John Garfield: Hollywood’s First Rebel

[…]  Yet despite his stage and film stardom, John Garfield never forgot his humble beginnings as a kid fighting for survival on the streets of New York. Like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, Garfield died tragically young: at 39 years old, John Garfield suffered a heart attack, brought on by the slanderous accusations of the […]

Rear Window

Rear Window (1954) & the Decade of Jimmy Stewart

[…] actor in Hollywood.  Look magazine named him 1955’s most popular movie star in the world.  Jimmy Stewart isn’t the flashiest of stars most commonly associated with the 1950s—think Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Marlon Brando.  But Jim was, quietly, more consistently successful and universally loved. Jimmy Stewart: A Good Man & A Real Life Hero […]

Tony Curtis Could Act: The Boston Strangler (1968)

[…] beyond flattered to have his face on the cover of an album by some of the world’s most influential musicians, with the likes of such legends as Marilyn Monroe. The album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which included Tony among its famous faces. “It was particularly uplifting for me, partly because […]

Ann Sheridan

Plenty Of “Oomph”: The Underrated Ann Sheridan

[…] keen eye for fashion that gave William “Billy” Travilla his start in films. The legendary designer later became most celebrated for the flawless gowns he created for Marilyn Monroe, but Travilla’s success in Hollywood can all be traced back to Ann Sheridan.  Read my articles on Nora Prentiss (1947) and Billy Travilla for more […]

The Paleface (1948), Jane Russell, & Bob Hope

[…] The Paleface (1948)! And that wraps it up for 1948’s The Paleface. Join me next week for the film that introduced me to both Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The […]

Glenn Ford: The Canadian Boy Next Door

[…] his nice guy looks and persona, Glenn Ford got around. The short list of Glenn’s conquests includes: Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Stella Stevens, Eva Gabor, Gloria Grahame, Marilyn Monroe, Maria Schell, Hope Lang, and Geraldine Brooks. He Never Won an Oscar Despite his lengthy career and solid performances, Glenn Ford never won an Oscar.  […]

Grilled Potato Spinach Piroshki

Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Katharine Hepburn.  Jimmy Stewart, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant.  Jim Morrison and Elvis.  Clyde Barrow and John Dillinger.  Chief Wyandanah, Henry David Thoreau, Amelia Earhart.  John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. England, Ireland, Scotland.  Sweden, Russia, and Poland.  Germany, France, North America.  And Ukraine. Like most Americans, my family is from all […]

Paul Newman

Paul Newman: Old Hollywood Class & Modern Cool

[…] and modern vibe make it difficult to believe, but with his 1925 birthday, Paul Newman is actually older than many stars so associated with Classic Hollywood, including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Jack Lemmon, and James Garner. Newman starred in films as early as 1954, technically making […]