Category Archives: ’50s

Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Auteur Director, Dies @ 96

Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director known for his interpretations of the work of the Bard on film and onstage, died Friday in Rome following a long illness. The filmmaker, one of the only living people shown to have been directly descended from Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), was 96. The film that is his most lasting…
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Auction: Marilyn, ‘Oz’ & More — Oh, My!

The latest Julien's Auctions sale, Legends, is happening today (June 13) and tomorrow (June 14) — and it has some pretty amazing, and amusing, goodies for fans of Hollywoodiana. Book 'er! (Image by Harold Lloyd/Julien's) Among the most interesting lots? Lots 'n' lots of personal Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) items, and some stunning original photos of…
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‘Midnight Cowboy’ Scene-Stealer Sylvia Miles Dies @ 94

Sylvia Miles, a New Yawk personality who parlayed her inimitably brassy delivery into two Best Supporting Actress nominations — with a combined total of 14 minutes on the screen — has died. She was 94. Deliciously evil in Evil Under the Sun (GIF via GIPHY) Prominent writer Michael Musto reported her passing, just a day after…
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Past & Curious: Vintage Music Lost, Gay TV Classics & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Buddy Holly and now his masters were lost in flames. (GIF via GIPHY) NYT: This sprawling piece on a 2008 UMG warehouse fire documents the fact that over 100,000 — and possibly 175,000 — original, irreplaceable master recordings were consumed by flames that day, works by some of the…
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Past & Curious: Sigourney Back to ‘Ghostbusters’ & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: She'll be back. (GIF via GIPHY) EW: Sigourney Weaver, 69, confirms she'll be back for the new Ghostbusters! PEOPLE: How is Jerry Lee Lewis, a seminal figure in '50s rock and roll, only 83?! At any rate, he just left a rehab facility and is doing well after…
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Past & Curious: ‘Punky Brewster 2,’ Judy Garland Wish List & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: What ever happened to Baby Punky? (GIF via GIPHY) EW: There's a Punky Brewster (1984-1988) sequel series coming — and it will star Soleil Moon Frye, 42. Send in the Garland! (GIF via GIPHY) RICK'S REAL/REEL LIFE: An intriguing list of films that Judy Garland (1922-1969) might have…
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Past & Curious: Geena’s Oscar, Elton’s Glories & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Home run! (Image via Columbia) PITCHFORK: Honorary Oscars will go to Geena Davis, 63; David Lynch, 73; Wes Studi, 71; and Lina Wertmüller, 90. Bustin' out all over ... (Image via video still) FACEBOOK: Watch Glenn Scarpelli, 52, honored by Leslie Uggams, 76! PEOPLE: Val Kilmer, 59, made…
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Past & Curious: Talky Tina 2, Stonewall Myths & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: She doesn't think she likes you ... (Image via Trick or Treat) TRICK OR TREAT STUDIOS: There is now an actual Talky Tina Doll, just like from the famous Twilight Zone episode (1963). NYT: Nobody knows who threw the first brick at Stonewall, but everyone wants you to…
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Past & Curious: Nichelle’s Agony, Sly’s Ancient Turtles!

Links to the past with relevance today: Nichols is in a bad way — and you feel for her. (GIF via GIPHY) PAGE SIX: Nichelle Nichols, 86, can be heard screaming for her life in a heartbreaking recording leaked in the midst of a struggle over whether she needs a conservator. The Star Trek icon…
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Past & Curious: Princess Diana’s Death Exploited by Theme Park!

Links to the past with relevance today: Who would pay to enter? (Image by Rick Laney) DAILY BEAST: For some reason, some people think we want to pay to enter a 20,000-s.f. space called National Enquirer Live!, in which the death of Princess Diana (1961-1997) is recreated ... tastefully. She's still here, but that song…
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