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Monthly Archives: September, 2014

Myrna and Clark: A (Platonic) Love Story

“We became devoted to each other. We weren’t lovers, we eventually became more like siblings. Our relationship was unique. Oh, he sometimes gave me the macho routine when people were watching, but he changed when we were alone. “We always used to celebrate together at the end of a picture. Clark insisted on it. Maybe …

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Gail Russell: Sleep Peacefully, Angel

Thinking of Gail Russell today, on what would have been her 90th birthday. She had only 36 of them. If Marilyn Monroe was a candle in the wind, Gail Russell was a matchstick in a hailstorm. That she became an actress at all was due to a twist of fate usually found only in bad …

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Happy Birthday, Lauren Bacall

  Lauren Bacall left us last month, just shy of her 90th birthday. She lost Bogie in 1957, and he waited another 57 years to be reunited with the love of his life. Here, Betty makes use of the gold-whistle charm her husband gave her, which paraphrases the famous line in the film on which …

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THE ROAD BACK Hits a Nazi Detour

During one of the most shameful periods in Hollywood history, what could have been James Whale’s finest hour instead became his downfall. As 1937 dawned, the director was huddled with writers R.C. Sherriff and Charles Kenyon in a back office at Universal, working on a film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, The Road Back. A sequel to …

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