Category Archives: ’40s

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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Doris Day’s 12 Best Pieces of Work

We lost Doris Day at 97 in 2019. Having succeeded as a singer, actress in movies/on TV, TV host and animal-rights activist, she was one of Hollywood's most revered women. Here, my picks for the dozen best things she ever did, creatively. Let me know what I have left out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei_I_poCNFI&frags=pl%2Cwn (12) "A Guy Is…
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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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Oscar-Winning Composer André Previn Dies @ 89

Composer and pianist André Previn died Thursday at home in NYC, The Telegraph reports. He was 89. A career that stretched back 73 years (Image via album cover) Previn was Berlin-born, Paris-raised and moved to L.A in the 1940s. Still just in his teens, the prodigy began composing music for films, starting with The Sun…
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Past & Curious: Oscar Faves, Frampton Retiring & More!

Links from the past with relevance today ... Bette boozes, loses (Image via 20th Century Fox) GR8ERDAYS: Don't miss our GALECA-approved list of the 10 best pics about the Oscar race. Some were Oscar-worthy, some were Razzie-bound. One of the greats is saying goodbye. (Images via Rolling Stone) EXTRATV: So sad! Peter Frampton, 68, is…
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