Category Archives: ’40s

Past & Curious: Larry David, Ron Wood & MORE

Links to the past, with relevance today: Larry times! (Image via Office of the Governor of California) YOUTUBE: Larry David is 72 and letting you know that you're an idiot if you leave the house, endangering the lives of old dudes like him. Heave is a place on Instagram Live. (Image via Instagram Live) BOY…
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How Joan Crawford Became Mildred Pierce

March 23 is approximately the 116th anniversary of the birth of screen legend Joan Crawford. (Her real birthday is lost to history — on purpose, by Miss Crawford, who was probably concerned about vanity.) In honor of the anniversary, check out this lavish piece on how Crawford became Mildred Pierce in 1945. A birthday toast…
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Inside the Big Doris Day Auction

If you were a big fan of the late, great Doris Day (1922-2019), you won't want to miss the Julien's auction of some of her most treasured personal effects. Imagine owning this! (Image via Julien's) You can view the items — which go up for sale April 4 online in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic…
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Acting Legend Max von Sydow Dies @ 90

Max von Sydow, a powerhouse actor known for the craft he displayed in the films of Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), as well as for popular performances in a host of Hollywood productions, died Sunday at 90. His death was confirmed by his widow, Catherine, but a cause was not given. Von Sydow was born into affluence…
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And Scene: James Lipton Dies @ 93

It's not clear how many fans of the eternal Bravo (and later Ovation) series Inside the Actor's Studio (1994-2020) realized how advanced in years creator and host James Lipton was — he had an ageless, yet wizened, quality in his role as the ultimate actor whisperer. James Lipton (September 19, 1926-March 2, 2020) (Image via…
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Western Actor Ben Cooper Dies @ 86

Ben Cooper, a sweet-faced western actor whose cap was feathered with a memorable appearance as a doomed outlaw named Turkey in the classic Johnny Guitar (1954), died Monday at 86. Ben Cooper: September 30, 1933-February 24, 2020 (Image via video still) THR reports his death followed "a long illness" that was reportedly dementia. Born on…
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Mitzi Gaynor Sticks Up for Boys Who Dance

Good Morning America host Lara Spencer, 50, put her left foot in her mouth this week by mispronouncing "ballet" while offhanded mocking Prince George, 6, for reportedly loving his studies in the field. Mitzi with some of her boys (Image via Mark Alan Knowles) The implication was that he would come to hate ballet once…
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Past & Curious: Tate’s Sis on Robbie, Macy Gray Sings ‘Golden Girls’!

Links to the past with relevance today: Margot conjuring Sharon (Image via Columbia) VANITY FAIR: Sharon Tate's (1943-1969) surviving sister Debra Tate (b. 1952) loooved the performance Margot Robbie (b. 1990) gave as her sister in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019). She recently said: “She made me cry because she sounded just…
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Happy 96 to Rhonda Fleming!

Flame-haired beauty Rhonda Fleming is truly one of Old Hollywood's last remaining stars, and at 96 (as of today!), she is among the oldest living survivors of the studio system. A link to Hollywood's past! (Image via head shot) Born on August 10, 1923, in L.A., she graduated from Beverly Hills High School and was…
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Past & Curious: Gless Is More, Tab Hunter Pillow Talk & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: The Peyton Place stud's final role was 40 years ago. (Image via movie still) THR: RIP Barry Coe — the Peyton Place (1957) actor died last month at 84. Is this Cagney & Lacey or Police Woman?! (GIF via GIPHY) BOY CULTURE: An original Q&A with Sharon Gless,…
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