Category Archives: ’50s

Past & Curious: ‘Grease,’ Too?, Debbie Does Aerobics & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: In the prequel, will Sandy be in her 20s? (GIF via Paramount) BOING BOING: The movie version of Grease (1978) may be getting a prequel. Are you excited for it, or are you too hopelessly devoted to the original? This is me. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) TWITTER: A…
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Seymour Cassel of ‘Faces,’ ‘Rushmore’ Dies @ 84

Seymour Cassel, an actor with steady credits for over 60 years, died Sunday in L.A. of complications of Alzheimer's disease, Variety reports. He was 84. Seymour Cassel: January 22, 1935-April 7, 2019 (Image via video still) Cassel was born January 22, 1935, in Detroit. He debuted in the John Cassavetes (1929-1989) film Shadows (1958), and…
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Past & Curious: Body of Missing Mouseketeer Found?

Links to the past with relevance today ... Day's car was found in the possession of two strangers last year. (Image via Disney) VARIETY: Dennis Day (b. 1942), an original Mouseketeer, had been reported missing by his husband a year ago. Now, authorities have found human remains on his property — and it appears they…
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Noah Keen, ‘Twilight Zone’ Vet, Dies @ 98

Noah Keen, a veteran stage, TV and movie actor, died March 24 at his home in Harlem. He was 98. Noah Keen — October 10, 1920-March 24, 2019 (Image via video still) Born October 10, 1920, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Keen moved to New York City, where he worked in radio at NBC. Though he was…
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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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Agnès Varda, New Wave Cinema Icon, Dies @ 90

Agnès Varda, a Belgian-born French filmmaker whose work prefigured and came to epitomize the French New Wave, died Thursday, March 28, at her home after a battle with cancer, the BBC reports. Cléo from 5 to 7 (Image via movie still) She was 90. A commercial photographer early on, Varda was drawn to fine-arts photography…
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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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‘Popeye and His Friends’ Host Tom Hatten Dies @ 92

Tom Hatten, a fixture on L.A. TV for decades renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of entertainment, died Saturday, March 16, at 92, KTLA producer Joe Quasarano reported. He definitely ate his spinach! (Image via KTLA) Hatten was born November 14, 1926, in Jamestown, North Dakota, growing up in Caldwell, Idaho. He was in the U.S.…
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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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