September 26, 2011 |
According to James Curtis, author of the new 1,056-page "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," it could have been actress Loretta Young who became the love of Tracy's life, not Katharine Hepburn, his partner for 26 years with whom he made nine films. Tracy and Young, both Catholics, began their romance while working together on the 1933 Depression-era drama "A Man's Castle. " Though Tracy was married to Louise Treadwell, the illicit pair would go to Mass and confessions together. "I think they were drawn together because of the shared bond of faith," said Curtis, who spent six years on the book, drawing from Tracy's own papers and obtaining the cooperation of the actor's daughter, Susie Tracy.
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September 27, 2010 |
Gloria Stuart, a 1930s Hollywood leading lady who earned an Academy Award nomination for her first significant role in nearly 60 years — as Old Rose, the centenarian survivor of the Titanic in James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winning film — has died. She was 100. Stuart, a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild who later became an accomplished painter and fine printer, died Sunday night at her West Los Angeles home, said her daughter, writer Sylvia Thompson.
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June 4, 2011 |
James Arness, the towering actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon, the strong and commanding symbol of frontier justice on the landmark TV western series "Gunsmoke," died Friday. He was 88. Arness died of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, said family spokeswoman Ginny Fazer. "Gunsmoke" debuted Sept. 10, 1955, on CBS and, with the start of "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" on ABC four days earlier, a new era in television horse operas was launched: the adult western.
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April 3, 2010 |
John Forsythe, the suave actor with the silvery hair and mellifluous voice who was familiar to millions for his roles on the popular television series "Bachelor Father," "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty," died Thursday. He was 92. Forsythe, who had heart bypass surgery in 1979 and was hospitalized for colon cancer in 2006, died at his home in the Santa Barbara County town of Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said. Skilled at both comedy and drama, the actor began his long career on Broadway, where he stepped in for Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts" and later originated the lead role in the hit comedy "Teahouse of the August Moon."
May 18, 1985
Daniel Werle, whose Werle Originals graced such actresses as Loretta Young, Gloria Swanson, Barbara Stanwyck and Marlo Thomas, died last Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 68 and died in New York City, where he and his longtime business partner, Jose Fernandez, were showing their fall collection. Werle and Fernandez started their business after World War II, and their success developed modestly, Fernandez said.
April 3, 1993
Matthew C. Lasher, 97, a Beverly Hills orthodontist whose patients included Loretta Young, Ginger Rogers, Dana Andrews and Shirley Temple. Known as "orthodontist to the stars," Lasher practiced for more than 50 years, improving the smiles of dozens of celebrities and their children. On Tuesday in Lancaster.
HOME & GARDEN
June 19, 2003
Barbara King's column "So Seduced, So Smitten," along with the pictures in Adamo DiGregorio and David A. Keeps' story "A Grand Entrance: Take 2" (June 12), was quite fascinating and very informative regarding the Hollywood Regency style of design. I've often wondered about the magnificent sets in those films from the 1930s and '40s, and whether or not anyone actually lived in homes styled like that. Now I know. It was the stars themselves! (They liked the sets so much they took them home with them?
February 24, 1991 |
Hollywood responded to the Great Depression almost immediately after the crash of 1929. The films produced were either "social conscious" dramas that reflected the plight of the farmers and white-collar workers who suddenly found themselves in a bread line, screwball comedies or escapist musicals. Though the Depression ended nearly 50 years ago, Hollywood always has retained its fascination with this bleak era of American history.