December 5, 2011
These acclaimed actors worked multiple times for the director. Barbara Stanwyck The Oscar-nominated legend made five films with Capra, including 1941's "Meet John Doe. " Gary Cooper The star earned his first Oscar nomination for Capra's 1936 "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. " He also starred in "Meet John Doe. " Bing Crosby "Der Bingle" teamed up with Capra for the 1950 comedy "Riding High" and the 1951 romantic farce "Here Comes the Groom. "
HOME & GARDEN
October 1, 2011 |
Fred MacMurray was a 26-year-old, square-jawed guy from Beaver Dam, Wis., when he became a Hollywood star, signing a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1934. Two years later he'd earned enough money to marry his sweetheart, model Lillian Lamont. They had what Mommie-Not-So-Dearest Joan Crawford called "one of the few happy and well-adjusted marriages. " MacMurray was a straight shooter, a hard-working, All-American success who batted the ball out of the park in a 50-year film and TV career.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2011 |
Farley Granger, a handsome young leading man during Hollywood's post-World War II era who was best known for his starring roles in the Alfred Hitchcock suspense thrillers "Strangers on a Train" and "Rope," has died. He was 85. Granger died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Manhattan, said a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office. In a career that began as a teenager when he was discovered in a local play by a casting director for producer Samuel Goldwyn, Granger made his film debut as a Russian youth in the 1943 film "The North Star.
July 3, 2010 |
The "world's oldest profession" has long been a favorite subject in novels, plays, films and television. Real-life madams such as Sydney Biddle Barrows, a.k.a. the Mayflower Madam, and Heidi Fleiss, the Hollywood Madam, have captured the attention of the media and filmmakers for decades. And let's face it, Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) on the long-running western series "Gunsmoke" wasn't just serving drinks to Marshal Dillon ( James Arness) and the boys at the Long Branch saloon — and the second floor of her establishment was more than just a boarding house (even if censors of the time wouldn't allow anyone to say that)
May 20, 2007
THE Stanwyck centenary tribute is a perfect example of Hollywood assuaging its guilt by honoring one of its own, giving her the accolades that for some reason it withheld from her for so many years ["She Wasn't Common," May 13]. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also tried to make amends for its slight in denying her a "real" Oscar by awarding her a career achievement statuette in 1982. No matter. We who have admired her films know that the early careers of some of the Golden Age's brightest stars were given impetus by having appeared in support of her -- Bette Davis, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few. In her films, Barbara Stanwyck managed to avoid the mannerisms and nervous tics of Davis, did not possess the mystery of Garbo, nor the classic beauty of Dietrich, nor the glamour of Crawford, nor the hauteur of Hepburn.
May 13, 2007 |
LIKE anyone with a passion for the golden age of Hollywood, when the studios actually made films for adults instead of only pretending to, I thought I knew all about Barbara Stanwyck. I was wrong. I'd seen many of her dozens of features and been mightily impressed by her trifecta of knockout performances in "Stella Dallas," "Double Indemnity" and "The Lady Eve."