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Movie Legends Jane Russell Jane Russell was born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in Minn on June 21, 1921. She first became interested in drama in high school, and in 1940, was signed to a seven year contract by millionaire Howard Hughes, who arranged for her motion picture debut in The Outlaw (1943), a story about Billy the Kid that went to great lengths to showcase her voluptuous figure. Although the movie was completed in 1941, it was released for a limited showing two years later. There were problems with the censorship of the production code over the way her ample cleavage was displayed. When the movie was finally passed, it had a general release in 1946. Together with Lana Turner and Rita Hayworth, Russell personified the sensuously contoured sweater girl look and became a popular pin-up with Service men during World War II. She went on to perform in an assortment of roles, which included playing Calamity Jane in The Paleface (1948); Mike Delroy in Son of Paleface (1952), Gentlemen Marry Blondes,The Revolt of Mamie Stover, Fate is the Hunter and many more. Though her screen image was that of a sex goddess, her private life lacked the sensation and scandal that followed other actresses of the time, such as Lana Turner. Although in her autobiography, Jane admitted that she had survived two attempted rapes un-harmed, that her first marriage had been speckled with adultery and violence, and that she had been an alcoholic since she was a teenager. She also revealed that in addition to this, however, she was also a born-again Christian, which was one of the things that had helped her cope. Jane Russell currently lives on the Central Coast of California.
Tags: jane  russell  movie  legends  sex  symbols 
Added: 22nd January 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Plan Nine From Outer Space trailer You remember the worst director in the world don't you, Ed Wood. During the fifties, this was the most widely known of his endeavors, second only to his autobiographical Glenn and Glenda. You have to appreciate this film, bad acting and all, because this man simply wished to fulfill his dream of becoming a filmmaker, and that he did.
Tags: plan  nine  worst  films  ed  wood 
Added: 8th August 2007
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  Kirk Douglas  One of the Best Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed, and ruggedly handsome, Kirk Douglas is a star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name give to his best-selling 1988 autobiography) of Russian-Jewish ancestry to become a bona fide superstar. Kirk was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. A list of his films includes The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Out of the Past (1947) Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) I Walk Alone (1948) The Walls of Jericho (1948) My Dear Secretary (1949) A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Champion (1949) Young Man with a Horn (1950) The Glass Menagerie (1950) Along the Great Divide (1951) Ace in the Hole (1951) Detective Story (1951) The Big Trees (1952) The Big Sky (1952) The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) The Story of Three Loves (1953) The Juggler (1953) Act of Love (1953) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) The Racers (1955) Ulysses (1955) Man Without a Star (1955) The Indian Fighter (1955) Lust for Life (1956) Top Secret Affair (1957) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Paths of Glory (1957) The Vikings (1958) Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) The Devil's Disciple (1959) Strangers When We Meet (1960) Spartacus (1960) Town Without Pity (1961) The Last Sunset (1961) Lonely Are the Brave (1962) Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) The Hook (1963) The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) For Love or Money (1963) Seven Days in May (1964) In Harm's Way (1965) The Heroes of Telemark (1965) Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) Is Paris Burning? (1966) The Way West (1967) The War Wagon (1967) Once Upon a Wheel (1968) (documentary) A Lovely Way to Die (1968) The Brotherhood (1968) The Arrangement (1969) There Was a Crooked Man... (1970) To Catch a Spy (1971) The Light at the Edge of the World (1971) A Gunfight (1971) A Man to Respect (1972) Scalawag (1973) Posse (1975) Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975) Holocaust 2000 (1977) The Fury (1978) The Villain (1979) Saturn 3 (1980) Home Movies (1980) The Final Countdown (1980) The Man from Snowy River (1982) Eddie Macon's Run (1983) Tough Guys (1986) Oscar (1991) Veraz (1991) A Century of Cinema (1994) (documentary) Greedy (1994) Diamonds (1999) It Runs in the Family (2003) Illusion (2004) When I was 7 yrs old my grandmother (being a big fan) took me to see my first Kirk Douglas film, Man Without a Star, and he became my first hero. If you're also a fan, I hope this clip will bring back a lot of fond memories.
Tags: kirk  douglas  film  actors 
Added: 22nd September 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Shirley Temple We Should Be Together My favorite movie star ever (Shirley Temple) does a song-and-dance number with George Murphy in Little Miss Broadway (1938). According to Shirley's autobiography, after they had completed this scene, the crew asked for an encore. (Of course Shirley and George obliged.)
Tags: Shirley  Temple  George  Murphy 
Added: 30th September 2007
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Fatty Arbuckle Scandal 1921 One of the most tragic figures in movie history was Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle. A onetime cabaret singer, Arbuckle was among the most popular actors in silent comedies from 1914 to 1921. Starting as an extra at Keystone Studios, the surprisingly nimble Arbuckle quickly graduated to starring roles in the studio's slapstick comedy films where he was noted for his terrific accuracy in throwing pies and other missiles. Later, like Charlie Chaplin, Arbuckle matured as a performer, adding brilliantly subtle aspects to his comedy routines. A box-office favorite, he was making a seven-figure salary at Paramount Pictures in 1921. Midway through that year Arbuckle was so popular that he was put to work on three feature comedy films simultaneously! Shortly after completing them, Arbuckle's career abruptly ended in scandal. He was accused of sexually assaulting small-time actress Virginia Rappe at a party he was hosting in a suite at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Labor Day 1921. Rappe died four days later in a maternity hosptal of peritonitis from a ruptured bladder, presumably caused by the 266-pound Arbuckle forcing himself on her. (There was also an apocryphal story of Rappe being raped with a champagne or cola bottle. How this slanderous story started is anyone's guess.) Rappe had become violently ill and irrational at the party. Arbuckle and several partygoers tried to succor Rappe and eventually moved her to another hotel room where she was examined by three different doctors over the next three days. A postmortem on Rappe's body found no signs of sexual assault whatsoever. In all likelihood Rappe death's was due to medical negligence or malpractice. Moreover, Rappe was hardly the virginal victim that the popular press and D.A.'s office portrayed her to be. The mistress of director Henry Lehrman, Rappe had had at least four abortions by the time she was 16, she had an out-of-wedlock child that she had abandoned, and she was afflicted with gonorrhea. In the summer of 1921 the 26-year-old Rappe, who hadn't had an acting job in two years, recently underwent another illegal abortion. Rappe was also suffering from a chronic illness that was exacerbated by her taste for poor-quality Prohibition booze. The accusations against Arbuckle were based solely on a malicious complaint fabricated by party attendee Maude Delmont, a known extortionist who claimed to be a "lifelong friend" of Rappe's--but had only known Rappe for two days prior to the Labor Day party. Arbuckle was astounded when a horde of reporters descended upon his Hollywood mansion to tell him he was being investigated for rape and possible murder charges in Rappe's death. Beginning in late September, Arbuckle was tried three times for rape and manslaughter in the space of seven months. He spent $700,000 on legal fees to beat the bogus charges. The prosecution's case was absurdly weak and should have been dropped. In fact, complainant Delmont was never called as a witness because her wild story of Arbuckle assaulting Rappe for an hour did not jibe with the physical evidence nor the timeline of events at the party. Nevertheless, the San Francisco D.A.'s office doggedly pursued the charges against Arbuckle because of intense pressure by reformers and moralists. The first two trials resulted in hung juries. At the first trial, Arbuckle fared terrifically when he eagerly took the stand to defend himself. It ended with the jury voting 10-2 in favor of acquittal. One stubborn holdout was a militant feminist so determined to convict Arbuckle that she refused to read any portions of the trial's transcript or listen to other jurors' opinions--to the point of childishly putting her hands over her ears! The second trial, in which Arbuckle's legal team badly advised him not to bother to take the stand because his innocence was obvious, was surprisingly 9-3 in favor of conviction! At the third trial, in April 1922, Arbuckle wisely took the stand. The jury deliberated for a mere six minutes before returning with a not guilty verdict that was loudly cheered by the gallery. Furthermore, the jury also insisted a formal apology to Arbuckle be read into the trials' official transcript. Film historians generally believe Arbuckle was totally innocent of any wrongdoing and was the victim of malicious prosecution. Nevertheless, his acting career abruptly ended because newly appointed Hollywood censorship czar Will Hays banned distributors from showing any Arbuckle comedies despite being acquitted! Although filmdom was deprived of a master comic's work, Arbuckle stayed in movies by directing films under an assumed name. He was just beginning to make an acting comeback--with six two-reel comedie--when died of heart failure in 1933 at age 46. According to Arbuckle biographer David A. Yallop, in an era when Hollywood stars routinely engaged in all sorts of debauchery, Roscoe, ironically, "was probably the most chaste man in Hollywood."
Tags: Roscoe  Fatty  Arbuckle  scandal  1921 
Added: 16th November 2007
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Carmen Miranda Last Appearance u can see where that urban legand might have gotten started . .(as u'll see from the brief footage) . . according to the A&E Network "Biography", after completing a dance number, Carmen unknowingly suffered a mild heart attack, and nearly collapsed. Durante was at her side, and helped keep her on her feet. She laughed "I'm all out of breath" and Durante replied "Dat's OK, honey, I'll take yer lines!" Carmen laughed again, quickly pulled herself together and finished the show. At the end of the broadcast, she danced out the door, turned to the audience, blew a big kiss, and was gone. "The Brazilian Bombshell" died by the following morning, at the age of 46. The official cause of death given on her death certificate was from untreated toxemia (later known as pre-eclampsia), and heart failure stemming from a pregnancy. . .
Tags: Carmen  Miranda    Jimmy  Durante 
Added: 25th November 2007
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Delta Dawn A little bit of country from Tanya Tucker. Tanya was only 13 when she released this song. She won the CMA Award for Single of the Year in 1972. In her autobiography ste stated that after she won the award, she went back to school the following week, and was beaten up by some jealous female classmates. Her life has been in the news quite a few times, such as when she endured drug and alcohol problems as a teenager, and was briefly engaged to Glen Campbell.
Tags: delta  dawn  tanya  tucker  cma  awards  country  music 
Added: 3rd December 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Car 54 Where Are You What a great team they were! Did you know that: - For the black-and-white location shots, the patrol cars were painted red so as not to confuse the locals. - The large circular object on the dashboard between the two officers is an auxiliary fan, in the days before cars had air conditioning. - The show was filmed at the Biograph Studios in the Bronx. The studio was originally built in 1912 by the American Mutoscope & Biograph. The studio facilities were sold several times through the years, until it burned down in 1980.
Tags: car  54  where  are  you  officer  francis  muldoon  fred  gwynne  gunther  toody  joe  ross  comedy   
Added: 25th March 2008
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Disneys Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first released in 1937. It was the first animated feature film produced by Walt Disney. It was the first full-length animated feature to become widely successful within the English-speaking world, and the first to be filmed in Technicolor. It made its premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937, and was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 4, 1938. Walt Disney had to literally fight to get the film produced. Both his brother Roy, and his wife, Lillian, attempted to talk him out of it, and the Hollywood movie industry mockingly referred to the film as 'Disney's Folly' while it was in production. He even had to mortgage his house to help finance the film's production, which eventually ran up a total cost of just over $1.5 million, a whopping sum for a feature film in 1937. It has been well documented that Adolf Hitler watched this film with a room full of children, and was delighted by Disney's adaptation of the German fairy tale. In fact, Hitler offered Disney anything he wanted in exchange for Disney's creation of feature-length animated features in Germany. Though this is the basis for the 'Walt Disney is a Nazi' rumors, Disney's biographer Bob Thomas proved that Disney declined Hitler's invitation, and in fact soon entered production on such anti-German projects as 'Der Fuhrer's Face' and 'Victory Through Air Power'.
Tags: snow  white  and  the  seven  dwarfs  walt  disney  animated  films  30 
Added: 21st January 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Myrna Loy Mini Biography Tags: Myrna  Loy  Mini  Biography  1930s  It  Girl 
Added: 15th February 2008
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