Category Archives: ’50s

Blowing Up Her Image: A Review of ‘Bombshell’

If you're old enough to know who Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was, her name probably conjures a handful of things: Great beauty, skinny-dipping, many husbands, Harvey Korman's Hedley Lamarr character in Blazing Saddles (1974), a shoplifting scandal. (more…)
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5 Actors You Never Knew Were … or Are … LGBT

For your OMGing pleasure, a roundup of actors you might not realize were gay. They may not have been out publicly due to the times in which they lives and the restrictions that guided their ability to have careers, but ever since reading The Gay Book of Days as a teen, I've always found it…
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The Birds: Hitchcock’s Living Leading Ladies

When Joan Fontaine died at the ripe old age of 96, I was thinking she must surely have been the earliest of Alfred Hitchcock's leading ladies still living. Nope! She had been the oldest, but there was — at the time — one leading lady working with Hitchcock a decade before Joan, and she was…
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Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies @ 91

Hey, l-a-a-a-a-dy! Jerry Lewis, who rose to fame as part of the comedy team Martin & Lewis in the '50s, became a slapstick solo star in the '60s and went on to become a film auteur, has died at 91. (more…)
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Short Subject: Billy Barty as Liberace

On January 30, 1954, Old Hollywood's most famous little person, Billy Barty (1924-2000), appeared on The Spike Jones Show, impersonating Liberace (1919-1987).

Tab Hunter’s New Shoot

Fifties Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter is 86, but he's no recluse — the still-handsome guy who brightened such diverse fare as Battle Cry (1955), Damn Yankees (1958), Polyester (1981) and Grease 2 (1982) is still comfy in front of the camera, as he showed in a July shoot with photographer Michael Freeby. (more…)
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