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Heidigunn, June Allyson died this past July at the age of 88. Today would have been her birthday.


She separated from her husband Dick Powell once when she fell in love with actor Alan Ladd during filming of "The McConnell Story" (1955). Ladd was also married at the time.

Dick Powell stood his ground, and she eventually returned to him.


Up front and personal, the actress confirmed this story during her visit with Robert Osborne on "Private Screenings" a few years ago.


Brad, my daughter is also **** off about the Yankees.

"Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet"

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Born this day October 8th:


Lead/co-star Matt Damon is 36.

Talented, blond-haired actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Good Will Hunting" (won best screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck). In "Mystic Pizza", "School Ties", "Courage Under Fire", "The Rainmaker", "Saving Private Ryan" (title role), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (Golden Globe nominee), "Ocean's Eleven", "The Bourne Identity", "Stuck on You", "Euro Trip", "The Bourne Supremacy", "Ocean's Twelve", etc.

Married in 2005 (1 daughter). Once lived with Wynona Ryder.


Lead/co-star Sigourney Weaver is 57.

Striking actress, Oscar nominated best actress for "Aliens", "Gorillas in the Mist" (won Golden Globe Award), and for best support in "Working Girl" (won Golden Globe). In "Alien", "The Year of Living Dangerously", "Ghost Busters", "Dave", "Copycat", "The Ice Storm" (Golden Globe nominee), "Snow White: A Tale of Terror", "Tadpole", "A Map of the World" (Golden Globe nominee", "Holes", "The Village", etc.

Married since 1984 (1 daughter). A Tony Award nominee. Quoted: "I'd rather have a small part in a movie I love than a bigger part in one I don't care about."


Lead/co-star Chevy Chase is 63.

Tall, breezy comic actor, hilarious as Clark Griswold in the "Vacation" series of films. Also in "Foul Play" (Golden Globe nominee), "Caddyshack", "Fletch", "Three Amigos!", "Funny Farm", "Cops and Robbersons", "Snow day", "Orange County", "Funny Money", etc.

Married 4 times (3 children). Known for his pratfalls, he made his mark on TVs "Saturday Night Live". Convicted of drunk driving in 1995. An avid jazz fan, he has a fear of snakes.

Quoted "Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles, because it seemed wrong to have my three-year-old wondering why Daddy was kissing someone else."


Lead/co-star Paul Hogan is 67.

Engaging blond-haired Aussie, scored big as "Crocodile Dundee" (Golden Globe nominee). In "Almost an Angel", "Lightning Jack", "Flipper", "Floating Away", "Strange Bedfellows", etc.

Divorced after 28 years (5 children). Married 'Dundee' co-star Linda Kozlowski (1 son). [speech at the Academy Awards] "There are three Gs to accepting an award: Be Gracious ... Be Grateful ... and Get Off!"


Co-star/support Richard Lyon is 72.

Former child actor, in "The Howards of Virginia" w/Cary Grant, "The Unseen", "Anna and the King of Siam", "The Green Years", "The Boy with Green Hair", "Smart Woman" as the son of Constance Bennett, "The Great Lover" w/Bob Hope, etc.

He is the adopted son of Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels. In the 1950s they all starred together on the successful TV series "Lfe with the Lyons" (written by Daniels).




Co-star/support Joe Conti (72) 1924-1997.

Former child actor in "East of the River" playing Garfield as a boy, "Men of Boys Town" a dancer, "The Big Boss" w/Gloria Dickson, "Paper Bullets", "Here Comes Mr.Jordan", etc.

He performed in Chicago nightclubs for 40 years.


Co-star/support Gabriel Dell (68) 1919-1988.

Reliable actor, one of the original Dead End Kids, in "Dead End", "Crime School", "Angels with Dity Faces", "They Made Me a Criminal", "Hell's Kitchen", etc.

Also dabbled in the films of 'The East Side Kids' and 'The Bowery Boys'.

Married twice (1 son). Was a regular on TVs "The Steve Allen Show". Once studied mime, he also appeared on Broadway (Tony Award nominee).

He formed a nightclub partnership with former 'Dead End Kid' Huntz Hall in 1950 that resulted in the breakup of both men's marriages. Gabe's wife, Barbara, and Mrs. Hall jointly divorced them on 14 May 1953, citing the act as an alienating factor.


Lead/co-star Kirk Alyn (88) 1910-1999.

Capable actor, remembered as the first screen 'Superman' (1948) in two serials, with Noel Neill as Lois Lane (alive and well). Also in "Action in the North Atlantic", "A Guy Named Joe", "The Time of Their Lives", "The Trap", "The Beginning or the End", "Little Miss Broadway", "When World's Collide", etc.

Was married to MGM musical actress Virginia O'Brien (3 children). Also in vaudeville and on Broadway.


In memory of those who died this day October 8th:

Lyricist Gus Kahn in 1941 at age 54, character actor Nigel Bruce (Mr. Watson) in 1953 at age 58, essential character actor Eduardo Ciannelli in 1969 at age 80, character actor Karl Swenson in 1978 at age 70, virile Latino actor Fernando Lamas in 1982 at age 67, talented starlet Joan Hackett in 1983 at age 49, supporting actor Edward Woods (Cagney's cohort in "Public Enemy") in 1989 at age 86, and British actress Phyllis Calvert in 2002 at age 87.




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Born this day October 9th:


Lead/co-star Scott Bakula is 52.

Dependable, rugged actor, in "Sibling Rivalry", "Necessary Roughness" good role, "Color of Night", "A Passion to Kill", "Lord of Illusions", "American Beauty", "Above Suspicion", "Life as a House", etc.

Married twice (4 children). Star of the TV series "Quantum Leap" (he received 4 Emmy nominations) and won Golden Globe Award. Also appeared on "Star Trek: Enterprise", "Murphy Brown", etc.


Lead/co-star Tony Shaloub is 53.

Talented, comedic actor, in "Longtime Companion", "Quick Change", "Barton Fink", "Honeymoon in Vegas", "Big Night", "Men in Black", "Primary Colors", "Paulie", "Spy Kids", "The Man Who Wasn't There", "Party Animals", etc.

Married to Brooke Adams since 1992 (2 children). On the TV series "Wings", and the star of "Monk" for which he won 3 Emmy Awards, and a Golden Globe. Also a Tony Award nominee.


Co-star/support Fyvush Finkel is 83 today.

Tall, delightful character actor from Brooklyn, in "Seize the Day", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Q & A", "Mobsters", "Nixon", "The Crew", etc.

Married since 1947 (2 sons). Emmy winner for his role on TVs "Picket Fences", in which he was a hoot. Also on "Boston Public", etc.

Fyvush appeared in the touring company of "Fiddler On The Roof" for 12 years. Initially he performed the role of the innkeeper, but ultimately assumed the lead role of Tevye.




Lead/co-star John Lennon (40) 1940-1980.

Extraordinary talent, member of the fab four singing group 'The Beatles', which include Paul, George and Ringo. In "A Hard Days Night", Help!", etc. Also a brilliant composer.

He went solo in "How I Won the War", and in the short "Two Virgins", with wife Yoko Ono.

Married twice (2 sons Julian and Sean who turns 31 today).

Assassinated as he returned from the recording studio Monday, December 8, 1980, outside the Dakota, his apartment building, by Mark David Chapman, a crazed fan.


Co-star/support Judy Tyler (23) 1933-1957.

Pretty, promising starlet, in "Jailhouse Rock" w/Elvis who was infatuated with her while filming.

She was 'Princess Summerfall Winterspring' on the "Howdy Doody" childrens TV series.

Sadly, she and her husband were killed in an auto accident on July 4th.


Lead/co-star Lila Kedrova (81) 1918-2000.

Talented Russian actress, won Oscar best support for "Zorba the Greek" as Madame Hortense. In "A High Wind in Jamaica", Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain" good role, "Penelope", "The Kremlin Letter", "Cool Million", "Escape to the Sun", "Testament", etc.

Married twice. Also won a Tony Award for "Zorba" on Broadway.


Lead/co-star Alastair Sim (75) 1900-1976.

Lanky, rubber-faced actor, perhaps the difinitive Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" (1951). Also in Hitchcock's "Stage Fright", "The Belles of St. Trinian's", "Wee Geordie", "The Ruling Class", etc.

Married 44 years (1 daughter). Mr. Sim didn't care to sigh autographs (Bah humbug).


In memory of those who died this day October 9th:

Singer/actress Helen Morgan ('Show Boat' 1936) in 1941 at age 41, essential character actor James Finlayson in 1953 at age 66, silent screen star Alice Joyce in 1955 at age 65, brassy blonde movie star Miriam Hopkins in 1972 at age 69, character actor Arch Johnson in 1997 at age 75, dependable actor David Dukes in 2000 at age 55, Oscar nominated director Herbert Ross in 2001 at age 74, voluptuous blonde performer Dagmar in 2001 at age 79, and outrageous comic Louis Nye in 2005 at age 92.




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Born this day October 10th:


Co-star/support Bradley Whitford is 47.

Dependable actor, in "Vital Signs", Awakenings", "Scent of a Woman", "My Life" good role, "Philadelphia", "The Client", "The Muse", "Bicentennial Man", "Kate & Leopold", "Father and Sons", etc.

Married to Jane Kaczmarek (3 children). On TVs "The West Wing" as Josh Lyman (won Emmy Award), and as Danny Tripp on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip".


Lead/co-star Ben Vereen is 60 today.

Essential, impressive actor/dancer, in "Sweet Charity", "Funny Lady" (Golden Globe nominee), 'All That Jazz", "Sabine", "Buy and Cell", "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "I'll Take You There", "The Painting", etc.

Married twice (5 children, of which a daughter 16, was killed in a auto accident in 1987). A Broadway star, won Tony Award for "Pippin". Emmy nominee for his fine performance as 'Chicken' George in the mega-hit "Roots".




Lead/co-star Chris Penn (40) 1965-2006.

Talented, stocky actor, in "Rumble Fish", "All the Right Moves", "Footloose" good role, "Pale Rider", "At Close Range", "Mobsters", "Reservoir Dogs", "Short Cuts", "Mulholland Falls", "Rush Hour", "Cement", "Starsky & Hutch", etc.

Brother of Sean Penn. Died of a heart attack (enlarged heart). Drank only Bookers bourbon. Liked to drink in the afternoon at burlesque great Betty Rowland's 217 bar in Santa Monica, California.

Among those in attendance at his funeral were Robin Wright Penn, Sean Penn, Mark Ruffalo, Jack Nicholson, James Gandolfini, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins, Tom Sizemore, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Madsen, etc.


Co-star/support Dana Elcar (77) 1927-2005.

Reliable character actor, in "Fail-Safe", "The Boston Srangler", "Pendulum", "The Learning Tree", "A Gunfight", "The Sting" good role, "W.C. Fields and Me", "St. Ives", "All of Me", "Inside Out", etc.

Married twice (6 children). On the TV series "MacGyver", "Baretta", "Dark Shadows", etc. He went blind due to glaucoma.

Quoted: "The fact that you are losing your eyesight does not mean you have forgotten how to act." - in a speech to the National Federation of the Blind in 1991.


Co-star/support Daniel Massey (64) 1933-1998.

Reliable actor, Oscar nominated best support as Noel Coward in "Star!" w/Julie Andrews (he won Golden Globe Award). In "In Which We Serve" (age 9), "The Entertainer", "Mary Queen of Scots", "The Vault of Horror", "The Incredible Sarah", "Victory", "Scandal", "In the Name of the Father", etc.

Married 3 times (1 son). Son of Raymond Massey (estranged most of their lives). Sister of Anna Massey.


Co-star/support Richard Jaeckel (70) 1926-1997.

Talented, 'tough' blond-haired actor with boyish-face, Oscar nominated best support for "Sometimes a Great Notion". Also in "Wing and a Prayer", "City Across the River", "Sands of Iwo Jima", "Battleground", "The Gunfighter", "Come Back, Little Sheba", "3:10 to Yuma", "Cowboy", "The Naked and the Dead", "The Violent Men", "A Town Without Pity", "The Dirty Dozen", "Chisum", "Starman", etc.

Married (2 sons). On the TV series "Baywatch". Eventually lost his home to bankruptcy. Died at the Motion Picture Country Home from cancer.

Quoted: "I've put fifty years in movies and my wife and I have traveled all over the world. I've been very lucky."


Co-star/support Benson Fong (70) 1916-1987.

Capable Asian actor, played Tommie Chan in the popular "Charlie Chan" films. In "The Purple Heart", "Thity Seconds Over Tokyo", "Nob Hill", "Deception", "Calcutta", "His Majesty O'Keefe", "The Left Hand of God", "Five Gates to Hell", "Flower Drum Song", "S.O.B.", etc.

Married 40 years (5 children). On the TV series "Kung Fu". Owned his own restaurants in California.


Co-star/support Johnny Downs (80) 1913-1994.

Former child actor, in the "Our Gang" silent comedy shorts. Also in "The Crowd", "Babes in Toyland" as Little Boy Blue, "So Red the Rose", "Algiers", "Adam Had Four Sons", "The Mad Monster", "Rhapsody in Blue", "The Kid from Brooklyn", "Column South", etc.

Was host of a kiddie TV show in the 1950s.


Co-star/support Janis Carter (80) 1913-1994.

Reliable, saucy blonde actress, in "I Married an Angel", "Girl Trouble", "The Other Woman", "Lady of Burlesque" w/Stanwyck, "One Mysterious Night", "The Missing Juror", "One Way to Love", "Framed", "Miss Grant Takes Richmond", "My Forbidden Past", "Flying Leathernecks", "The Half-Breed", etc.

Married twice. Was hostess of a TV quiz show with Bud collyer. Left the screen in 1952.


Lead/co-star Helen Hayes (92) 1900-1993.

Remarkable actress, won Oscar best actress for "The Sin of Madelon Claudet", and for best support in "Airport". In "Arrowsmith", "A Farewell to Arms", "The White Sister", "Night Flight", "My Son John", "Anastasia" (Golden Globe nominee), "Herbie Rides Again" (Golden Globe nominee), "Candleshoe", etc.

Married 27 years to writer Charles MacArthur (adoptive parents of actor James MacArthur).

First lady of the American theatre, she won 3 Tony Awards. Appeared on TVs "The Snoop Sisters". Won a total of 9 Emmy nominations.


...and as the kid says on the Italy episode of "I Love Lucy", "Itsa my birthday today too".


In memory of those who died this day October 10th:

Stage actress Pauline Lord in 1950 at age 60, French singing icon Edith Piaf in 1963 at age 47, show business great Eddie Cantor in 1964 at age 72, supporting actor Christopher Dark in 1971 at age 51, serial star Helen Gibson in 1977 at age 85, "Our Gang" member Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas in 1980 at age 49, essential British actor Ralph Richardson in 1983 at age 80, essential actor/director Orson Welles in 1985 at age 70, Oscar winning actor Yul Brynner in 1985 at age 70, Character actor Rusty Lane in 1986 at age 87, Latino actor Carlos Thompson committed suicide in 1990 at age 67, singer/actress Teresa Graves in 2002 at age 54, dependable supporting actress Victoria Horne in 2003 at age 91, and the one and only 'Superman' Christopher Reeve in 2004 at age 52.




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Happy Birthday Mongo,


Hope you have a great day surrounded by the many well-wishers that I know you have......

You are a very cherished member of the TCM society and we all wish you well...... So knowledgeable and informative and forthcoming.....


Many more healthy years to you!!



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Let me echo Larry's wishes. Happy Birthday Mongo. Adding to Larry's comments, your contributions are invaluable source of information and fun. I, and I believe all here, appreciate all you do for us. Best wishes for many more.


Also, Happy Birthday "Gerb."


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Thanks to all the well-wishers. I'll be having my ooey-gooey cake shortly. And, what an honor it is to share a birthday with Mr. "Happy Birthday" himself! Thanks everyone and Happy Birthday, Mongo!!


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Born this day October 11th:


Lead/co-star Michelle Trachtenberg is 21.

Cute and petite actress, made a splash as "Harriet the Spy". In "Melissa, "Inspector Gadget", "Can't Be Heaven", "Euro Trip", "Ice Princess", "Beautiful Ohio", etc.

Loves to play tennis. On the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as Dawn, and the soap "All My Chldren", etc.


Lead/co-star Sean Patrick Flanery is 41.

Promising, good-looking Irish actor, made an impression in "Powder", as an albino with super knectic powers. In "Frank and Jesse", The Grass Harp", "Eden", "The Method", "Lone Hero", "Kiss the Bride", "Borderline", "Crystal River", "The Insatiable", etc.

Played "Young Indiana Jones" on TV and video.


Lead/co-star Luke Perry is 41.

Handsome, former teen idol, made a splash as Dylan on TVs "Beverly Hills 90210". In "Scorchers", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "8 Seconds" good role, "American Strays", "The Fifth Element", "Dirt", etc.

Divorced (2 children). On the TV series "Jeremiah", and HBOs "Oz". Also a stage actor. Once worked at a doorknob factory.


Co-star/support Joan Cusack is 44.

Quirky, delightful actress, Oscar nominated best support for "Working Girl" and "In & Out" (won New York Film Critics Award). In "Addams Family Values", "Corrina, Corrina", "Nine Months", "My Blue Heaven", "Men Don't Leave", "Arlington Road" dramatic role, "Runaway Bride", "Raising Helen", "Ice Princess", etc.

Married sine 1993 (2 sons). Sister of John Cusack. On the TV series "What About Joan".


Lead/co-star David Morse is 53.

Talented, blond-haired actor, memorable as Jerry in the underrated movie "Inside Moves". Also in "Max Dugan Returns", "Desperate Hours", "The Getaway", "The Crossing Guard" good role, "Twelve Monkeys", "The Rock", "Contact", "Crazy in Alabama", "The Green Mile" good role, "Proof of Life", "Down in the Valley", etc.

Married since 1982 (3 children including twin sons). On the TV series "St. Elsewhere", and "Hack".


Co-star/support Ron Liebman is 69 today.

Dependable actor, in "Where's Poppa?" hilarious film, "Slaughterhouse Five", "The Hot Rock", "Norma Rae" good role, "Phar Lap" good movie about a horse, "Rhinestone", "Dummy", "Auto Focus", "Garden State", etc.

Married to Jessica Walter (1 child). Former wife was Linda Lavin. Won a best actor Tony Award. On the TV series "Kaz" (Emmy Award nominee).




Co/star/support Nancy Guild (73) 1925-1999.

Reliable blond-haired starlet, in "Somewhere in the Night" good role, "Give My Regards to Broadway", "Black Magic", "Little Egypt", "Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man", "Such Good Friends", etc.

Married 4 times including to actor Charles Russell (1 child).


Lead/co-star Linda Stirling (75) 1921-1997.

Attractive actress, dubbed "Queen of the Serials", in numerous cliffhangers including "The Tiger Woman", "Zorro's Black Whip", "The Purple Monster Strikes", "The Crimson Ghost", etc. Also in 'B' grade feature films.

Married over 40 years (2 sons).


Co-star/support Olive Deering (67) 1918-1986.

Dependable, serious actress, in "Air Hostess", "Samson and Delilah" as Miriam, "Caged" as the unfortunate June, "The Ten Commandments" as Miriam, "Shock Treatment", etc.

Was married to actor Leo Penn. Appeared on numerous 'live' TV programs.


Co-star/support Mickey Daniels (55) 1914-1970.

Former child star, appeared in 52 "Our Gang" comedy shorts. He was the curly-haired redhead with freckles and a nervous giggle. Also in feature films.

Divorced (1 daughter). Nephew of Bebe Daniels. Was working as a cab driver, when he was found dead in his motel room (cirrhosis of the liver).


Co-star/support Russell Collins (67) 1897-1965.

Essential character actor, in "Niagara", "Miss Sadie Thompson", "Bad Day at Black Rock", "Soldier of Fortune", "Raintree County", "The Enemy Below", "God's Little Acre", "Fail-Safe", etc.

Has guested on many TV shows.


Co-star/support Sig Ruman (82) 1884-1967.

Impressive, blustery, popeyed German actor, usually a comic menace. In "A Night at the Opera" was a favorite of the Marx Bros., "Maytime", "Only Angels Have Wings", "Ninotchka", "Comrade X", "To Be or Not to Be", "House of Frankenstein", "Stalag 17" as Schulz, "36 Hours" good role, "The Fortune Cookie", etc.

Has appeared on Broadway. Was also a scientist.


In memory of those who died this day October 11th:

Handsome actor Richard Cromwell in 1960 at age 50, 'Italian' member of the Marx Bros. Chico Marx in 1961 at age 74, French writer/director Jean Cocteau in 1963 at age 74, silent screen star ('The keystone Kops') Chester Conklin in 1971 at age 85, outrageous puppeteer Wayland Flowers in 1988 at age 48, Oscar nominated starlet Bonita Granville in 1988 at age 65, outrageous comic Redd Foxx in 1991 at age 68, dependable supporting actor Jeff York in 1995 at age 83, and reliable actor Richard Denning in 1998 at age 84.




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> I adore Joan Cusack, she's the new Edna Mae Oliver,

> Patsy Kelly, and Una Merkel, all rolled up into one

> nutsy, funny, lovable package.


I agree. I like her a lot, only I think she's much dishier than those mentioned above, although she is just as funny as they are. She looked smashing in "Addams Family Values," after all. There's a lot of Lucille Ball there, but she just isn't getting the roles she deserves.

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Born his day October 12th:


Lead/co-star Kirk Cameron is 36.

Appealing actor, hit it big as Mike Seaver on the TV series "Growing Pains" (Golden Globe nominee). In "The Best of Times", "Like Father Like Son", "Listen to Me", etc.

Also successful in the "Left Behind" video series as Buck Williams.

Married to actress Chelsea Noble since 1991 (6 children of which 4 are adopted). He and Chelsea are among the founders of Camp Firefly and The Firefly Foundation, which sponsor camping trips for terminally-ill children & their families.


Lead/co-star Hugh Jackman is 38.

Versatile, good-looking actor from Australia. In "Paperback Hero", "X-Men", "Someone Like You", "Swordfish", "Kate and Leopold", "Van Helsing", "Scoop", "The Fountain", etc.

Married since 1996 (2 adopted children). Won a Tony Award for the musical "The Boy from Oz". Also won a Emmy Award. Wants to produce and star in a film based on the life of "The Incredible Hulk" actor Bill Bixby. Favorite curse word is "****".


Lead/co-star Susan Anton is 55 today.

Tall, blonde beauty, scored on the big screen in "Golden Girl" (Golden Globe nominee). In "Spring Fever", "Cannonball Run II", "Making Mr. Right", "Lena's Holiday", "New Jersey Turnpike", etc.

Married twice, currently since 1992. Had her own TV series and also appeared on "Baywatch". Last on screen in 2004.




Co-star/support Randy Stuart (71) 1924-1996.

Reliable actress, remembered as the wife of "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (shown on TCM). Also in "I Was a Male War Bride", "Whirlpool", "All About Eve", "Room for One More" w/Cary Grant, "Star in the Dust", etc.

Also appeared on TV.


Lead/co-star Jean Wallace (66) 1923-1990.

Gorgeous blonde actress, in "Blaze of Noon", "When My Baby Smiles at Me", "Jigsaw", "Native Son" good role, "The Big Combo", "Maracaibo", "Beach Red", "No Blade of Grass", etc.

Was married to Franchot Tone (2 sons) and to Cornel Wilde (1 son). Mr. Wilde directed her in 7 films.

She attempted suicide twice in the 1940s.


Co-star/support Arthur Space (74) 1908-1983.

Slim character actor with a mustache, in over 170 films (looks like a professor). In "Random Harvest", "Wilson", "The Big Noise" w/Laurel & Hardy, "The Clock", "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes", "The Red House" good movie, "Battle Circus", "A Summer Place", "Bedknobs and Broomsticks", "The Swarm", etc.

Was Doc Weaver on the "Lassie" TV series for 10 seasons.


Lead/co-star Josephine Hutchinson (94) 1903-1998.

Lovely red-haired actress, in "Oil for the Lamps of China", "The Story of Louis Pasteur" as Muni's wife, "The Women Men Marry", "Son of Frankenstein" as wife of the son, "Somewhere in the Night", "Cass Timberlane", "Miracle in the Rain" as Jane Wyman's mom, "North by Northwest", "Baby the Rain Must Fall", "Nevada Smith", etc.

Was married 3 times. Daughter of actress Leona Roberts, who played Dr. Meade's wife in "Gone With the Wind".


In memory of those who died this day October 12th:

Cowboy star Tom Mix killed in road accident in 1940 at age 60, comic actor Leon Errol in 1951 at age 70, stocky character actor Nat Pendleton in 1967 at age 72, lovely actress/ice skater Sonja Henie in 1969 at age 57, silent screen actress Dorothy Davenport (Mrs. Wallace Reid) in 1977 at age 82, dependable character actress Celia Lovsky in 1979 at age 82, comic Ken Murray in 1988 at age 85, grand pianist Carmen Cavallaro in 1989 at age 76, essential actress Aline MacMahon in 1991 at age 92, reliable character actor Regis Toomey in 1991 at age 93, essential character actor Leon Ames in 1993 at age 91, and singer/actor John Devner killed in a plane crash in 1997 at age 53.




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I see by the Chicago Sun - Times that Elizabeth Allen, who was the female lead in John Ford's " Donovan's Reef " with John Wayne and Lee Marvin has died at the age of 77. She was also in Ford's " Cheyenne Autumn", playing a delightfully delicious " hooker ", who Jimmy Stewart, as Wyatt Earp, at first doesn't recognize from a previous encounter.

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Maybe I didn't read the Sun - Times story all the way, but the article was only in today's ( 10 - 12- 06 ) issue. I am somewhat surprised that her death hasn't been mentioned on these boards before today.Ill admit that if it was posted earlier I missed it !

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I'm with you, Ken; I didn't hear about Elizabeth Allen's death until you raised it just now.

Often these lesser stars slip through the cracks publicity-wise and unless they have a publicist currently or a lawyer to announce to the media, then they're demises go unnoticed for weeks.


She should have had a greater career; she was attractive, sexy and a good actress.


R.I.P. Elizabeth.



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Born this day October 13th:


Lead/co-star Kelly Preston is 44.

Attractive starlet, in "Christine" about the car, "52 Pick-Up", "Twins", "Only You", "Citizen Ruth", "Jerry Maguire", "Jack Frost", "The Cat in the Hat", "Broken Bridges", etc.

Married to John Travolta since 1991 (2 children). 1 child from prior marriage. She dated George Clooney and lived with Charlie Sheen (who hasn't?).


Co-star/support Pamela Tiffin is 64.

Pretty, pert actress, favored by Billy Wilder for the female lead in his "One, Two, Three" (Golden Globe nominee). Also in "Summer and Smoke", "State Fair", "The Lively Set", "The Pleasure Seekers", "Harper", "Viva Max!", etc.

Married twice (2 daughters, Echo and Aurora). Had a tasteful spread in Playboy in 1969. On stage and in foreign films. Last on TV in 1986.


Co-star/support Melinda Dillon is 67.

Talented actress, Oscar nominated best support for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", and "Absence of Malice". Best remembered as the mom in "A Christmas Story". Also in "Bound for Glory" (Golden Globe nominee), "Slap Shot", "Harry and the Hendersons", "The Prince of Tides", "How to Make an American Quilt", "Magnolia", "Adam and Steve", etc.

Divorced (1 child). A Tony Award nominee.


Lead/co-star Laraine Day is 89 today.

Lovely, demure actress, in "Stella Dallas", "Foreign Correspondent", "Unholy Partners", "Journey for Margaret", "Mr. Lucky" w/Cary Grant, "The Locket", "My Dear Secretary", "Without Honor", "The High and the Mighty", "The Toy Tiger", "Three for Jamie Dawn", etc.

Married 3 times including to baseball's Leo Durocher (1 son). AKA Laraine Johnson. Has a twin brother Lamar. Her last film was "House of Dracula's Daughter" (1972).

TCM is saluting the lady today.




Co-star/support Nipsey Russell (80) 1924-2005.

Spry, witty African-American performer, in "The Wiz" as the Tinman, "Nemo", "Wildcats", "Possee", etc.

The Poet Laureate of TV, he appeared on numerous game shows. A cast member on TVs "Car 54, Where Are You?". Was a regular on the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts." Also on Broadway. It is presumed that he was a bachelor.


Lead/co-star Robert Walker (32) 1918-1951.

Boyishly handsome and appealing actor, in "See Here, Private Hargrove", "Her Highness and the Bellboy", "The Sailor Takes a Wife", "The Sea of Grass", "One Touch of Venus" w/Ava, "Vengeance Valley", "Strangers on a Train" outstanding performance, "My Son John", etc.

Was married to Jennifer Jones (2 sons), who left him for producer David O. Selznick, which devastated him. He married again in 1948, although it lasted only 6 weeks. Was the original choice for the male lead in "Meet Me in St Louis". It eventually went to Tom Drake, despite protests from Judy Garland.

Sadly, he died from a adverse reaction to drugs and booze.


Lead/co-star Yves Montand (70) 1921-1991.

Tall, charismatic actor/singer, in "Let's Make Love" w/MM (which they did), "My Geisha", "Grand Prix", "Is Paris Burning?", "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" w/Streisand, "Z", "State of Siege", "Manon of the Spring", "Jean de Flore", etc.

Was married to Simone Signoret. Dated Edith Piaf, who helped his career get started. In numerous foreign films.

In 1998, his body was exhumed for a paternity test, which proved negative.


Lead/co-star Cornel Wilde (74) 1915-1989.

Tall, dark and handsome movie star, Oscar nominated best actor as Chopin in "A Song to Remember". Also in "High Sierra", "Leave Her to Heaven", "Forever Amber", "It Had to Be You", "Road House" w/Lupino, "The Greatest Show on Earth", "The Naked Prey" good adventure, which he also directed, etc.

Was married to Jean Wallace (1 son). Has a daughter from a prior marriage. He spoke 6 languages. Died of Leukemia.


Lead/co-star Irene Rich (96) 1891-1988.

Silent screen actress, in over 100 films, a favorite of co-star Will Rogers. In "The Exalted Flapper", "On Your Back" (woo, woo), "Wicked", "The Champ" as Jackie Cooper's mom, "Strangers May Kiss", "The Mortal Storm", "Fort Apache", "Joan of Arc", etc.

Married 4 times (2 daughters, of which one was a noted Sculptor). Also a stage actress.


Co-star/support Douglass Dumbrille (80) 1889-1974.

Venerable, screen heavy, in over 200 films. In "Baby Face" w/Stanwyck, "Lady Killer", "Treasure Island", "Broadway Bill", "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer", "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town", "Virginia City", "The Big Store", "I Married an Angel", "A Medal for Benny" moving film, "The Ten Commandments", "Johnny Cool", etc.

At age 70, he married the 28 year old daughter of actor friend Alan Mowbray.

Quoted: "Age doesn't mean a blasted thing. The important thing is whether two people can be happy together. Pat and I agreed that I had some years left and we could best share them together. We don't give a continental damn what other people think." Right on!.


In memory of those who died this day October 13th:

Essential character actor Samuel S. Hinds in 1948 at age 73, dependable character actor Millard Mitchell in 1953 at age 50, outstanding actor Clifton Webb in 1966 at age 76, reliable actress Bea Benaderet in 1968 at age 62, showman Ed Sullivan in 1974 at age 73, reliable character actor Clarence Muse in 1979 at age 89, dependable actor Nils Asther in 1981 at age 84, talented stage/screen actress Beryl Reid in 1996 at age 76, brassy bonde character actress Joyce Compton in 1997 at age 90, and lovely, dependable actress Jean Peters in 2000 at age 73.




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