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Gay Hollywood on TCM

Considering everything that's been happening on the planet in the last several months, you'd have thought we're already in November or December – of 2117. But no. It's only June. 2017. And in some parts of the world, that's the month of brides, fathers, graduates, gays, and climate change denial. Beginning this evening, Thursday, June 1, Turner Classic Movies will be focusing on one of these June groups: LGBT people, specifically those in the American film industry. Following the presentation of about 10 movies featuring Frank Morgan, who would have turned 127 years old today, TCM will set its cinematic sights on the likes of William Haines, James Whale, George Cukor, Mitchell Leisen, Dorothy Arzner, Patsy Kelly, and Ramon Novarro. […]


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Gay Hollywood on TCM



Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill

Constance Cummings: Actress went from minor, long-eyelashed Hollywood leading lady in Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra movies to starring in West End plays by Eugene O'Neill, Noël Coward and William Shakespeare. Constance Cummings: Vastly underrated actress should be better remembered Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., died ten years ago on Nov. 23, '05. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, sincere, and elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at RKO or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood […]


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Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill



Gloria Stuart Dead at 100: 'Titanic,' Classic Horror Movie Actress

Gloria Stuart in a publicity shot from the 1930s (top); Gloria Stuart as Old Rose in Titanic (bottom) Gloria Stuart, the pretty, blonde leading lady in the Universal horror classics The Old Dark House (1932) and The Invisible Man (1933), and the elderly Rose in James Cameron's megablockbuster Titanic (1997), died on Sunday, Sept. 26. Stuart had turned 100 last July 4; a breast-cancer survivor, she had been diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago. Stuart's death is world news today solely because of Titanic, which earned the then 87-year-old performer a belated Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, thus making her the oldest Oscar nominee on record. Else, her passing would have been a minor footnote. […]


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Gloria Stuart Dead at 100: 'Titanic,' Classic Horror Movie Actress