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Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide

Jimmy Edwards. Best known for his radio and television work – Take It from Here in the former medium; Whack-O! in the latter – British comedian Jimmy Edwards was seen, mostly in small parts, in about a dozen features from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. His most notable film role […]

Marília Pêra: Daring 'Pixote' Prostitute, National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Winner

Marília Pêra: Brazilian actress was featured as the foul-mouthed prostitute in the international hit 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, […]

David Bowie Movies: 'Ziggy Stardust' Memorable as Nikola Tesla, Fast-Aging Vampire

David Bowie: The former Ziggy Stardust in 'The Hunger.' David Bowie movies: Iconic singer memorable as fast-aging vampire, Nikola Tesla Singer and sometime actor David Bowie, one of the iconic figures of the English-language music scene of the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer yesterday, Jan. 10, […]

Danièle Delorme: Rare Woman Director's Muse & Pioneering Producer

Danièle Delorme: Pioneering woman director Jacqueline Audry's muse would eventually become a pioneering female movie producer. Remembering pioneering woman director's muse and pioneering woman producer Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme, who died on Oct. 17, '15, at the age of 89 in Paris, is best remembered as the first actress to […]

West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far

West End stage actress Constance Cummings also appeared on Broadway and in Hollywood and British movies. West End theater star: Constance Cummings in 'Saint Joan,' Shakespeare (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: From Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband […]

Dean Jones Actor Dies: From Disney Hit 'The Love Bug' to Christian Movies

Dean Jones: Actor in Disney and Christian movies. Dean Jones: Actor who went from 'The Love Bug' and 'That Darn Cat!' to Christian movies dead at 84 Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died […]

Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek'

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of […]

Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Regret

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs:' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: “Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.”) Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the […]

Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91

Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title […]

Teresa Wright: From Broadway Hit to 'Somewhere in Time' and 'The Rainmaker'

Teresa Wright in 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,' with Pat Hingle. Teresa Wright Broadway comeback: 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs' (See previous post: “Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker.'”) In 1952, Teresa Wright was featured alongside fellow Hollywood […]

Teresa Wright: Actress Made Academy Awards History

Teresa Wright. Teresa Wright: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago (2005) – on March […]

Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale

Simone Simon: Femme fatale in 'Cat People.' Simone Simon: Remembering the 'Cat People' and 'La Bête Humaine' actress Pert, pretty, pouty, and fiery-tempered Simone Simon – who died at age 94 ten years ago, on Feb. 22, '05 – is best known for her starring role in Jacques Tourneur's cult […]

Martha Stewart Not Dead Despite Reports to the Contrary

Martha Stewart in 'Doll Face,' with Perry Como. Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox […]

'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium

Renée Asherson in Henry V (1944), with Laurence Olivier. 'Henry V' movie (1944) actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed Shakespearean classic Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as […]

'Sherlock Holmes' Movie Found

Sherlock Holmes with William Gillette. 'Sherlock Holmes' movie found at Cinémathèque Française Sherlock Holmes, a long-thought-lost 1916 feature starring stage performer and playwright William Gillette in the title role, has been discovered in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Directed by the all-but-forgotten Arthur Berthelet for the Chicago-based Essanay production […]

Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List,' Equal Rights Amendment Supporter

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (See previous post: “Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President.'”) As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise – the United States' first woman president as a palpable reality – Kisses for My […]

Joan Lorring: One of Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee Dead at 88

Joan Lorring in 'Three Strangers' Joan Lorring dead at 88: 'The Corn Is Green' performer was one of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other […]

Wendy Hughes Dead at 61: AFI Award Winner

Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (image: Wendy Hughes in 'Newsfront') Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July […]

Broadway Actress Marta Heflin Dies: Robert Altman Performer in Late '70s

Broadway actress Marta Heflin dead at 68: Featured in several Robert Altman movies (image: Marta Heflin in 'A Perfect Couple') Stage actress Marta Heflin, who was featured in a handful of movies in the '70s and early '80s, including three Robert Altman efforts, died on September 18, 2013, after “a […]

Julie Harris: Best Actress Oscar Nominee, James Dean Leading Lady Dead at 87

Julie Harris: Best Actress Oscar nominee, multiple Tony winner dead at 87 (image: James Dean and Julie Harris in 'East of Eden') Film, stage, and television actress Julie Harris, a Best Actress Academy Award nominee for the psychological drama The Member of the Wedding and James Dean's leading lady in […]

Betty Hutton: Exuberant & Troubled 'Blonde Bombshell'

Betty Hutton. Betty Hutton: Paramount's Troubled Blonde Bombshell Energetic, electric, exuberant, effusive, brassy, spunky, hyper, manic – these are all qualities that could (and most likely have been) used to describe Betty Hutton, a top 1940s Paramount star also known as “The Blonde Bombshell,” “The Blonde Blitz,” and/or “The Incendiary […]

Tony Award Nominations: Scarlett Johansson & Sigourney Weaver 'Snubbed'

Tony Awards: 'Lucky Guy' with Tom Hanks. Tony Awards 2013: Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron & Cicely Tyson among nominees April 30, '13, update: The Tony Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Missing in action is a whole array of film celebrities, though a few managed to be included in […]

'Harry Potter' Actor Renowned for Gay Roles Has Died: Richard Griffiths

Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths dies: Renowned for gay roles in The History Boys (with Dominic Cooper), Withnail & I Richard Griffiths, 65, died on Thursday, March 28, following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, England. Although known by the masses solely as the Harry Potter actor who played […]

Risë Stevens Dies: Metropolitan Opera Star & 'Going My Way' Actress

Risë Stevens, Metropolitan Opera star and Bing Crosby's former girlfriend in Going My Way, dead at 99 Risë Stevens, the Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano best remembered by movie lovers as Nelson Eddy's love/jealousy interest in Roy Del Ruth's The Chocolate Soldier and as Bing Crosby's former girlfriend in Leo McCarey's Best […]

Vaudeville Theatre History: From Shimmy Dancing to Male Impersonators - Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

Vaudeville history: George Burns and Gracie Allen, The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville Vaudeville history in Anthony Slide's The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville. Vaudeville is now extinct – at least officially. But about a century ago and well into the '30s, vaudeville (under various names, e.g., musical hall, revues, variety shows) was a […]

Kathleen Turner Conversation & Woody Allen-Cate Blanchett Movie Project + Leonardo DiCaprio & Polar Bears

Kathleen Turner Actress Kathleen Turner, perhaps best remembered for seducing William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat and for romping about with Michael Douglas in Robert Zemeckis' Romancing the Stone, will be present on May 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival's Bell Lightbox to discuss her career in films […]

Bella Wedding Dress Behind-the-Scenes Video + 'Twilight' Series on TV?

Bella Wedding Dress: Pomp & circumsntace as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson tie the knot in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1.' Bella's wedding: Behind the scenes Feb. 1, '12: The The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 video below (please scroll down) shows a couple of brief behind-the-scenes moments […]

James Franco Out of 'Sweet Bird of Youth'

James Franco's Broadway debut will have to wait. Franco has dropped out of a planned revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman is still on board and so is director David Cromer. Sweet Bird of Youth revolves around an aging, hard-drinking movie actress, Alexandra […]

Neil Patrick Harris Tony Awards: 7 Million Viewers

Neil Patrick Harris and his War Horse, Tony Awards 2011 Originally staged by the U.K.'s National Theatre, War Horse won the Tony Award for Best Play last night in New York City. Set during World War I, War Horse uses both human actors and life-size horse puppets to tell the […]

Arthur Laurents Dies: 'Gypsy' & 'The Way We Were' Playwright/Screenwriter

Playwright-screenwriter Arthur Laurents has died. Laurents, who was 93, died in his sleep. Best known for writing the book for the Broadway smashes West Side Story and Gypsy, the New York-born Laurents (July 14, 1918) also penned several screenplays, among them those for Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), Otto Preminger's Bonjour […]

Jill Haworth Dies: 'Cabaret' Broadway Sally Bowles

Eva Marie Saint, Jill Haworth in Otto Preminger's Exodus Actress Jill Haworth, who was seen in a handful of movies and television shows since 1960 but who was best known as Broadway's original Sally Bowles in Cabaret, died Monday, Jan. 3, of “natural causes” at her home in Manhattan. The […]

Neva Patterson: 'An Affair to Remember' Actress & 'V' Miniseries Alien Collaborator Has Died

Neva Patterson ca. mid-1950s. Stage, television and film actress Neva Patterson is best remembered for playing Cary Grant's elegant ex-fiancée-to-be in Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember. Later in life, Patterson was seen in a key role in the sci-fi TV miniseries V. Neva Patterson: 'An Affair […]

Malcolm McDowell Vlad the Impaler, Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Alleged Stalker

Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange Move over, Robert Pattinson… Malcolm McDowell, the guy who wreaked havoc in the streets of London in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971), has been cast as Vlad the Impaler in Amy Heckerling's horror comedy Vamps, the writer-director's first project since the 2007 Michelle Pfeiffer-Paul […]

Daniel Craig In, Kristen Stewart Out? 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Remake

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace (top); Kristen Stewart as rocker Joan Jett in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways (bottom) Daniel Craig will be playing (unfairly) disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher is slated to […]

Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones in 'Driving Miss Daisy' Stage Production

Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Letters to Juliet Tony Award winners James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, the latter recently seen on-screen in the romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, will join forces in the Broadway premiere of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy. Under the direction of […]

Tony Awards: Scarlett Johansson & Eddie Redmayne Winners + Student Academy Awards

Alfred Molina, Eddie Redmayne, Red June 13 update: Hollywood took over Broadway at the 2010 Tony Awards. Or almost. Presenters included Daniel Radcliffe and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, while Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones are now Tony winners as well. And so are Scarlett Johansson and (for […]

Bisexual Anna Paquin Gives a Damn + Daniel Radcliffe 'Succeeds' on Broadway

Anna Paquin, Cindy Lauper, Whoopi Goldberg, are some of those featured in a new PSA for the Give a Damn campaign, started by Lauper's True Colors Fund which fights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. [Note: the video above will pop up and start playing on its own out […]

June Havoc, Gypsy Rose Lee & 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'

June Havoc, best known as the younger sister of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Stamford, Conn. She was believed to be 97. The original 1959 stage production of Gypsy had music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur […]

June Lockhart & Lauren Hutton + Malcolm McDowell & Mickey Rooney: Classic Oscar Movie Posters

June Lockhart and Malcolm McDowell at Academy exhibition of Best Picture Oscar nominees posters: 'Lost in Space' meets 'A Clockwork Orange.' Veterans June Lockhart and Malcolm McDowell: Academy's exhibition of Best Picture Oscar nominees posters Pictured above are actress June Lockhart and actor Malcolm McDowell at the opening of the […]

Noel Coward Exhibition at the Academy

Noel Coward with Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Boom! (top); with Marlene Dietrich, 1937 (bottom) Noel Coward – playwright, composer, director, actor, (purported) spy, nationalist, propagandist, semi-closeted gay guy – is the subject of an exhibition currently being held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Star […]

'Casablanca' vs. 'Everybody Comes to Rick's': Movie vs. Play + Hollywood's 'Leading Couples'

Casablanca vs. “Everybody Comes to Rick's”: A Warner Bros. release, the Michael Curtiz-directed 1942 movie classic stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as war-crossed lovers; Murray Burnett's and Joan Alison's play remained unproduced when Warners' Hal B. Wallis acquired the film rights. Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard […]

Dercy Gonçalves Dies at 101: Brazilian Cinema, Stage and TV Icon

Dercy Gonçalves dies at 101: Brazilian show business icon was a stage, film, and television star Dercy Gonçalves, a Brazilian stage, film, television, and carnival superstar for nearly eight decades, died of pneumonia earlier today at the São Lucas Hospital in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana district. Dercy – she was […]

Paul Scofield Dies: 'A Man for All Seasons' Best Actor Oscar Winner

Benedict Nightingale's “Paul Scofield: an overlooked acting great” in The [London] Times: “Why didn't most theatregoers think of Paul Scofield in the way they thought of Olivier, Gielgud and Richardson? After all, he had pretty well all the qualities, from Olivier's danger through Gielgud's grace to Richardson's soul, that we […]

Robert Goulet: 'Camelot' Singer & 'Beetlejuice' Actor Dies

Robert Goulet: 'Camelot' Broadway singer, 'Beetlejuice' Hollywood actor dead at 73 Actor-singer Robert Goulet died Tuesday morning, October 30, 2007, while waiting for a lung transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Goulet had been suffering from interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, reportedly a rare lung disease. He was 73. (Image: […]

Cy Feuer: Broadway Producer of 'Cabaret' & 'A Chorus Line'

Legendary Broadway producer Cy Feuer, 95, died this morning at his home in Manhattan. In addition to producing a number of award-winning Broadway musicals during his fifty-plus year career, Feuer also worked as a director, composer, musician, and was a longtime president of The League of American Theatres and Producers. […]

Ivor Novello: Gay Icon & Alfred Hitchcock Star Revisited

Ivor Novello ca. mid-to-late 1920s. A gay icon of the British stage, the Welsh-born playwright-composer-actor Ivor Novello was also one of the top British film performers of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Among his most notable big-screen star vehicles are Graham Cutts' box office hit The Rat (1925), with […]

Actor Keith Andes Committs Suicide: Marilyn Monroe Leading Man

Keith Andes: Actor was featured in 20 movies. Actor Keith Andes dead at 85: Marilyn Monroe romantic interest in 'Clash by Night' Film and stage actor Keith Andes, best remembered as Barbara Stanwyck's brother and Marilyn Monroe's romantic interest in the 1952 drama Clash by Night, died at his home […]

Geraldine Fitzgerald: From Orson Welles to 'The Golden Girls'

Geraldine Fitzgerald: Renowned movie, stage, and TV actress has died Geraldine Fitzgerald, veteran stage and screen actress among whose film credits are Wuthering Heights, Wilson, Harry and Tonto, and the comedy blockbuster Arthur, died on Sunday, July 17, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Fitzgerald (born on November 24, […]

Christopher Fry: 'The Lady's Not for Burning' Playwright Has Died

Christopher Fry dead at 97: 'The Lady's Not Burning' playwright & 'Ben-Hur' screenplay contributor British playwright and screenwriter Christopher Fry died on June 30 at a hospital in Chichester, in the south of England. The cause of death was not announced. Fry, born on Dec. 18, 1907, in Bristol, was […]

Arthur Miller Dies: Marilyn Monroe Husband & 'Death of a Salesman' Author

Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe's former husband, Pulitzer Prize winner, dies Arthur Miller, one-time husband of Marilyn Monroe and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Death of a Salesman, died of congestive heart failure at his Roxbury, Conn., home on February 10. Miller was 89. Professionally, Arthur Miller is best remembered for […]

'The Women' 1939 Remake with Meg Ryan?

'The Women' 1939: Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. 'The Women' 1939 remake with Meg Ryan and Annette Bening? The Women (1939) is the best-known and best-liked version of Clare Boothe Luce's mordant all-female stage comedy, which may be headed for the big screen for the third time in […]

Susan Sarandon Quotes and Laura Bush Play

Susan Sarandon in 'Shall We Dance.' Susan Sarandon quotes, playing Laura Bush Playbill has reported that Academy Award-winning actress and liberal activist Susan Sarandon will play U.S. First Lady Laura Bush – that's Fahrenheit 9/11 star George W. Bush's wife – in a reading of Tony Kushner's Only We Who […]