Mickey Kuhn, the final surviving credited cast member from the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind, died November 20 in hospice in Florida. Kuhn in his big GWTW scene Image via MGM) He was 90. Kuhn was born September 21, 1932, in Waukegan, Illinois, but was moved to L.A. by his family within a year.…Read more
Barrie Youngfellow of ‘It’s a Living’ Dies @ 75
From L-R: Youngfellow (bottom) with her It's a Living castmates, on Three's Company with John Ritter & in The Scarlett O'Hara Wars (Images via ABC) One of my favorite-ever TV theme songs has to be the one for It's a Living/Making a Living — it's so ebullient, so Broadway. "Life's not the French Riviera!" it shouts,…Read more
Olivia de Havilland’s Niece (Joan Fontaine’s Daughter) Remembers Her as a ‘Dear Mentor’
Deborah Dozier Potter, whose mother was Joan Fontaine (1917-2013) and whose aunt was Olivia de Havilland (1916-2020), has written a touching remembrance of her late aunt. In it, she reveals she was far closer to Olivia than to her own mom. Potter acknowledges the famous sisters' infamous feud, writing: “Olivia and my mother were, indeed,…Read more
Olivia de Havilland, Golden Age Icon, Dies at 104
Less than a month after her 104th birthday, Old Hollywood icon Olivia de Havilland has died in Paris of natural causes. De Havilland won two Oscars in her long career. (GIF via GIPHY) Her publicist Lisa Goldberg confirmed de Havilland's death to The Hollywood Reporter. At the time of her death, she had been the oldest…Read more
‘Gone with the Wind’ Temporarily Gone from HBO Max Over Racist Tropes
In light of the mass reassessment of systemic racism in America, HBO Max has temporarily pulled Gone with the Wind (1939) from its library. The immensely popular film has long been the subject of intense criticism for its romanticized portrayal of slavery and the Civil War, so the platform has decided to make it available…Read more
Married John Schneider Marries + Disney Legend Dies & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: Did he have a best man, or a good ol' boy? (GIF via GIPHY) PEOPLE: John Schneider, 59, just got married — except he's still married to his most recent wife. Which is "General Lee" not acceptable. He has The Fog-giest. (Image via AVCO-Embassy) VARIETY: John Carpenter, 71,…Read more
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…Read more
Dead or Alive: Famously Dead, Surprisingly Alive
This post combines two elements of pop culture nostalgia that regularly come up in terms of celebs of the past — "Oh, my God, I can't believe he/she died!" and, "Oh, my God, I can't believe he/she is still alive!" ... (more…)Read more
GR8ERDAYS Millennial Challenge! Do Young People Know Icons of the Past?
I was inspired to do a video project when, speaking with a millennial friend a year ago, it became clear he had never heard of ... Will & Grace! [caption id="attachment_4003" align="aligncenter" width="400"] She's comin' out — but are kids still noticing?[/caption] Having long been curious as to whether stars like Bette Davis and Judy Garland…Read more