with Love (1967) from release for over a year before finally deciding to open it in Westwood, California in the summer of 1967. It did so unexpectedly well […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT92.

December 24, 2018 Alan Royle 4

The lovely May Wynn in The Caine Mutiny (1954) May at home with husband Jack Kelly Donna Lee Hickey was born in New York City in 1928. When she won the role of May Wynn in the 1954 classic The Caine Mutiny, she decided to change her acting name to that of […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT89.

December 16, 2018 Alan Royle 4

  Marion Davies Marion Davies acquired a reputation for showing kindness to actors down on their luck. She was always writing cheques to help out struggling careers and to rejuvenate many. ‘You’re rich’, she said many times, ‘not because of money, but only through what you give.’ She also built […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT82

November 26, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  Franciska Gaal The name Franciska Gaal is long lost to modern movie-goers. Her Hollywood screen career was very short indeed, only three pictures released just prior to the outbreak of World War Two. Born in Budapest, Hungary, the Jewish Franciska had enjoyed success in German cinema until Hitler came […]