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#22241 cmvgor

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:11 AM

Williams, Esther entered the Biz from a background as a swimming champion. This fact was utilized in creating scripts allowing her to demonstrate this talent (Dangerous When Wet,
America's Mermaid
). Did less well in later dramas (The Unguarded Moment, Raw Wind In
Eden
). Concensus: "Wet, she's a star. Dry, not so much." Profitably allowed her name to be
used by a line of ladies' swimwear, and a line of swimming pools.

#22242 visualfeast

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 08:32 AM

Von Palandt, Nina...Danish folk singer/actress who is best remembered as the mistress of Clifford Irving, author of the Howard Hughes biography,that was later proved a hoax when Hiughes came out of seclusion to repudiate the book.
She made a few movies, including A Wedding, American Gigolo...she always seemed to be in a drug induced haze...great looking, though.

#22243 Bargar

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 12:11 PM

U - Liv Ullman - Actress directed in a few films by Ingmar Bergman. Came to America
and did a few English-speaking films. (I saw her in a play by Harold Pinter. She was
good, but the play was awful, in my opinion) I guess that's Harold Pinter for you.

#22244 fanclassic

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:21 AM

*Taylor, Elizabeth*
One of the last of the studio "Big Stars".
Started as a child actress, most notably in National Velvet.
Went on to become one of the most beautiful, and, imho, one of the most talented, if under-rated, actresses around. The first actress to earn a million dollars for her role in Cleopatra. Won two Oscars, one for her least favorite picture, Butterfield Eight, and one for Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.
Her private life has been the stuff from which soaps are made!

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:04 AM

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*Sawyer,Joe*: Appeared everywhere during the 30s and 40s in over 200 films. mostly playing mugs.
In films like "Hold Your Man", "The Westerner",The Informer" "North to Alaska' and How thw West Was Won"( his last film).

#22246 Bargar

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 03:56 PM

R - RUSH, GEOFFREY - Talented character actor. "Shine" & "Quills"

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:29 AM

Qualen, John...character player in many films of the forties and fifties. He equaled Meryl Streep in his ability to take on accents, though mostly, he was presented as Scandanavian or Italian. Many excellent roles including THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, ROUGHLY SPEAKING and THE STUDENT PRINCE. Later her did a lot of TV work until the mid seventies.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 07:39 AM

*Plummer, Christopher* - a very talented actor. Remember him as the journalist who hears the story from Michael Caine in "The Man Who Would Be King"? So many roles...- a more 'recent" one as Mike Wallace in "The Insider" with Al Pacino, Russell Crowe.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 06:11 AM

*Owen,Reginald* Played Ebenezer Scrooge as as replacement for the ailing Lionel Barrymore in 1938 with over 150 films he acted well into his 80's in films like The Valley of Decision,National Velvet, The Canterville Ghost and The Secret Garden.

#22250 cmvgor

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 06:15 PM

Nolte, Nick Had a breakthrough role in a TV Miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man. Went on to a few potboiler roles (Macon County Line). On to bigger roles in bigger productions.
Credits include Who'll Stop The Rain?, Cannery Row, Jfferson In Paris, Q&A. Has a reputation for avoiding some big-budget productions, and concentrating on his interest in the scripts and the characters.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:25 PM

MacMahon, Aline...A wonderful actress she got her start on Broadway. She appeared in a variety of roles during her career. My favorites include her jaded mechanic in *Heat LIghtning-1934* and her debut film as Edward G. Robinson's secretary in *Five Star Final-1931,* her aging chorine in *Gold Diggers of 1933* and as Mrs. Murray in *The Search-1948.* She had occasional leads but was most often given supporting parts. She was versatile and knew how to dish out the one liners and sarcasism with the best of them. Always a valuable asset to any picture she was in. Those final scenes in *Heat Lightning* with her hair down and the heart breaking look of resignation on her face will remain with me for a long time.


#22252 cmvgor

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:02 PM

> {quote:title=jim2 wrote:}{quote}
> *Egan, Richard*
> A well-known actor, one of the 'heartthrobs" of the 60's. Played the bad guy in Ben Hur.


Actually, Stephen Boyd played Massala in the 1059 Ben Hur

But Richard Egan looked very much like him when he played King Leonidas in The 300 Spartans. Egan also played Elvis Presley's big brother in Love Me Tender

#22253 visualfeast

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:46 PM

Lamour, Dorothy...From the elevator at Marshall Fields to Paramount Studios. Lovely dark haired actress that got stuck in "sarong" movies because of her appearance in THE HURRICANE. She made a few serious films (Johnny Apollo), but was most popular in the the ROAD series with Crosby and Hope (in a sarong as often as possible). Later she made a few guest appearances on TV. She seemed to be in on the joke regarding her limitations.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:01 PM

Kristofferson, Kris,. One of those who entered film via the Music business. Songwriter, singer, sometimes did the musical arrangements for his films. Also a Rhodes Scholar, with heavy
credits in English Lit. One of the unofficial Sam Peckinpah stock company, he played Billy The Kid and The Rubber Duck (Convoy). A movie-series stint as Wesley Snipes' mentor/ father-
figure/ weapons maker in the Blade franchise. The brutal racist Sheriff in Lone Star.
A leader of the beleaguered Humans in the Planet Of The Apes remake. His signature roles: '**** Buck" in Songwriter, and the title role in Cisco Pike.

As a Poet and Lyricist, Kris gave a generation a few of its catch-phrases:
"Feeling good was good enough."
"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."
"The going up was worth the coming down."
...And as a movie ad-lib: "Don't quit the day job just yet, Honey."

#22255 fanclassic

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 01:33 PM

Sorry--you're right!!

Does this mean that the spirit of Hagen will haunt me for eternity?

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 01:23 PM

*JOHNS,* Glynnis....Did a great turn in "The Sundowners."

Hey Jim: "Hagen, Jean--Very beautiful, completely under-rated actress. Always played the "best friend" of the star. Bette Davis' pal in "Dark Victory". She did a completely different type in "Singing In The Rain", for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Danny Thomas' wife in "Make Room For Daddy"

You're mixing up Hagen with the beautiful Fitzgerald. Geraldine played Davis' best friend in "Dark Victory."

"You're passing up a great opportunity. Where I spit, no grass grows...ever!"


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 12:02 PM

Continue with I's

*Ironside,Michael*: A Canadian actor in over 150 films best remembered for films "Scanners" "Total Recall" and "The Perfect Storm" and "Robo-Cop" usually playing the villain. Made numerious TV roles and Voice Overs for Video Games like "Splinter Cell".

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 11:48 AM

G's Missing! Let's correct that:

Griffiths, Rachel: Attractive Australian-born actress, first brought to US viewers' attention
as Toni Collette's gal pal in Muriel's Wedding. Oscar-nominated for Hilary And Jackie.
Extensive TV work in the US, including the Cable series Six Feet Under, and the current ABC
series Brothers And Sisters.

Now, we're ready for I.

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:52 PM

*Hagen, Jean*
Very beautiful, completely under-rated actress. Always played the "best friend" of the star. Bette Davis' pal in "Dark Victory". She did a completely different type in "Singing In The Rain", for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Danny Thomas' wife in "Make Room For Daddy".

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:36 AM

Fitzgerald, Geraldine...Beautiful Irish actress, popular in late thirties and early forties Warner Bros. films. Wasn't handled properly...always given second leads in A films and leads in B films.
She never became the star she might have been, and wound up playing character parts. Bedst remembered for her role of Bette Davis' secretary and best friend in Dark Victory, and Wilson's wife Grace in Wilson.




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