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TCM Remembers: From Farley Granger & Elizabeth Taylor to Last Silent Film Actresses & Tura Satana + Those MIA

Farley Granger shirtless: TCM Remembers Goldwyn and Hitchcock star who was gay lover of TV producerFarley Granger shirtless publicity shot ca. late 1940s. A Samuel Goldwyn discovery in the early 1940s, dark and handsome Farley Granger (born on July 1, 1925, in San Jose, California) might have become a bigger star had he not been under contract to the independent producer, whose output was considerably more limited than that of the major studios. With the exception of Charles Vidor's box office hit Hans Christian Andersen (1952), with Danny Kaye in the title role, Granger's most important films were those he made while away from Goldwyn: Nicholas Ray's socially conscious film noir They Live by Night (1948), with Cathy O'Donnell; Alfred Hitchcock's crime drama Rope (1948), with Granger and John Dall as two young, wealthy, and arrogant lovers/murderers; Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951), in which Granger becomes entangled with gay psycho Robert Walker, who suggests they swap murders; and Luchino Visconti's sumptuous period drama Senso (1954), in which Austrian army lieutenant Granger becomes involved with Italian countess Alida Valli in Austria-occupied Venice. After his Hollywood career went downhill in the late 1950s, Granger went east, first to Broadway (First Impressions, The Crucible) and then further east, to Italy, where he starred in a series of B thrillers/horror dramas (e.g., Death Will Have Your Eyes, Something Creeping in the Dark). Granger's lover/companion of many years was TV producer Robert Calhoun (1930–2008); in the late 1980s, Granger was featured in several episodes of Calhoun's soap opera As the World Turns. Farley Granger, who died at age 85 on March 27, is the first film personality seen in this year's “TCM Remembers” homage.

From Farley Granger & Annie Girardot to cult movie icon Tura Satana & silent era actress Barbara Kent: 'TCM Remembers 2011'

“TCM Remembers 2011” is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left Planet Earth this past year. (See further below.)

As always, this latest “TCM Remembers” entry – to the tune of OK Sweetheart's haunting “Before You Go” – is a classy, moving compilation.

But before we get to it, here is a brief list of film personalities from around the world who died in 2011, but were left out of the TCM tribute. (In several instances – e.g., Nicol Williamson, Johannes Heesters, Denise Darcel – they may have passed on a little too late for consideration.)

  • Dutch-born actor and singer Johannes Heesters, an extremely popular leading man in German movies of the Nazi era, among them Carl Boese's entertaining musical Hello Janine (1939), in which he romances Cairo-born, Hungarian-raised superstar Marika Rökk; and Paul Martin's romantic crime comedy Jenny und der Herr im Frack (“Jenny and the Man in a Tuxedo”), opposite Gusti Huber. Despite Heesters' association with top members of the Nazi regime – Adolf Hitler, for one, was a fan – he was able to resume his career following World War II (The Divorcée, Star from Rio), remaining active on the concert stage until fairly recently. Johannes Heesters, who always claimed to have been merely an apolitical entertainer, is also notable for the similarities between his life and that of Klaus Maria Brandauer's ambitious, self-serving, Nazi-friendly actor in István Szabó's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winning drama Mephisto (1981). Heesters was 108 years old.
  • Argentinean-born actor Alberto de Mendoza, featured in a number of European B thrillers of the 1960s and 1970s. Of particular interest is Sergio Martino's masterful mix of suspense and kinky sex, Blade of the Ripper / The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971), starring gorgeous-woman-in-distress Edwige Fenech.
  • Dulcie Gray, mostly seen in 1940s British melodramas such as Arthur Crabtree's Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945), supporting Phyllis Calvert and Stewart Granger, and Crabtree's They Were Sisters (1945), as one of the titular siblings along with Calvert and Anne Crawford.
  • Director Charles Jarrott, whose credits include the surprisingly effective Oscar-nominated period drama Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), with Richard Burton as King Henry VIII and Geneviève Bujold as Anne Boleyn; Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), pitting Best Actress Oscar nominee Vanessa Redgrave, as the title character, against Glenda Jackson's Queen Elizabeth I; the disastrous Lost Horizon (1973) musical remake, with Peter Finch and Liv Ullmann leading an all-star cast mostly incapable of either singing or dancing; and the cheesy domestic blockbuster The Other Side of Midnight (1977), with Marie-France Pisier (see further below), John Beck, Susan Sarandon, and Raf Vallone.
  • Filmmaker Raoul Ruiz a.k.a. Raúl Ruiz, whose sprawling, Portuguese-French period drama Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) has been featured in several U.S. and U.K. critics groups' Best of the Year lists, in addition to having won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Satellite Award.
  • Stage and sporadic film actor Nicol Williamson, whose most remarkable screen portrayals were those of Sherlock Holmes in Herbert Ross' The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and Merlin the Magician in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981).
  • Denise Darcel, seen in a handful of Hollywood movies of the late 1940s and early 1950s, most memorably as one of the nominal leading ladies in Robert Aldrich's male-centered color Western Vera Cruz (1954), starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. (Sara Montiel was the other nominal romantic interest.)
  • Pedro Armendáriz Jr., featured in more than 160 movies, at first mostly in Westerns such as Andrew V. McLaglen's Chisum (1970), starring John Wayne, and Bernard L. Kowalski's Macho Callahan (1970), starring David Janssen. Later on, Armendáriz Jr. won two Ariel (Mexican Academy) Awards: Best Actor for Antonio Eceiza's Mina, Wind of Freedom (1977) and Best Supporting Actor for Luis Estrada's Herod's Law (1999). His father was Mexican cinema superstar Pedro Armendáriz (Maria Candelaria, From Russia with Love).
  • Eiko Matsuda, the female lead in Nagisa Oshima's scandalous, sexually explicit psychological drama Empire of the Senses (1976), banned in dozens of countries.
  • The Extra Day (1956) and No Time for Tears (1957) actor George Baker, featured opposite fellow 2011 departed Diane Cilento in George More O'Ferrall's The Woman for Joe (1955). Baker is probably best known for his TV work: Tiberius in I, Claudius and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries.
  • Filmmaker Don Sharp, whose big-screen credits include the period drama Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), with Christopher Lee in the title role, and the IRA thriller Hennessy (1975), toplining Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, and Richard Johnson.
  • Actress Lyudmila Gurchenko, whose five-decade film career reached its peak in mid-20th century Soviet films, among them Eldar Ryazanov's Carnival in Moscow (1956) and Vladimir Denisenko's Roman i Francheska (1961).
  • Silvio Narizzano, whose Georgy Girl (1966), earned Oscar nominations for Lynn Redgrave and James Mason.
  • Anneka Di Lorenzo, who brought to life Ancient Rome's sexually charged Messalina, the third wife of the Emperor Claudius, in Bruno Corbucci's Messalina, Messalina (1977) and Tinto Brass' Caligula (1979) – both films also sharing the same costumes and sets.
  • Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee Downfall producer and screenwriter Bernd Eichinger.
  • Heinz Bennent, seen in a supporting role in Volker Schlöndorff's World War II drama The Tin Drum (1979), winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and co-winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or (with Apocalypse Now).
  • Sada Thompson, seen in a trio of movies – Desperate Characters (1971), The Pursuit of Happiness (1971), Pollock (2000) – and best remembered for the 1970s television series Family.
  • Movie hunks Nico Minardos (Istanbul, Holiday for Lovers) and Aron Kincaid (Beach Ball, The Happiest Millionaire). The latter also provided the voices of several characters in animated television series of the 1980s and 1990s, including Sky Lynx in The Transformers and Killer Croc in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Artists and Models and The Rose Tattoo screenwriter Hal Kanter, whose credits also included several Bob Hope movies (e.g., Road to Bali, Casanova's Big Night); the groundbreaking TV series Julia, starring Diahann Carroll as a nurse; and several recent Academy Award ceremonies.
  • Singer Margaret Whiting, who was featured in Leslie Goodwins' musical Paris Follies of 1956 (1955) and later provided Susan Hayward's singing voice in Mark Robson's blockbuster Valley of the Dolls (1967). She was also the sister of singer and sometime actress Barbara Whiting (1931–2004), seen in about a dozen movies of the late 1940s and early 1950s (e.g., Centennial Summer, Beware My Lovely); both sisters also starred in the 1950s TV series Those Whiting Girls. Later in life, Margaret Whiting became the wife of former child actor-turned-gay & straight porn star Jack Wrangler.
  • Lust for Ecstasy and Hold Me While I'm Naked experimental filmmaker George Kuchar.
  • Actress and socialite Cobina Wright Jr., cast in supporting roles in several 20th Century Fox movies of the 1940s, including Walter Lang's Week-End in Havana (1941), starring Alice Faye, and Gregory Ratoff's Footlight Serenade (1942), starring Betty Grable. Wright Jr. was the daughter of opera singer and socialite Cobina Wright, seen in a brief supporting role in Edmund Goulding's The Razor's Edge (1946).
  • Porky's actor Wyatt Knight, who was also featured in the sequels Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) and Porky's Revenge (1985).
  • Eve Brent, who played Jane, opposite Gordon Scott's Tarzan, in H. Bruce Humberstone's Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958).
  • Dolores Fuller, cast in mostly B movies of the 1950s, notably Ed Wood's transgender-themed drama Glen or Glenda (1953), with Wood himself as the title character and veteran Bela Lugosi as a scientist.
  • Model and actress Doe Avedon, best known not for her handful of film appearances (The High and the Mighty, Deep in My Heart), but for having been the inspiration for Audrey Hepburn's character in Stanley Donen's 1957 romantic comedy musical Funny Face.
  • Anthony Quinn's son and Platoon actor Francesco Quinn.
  • American football player turned Police Academy series actor Bubba Smith.
“TCM Remembers 2011”: Featured talent ranges from Tura Satana to Annie Girardot, from Farley Granger to Jeff Conaway. This year's “TCM Remembers” songs is “Before You Go,” by OK Sweetheart.

'TCM Remembers 2011' partial 'breakdown'

Now that the absentees have been covered, here is a list of – most – of those seen in the “TCM Remembers 2011” video tribute.

  • Initially a Samuel Goldwyn contract player (The North Star, Enchantment), Farley Granger is best remembered as Alida Valli's leading man in Luchino Visconti's Senso (1954); as one of the two murderous young gay men, along with John Dall, in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948); and as one of the two Strangers on a Train (1951) – the other one is Robert Walker – in Hitchcock's thriller about a murder swap.
  • Cinematographer Gunnar Fischer, whose outstanding collaborations with Ingmar Bergman include the classics Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), and Wild Strawberries (1957).
  • A quartet of alluring 1950s leading ladies: Anne Francis (Walter Pidgeon's miniskirt-wearing daughter in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet; Glenn Ford's concerned wife in Blackboard Jungle); Yvette Vickers (memorably attacked by the 50-foot woman in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman; attacked by giant leeches in Attack of the Giant Leeches); Elaine Stewart (Gene Kelly's fiancée in the musical Brigadoon; Anne Boleyn in Young Bess); and Dana Wynter (excellent as Kevin McCarthy's companion in the horror/sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers; memorable in a small but showy role as Burt Lancaster's neglected, bitter – and very elegant – wife in the Oscar-nominated blockbuster Airport).
  • Best Actor Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (Charly, 1968), whose five-decade film career consisted of more than 50 features, from the mid-1950s (Picnic, Autumn Leaves) to Sam Raimi's three Spider-Man movies of the early 21st century. Among Robertson's other notable credits are Paul Wendkos' beach & romance hit Gidget (1959), as the older man in Sandra Dee's life; Franklin J. Schaffner's political drama The Best Man (1964), as a presidential contender with a disgusting sex perversion secret (a gay affair during World War II); and Brian de Palma's Vertigo homage Obsession (1976), opposite Geneviève Bujold.
  • Marie-France Pisier, seen at a social gathering – dress pulled up, sitting on the toilet along with the other guests – in Luis Buñuel's subversive comedy of mores and manners, The Phantom of Liberty (1974); in addition to Jean-Charles Tacchella's international hit Cousin Cousine (1976) and Charles Jarrott's blockbuster (at least in the U.S.) The Other Side of Midnight (1977), in which Pisier must gamely deliver – with a straight face – some of the most laughable lines in film history.
  • Three-time Prix César winner Annie Girardot (Best Actress for Docteur Françoise Gailland, 1976; Best Supporting Actress for both Les Misérables, 1995, and The Piano Teacher, 2001), whose film career spanned more than half a century, and among whose credits are Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Mario Monicelli's The Organizer (1963), Marco Ferreri's The Ape Woman (1964), and Michael Haneke's aforementioned The Piano Teacher and Caché / Hidden (2005).
  • Four-time Best Director Oscar nominee Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, 1957; Dog Day Afternoon, 1975; Network, 1976; The Verdict, 1982), who elicited first-rate performances out of Oscar winner Peter Finch; Oscar nominees Rod Steiger, Al Pacino, William Holden, Paul Newman, and James Mason; plus Henry Fonda, Charlotte Rampling, and dozens of other actors.
  • Michael Sarrazin and Susannah York, both featured in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) – for which York received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Her other credits include Tony Richardson's 1963 Best Picture Oscar winner Tom Jones (she can be seen in all her voluptuousness in the TCM homage); Richard Donner's Superman (1978), as the title character's mother; and Daryl Duke's gripping thriller The Silent Partner (1978), opposite Elliott Gould.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer actress-singer Betty Garrett, featured in a trio of 1949 hits: Edward Buzzell's Neptune's Daughter, Busby Berkeley's Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's On the Town. In addition to, at Columbia, Richard Quine's musical remake of My Sister Eileen (1955). Garrett's Hollywood career suffered a serious setback shortly after its launch, as the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings and all-around anti-Red hysteria led to the blacklisting of her husband, actor Larry Parks (Best Actor Oscar nominee for The Jolson Story, 1946).
  • Daring, iconoclastic filmmaker Ken Russell, whose inventive, outrageous (or obscene, in the eyes of more sensitive types), and/or self-indulgent efforts – several of which featuring Glenda Jackson – include Women in Love (1969), The Boy Friend (1971), The Devils (1971), Savage Messiah (1972), Tommy (1975), Valentino (1977), Altered States (1980), Crimes of Passion (1984), and Salome's Last Dance (1988).
  • Marlon Brando's The Wild One (1953) leading lady Mary Murphy, who would do remarkable work in England: as an actress claiming to have been involved with married filmmaker Richard Basehart in the mystery drama The Intimate Stranger / Finger of Guilt (1957), directed by U.S. political refugee Joseph Losey.
  • Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, 1963), excellent in Martin Ritt's Western Hombre (1967) and Michael Campus' dystopian Z.P.G. / Zero Population Growth (1972). The Australian actress had been formerly married to Sean Connery.
  • Another Australian (but Karachi-born) performer, Googie Withers, among whose credits – mostly in Britain – are actor-director Clive Brook's light comedy On Approval (1944) and the classic omnibus horror drama Dead of Night (1945).
  • Two actresses featured in cinematic succèsses de scandale: Lena Nyman, the star of Vilgot Sjöman's Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), labeled pornography by American authorities back in the late 1960s – thus guaranteeing enormous box office returns when the film was finally released on U.S. shores – and another Marlon Brando leading lady, Maria Schneider, actor Daniel Gélin's daughter and the controversial female star of Bernardo Bertolucci's equally controversial Last Tango in Paris (1973), deemed pornographic by the easily outraged in the early 1970s.
  • Super-celebrity emeritus and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8, 1960; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966), whose film career spanned about four decades and more than 50 features, among them classics such as George Stevens' A Place in the Sun (1951) and Giant (1956), plus Joseph L. Mankiewicz's epoch-making Cleopatra (1963). This Dec. 2011, Taylor's jewel collection fetched a record-setting sum at auction.
  • Howard Hughes discovery Jane Russell, whose prominent cleavage and sensuous lips in Hughes/Howard Hawks' erotic Western The Outlaw (1941, 1943, 1946 – depending on the version) turned on Jack Buetel and moviegoers in general while leaving the sex-crazed folks at the Production Code Association apoplectic. Russell's other best-known movie is Hawks' color musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), opposite Marilyn Monroe and several scantily clad beefy guys.
  • Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry (Best Original Score and Best Original Song – “Born Free,” with Don Black – for Born Free, 1966; and Best Original Score for The Lion in Winter, 1968; Out of Africa, 1985; and Dances with Wolves, 1990). Other Barry credits include Guy Hamilton's James Bond thriller Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and two time-bending features: Jeannot Szwarc's Somewhere in Time (1980) and Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).
  • A trio of child actors from the 1930s: Edith Fellows (Pennies from Heaven), Sybil Jason (The Singing Kid), and Jackie Cooper (who went from Our Gang shorts at the dawn of the sound era to Superman in the late 1970s). Besides, Cooper remains the youngest ever Best Actor Academy Award nominee (for Norman Taurog's Skippy, 1931).
Tura Satana Faster Pussycat Kill Kill: Fun-loving go-go dancers kidnap and murder in cult classicTura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!; Satana is one of the film world's personalities seen in this year's “TCM Remembers” video homage. Born in Japan (as Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi on July 10, in either 1935 or 1938, in Hokkaido) and raised in Chicago, Tura Satana asserted she was raped before the age of 10, which eventually led her to study martial arts so she could extract revenge on each of her attackers. Later on, partly thanks to her multiethnic look, she became an “exotic” dancer and a nude photographic model for former silent film star Harold Lloyd (Safety Last, Speedy). In the early 1960s, she landed a couple of small film roles (Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?, Irma la Douce), but her acting career failed to take off. Even so, Satana has a place in film history as one of a trio of fun-loving go-go dancers who commit kidnaps and murders with equal abandon in Russ Meyer's “exploitation” thriller Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. (The other two go-goers were Haji and Lori Williams.) She would be credited for only two other movie appearances – in Ted V. Mikels' grade Z sci-fiers The Astro-Zombies (1968) and The Doll Squad (1973) – before calling it quits. There would be two minor comebacks in recent years, the last of which was in Mikels' Astro Zombies: M3 - Cloned (2010). Also worth noting, Tura Satana became the name of the 1990s alternative metal band initially known as Manhole.
  • Centenarian French cinema veteran Paulette Dubost, who had an important role in Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Games (1939).
  • David Nelson of TV's The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet fame, seen sporadically on the big screen in supporting roles as handsome, youthful types – e.g., Mark Robson's scandalous Peyton Place (1957) and, wearing skin-tight tights, Joseph M. Newman's all-star soap opera The Big Circus (1959). Three decades later, Nelson made a comeback in John Waters' Cry-Baby (1988).
  • Filmmaker and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates, who directed a quartet of Oscar nominees: Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman in I Never Sang for My Father (1970), and Joanne Woodward and Sylvia Sidney in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973). On TV, Cates directed the groundbreaking coming out drama Consenting Adult (1985), starring Martin Sheen, Marlo Thomas, and Barry Tubb as their masculine, athletic gay son.
  • Two-time Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., 1960; Pocketful of Miracles, 1961), a sometime John Cassavetes collaborator (Husbands, 1970; A Woman Under the Influence, 1974) who is best remembered as television's unshowered police detective Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing a Columbo-esque angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (1987).
  • Anna Massey, daughter of actors Raymond Massey and Adrianne Allen, and one of Carl Boehm's victims in Michael Powell's controversial Peeping Tom (1960).
  • Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father, 1993), also seen in Bryan Singer's thriller The Usual Suspects (1995) and Christopher Nolan's dreamworld blockbuster Inception (2010).
  • Hideko Takamine, featured in Seiji Hisamatsu's House of Many Pleasures (1955) and Mikio Naruse's When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960).
  • Jeff Conaway, best remembered as the second lead in Randal Kleiser's musical blockbuster Grease (1978), starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and for the 1980s hit television series Taxi.
  • Tura Satana, of Russ Meyer's cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) and Ted V. Mikels' The Astro-Zombies (1968).
  • Neva Patterson, who stoically loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember (1957).
  • Margaret Field, the leading lady in Edgar G. Ulmer's cult B sci-fier The Man from Planet X (1951), and the mother of Norma Rae and Places in the Heart Oscar winner Sally Field.
  • Screenwriter Kevin Jarre, whose credits include Edward Zwick's Glory (1989), starring Matthew Broderick, and Stephen Sommers' The Mummy (1999), starring Brendan Fraser.
  • Child actor John Howard Davies, best remembered for playing the title character in David Lean's Oliver Twist (1948).
  • Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash, whose brief career in front of the camera had one memorable highlight: Chaplin's unusual mix of sentiment and subversiveness, Monsieur Verdoux (1947).
  • (Co-)Oscar-nominated art director Polly Platt (Terms of Endearment, 1983), who also produced a handful of films – e.g., James L. Brooks' I'll Do Anything (1994), Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket (1996), and Robert Harling's The Evening Star (1996). Platt was The Last Picture Show filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich's wife from 1962–1972.
  • Cell 2455, Death Row (1955) and Dementia 13 (1963) actor William Campbell.
  • Tyrone Power's second wife and Edmund Purdom's third, Linda Christian, seen in generally minor roles in a handful of international movies – e.g., Athena (1954), The V.I.P.s (1963), How to Seduce a Playboy (1966).
  • John Wood, who capably supported Nigel Hawthorne in Nicholas Hytner's The Madness of King George (1994).
  • John Neville, whose best-remembered big-screen portrayal is probably that of Sherlock Holmes in James Hill's A Study in Terror (1965).
  • Minor Columbia leading lady/second lead Leslie Brooks, seen in a couple of dozen movies of the 1940s, including William A. Seiter's You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Charles Vidor's Cover Girl (1944), and Victor Saville's Tonight and Every Night (1945), all three starring Rita Hayworth.
  • Two-time Oscar-nominated director Peter Yates (Breaking Away, 1979; The Dresser, 1983), whose best-known effort probably remains the Steve McQueen cop thriller Bullitt (1968).
  • Michael Gough, whose career went from a supporting role in Julien Duvivier's Anna Karenina (1948), starring Vivien Leigh, to providing the voice for the Dodo Bird in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). Along the way, the busy Gough also found time to play Alfred Pennyworth in Burton's Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), in addition to Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
  • Canadian-born actor Paul Massie, the star of the Hammer release The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) – with Mr. Hyde as the more seductive face of the otherwise colorless doc – and later a theater professor at the University of South Florida.
  • House of Wax (1953) leading man Paul Picerni, best remembered as Robert Stack's handsome second-in-command in the hit television series The Untouchables (1959–1963).
  • Harry Morgan (a.k.a. Henry Morgan), of TV's M*A*S*H fame, but also a busy supporting player in nearly 100 films – e.g. William A. Wellman's The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Anthony Mann's The Glenn Miller Story (1954).
  • Stage and sometime film actress Jill Haworth, the original Sally Bowles in the Broadway production of Cabaret. Haworth's few film appearances included supporting roles in two Otto Preminger efforts, Exodus (1960) and In Harm's Way (1965).
  • Screenwriter and playwright Arthur Laurents, whose film credits include Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948) and Otto Preminger's first-rate family drama Bonjour Tristesse (1958), and whose Broadway musicals include Gypsy and West Side Story. At one point, Laurents, the author of a bitter tell-all autobiography, was the lover of fellow 2011 departed and Rope leading man Farley Granger.
  • Powerhouse agent Sue Mengers, among whose clients were Ann-Margret, Barbra Streisand, and Natalie Wood. In addition, Mengers is supposed to have been the inspiration for Shelley Winters' butch lesbian character in Blake Edwards' Hollywood satire S.O.B. (1981).
  • And finally, truly marking the end of an era, silent film actresses Miriam Seegar (the British-made When Knights Were Bold, the early sound comedy thriller Seven Keys to Baldpate) and Barbara Kent (the John Gilbert-Greta Garbo blockbuster Flesh and the Devil, Paul Fejos' slice-of-life classic Lonesome). Seegar and Kent were the last two – relatively speaking – well-known surviving performers who played lead roles in English-language silent films. Curiously, TCM missed out on another silent film actress who died twice, the last time in Nov. 2010: Eva von Berne (The Masks of the Devil, The Somnambulist), whose – actual – death was reported in early 2011.

Perhaps it's only a mere coincidence that 2011 is also the year a silent movie – that's Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist – made a cultural splash. But then again, perhaps it has all been carefully scripted by someone, somewhere.

 

“TCM Remembers 2011” video homage: Turner Classic Movies.

Farley Granger publicity image ca. late 1940s via www.mynewplaidpants.com.

Tura Satana Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! image: RM Films International.


         
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6 Comments to TCM Remembers: From Farley Granger & Elizabeth Taylor to Last Silent Film Actresses & Tura Satana + Those MIA

  1. bryn

    Someone please let me know who sings the beautiful song…”To Your Song”…thanks

  2. Andre

    The background song is “Before You Go,” by OK Sweetheart.

  3. Darci

    In “TCM Remembers” but not in this article: Jimmy Sangster, James Arness, Len Lesser, Paul Picerni, Edward Hardwicke, Roberts Blossom, Charles Napier, Norma Eberhardt, John Neville, Bill McKinney, Kenneth Mars, G. D. Spradlin, Leslie Brooks, Paul Massie, and John Calley. Thanks for identifying the haunting background song.

  4. Tom M.

    The TCM Remembers 2011 is very moving, helping us remember some huge names. Their choice of music is perfect and is what brought me here. I had to know who did it. Thank you.

  5. Andre

    Annie Girardot, Paulette Dubost, Marie-France Pisier, Gunnar Fischer, Hideko Takamine, etc. are hardly “no-names.” It's great that TCM included them. Though of course, Dolores Fuller should have been included as well.

    Also, Ann Savage may have been included in the “TCM Remembers” of 2009. She died in late Dec. 2008 – too late for inclusion in TCM's 2008 tribute.

  6. Sheamus O'Dhanussey

    TCM missed Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood's favorite actress. How they could include overseas no-names but miss a low-budged movie legend is beyond me. They did the same with Ann Savage in 2008. TCM must look down upon B-movies. Disgraceful.