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Brackenhe, your on a roll. You just about ran the gambit on the stars who appeared in multiple Oscar winning movies even catching Morgan Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby".

The one actor I thought for sure who would be in at least 4 or 5 Oscar winning movies was Ward Bond.

However he only appeared in 3 including "It Happened One Night", "You Can't Take it With You" and "Gone With the Wind" altough he did appear in many Oscar nominated films.

That was some good stuff brackenhe. Thanks.

 

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Thanks Mongo--I was sure Ward Bond would be on there too so I missed him. I remember he was in the most AFI 100 years 100 movies so I figured he would be on my list too. I wanted to put Claude Rains on there but I could only find 2 BP's he was in: Lawrence of Arabia and Casablanca.

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oh, Mongo, what a fabulous thread! I just now discovered it. For some reason, I hardly wander over to the "information" heading. And if there's anybody who knows everything worth knowing about the flickers, then it's you. Okay, here's one for ya. Whatever happened to Alicia Rhett? She played the thin-lipped spinster--India Wilkes--in Gone With the Wind and gave Scarlet a tongue-lashing while they're all sitting around Aunt Pittypat's Parlor, awaiting for the boys to return. I know she grabbed her bags and got the hell out of Hollywood as soon as her scenes were finished in GWTW. She never made another picture. She's never done any PR for the movie, nor has she shown her face at the numerous nostalgia conventions, yet, I understand she's very much alive. What's with this woman? Ahhhh, the stories she could tell!

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To stoneyburke regarding Fredric March:

 

Born Frederick Bickel (was later sorry he didn't use the name for his career) the illustrious classically handsome actor enjoyed the longest screen career of all the male stars who came in with talkies. He was an 'extra' in movies as early as 1921.

He starred admirably in every variety of movie and was nominated 6 times for an Academy Award winning two best actor Oscars'.

 

His first marriage lasted 10 years when he married actress Florence Eldridge and lasted 48 years until his death. It was a solid and happy marriage thanks to Mrs. March since Mr. March had a roving eye which resulted in affairs with other 'stars'. He had a rough time with Veronica Lake though on the set of "I Married a Witch" when she resorted to kneeing him in the crotch area while filming a scene, since she detested him.

I believe he let it be known that she wasen't star quality which didn't sit well with the sultry blonde.

 

Also a fine stage actor he won two Tony Awards. Eventually went into prestige character roles before his death of cancer at age 77 in 1975.

 

Mongo

 

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To patypancake regarding Alicia Rhett:

 

She was in her early 20s in 1939 when she played Leslie Howard's stern young spinster sister, India Wilkes, in "Gone With the Wind", her only movie.

After it was all over, she returned to her native city, Charleston, South Carolina and has never again been back to Hollywood, though critics praised her performance and she could easily have continued as an actress.

 

In 1992 she was a petite, friendly, rather shy gentlewoman with a salt and pepper feather bobwho wears mod wire-rimmed specs and has a total aversion to publicity.

She lives graciously in a fine old house (inherited) in downtown Charlston. Asked what she has been doing since GWTW she says "Oh, I've been painting and having a good time".

During WWII she spent time sketching servicemen's portraits at the Charlston USO and has become the South's finest and most successful portrait painters.

Despite her shyness she is a gregarious woman, highly social, with many close friends.

Asked about "Gone With the Wind" she says "A delightful memory, I enjoyed it". Of director George Cukor, who did her test and directed the Twelve Oaks barbecue scene, she says "A charming man".

Has she seen the movie in recent years? "Oh-h, I don't want to talk about "Gone With the Wind". I'm tired of it".

She never married and guards her privacy well.

 

Mongo

 

 

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Mongo, so many wanted to ask you about any information past or present you could give about Mami Nixon who dubbed singing for Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood

and others any info would be appreciated thanks so much!

lolite....

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I agree with Lolite, Mongo. I think that most of us know who Marnie Nixon sang for in the better known musicals, so I'd be interested in knowing more about her in the biographical sense...where she got her start, missing chunks of her career, and where she is today.

 

I always think of her when I see "Singin' In the Rain", and wonder how many people she sang for without receiving credit.

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Hi Mongo -

 

I know you have a couple of questions already awaiting answer, but I wanted to ask one before I forget it. Today I saw a lobby card on Ebay with Toby Wing on it, and it got me wondering, is she still alive? And if she is, could you tell me how she's doing and what she did after her career ended?

 

Take your time with it, since I know you're working on Path's question and the info about Marni Nixon.

 

Thanks...

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Info on Marni Nixon:

 

The pretty brunette (ala Julie Andrews) is known as "The Voice of the Stars". It all officially began in 1955 when a singer who was contracted to dub Deborah Kerr as Anna in "The King and I" was killed in a car accident and a replacement was needed. Marni was hired and the rest is history. Her other milestones were dubbing Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady" and Natalie Wood in "West Side Story".

 

The lovely soprano was born in California in 1930 and just celebrated her 75th. birthday last month.

She started out at the age of 4 as a violinist and had a singing act with her sister at age 8.

She would eventually have some screen time in "The Secret Garden" (1949), "An Affair to Remember" and "The Sound of Music" as Sister Sophia.

She won 4 Emmy Awards for her local TV show "Boomerang" in the late 1970s and early '80s.

She also toured with both Liberace and Victor Borg.

 

She was married 3 times including to composer Ernest Gold producing 3 children.

 

The unsung hero almost always uncredited for her fine dubbing was last heard on screen as the singing voice of the grandmother in Disney's "Mulan".

In 2003 she toured the U.S.A. as "The Voice of Hollywood" in one woman cabaret shows which were successful.

 

Mongo

 

 

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I have a new question for you, Mongo. What is the name of the Disney Animator who was noted for his work in "Bambi", and who passed away last year? And, can you tell us about him?

 

I have a reason for asking this question. With a new 2-disk "Bambi" DVD coming out, I'm hoping that the second disk is going to give us an insight to this man's contributions.

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Regarding Robert Osborne:

 

The last article I read indicated that Mr. Osborne commuted to Atlanta where he would record a bunch of intro's for upcoming movies broardcast on TCM.

 

Mongo

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Mongo, bravo to you on your fascinating info on the mysteriously elusive Alicia Rhett! You are a champ. Here's something that I'm curious about: whatever happened to Marilyn Monroe would-be Sheree North? I watched her in some horrible dreck, "The Best Things in Life Are Free" on the 20th Century Fox channel and this actress had zero fire, charm or talent. Maybe I'm being too harsh because this movie about the early talkies was at the bottom of the barrel. I know for awhile back then, movie mags were all full of the "The New Marilyn". North appeared on various TV series back in the 60s and 70s and then vanished from the radar.

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To Moviejoe regarding Toby Wing:

 

"The most beautiful chorus girl in Hollywood" they called her in 1934. She had the figure, the dimpled smile, the lovely blonde hair which was all still intact toward the end of her life.

She gave up her career, never to resume it, in 1937 when she became the wife of world-famed pilot Dick Merrill. It was a happy marriage, lasting until his death in 1982, though they experienced tragedy together. Their infant son, Henry, smothered to death in his crib in 1940. And their only other child, Richard, died a few months earlier than his father in 1982 and was survived by two daughters, Anna and Simone.

 

Toby lived in the Miami area of Florida, in a magnificent house on De Lindo Island, and remained a faithful member of All Souls Espiscopal Church, where she taught Sunday school when her son was young.

She also had summer house in both California and Maine.

Only rarely has she returned to Hollywood, once it was for a festive affair given at Pickfair in celebration of the memory of Jack Oakie. She and the comice actor, never romantically involved, enjoyed one of Hollywood's rarest kinds of friendship.

It was he who escorted her to parties so she would be 'noticed', engineered her original Paramount contract, and remained her confidant and adviser. And at the Pickfair party she joined with many old friends, including Alice Faye, Buddy Rogers, Bob Crosby, and Oakie's widow Victoria Horne, in saluting the good life of the comedian.

On screen from 1932 she appeared in such films as "Gold Diggers of 1933", "42nd Street", "Too Much Harmony", "Murder at the Vanities", "The Women Men Marry", "True Confessions" etc. After an uncredited role in "Sweethearts" (1938) with MacDonald & Eddy, she left

the screen.

 

The lovely Toby Wing died in 2001 at age 85. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Mongo

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To ML regarding animator Jack Bradbury:

 

The late Mr. Bradbury who died last December at age 90 was one of Walt Disney's top notch animators.

He started off his career with comic book characters and eventually joined Disney as an assistant working on the first full length animated feature "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".

He then became a full animator contributing to "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia". And although he worked on "Bambi" he was joined by countless animators, background artists, visual effects experts to bring the classic to life. Bradbury also reported that Disney trimmed quite a bit of footage from the completed movie which perhaps we'll see in the new 2-disc DVD. "Bambi" was also Disney's favorite of all his films.

 

Married with 3 children Mr. Bradbury retired in 1969 due to poor eyesight however he did dabble in comic book stories.

 

Mongo

 

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Notice:

 

Please be informed that I fell behind in my duties a bit this past week since I had company in from the North and we were all over Florida.

I will continue to catch up in the coming week to answer your interesting questions. I didn't forget about the lost films of the '30s and '40s, the music during Sidney Lumet's special Oscar, Sheree North, etc.

And please remember that I encourage members to join in

since there is much knowledge amongst us. And it could make for some good rapport.

 

Mongo

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Hey there, Mongo...no apologies necessary for having a life off these boards. ;) Hope you had a swell visit with your brother!

 

Thank you for providing me with the name of Jack Bradbury. I had already searched in IMDb, but like you say, there were dozens of Animators listed for "Bambi". I'm going to hope that when this new "Bambi" 2-disk set is issued, it will include this man's contributions in one of the Documentary segments.

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Never a downfall, never a has-been, and a relatively happy life. That's what I call a Hollywood success!

 

 

> To Moviejoe regarding Toby Wing:

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>

> She gave up her career, never to resume it, in 1937

> when she became the wife of world-famed pilot Dick

> Merrill. It was a happy marriage, lasting until his

> death in 1982...

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Mongo, this is your best contribution to the boards yet!

 

I've always wanted to know more about the lives of two actors who, sadly, seem unappreciated today...I've come across some pretty amusing references in some biographies to their attempts, (and successes?), at the game of love and the craft of acting, on the movie set and off. Myth or fact? Mongo, you probably know all...

:)

 

Here goes:

 

What can you tell me about Fredric March?

 

What can you tell me about Herbert Marshall, (aside from the wooden leg)? What's the scoop about Herb & Gloria Swanson?

 

Thanks in advance--great thread, dude.

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