VivLeighFan

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  1. VivLeighFan

    The first actor/actress that comes to mind..

    Loretta Young (as far as I know) Next: thier name was/is often mispronounced or mispelled
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Antz Next: an unscripted moment or detail is left in the movie
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    Share your unpopular opinions here!

    I did not like the movie Picnic. While Kim Novak is very pleasing to look at, her acting was terrible, in my opinion, and I didn't like her character. I know this was an early film for her so I feel bad about judging her so harshly but it's the truth. William Holden was okay but a bit too old for the part and from what I've read that's not an unpopular opinion. The best part is definitely Rosalind Russell as the spinster but not even she could make me like this film. Overall, I found it boring and the dialogue was corny at times.
  4. Note: I have no idea how studio politics worked! And I know some of them were B-listers but I don't care. I think they're amazing. Sidney Poitier-I think they would get along well Carole Landis- We all know Hitchcock loved to cast blondes. And I'm sure he would find some way to make use of her athleticism Lizabeth Scott- Same reason I picked Carole Lauren Bacall Alan Ladd Eleanor Parker Frances Dee Barbara Nichols Vincent Prince John Garfield Robert Ryan Audrey Totter Jennifer Jones Leslie Howard Ruth Hussey Paulette Goddard Honorable mention Gail Russell-I want to put her on the list but I think she might be a bit too fragile
  5. Gail Russell (September 21, 1924-August 27, 1961) Her name may not ring any bells but her face certainly might. She appeared in several westerns, notably the ones in which she starred opposite John Wayne, and her haunting beauty even rivaled those of Elizabeth Taylor and Hedy Lamarr, the actress her school mates often compared her to. However, acting was never really Gail's calling. It was actually painting that she was passionate about and dreamed of becoming a pro. But if that's so, why did she become an actress? Well, my theory is that talent scouts were awed by Gail's beauty and immediately asked her to audition, even though she had no acting experience whatsover. And her family encouraged her to accept the offer, maybe hoping that acting would relieve her shyness. Not wanting to disappoint her parents, Gail gave in. On the outside, it looked like she was doing well in her new career. The role she is arguably the most known for was Stella Meredith, the young woman learning more about her past, in the 1944 film The Uninvited. She befriended John Wayne, married Guy Madison, and even got to meet her idol, Ginger Rogers. But, sadly, this was not the case. Acting only intensified Gail's shyness which led her to a path of alcoholism. In addition, her marriage to Guy Madison ended after only 5 years and rumors circulated of an affair between her and a very much married, John Wayne, even though both denied them. Ultimately, the stress and humiliation became too much for our poor heroine. Gail Russell died of alcoholism in a lonely Hollywood apartment at only 36 years old. Some said that before she died, Gail would call a radio station anymously and request Stella by Starlight, the song forever associated with her, to be played. Whether this is true or not, it can still bring a tear to one's eye. I often look back at Gail's story and wonder what it would be like if things were different. If Gail pursued painting like she wanted to. She would probably be happier but then again, her friendship with John Wayne would seize to exist. I would like Gail Russell to be remembered not for how she died, but for how she lived. Movies Gail appeared in that I recommend: The Uninvited (1944) Angel and the Badman (1947) Wake of the Red Witch (1948) Moonrise (1948) The Lawless (1950) The Tattered Dress (1957)
  6. I would love: Vera-Ellen Gail Russell Ella Rains Clara Bow Donald O'Connor Ann Miller Lillian Gish Margaret Lockwood Anne Baxter Elisha Cook, Jr. Tallulah Bankhead Robert Walker
  7. VivLeighFan

    2018 Star of the Month Predictions/Hopes

    I would love to see Vera-Ellen honored. She was one of the most talented dancers to appear on screen. If there aren't enough movies, they could go the SUTS route.
  8. VivLeighFan

    Honoring Gail Russell on her birthday

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thread. I think we made Gail very happy.
  9. VivLeighFan

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Young Frankenstein Next: a dress is ruined
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Spirited Away Next: a character walks in on people talking about him or her
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    Random Alerts!

    There's a petition going on demanding that Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman be made bisexual in the new DC superhero films. She is canonically bisexual in the comics so they figure it's only right to show it on the big screen as well. If they do go along with this, Wonder Woman would be the first openly bisexual superhero in film. How awesome would that be?
  12. VivLeighFan

    The first actor/actress that comes to mind..

    Betty Grable Next: did a lot of voice acting
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    Honoring Gail Russell on her birthday

    Fun facts about Gail: 1. Clair de Lune, by the French composer Claude Debussy, was one of Gail's favorite melodies growing up. 2. "The Hedy Lamarr of Santa Monica" was the nickname her high school classmates gave her while attending University High School in West Los Angeles 3. When she was a little girl, Gail would hide underneath the piano when visitors came to her childhood home in Chicago, Illinois. 4. Her hobbies included archery, fishing, knitting, and of course, painting. 5. A biography about Gail had been published and is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. It's called Fallen Star and was written by a longtime fan by the name of Steven Ochoa, who has evidently done a lot research on Gail's life.
  14. VivLeighFan

    The first actor/actress that comes to mind..

    Gail Russell Next: was/is deeply religious
  15. VivLeighFan

    Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

    Blade Runner would be awesome on a rainy day, too.
  16. VivLeighFan

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Still no response? Oh, come on, I didn't think it was that vague. I've read that some directors dislike one or more of thier movies usually b/c of the actors, script changes and studio interference.
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Gone With the Wind (The famous scene where Scarlett shows up at Ashley's party in that red dress) Next: disliked by its own director
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Next: a controversial casting choice
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    Actors/Actresses I Wish Starred in a Hitchcock Film

    I've wondered if Vivien Leigh would be a good match as well. I would have loved to see her in a film-noir type film as a Teresa Wright type of character or even a villain. However, I have a feeling her and Hitch wouldn't be very good friends afterwards considering they were both reported to be difficult to work with.
  20. VivLeighFan

    Actors/Actresses I Wish Starred in a Hitchcock Film

    It's too bad Leslie Howard passed away when he did. He would have been excellent in a Hitchcock film. And I can see Frances Dee starring opposite him. They did in Of Human Bondage, if I'm not mistaken.
  21. VivLeighFan

    Actors/Actresses I Wish Starred in a Hitchcock Film

    Oh yes, I love Barbara Nichols. I think she'd do really well in a Hitchcock film. On a side note, I think she should have been Oscar nominated for her performance in Sweet Smell of Success. Vincent Price would be good too.
  22. VivLeighFan

    Name 10 Facts About This Actor

    2. She played the mysterious woman known only as "The Immaculate Conception" in The Song of Bernadette. This casting was pretty controversial because Darnell was an actress with an almost pornographic image in a religious film.
  23. VivLeighFan

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Napoleon Dynamite (It's a pretty quiet and simple film but it's one of the funniest films of all time, imo. Plus it had a very low budget.) Next: a black cat
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Whirlpool Next: a child eyewitness
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    To Kill a Mockingbird Next: your least favorite Hitchcock film

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