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Enjoy the Silents: Leatrice Joy

Leatrice Joy — a silent-movie star famous for her independent female characters, her boyish bob and for marrying mega-star John Gilbert (1897-1936) and bearing him a child — was born 124 years ago today. (more…)
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Best Supporting Actress 1944 Smackdown

Your blogger spent hours upon hours re-watching four films from 1944 in order to take part in The Film Experience blog's smackdown among film buffs deciding who really deserved the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress that year. (more…)
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Jon-Erik Hexum Would Have Turned 60 Today: A Look Back

Jon-Erik Hexum, a handsome, strapping actor who had starred in the series Voyagers! (1982-1983), in the pecsploitation classique TV flick Making of a Male Model with an overheated Joan Collins (b. 1933), and in the Bear Bryant (1913-1983) bipioc The Bear (1984), would have turned 60 today, November 5. (more…)
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Lois Smith Joins Twitter … at 87!

Perhaps smelling blood in the water after Rose Marie joined Twitter at age 94 and gained over 100,000 followers just like that, acclaimed actress Lois Smith (b. 1930) has now joined the social network in honor of turning 87. Her attitude upon joining Twitter is to be admired: "I don't know what I'm doing here, but…
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