Category Archives: ’40s

Julie Adams, ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Heroine, Dies @ 92

In news that was initially confirmed by the Creature himself — stuntman Ricou Browning (b. 1930) — legendary horror heroine Julie Adams, whose long career spanned multiple genres, has died. She was 92. (Image via Universal Pictures) Born Betty May Adams in Iowa on October 17, 1926, Adams lived in many states growing up, parking…
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Past & Curious: ‘Gone’ Is Back, ‘Star Wars’ Over & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Talk about for-profit prisons! (Image via Warner Bros.) RICK'S REAL/REEL LIFE: Caged (1950) airs February 7 on TCM, and Rick's got a write-up that'll make you remember to watch or record it. Designing woman (Image via Dance Theater of Harlem) NYT: The Times looks back at the incredible…
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She Was the First Lucy, but Where Is the Love?

Mary Kay Stearns passed away November 17, 2018, but her death went unreported until earlier this year. Who was she? Only the first Lucy.Let me explain. Mary Kay & Johnny circa 1950 (Image via CBS) Born October 27, 1925, Stearns was a theater actress who appeared on TV in 1947, where she modeled garments. Her…
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Kaye Ballard, Larger-Than-Life Stage & Screen Star, Dies @ 93

Kaye Ballard, the wisecracking, broad-comedienne perhaps best remembered for a two-year stint on TV's The Mothers-in-Law, has died. She was 93. Kaye Ballard: November 20, 1925-January 21, 2019 (Image by Frances McLaughlin-Gill) According to an extensive and warm obit in The Desert Sun, Ballard had suffered from a heart malady, and slipped away Monday evening…
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Past & Curious: Madonna Flashback, Betty’s B’day & More!

Links from the past with relevance today ... Madonna in 1994; unreleased look from her "Secret" video (Image via WB) BBC SOUNDS: A long-lost '94 interview with Madonna ahead of the release of her Bedtime Stories launch. Madonna on fashion, "BUY? I don't go to BUY the clothes." Also noteworthy: The very sweet and intelligent…
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15 Classic Carol Channing Appearances!

As we say goodbye to Broadway icon Carol Channing (1921-2019) — who died today at 97 — let's revisit some of her classic TV appearances. Thankfully, that medium captured her far better than the movies, and is available more widely than her primary home, the theater: https://youtu.be/vMHs6Afdjf0 1953 The Buick Berle Show: Channing tore it…
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Carol Channing, Broadway Icon, Dies @ 97

Carol Channing, synonymous with the role of Dolly Levi in the Broadway staple Hello, Dolly!, died early today at her Rancho Mirage, California, home, Broadway World reports. She was two weeks shy of her 98th birthday. "Raspberries!" (Image via Universal) Her publicist Harlan Boll released the following statement confirming her passing: It is with extreme…
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Past & Curious: Oh, Mary!, Silent Tragedy, 101-Year-Old Whiz & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... It's practically perfect in every way! (Image via Disney) HARPER'S BAZAAR: Julie Andrews, 83, adores the new film Mary Poppins Returns! The sequel's director says she sent him a message in all caps: "I LOVED IT." Andrews is described as "over the moon" about the entire cast…
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