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Legendary musical performer MITZI GAYNOR has been in show business over sixty years beginning her career at the age of twelve in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. She transitioned from stage to screen at age nineteen with her first film role opposite Betty Grable in My Blue Heaven. She starred in 17 motion pictures including There’s No Business Like Show Business (with Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe), Anything Goes (with Bing Crosby and Donald O’Connor), Les Girls (with Gene Kelly), The Joker is Wild (with Frank Sinatra), Surprise Package (with Yul Brynner and Noel Coward), For Love or Money (with Kirk Douglas) and the blockbuster adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific (earning a Golden Globe® nomination for her role as Ensign Nellie Forbush.)  

Mitzi first took the concert and nightclub world by storm in 1961 at Las Vegas’ fabulous Flamingo Hotel. Her debut was met with overwhelming acclaim – Life Magazine noted “Gaynor started at the top and climbed even higher”, The Los Angeles Times called her “The nation’s number one female song and dance star”¬ – and for the next four decades Mitzi would tour the U.S. and Canada with a high-energy concert act that would solidify her reputation as one of the greatest live performers of the era. She began her long association with famed costume designer Bob Mackie in 1966. Mitzi was the first star client for whom he designed an entire show. He continues to design the lavish, razzle-dazzle costumes that remain a staple of her performing career.

A highly-sought after guest on the nation’s top television programs, Mitzi made several memorable appearances in the medium, including a 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in which she had top billing over The Beatles. She also performed to great acclaim on several Academy Awards broadcasts where her show-stopping 1967 rendition of Best Song nominee Georgy Girl, before a TV audience of 65 million, was met by wildly enthusiastic applause. Mitzi’s successful Academy Awards appearance and an equally popular holiday installment of television’s Kraft Musical Hall titled The Mitzi Gaynor Christmas Show, led to an avalanche of inquiries from virtually every network offering the dynamic performer television series and specials of her own.In October of 1968 she fulfilled those requests with the premiere of the aptly titled Mitzi. The special debuted to blockbuster ratings and unanimous critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times called it “glittering perfection…a kind of ultimate statement of that particular TV format.” Over the next ten years, she would continue to showcase her magical brand of dazzling showmanship in eight spectacular hours of non-stop entertainment including Mitzi…and a Hundred Guys, Mitzi…Zings Into Spring, Mitzi…Roarin’ in the 20’s and more, garnering six Emmy® Awards and seventeen Emmy® Award nominations. 

Despite a career marked by extraordinary achievement, Mitzi remains in search of new horizons to conquer. She can be seen in her new one woman show, Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins: an Intimate Evening of Laughs, Love & Music. The show is currently on a national tour and recently completed an acclaimed New York engagement. In reviewing the show, The New York Times called her “an all time great” and Rex Reed of the New York Observer noted “Glamorous, Colossal and one of a kind, Mitzi Gaynor is the real deal.”

She was recently awarded several honors including the 2010 NATAS Emmy® Award for her PBS musical documentary, Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years, which focused on her annual television specials; “The Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 25th Annual Bistro Awards; the “2009 Entertainer of the Year” at the 28th Annual Tremaine Dance Gala; The Boston Youth Moves “Lifetime Achievement Award”; and The Chapman University “Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award.”

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We are pleased to present a new Movie Star biography of Classic Hollywood Actress Jean Arthur by Film Scholar Noel Bjorndahl:

Could anyone but Jean Arthur say “Golly!” so spontaneously when a fur coat lands on her head ( in Mitchell Leisen’s delicious screwball comedy Easy Living)? She brought to Frank Capra’s parables of the common folk (Mr Deeds Goes to Town, Mr Smith Goes to Washington) a healthy down to earth skepticism tempered with warmth as she got emotionally entangled with the naive idealism of Gary Cooper and James Stewart. She made a soft, dreamy Borzage heroine opposite Charles Boyer in that director’s moving and transcendent melodrama History is Made at Night; and she proved to be a terrific Hawksian heroine in Only Angels Have Wings as the entertainer stranded in Barranca at the mercies of Cary Grant’s off-handed airline operator, eventually stoically holding her own in this very male world. George Stevens allowed her sexuality and warmth to blossom in the company of Joel McCrea when they are thrown together via a wartime housing shortage (in The More the Merrier).The staircase sequence is emotionally raw with both actors letting their guard down. Miscast and a bit brutalized in Billy Wilder’s A Foreign Affair,Jean gave her last hurrah in George Stevens’ much-lauded classic western Shane, as the faithful wife and mother of Van Heflin and Brandon De Wilde, fighting to repress her feelings for the drifter of the title played by Alan Ladd in his customary understated, laconic style.

Andrea King

On 12/24/2013, in 60's Television, All Articles, Andrea King, Classic Hollywood, by Administrator

Born Georgette Barry in Paris, France, on February 1, 1919, actress Andrea King was raised by her dancer mother in New York and Florida. She began her acting career in the early 1930s on Broadway under the name Georgette McKee in the shows Growing Pains and Fly Away Home. Her first film was the RKO drama The Ramparts We Watch (1940), which was shot in Connecticut. After a few bit roles, she signed a contract with Warner Bros. when her film career took off. Warner Bros. put King in several wartime short subjects, such as Proudly We Serve (1944), before casting her in supporting roles in such films as The Very Thought of You (1944; with Dennis Morgan and Eleanor Parker). In the late 1940s, she moved on to bigger roles at Universal-International and other studios where she was often cast as a femme fatale in film noir titles, including I Was a Shoplifter (1950; with Scott Brady) and Dial 1119 (1950; with Marshall Thompson). In the early 1950s, she moved away from films and began making many television appearances on such programs as Fireside TheatreCheyenne, and Perry Mason.

Ms.King also acted in several science fiction and horror films, such as The Beast with Five Fingers (1946; with Robert Alda and Peter Lorre), Red Planet Mars (1952; with Peter Graves), and House of the Black Death (1965; with Lon Chaney Jr. and John Carradine).

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Sophia Loren

On 11/22/2013, in All Articles, Sophia Loren, by Administrator

 

Sophia came from her native Italy to Hollywood and became one of the world’s most famous actresses. Her exotic curves, natural talent, European sex appeal, and superb dancing skills brought her instant success in American films. In 1962, Sophia struck Oscar Gold for her role as Cesira in the Italian film ‘TWO WOMEN’, directed by Carlo Ponti, whom she married after torrid relationships with other cinema greats Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Peter Sellers, Marcello Mastroianni, and others. Sophia Loren looked stunning in virtually every photo ever taken of her. Her name routinely appeared on ‘The Most Beautiful Women In The World’ lists. As time passed, the world fell in love with her bubbly personality, fiery temperament, and genuine warmth. A screen legend, Sophia Loren will forever be remembered for her fantastic films, striking beauty, and sensuous persona. Viva Sophia!!!   FILMOGRAPHY

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Grumpier Old Men  (1995)

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Yvonne De Carlo was born on September 1, 1922, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. To help her single mother, De Carlo performed in nightclubs around Vancouver as a young girl. She soon moved to Hollywood, where she was typecast as an exotic vixen before appearing in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. She later played the role of Lily Munster on the series The Munsters.Yvonne spent most of her teens performing in nightclubs and on stage. Needing a new name to accompany her budding career, she used her mother’s maiden name, and was thereafter billed as Yvonne DeCarlo.DeCarlo and her mother sought greater opportunities in the United States and, in 1940, they settled in Los Angeles, California. A year later, the ambitious actress caught the attention of Paramount Studios, who signed her to a weekly contract. Like many newcomers, she found herself in a number of minor (and sometimes uncredited) roles in the films Road to Morocco (1942), as well as For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Deerslayer (both 1943).In 1945, Universal took notice of the alluring actress and cast her as the lead in Salome, Where She Danced, a Technicolor Western. The film was forgettable, but DeCarlo’s performance as an exotic dancer turned spy earned her the recognition she sought. Similar seductive roles followed in the Song of Scheherazade and Slave Girl (both 1947).  She appeared as femme fatale Anna Dundee with Dan Duryea and Burt Lancaster in Robert Siodmak’s classic film noir Criss Cross (1949). DeCarlo’s projects during the ’40s bolstered her visibility, but at the same time, limited her roles to that of a sultry screen vixen.Following a few disappointing features with Universal, the studio failed to see a future for DeCarlo. They terminated her contract, after which her work consisted mainly of unremarkable Westerns, including Scarlet Angel (1952) with Rock Hudson, and Shotgun (1955). However, she surprisingly turned in good comedic performances in the British-made Hotel Sahara (1951) and The Captain’s Paradise (1953), co-starring Sir Alec Guinness. 

The year 1956 defined a turning point in DeCarlo’s career when she was cast in Cecil B. DeMille’s landmark production of The Ten Commandments. DeCarlo’s performance as Moses’ wife Sephora, opposite Hollywood icons Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, marked a place for her in films. Her next project paired her with Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier in the flat costume epic Band of Angels (1957).

In the early 1960s, DeCarlo starred in a string of B-features, which inspired little  audience interest.With the demise of her film career, the struggling actress made a transition to the small screen. In 1964, she was chosen to play the ghoulish mom in a pilot for CBS. Her portrayal of Lily Munster in the horror-spoof sitcom The Munsters (1964-’66) marked her television debut, and introduced her to a whole new generation of audiences.The middle-aged actress eventually found renewed success in the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical Follies (1971). She married and divorced stuntman and actor Robert Morgan. DeCarlo then settled into a routine of lowbrow comedy—Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)—and horror films, such as Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977), Silent Scream (1980) and Vultures (1983). She continued appearing in occasional films through the ’90s and authored Yvonne: An Autobiography (1987). Yvonne DeCarlo died of unspecified causes at age 84, on January 8, 2007.   VISIT: www.officialyvonnedecarlo.com

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Ella Raines

On 10/19/2013, in All Articles, Classic Hollywood, Ella Raines, by Administrator

Actress Ella Raines is best remembered for her supporting roles as the love interest in a number of World War II action dramas. Ella Raines was never really a femme fatale, but she appeared in several important Film Noirs. Born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, she enrolled as a drama student at the University of Washington, and following her graduation in 1941, traveled to New York City to attempt her breakthrough role in Broadway. She was seen by director Howard Hawks, and was signed in the role of the girlfriend for actor Randolph Scott’s role in the 1943 film, “Corvette K-225.” She moved on to several A-list movies, including playing opposite John Wayne in “Tall in the Saddle” (1944), opposite Vincent Price in “The Web” (1947), and opposite Brian Donlevy in “Impact” (1949). Considered a strong and versatile actress, she made a good living, even picking up the title lead character in the television series, “Janet Dean, Registered Nurse” (1954-55) for one season. From there she moved on to recording songs, but that career didn’t appeal to the teenager audience and quickly faded. After filming the 1957 movie “The Man in the Road” she decided to retire and raise her two children. She was twice married, first to Kenneth Trout (1942-1945, divorced), and then to Robin Olds (1947-1975, separated), with whom she had two children. Robin Olds was an Air Force fighter pilot, and became a famous ace in both World War II and in the Vietnam War. She returned to television for a guest appearance on a 1984 episode of the series, “Matt Houston,” which became her last appearance. She died of throat cancer four years later. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) ~ Filmography: 

The Man in the RoadIn this drama, a brilliant scientist is stalked by the Communists who want his secret formula.
1957
Janet Dean: Registered NurseThis early Television medical drama focused on the life of Janet Dean, a registered private duty nurse.
1954 – 1955
Ride the Man Down

Will Ballard (Rod Cameron) is the longtime foreman of the Hatcher ranch, a spread renowned for its size and wealth.
Celia Evarts 1953

Fighting Coast GuardThe Coast Guard is highlighted in this propaganda drama set during WW II.
1951
Singing GunsSinger-bandleader Vaughn (“Racing with the Moon”) Monroe made a tentative stab at movie stardom in 1950.
Nan Morgan 1950
The Second FacePhyllis Holmes (Ella Raines) has resigned herself to being too plain-looking to attract men. All this changes when Phyllis is in a car accident. She recovers from the accident and then receives plastic surgery which allows for her to have a ‘new face’.
Phyllis Holmes 1950
Impact

Though he doesn’t know it at first, industrialist Walter Williams (Brian Donlevy) shouldn’t trust his wife Irene…
Marsha Peters 1949
The Walking Hills

The Walking Hills stars Randolph Scott as a Westerner named Jim Carey. He is one of several people searching for a lost gold mine.
Chris Jackson 1949
A Dangerous ProfessionGeorge Raft stars as Kane – an ex-cop turned bail bondsman. He used to have a relationship with Ella Raines but she decided to marry another man that she has known since she was young. George Raft and Ella Raines are reunited when her husband needs to be bailed out.
Lucy 1949
Brute Force

Burt Lancaster had one of his first starring roles in this hard-hitting prison drama.
1947
The Web

Bob Regan (Edmond O’Brien) — a small-time attorney from the wrong side of the tracks who nonetheless has a lot of dedication.
Noel Faraday 1947
Time out of MindAdapted from a novel by Rachel Field, Time Out of Mind is a slow-moving costume drama enlivened by its stars.
Rissa Fortune 1947
The Senator Was Indiscreet

Acclaimed playwright George S. Kaufman made his directorial debut with this broad political satire.
Poppy McNaughton 1947
White Tie and Tails

In this comedy drama, a butler and a crap-shooting chauffeur find themselves having the run of their employer’s mansion.
1946
The Runaround

Maverick private eyes Kildane and Quayle leave a large agency to work on their own. Their first assignment (pirated from the old firm): retrieve eloping heiress Penelope Hampton in competition with their former boss Prentiss. Kildane finds Penelope with surprising ease and keeps her one jump ahead of Prentiss with assorted difficulties, but can he avoid a romantic complication with his lovely charge?
Penelope Hampton 1946
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry is a 1945 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak, starring George Sanders as an aging bachelor who looks after his two sisters, one of whom tries to sabotage his romance with his co-worker.
Deborah Brown 1945
Enter Arsene Lupin

In this crime programmer, Arsene Lupin (Charles Korvin) is an expert jewel thief from France.
Stacie 1944
Phantom Lady (Full Movie) Via YouTube – Directed by Robert Siodmak

Secretary Ella Raines joins forces with cop Thomas Gomez to find the person who killed boss Scott Henderson’s (Alan Curtis’) wife–a crime he has been sentenced to die for.
Carol “Kansas” Richman 1944
The Suspect

The Suspect is a well turned out period melodrama, with an excellent leading performance by Charles Laughton.
Mary 1944
Hail the Conquering HeroIt took nerve for writer/director Preston Sturges to lampoon the whole concept of hero worship in the middle of World War II.
Libby 1944
Cry HavocAllen R. Kerward’s flagwaving stage play Proof thro’ the Night was vastly improved in its screen adaptation.
1943
Corvette K-225

In 1943, Ella Raines appeared in her second movie, Corvette K-225. The film, which starred Randolph Scott, concerned a smaller Canadian navy ship during Word War II. The role Ella Raines had in Corvette K-255 was not that big, but she was so fresh, distinct and beautiful that she really stood out in this male-dominated sea action movie.
Joyce Cartwright 1943
Tall in the SaddleJohn Wayne stars in this hard-driving oater which was co-written by character actor Paul Fix. Wayne plays Rocklin, a rough-and-tumble cowboy.
Arly Harolday 1941

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Romy Schneider

On 10/05/2013, in 60's Television, All Articles, Romy Schneider, by Administrator

Title: Romy Schneider Story By (author): Carolyn McGivern ISBN10-13: 1905764162 : 9781905764167 Determined to tread her own path, Austrian film sensation, Romy Schneider was talented, honest, prickly, loving and ultimately tragic. The star of over sixty movies including the cult, What’s New Pussycat? Bloodline, The Assassination of Trotsky, The Cardinal and The Victors, at the height of her fame she ranked alongside Bardot, Loren and Cardinale. Reviled by the German Press when she fell in love with Alain Delon and moved to Paris and took French citizenship, she was sought out by the world’s top producers and directors. Incredibly beautiful, after a brief flirtation with Hollywood, she chose to return to Europe where her talent shone brightly until her untimely death in 1982, aged just forty three. Romy has recently become a magnate for film makers and is currently the subject of two rival biopics. One is to be a big screen feature film and the other a high profile TV production. Jessica Schwarz of Perfume fame, is slated to play the lead role in Torsten Fischer’s Romy. It is to be produced by Berlin based Phoenix-Film and has been written by Benedikt Roeskau. Shooting for the TV premier starts in Autumn 2009. Singer-actress Yvonne Catterfeld will play Schneider in Warner Bros’ A Woman Like Romy, directed by Josef Rusnal. Raymond Danon, who produced Romy’s last film in 1982, The Passerby, will produce the $36 million French-German co-production. It will launch in 2010. Pages: 141 Size: 150x210mm Illustrations: b/w stills VISIT: http://reelpublishing.com/category/c-mcgivern/ Format: Paperback

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Eva Longoria is known to TV viewers as Gabrielle Solis, the perpetually unsatisfied sexpot from the series Desperate Housewives (also starring Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman). Longoria’s acting career started in 2000, with guest roles on daytime and primetime soap operas, including Beverly Hills, 90210. From 2001-2003 she was a regular cast member of TV’s The Young and the Restless, and in 2003 she starred in the short-lived series Dragnet. The success of Desperate Housewives catapulted Longoria to mainstream celebrity status and led to a multitude of magazine covers and TV appearances, as well as to Longoria being cast in the feature films Harsh Times (with Christian Bale) and The Sentinel (with Michael Douglas).

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Silvana Pampanini

On 09/10/2013, in All Articles, Silvana Pampanini, by Administrator

Silvana Pampanini (born 25 September 1925) is an Italian actress. She was Miss Italy in 1946 and the following year she started her movie career.
Born in Rome, she became one of the most popular actresses in her country and was considered a sex symbol in the 1950s. In 1955 she visited New York, Denver and Hollywood where she rejected movie offers, because she found English too difficult and because she had some problems about the tax office. She was famous in France, where she was named Ninì Pampan, Spain, where she starred in Tirma, la principessa delle Canarie, South America, especially in Mexico, where she starred in Sete d’amore with Pedro Armendáriz, and in Egypt. She worked with other important actors and directors internationally such as Buster Keaton, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Totò, Jean Gabin, Henri Vidal, Abel Gance, and Vittorio De Sica. She preceded the more famous Italian Hollywood divas Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. According to the press, she flirted with personalities such as Tyrone Power, William Holden, Orson Welles, Omar Sharif, George DeWitt, and Fidel Castro. Despite her legion of male admirers, she never married. But her success was brief; in fact, in the 1960s she left a promising movie career to take care her parents, preferring to appear in television. She is Rosetta Pampanini’s niece, an Italian soprano. In fact, before she became a world famous film star, she wanted to become an opera singer.

Marie Wilson

On 09/02/2013, in All Articles, Marie Wilson, by Administrator

 

Mini Biography:
Lovely, innocent-looking, well-endowed 5’5½” comedienne Marie Wilson was a featherbrained delight instantly reminiscent of the zany
Gracie Allen. Unlike Allen, however, Marie was a knockout–with high cheekbones, a wide slash of a mouth and a figure that wouldn’t quit. 

She was born Katherine Elizabeth Wilson on August 19, 1916, in Anaheim, California. Her family moved to Hollywood after her businessman father’s death and Marie set her sights on an entertainment career while quite young. Educated at Miss Page School and the Hollywood Cumnock School for Girls, she found extra work in films upon graduation and made ends meet at one point by taking a job as a salesgirl in a department store. Her big break occurred after an “accidental” meeting with director Nick Grinde. The relationship grew intimate, and he was instrumental in the formulation of her early Hollywood career. She appeared in his comedy short Bum Voyage(1934) with the inimitable Sterling Holloway and, to start with, had an extra part in Grinde’s feature film Ladies Crave Excitement (1935).After the 18-year-old was cast (unbilled) as Mary, Quite Contrary in the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy musical fantasy Babes in Toyland(1934), Marie started sharpening up her “dumb blonde” skills. It was Grinde who helped secure for her a contract at Warner Brothers in 1935. She would stay with the studio for four years. After making her Warners debut in Broadway Hostess (1935), Marie adroitly moved around and about the “B”-level chain (along with an intermittent “A” movie). As the quintessential dizzy, dim-witted foil, Marie scored in a number of Prohibition-styled entertainment showcases, including the comedy potboilers _Stars Over Broadway (1935), _Miss Pacific Fleet (1936)_, Satan Met a Lady (1936), Melody for Two (1937), Public Wedding (1937) (directed by Grinde), The Great Garrick (1937),Fools for Scandal (1938), Boy Meets Girl (1938) (one of her best), Broadway Musketeers (1938) and Sweepstakes Winner (1939). Her last film for Warners was the forgettable The Cowboy Quarterback (1939).

Following the termination of her Warners contract in 1939, Marie had trouble securing film work. As compensation, she found great stage success as the sexy stooge for impresario Ken Murray in his extremely popular Los Angeles “Blackout” vaudeville-styled stage shows of the early 1940s. Her mock striptease bit was a particular highlight and she stayed with the show for an incredible seven years. Intermixed were an array of film opportunities for various studios: Rookies on Parade (1941), She’s in the Army (1942), The Fabulous Joe (1947), A Girl in Every Port (1952), Never Wave at a WAC (1953), Marry Me Again (1953) and her last, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962). She reached her “dumb blonde” zenith with the successful radio, film and TV versions of My Friend Irma (1949). Most of her subsequent kooky characterizations from then on were patterned on her Irma persona.

A smart, ambitious woman known to do crazy stunts for publicity, Marie took to the stage, nightclub and TV circuits once her film career bottomed out after the spectacular arrival of Marilyn Monroe. On the road in summer stock and dinner theater engagements, Marie appeared to fine advantage in such well-suited vehicles as “Bus Stop,” “Born Yesterday and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” One of her last roles was in animated form as a voice in the cartoon “Where’s Huddles?” (1970).Married twice, she had an adopted son, Gregson (Greg) via her second marriage to actor/TV producer Robert Fallon. Her first, to actor Allan Nixon, ended in divorce. Marie had undergone surgery several times for cancer by the time she died at age 56, surrounded by her family, in 1972.

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