Category Archives: ’50s

Past & Curious: Bulging with Talent, ‘Jaws’-Dropping & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Roy Thinnes (b. 1938) looking rather thickes (Image via movie still) POSEIDON'S DEPTHS: This mega-post on mens' bulges throughout TV and movie history could put your eye out! Then there is this glimpse from 1987! He had it all ... (Image via movie still) METROGRAPH: Bogie's platform shoes!…
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Albert Finney, Cinema’s Original ‘Angry Young Man,’ Dies @ 82

Five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney died Friday at 82, a family statement read: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time." Born May 9, 1936, in Charlestown, Pendleton, England, Finney was a student at the Royal…
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Mamie Van Doren Turns 88, Has *@#! Message for Trump

Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to her president, but Mamie Van Doren is taking another route. Mamie's most recent photo on FB (Image via Facebook) The last of the '50s sex kittens, Van Doren turned 88 February 6 ... but age is doing a poor job of mellowing her! The ageless vamp was actually unable…
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Julie Adams, ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Heroine, Dies @ 92

In news that was initially confirmed by the Creature himself — stuntman Ricou Browning (b. 1930) — legendary horror heroine Julie Adams, whose long career spanned multiple genres, has died. She was 92. (Image via Universal Pictures) Born Betty May Adams in Iowa on October 17, 1926, Adams lived in many states growing up, parking…
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Past & Curious: ‘Gone’ Is Back, ‘Star Wars’ Over & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Talk about for-profit prisons! (Image via Warner Bros.) RICK'S REAL/REEL LIFE: Caged (1950) airs February 7 on TCM, and Rick's got a write-up that'll make you remember to watch or record it. Designing woman (Image via Dance Theater of Harlem) NYT: The Times looks back at the incredible…
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Dick Miller of ‘Gremlins,’ ‘Fame’ Dies @ 90

Just a month after turning 90, longtime character actor Dick Miller has died, according to Variety. He had actual Gremlins in his cab! (Image via Warner Bros.) A familiar face in films ranging from cult classics to blockbusters, Miller made his name in Roger Corman (b. 1926) and Joe Dante (b. 1946) films — and…
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Gina Lollobrigida Spotted in L.A.

Living legend Gina Lollobrigida, she of Beat the Devil (1953), Trapeze (1956) and Bueno Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968), is 91 years old — but she hasn't slowed down. Photographer Brennan Tope noticed the Italian siren standing hand on hip, all in black, at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in L.A. today, surveying her…
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Past & Curious: Burgers with Angie, Caine’s Kiss-Off & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... Dickinson reflects (Image via NBC) L.A. TIMES: Cheeseburgers with Angie Dickinson, 87. She still knows how to find her light. Beautiful Michael Parks (1940-2017) lived up Bus! (Image via Universal) RICK'S REAL/REEL LIFE: Remembering Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965). DO YOU REMEMBER?: Disney goes nostalgic with…
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She Was the First Lucy, but Where Is the Love?

Mary Kay Stearns passed away November 17, 2018, but her death went unreported until earlier this year. Who was she? Only the first Lucy.Let me explain. Mary Kay & Johnny circa 1950 (Image via CBS) Born October 27, 1925, Stearns was a theater actress who appeared on TV in 1947, where she modeled garments. Her…
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Kaye Ballard, Larger-Than-Life Stage & Screen Star, Dies @ 93

Kaye Ballard, the wisecracking, broad-comedienne perhaps best remembered for a two-year stint on TV's The Mothers-in-Law, has died. She was 93. Kaye Ballard: November 20, 1925-January 21, 2019 (Image by Frances McLaughlin-Gill) According to an extensive and warm obit in The Desert Sun, Ballard had suffered from a heart malady, and slipped away Monday evening…
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