Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Based on a novel by Elizabeth Goudge, Green Dolphin Street is a story about, as one critic phrased it, "a slip of the pen." A fugitive sailor, hiding out in New Zealand, writes to his faraway sweetheart and asks her to be his bride. The problem is, he's drunk while writing the letter and addresses it to the wrong woman, the sister of his intended, played by Lana Turner. The MGM starlet was riding high after the previous year's smash hit, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), and was given top billing.
As for Turner's other co-stars in Green Dolphin Street, Donna Reed was cast as her sister, Marguerite, and newcomer Richard Hart played the man of their affections. Reed, having earned acclaim for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), would go on to win an Oscar for her performance as an ambitious prostitute in From Here to Eternity (1953).
Did you Know??
- Katharine Hepburn was slated for a starring role in the film.
- Reed, who initially did not want to play the role of "Marguerite" because she thought that Lana Turner was prettier and that audiences would not believe that "William" would chose her over Lana, is quoted as saying, "Lana's gorgeous. If I play that part, it'll ruin the picture."
- According to a 1947 article in Look magazine, which referred to this picture as a "$3,000,000 film," $500,000 was spent on the earthquake scene alone.
- Green Dolphin Street received an Academy Award for Best Special Effects, and was nominated for Best Sound Recording.
- Lana Turner and Van Heflin reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 19 Sep 1949.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
her home was destroyed not once, but twice -- the first time by a mudslide in the sixties, which cost her her Picasso collection as well as much of her own work, and the second time by fire, in July 2000, which destroyed her collection of movie scripts and memorabilia, and the computer containing her unfinished autobiography. (She has never finished it.)
n the late-'30s she won a beauty contest at fifteen and was named Snow Queen of the winter carnival at the Chicago Naval Training Center. Before she was discovered by the studios, she worked as a model and had to demo iceboxes as "Miss Deepfreeze of 1953."
She was romantically linked with Cary Grant, playboy Aly Khan, and at least half the Rat Pack -- Frank, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford. Her controversial affair with Sammy had to be hushed up. Late in '57 Cohn was furious when word leaked of her affair with Sammy Davis, Jr. In early January '58 in Vegas, Jerry Lewis filled in at a show for Sammy because Sammy was supposedly in Chicago proposing to Kim. Cohn was terrified that rumors of the explosive relationship would ruin his top star's career, she later said her agent told her she'd be finished in Hollywood if she kept seeing Sammy. When she didn't back down, supposedly Cohn hired some thugs to take Sammy out into the desert and threaten him, though this story is unconfirmed.
December 57 Cohn learns about her affair with Sammy Davis, Jr. News of the scandal spreads throughout Hollywood like wildfire; Cohn suffers his first heart attack.
actor James Stewart once said about her: "Kim Novak was so darned serious on Vertigo. She came up to Hitchcock and said, 'About the next scene, I'd like to go over it with because I'm not sure of the reason for the motivation that I have in dealing with the problem that I have,' and Hitchcock just looked at her and said, 'Kim, it's only a movie!'"
27 February 58 Cohn dies of a heart attack after receiving clippings of the Kim-Sammy scandal
Monday, July 10, 2006
Under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she went on to play wholesome, perky roles in a string of light comedies, musicals and romances, including "Music for Millions," "Two Girls and a Sailor" (the first of five pairings opposite Van Johnson) "Little Women" and "Good News." In the latter two films, she starred opposite Peter Lawford.
She won a Golden Globe Award for her 1951 role in "Too Young to Kiss," where she played a talented pianist who poses as a child prodigy to gain an audition for a music impresario who is holding tryouts for a kids' concert tour.Actress June Allyson dies at 88 | Reuters.com
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Born in 1905, Howard Hughes was among the wealthiest and most powerful American men of the 20th Century, particularly noted for his interest in aviation. For all his fame, however, Hughes is today best recalled as an eccentric playboy who seemed more interested in "acquiring trophies" than in having any real emotional or physical intimacy with the numerous women he pursued. Following an early marriage to debutant Ella Rice, he arrived in Hollywood in 1924--and promptly dumped Ella to pursue a series of glamorous women. In time, Hughes' various interests--including his headline-making love life--gave way to mental illness and reclusiveness; he died in 1976. But for many years he cut a swath through Hollywood's most celebrated beauties.
1926-2000. Jean Peters parlayed her 1946 win as Miss Ohio State into a minor film career as a pretty screen ingenue. Perhaps her best-remembered film is the 1954 'Three Coins In the Fountain'. She married Hughes in 1957 and retired from the screen. They generally led separate lives, and Peters reported that she had not seen for several years at the time of their 1971 divorce, at which time she resumed her career.
b. 1929. Like Jean Peters, Terri Moore was a minor screen ingenue who is today best recalled for 1952's 'Come Back, Little Sheba'. Moore claimed to have married Hughes at sea, and after a court battle was eventually recognized by the Hughes estate as Howard Hughes widow. Unlike Peters, however, Moore has had a lot to say about Hughes since his death. Still living, Moore works in fashion merchandise marketing and refers to herself as "Mrs. Howard Hughes."
Bette Davis, 1908-1989. Oscar winner celebrated for her powerful performances in such films as 'All About Eve (Special Edition)', Davis is said to have dumped Hughes when she--like all the others--realized he had no intention of being faithful.
Olivia De Havilland, b. 1916. Oscar winner best recalled for her role as Melanie in the legendary 'Gone with the Wind', De Havilland considered Hughes little more than an escort--but she liked the publicity it caused.
Marlene Dietrich, 1901-1992. One of the screen's most glamorous stars in 'Destry Rides Again', Dietrich was infamous for her affairs and no more serious about Hughes than he was about her.
Billie Dove, 1903-1997. Dove was one of the silent screen's most celebrated beauties in such films as 'The Black Pirate', and Hughes dumped his first wife for her; three years later Dove dumped Hughes when she caught him stepping out.
Joan Fontaine b. 1917. Academy Award winning star best recalled for such films as 'Rebecca - Criterion Collection', Fontaine was more than happy to have Hughes as an occasional escort--particularly since it annoyed sister Olivia de Havilland.
Ava Gardner, 1922-1990. Legendary screen beauty and star of such films as 'Show Boat', Gardner was a firey woman who was said to have actually dominated Hughes!
Linda Darnell proved early on that she was a natural for films. Discovered for films in her native Dallas, Texas, at the age of 16 she signed with 20th Century Fox. Just one year later, Fox gave Darnell a starring role in Stardust (1940; with John Payne). Often cast in film noir and westerns, her years at Fox were her best, with films such as Blood and Sand (1941; with Tyrone Power) and Forever Amber
Paulette Goddard, 1910-1990. Noted actress in classics like 'The Women', Goddard was amused by Hughes between husbands Charlie Chaplin and Erich Maria Remarque.
Jean Harlow, 1911-1937. The legendary Harlow got her big break when Hughes cast her as the lead in his 1930 film 'Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels'--but how far their relationship went is anybody's guess.
Rita Hayworth, 1918-1987. World War II's favorite pin-up and star of 'Gilda', Rita Hayworth was among Hughes' rumored conquests.
Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003. Perhaps the 20th Century's most celebrated screen actress in films like 'The Philadelphia Story', Hughes and Hepburn were a very serious item in the 1930s--but broke it off when neither felt able to tolerate the other's sense of independence.
Hedy Lamarr, 1913-2000. The ultra-beautiful star of such films as 'Samson & Delilah (1950)', the sultry-yet-brainy Lamarr was among Hughes various interests of the 1940s.
Carole Lombard, 1908-1942. The beautiful, high-spirited star of such classics as 'To Be or Not to Be' lost all interest in Hughes when she fell in love with Clark Gable.
Ida Lupino, 1914-1995. Film Noir queen Lupino, 1914-1995, best known for 'High Sierra', was an occasional trophy date for the infamous Mr. Hughes. So was the legendary Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, star of many famous film including 'Some Like It Hot'.
Dancer Ginger Rogers, 1911-1995, best recalled as Fred Astaire's dancing partner in such films as 'Swing Time', was among Hughes' dates in the 1930s. So was "Queen of MGM" Norma Shearer, 1902-1983, famous for such films as 'Private Lives'.
Gene Tierney, 1920-1991, star of such films as 'Laura', was a Hughes date in the 1940s--as was Lana Turner, 1921-1995, star of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice'. Perhaps the last star with Hughes was publically associated was Shelley Winters, b. 1920, famous for such films as 'A Place in the Sun'.
From time to time rumors surface that Hughes' friendships with a few male stars were a bit more physical than most people think. Although there is little factual evidence, he has been occasionally linked to Errol Flynn, 1909-1959, star of 'The Adventures of Robin Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition)'; Cary Grant, 1904-1986, star of 'Gunga Din'; and the notoriously bisexual Tyrone Power, 1913-1958, star of 'The Mark of Zorro'.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Pirelli, publishers of the world's most famous glamour calendar, have released a picture in which Loren, 71, wearing black lingerie, is covered by a sheet.
A spokeswoman said: "People are going to have to wait until the publication of the calendar in November to see the final shots. a movie star, would not be naked, but "not much dressed either"
Loren was quoted as saying the shoot was "something that pleases us and about which we have been thinking for some time".full story at Nude or not, Loren, 71, causes a stir -
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Kim Novak was one of the last of the "manufactured" screen goddesses and Columbia's answer to Marilyn Monroe,She was born Marilyn Pauline Novak and raised in Chicago, the daughter of a Czech railroad man. Before she was discovered in Los Angeles by Columbia Pictures helmer Harry Cohn (who chose her as a replacement for his increasingly difficult and rebellious reigning screen goddess Rita Hayworth)
Kim had a more refined sex appeal than the other blond goddesses of the 1950's. She radiated a kind of mystery that harked back to the days of Garbo and Dietrich. Onscreen Kim Novak seems distant, enigmatic, thoughtful and somehow sad. , the melancholy blonde and the lavender blonde. The studio created the idea that lavender was Kim Novak's favorite color as part of her movie star image. However, The term Lavender Blonde fits Kim Novak - it sets her apart from the sunny Doris Day or the gilded Marilyn Monroe.
Her first real break as a wistful country girl seduced by drifter William Holden in "Picnic" (both 1955). It was a pared-down, subtle Novak who earned good notices as the caring neighbor who helps Frank Sinatra kick his drug addiction in Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955). But the studio was still intent on exploiting her sex appeal and put her in vehicles like the ill-advised biopic "Jeanne Eagels" (1957) and she was overshadowed by co-stars Sinatra and Rita Hayworth in the musical "Pal Joey" (also 1957).
When Vera Miles, who was originally cast opposite Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, became pregnant, Kim Novak got the part, on loan from Columbia to Paramount. Though the film didn't do well at the time, it was later hailed as Hitchcock's masterpiece, and became Novak's signature role.
ovak even had a go at series TV spending the 1986-87 season as a regular on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest", playing a woman of mystery on the run from criminals. Ironically, her character's name was Kit Marlowe, one of the screen names that Harry Cohn had suggested for the actress at the start of her career. Her last screen performance to date was as a dying matriarch in Mike Figgis' "Liebestraum" (1991).
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
One of the most glorious gifts that America has given the world is the movie musical. It is an art form of power and passion - and unbridled entertainment.
This September, AFI will continue its proud partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to celebrate AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals. John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will reveal the results live-and in order-at the Hollywood Bowl on September 3, 2006 as part of their annual movie night concert entitled "The Big Picture."
ÂLast Sunday my boyfriend asked me about our relationship. I said I love him then he took me to jewelry shop near our house to pick our ring. It is with gold with plain style which is match with my boyfriendÂs personality. Of course he paid for mine and I paid for his. IÂve been planning so many wedding and engagement party for someone else so this is a good time that I will plan a small engagement party for myself. It is going to be small cocktail party with about 30-40 guests at the private beach in small Island near Koh Samui called Koh Nang Yuan.The reason that he gives me the ring because he wants the commitment which I already give it to him."