Category Archives: ’40s

Past & Curious: Norman Lear Reboot, All-the-Way Mae & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... Woody Harrelson is Archie Bunker — I can see it! (Image via ABC) EW: Watch the star-studded cast of Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons — which airs Wednesday — get psyched up to step into some…
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Past & Curious: Day’s Grandson Barred from Seeing Her? + More

Links to the past with relevance today: Melcher hadn't seen his grandma in over a decade (Image via headshot) FACEBOOK: Doris Day's (1922-2019) only grandchild, Ryan Melcher, has unloaded on Facebook, claiming he was kept from her by "a former fan turned manager" who wanted to know why he would even want to see her,…
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Doris Day, One of the World’s Most Beloved Stars, Dies @ 97

Doris Day, the woman who made iconic marks in the worlds of music, radio, movies and television — and one of the most famous animal advocates in history — has died. She was 97. Doris Day: April 3, 1922-May 13, 2019 (Image via headshot) The Doris Day Animal Foundation announced her passing early Monday in…
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Barbara Perry, ‘Dick Van Dyke’ Player, Dies @ 97

Barbara Perry, perhaps best-known as Pickles Sorrell on two first-season epsiodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1962) died May 5 of natural causes in Hollywod, a family spokesman confirmed. Barbara Perry: June 22, 1921-May 5, 2019 (Image via CBS) She was 97. Born June 22, 1921, in Norfolk, Virginia, into a show biz family,…
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Western Actress Fay McKenzie Dies @ 101

Fay McKenzie, an actress with several unique claims to fame, died April 16 at 101, THR reports. First and foremost, McKenzie had been one of the last 10 actors to have ever appeared in a Silent Era silent film. There are now just nine. McKenzie's appearances in silent films began in 1918, when she appeared…
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Past & Curious: Brando, ‘Pet Sematary,’ Trebek & More!

Links from the past with relevance today: Great actor, and could've coasted on his looks! (Image via movie still) GR8ERDAYS (PLEASE FOLLOW): Brando was born 95 years ago this week. He's already been gone 15 years! Pet out (GIF via Paramount) L.A. TIMES: Director Mary Lambert, 67, reminsces about her struggle to get female-centered movies…
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Happy 97th, Doris Day! Her 12 Best Pieces of Work

Happy Doris Day! April 3, one of the world's biggest stars — Doris Day — turns 97 years old. Having succeeded as a singer, actress in movies/on TV, TV host and animal-rights activist, she is one of Hollywood's most revered women. Here, my picks for the dozen best things she's ever done, creatively. Let me…
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A Look Back at Joan Crawford’s Last Good Role

In honor of Joan Crawford's birthday — she was born on March 23, but the year could have been 1904, 1906, 1908 or 1909 — please enjoy this loving tribute to her performance on the Night Gallery episode "Eyes" (November 8, 1969), directed by 22-year-old Steven Spielberg (b. 1946). She wants to SEE! (Image via…
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Noir & TV Vet Richard Erdman Dies @ 93

Richard Erdman, whose film career stretched back 75 years, and who had more recently become a familiar face on TV's Community, died Saturday, March 16, THR reported. He was 93. His death was confirmed by film historian Alan K. Rode with no other details provided. Born June 1, 1925, in Enid, Oklahoma, the actor earned…
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Past & Curious: Gere’s F-Buddy, Liz and Dick & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... EW: Aretha!: A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul is set to air Sunday. Check out this behind-the-scenes sneak peek! Millennials who think they invented selfies? Call me. (GIF via GIPHY) EXTRATV: A famous designer kisses and tells about a fling with Richard Gere, 69, back…
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