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Born this day November 25th:

 

Co-star/support John Larroquette is 60.

Tall, reliable actor, in ?Altered States?, Heart Beat?, Stripes?, ?Cat People?, ??Meatballs Part II?, ?Choose Me?, ?Summer Rental?, ?JFK?, ?Richie Rich?, ?Isn?t She Great?, etc.

Married since 1975 (3 children). Won 4 Emmy Awards for his role as Dan Fielding on the TV series ?Night Court?. Overcame a bout with alcoholism. Served in the U.S. Navy. Appeared on TVs ?McBride?.

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Co-star/support Beverly Washburn is 64.

Former child actress , good at shedding tears, in ?The Killer That Stalked New York?, ?Here Comes the Groom?, ?Hans Christian Andersen?, ?Shane? w/Alan Ladd, ?The Juggler? w/Kirk Douglas, ?The Lone Ranger?, ?Disney?s ?Old Yeller?, ?Summer Love?, ?The Winner?, ?Spider Baby? w/Lon Chaney Jr., etc.

She has guested on over 500 TV shows. Attends Nostalgia events.

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Co-star/support Kathryn Grant is 74.

Pert, vivacious actress , in ?Forever Female?, ?Living It Up?, ?Rear Window?, ?Cell 2455 Death Row?, ?Storm Center? w/Bette Davis, ?The Brothers Rico?, ?Mister Cory?, ?Operation Madball?, ?The 7th. Voyage of Sinbad? notable role, ?Anatomy of a Murder?, ?The Big Circus?, etc.

Widow of Bing Crosby (3 children, including Mary Crosby who shot J.R. on TVs Dallas). She did not remarry.

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Co-star/support Terry Kilburn is 81.

Former child star, endearing as Tiny Tim in ?A Christmas Carol? (1938). Also in ?Lord Jeff?, ?Sweethearts?, ?Goodbye, Mr. Chips? good role, ?Swiss Family Robinson? w/Thomas Mitchell, ?A Yank at Eaton?, ?Random Harvest?, ?National Velvet?, ?The Keys of the Kingdom?, ?Black Beauty?, ?Only the Valiant? w/peck, etc.

His last film was a bit part in ?Lolita? (1962). Also performed on ?live? TV and on the stage. He remains a bachelor and resides in Michigan.

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Lead/co-star Ricardo Montalban is 87 today.

Tall, dark and handsome Mexican actor, in ?On an Island with You?, ?Neptune?s Daughter?, ?Border Incident? good role, ?Battleground?, ?Mystery Street? good noir, ?Two Weeks with Love?, ?Across the Wide Missouri? in which he injured his spine, resulting in lifelong pain, ?The Man I Love?, Latin Lovers? w/Lana, ?Sayonara?, ?Let No Man Write my Epitaph? strong Drama, ?Cheyenne Autumn? good role, ?Madame X?, ?Sweet Charity?, ?Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan? title role, etc.

Is married to Georgiana Young (Loretta?s sister) since 1944 (4 children). On the TV series ?Fantasy Island? as Mr. Roarke, and ?The Colbys?. He is now confined to a wheelchair.

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Posthumous:

 

Lead/co-star Jeffrey Hunter (42) 1926-1969.

Handsome movie star, remembered as Jesus Christ in ?King of Kings?. Also in ?The Frogmen?, ?Red Skies of Montana?, ?Dreamboat?, ?The Searchers? good role, ?The Proud Ones?, ?A Kiss Before Dying?, ?No Down Payment?, ?The Last Hurrah?, ?Heell to Eternity? good role, ?No Man Is an Island?, ?The Longest Day?, ?Brainstorm?, etc.

Married 3 times including to Barbara Rush. Father of 4 children. Had first dibbs to star on TVs ?Star Trek? and passed it over. Died as the results from head trauma.

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Co-star/support Jessie Royce Landis (75) 1896-1972.

Essential character actress, usually a blue-blood , in ?It Happens Every Spring?, ?My Foolish Heart?, ?To Catch a Thief?, ?The Swan?, ?My Man Godfrey?, ?North by Northwest?, as Cary Grant?s mother, although they were born only 7 years apart, Disney?s ?Bon Voyage?, ?Boy?s Night Out?, Critic?s Choice?, ?Airport?, etc.

She was married 3 times. Also a stage actress.

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Co-star/support Tamara Shayne (80) 1902-1983.

Charming character actress, in ?Ninotchka?, ?Somewhere I?ll Find You?, ?Song of Russia?, ?The Jolson Story? good role as Larry Parks? mama, ?It Happened in Brooklyn?, ?The Snake Pit?, ?Jolson Sings Again?, ?The Red Danube?, ?Thieve?s Highway?, ?Black Magic?, ?Anastasia?, etc.

Was married to the grand character actor Akim Tamiroff.

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In Memory of those who died this day November 25th:

Tap-dance king Bill ?Bojangles? Robinson in 1949 at age 71, French heartthrob Gerard Philipe in 1959 at age 36, feisty character actor Clarence Kolb in 1964 at age 90, talented British actor Laurence Harvey in 1973 at age 45, capable supporting actress Rosemary Lane in 1974 at age 60, delightful character actress Moyna MacGill (Angela Lansbury?s mom) in 1975 at age 79, Oscar winning character actor Jack Albertson in 1981 at age 74, superior character actress Claudia McNeil in 1993 at age 76, comic/actor Flip Wilson in 1998 at age 64, and ?Bowery Boy? (Whitey) William ?Billy? Benedict in 1999 at age 82.

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Born this day November 26th:

 

Co-star/support Tandy Cronyn is 62.

Reliable actress, in "All Night Long", "Once Upon a Time in America", "Twisted", "January Man", etc.

Daughter of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Also on TV including the soap "The Guiding Light".

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Co-star/support Olivia Cole is 65.

Impressive African-American actress, in "Heroes", "Coming Home" w/Jon Voight, "Some Kind of Wonderful", "Big Shots", etc.

Was married in 1970. She won an Emmy Award for her outstanding performance in the TV mini-series "Roots".

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Co-star/support Evans Evans is 71.

Reliable starlet in "All Fall Down", "Grand Prix", "Bonnie and Clyde" in which she and Gene Wilder were taken for a wild ride, "The Iceman Cometh", "Prophecy", "Dead Bang", etc.

She is the widow of director John Frankenheimer (2 children). Also appeared on TV. Last on screen in 1989.

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Co-star/support Barry Coe is 73.

Good-looking actor, remembered as Rodney Harrington in the movie "Peyton Place". Also in "Love Me Tender" w/Elvis, "The Bravados", "But Not for Me", "One Foot in Hell", "The 300 Spartans", "The Cat", "Fantastic Voyage", "The Seven Minutes", "MacArthur", "Jaws 2", etc.

Last on screen in 1978. Won a Golden Globe Award.

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Co-star/support Betta St. John is 78 today.

Exotic-looking beauty, in "The Robe", "All the Brothers Were Valiant", "The Student Prince", "The Naked Dawn", "The Snorkel", "Tarzan the Magnificent", "Corridors of Blood", etc.

Widowed after 40 years (3 children). Last on screen in 1960, she lives in England.

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Posthumous

 

Lead/co-star Robert Goulet (73) 1933-2007

Reliable, good-looking actor/singer, in "Honeymoon Hotel", "I'd Rather Be Rich", "I Deal in Danger", "Underground", "Atlantic City", "Beetlejuice", "The Naked Gun 2 1/2", "Mr. Wrong", etc.

Married 3 times including to Carol Lawrence (2 sons) a bitter divorce. He was Trapper Pierre on TVs "Howdy Doody". A star of night clubs and the musical stage, he won a Tony Award. He died of pulmonary fibrosis.

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Co-star/support Adele Jergens (84) 1917-2002.

Brassy blonde bombshell from Brooklyn, in "Black Arrow", "A Thousand and One Nights", "Down to Earth", "The Prince of Thieves" w/Jon Hall, "Ladies of the Chorus" as Marilyn Monroe's mother, "The Fuller Brush Man", "The Dark Past" w/William Holden, "Side Street", "Edge of Doom", "Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man", "The Cobweb", etc.

Married 40 years to actor Glenn Langan (prededeceased by a son Tracy). She has a sar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Lead/co-star Frances Dee (94) 1909-2004.

Beautiful, refreshing brunette actress, in "An American Tragedy", "If I Had a Million", "The Silver Cord", "Little Women" as Meg, "Of Human Bondage", "Becky Sharp", "Souls at Sea", "If I Were King", "So Ends Our Night", "I Walked with a Zombie" (which she made to earn money to buy her mom a car), "Happy Land", "Four Faces West", "Payment on Demand", etc.

Married to Joel McCrea for 57 years (3 sons). She left the screen in 1953.

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In memory of those who died this day November 26th:

The one and only "Nosferatu" Max Schreck in 1936 at age 57, talented trombonist Tommy Dorsey in 1956 at age 51, grand character actor Billy Bevan in 1957 at age 70, special effects master Marcel Delgado in 1976 at age 75, superior British actress Rachel Roberts in 1980 at age 53, and grand British actor Robert Coote in 1982 at age 73.

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Born this day November 27th:

 

Lead/co-star Michael Vartan is 39.

Reliable actor, in "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar", "Sand", "The Pallbearer", "Dead Man's Curve", "Never Been Kissed", "It Had to Be You", "The Next Best Thing", "One Hour Photo" as the cheating husband, "Monster-in-Law", etc.

He was once engaged. Is a regular on TVs "Alias", and has dated his co-star Jennifer Garner. Is an avid sports fan, paints and plays guitar.

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Co-star/support William Fichtner is 51.

Tall, imposing actor, in "Reckless", "Heat", "Contact", "Armageddon", "The Perfect Storm" as Sully, "Pearl Harbor", "Black Hawk Down", "Crash", "Nine Lives", "The Longest yard", etc.

Married twice (2 children). On the TV series "Invasion" and "Prison Break".

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Co-star/support Michael Tolan is 82 today.

Virile, dark-haired actor, in "The Enforcer" w/Bogart, "The Savage" w/Heston, "Julius Caesar", "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Hour of the Gun", "John and Mary", "All That Jazz", "Talk to Me", "Presumed Innocent", etc.

Was married to Rosemary Forsyth (1 child). Appeared on a few TV series, notably "The Nurses". Last on screen in 1990.

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Posthumous

 

Lead/co-star Bruce Lee (32) 1940-1973.

Asian marial-arts action star, in "Marlowe" w/James Garner, "The Chinese Connection", "Fists of Fury", "Enter the Dragon", "Bruce Lee and I", "Fury of the Dragon", etc.

Married (2 children including the late Brandon Lee). He played Kato on the TV series "The Green Hornet". He is considered the greatest icon of martial-arts cinema. Often had a scene in his films where in a fight, he gets wounded. Standing stunned, he tastes his own blood and then he goes berserk wiping out any opponent in his path.

Died of brain edema in Hong Kong.

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Lead/co-star Marshall Thompson (66) 1925-1992.

Appealing, boyish-looking actor, in "The Purple Heart", "The Clock", "Valley of Decision", "The Secret Heart", "The Romance of Rosy Ridge", "Homecoming", "Battleground", "Mystery Street" good film-noir, "Cult of the Cobra" good chiller, "To Hell and Back", "Good Morning Miss Dove", "Fiend Without a Face", "The Turning Point", "The Formula", etc.

Was married 44 years (1 daughter). Also a producer and director, appeared on the TV series "Angel", and "Daktari". Quoted: "I'm not a person who revels in self-glorification."

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Lead/co-star Nadia Gray (70) 1923-1994.

German beauty, remembered performing the mink-coat striptease in "La Dolce Vita". In "Valley of Eagles", "Candide", "Maniac", "Two for the Road" w/Audrey Hepburn, "The Naked Runner", "High Street", etc.

Married twice. She settled in New York and performed in cabarets. Left the screen in 1976.

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Co-star/support Florence Lake (75) 1904-1980.

Attractive comedic actress, remembered in numerous comedy shorts as the 'ditzy' wife of Edgar Kennedy. in "Romance" w/Garbo, "Quality Street", "Stagecoach", "Crash Dive", "The Stratton Story", "The Day of the Locust", etc.

Sister of Arthur Lake who played 'Dagwood'. On the TV series "Lassie".

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Co-star/support Mona Washbourne (84) 1903-1988.

Essential British character actress, in "The Winslow Boy", "Dunkirk", "Count Your Blessings", "The Brides of Dracula", "Night Must Fall" remake, "My Fair Lady", "The Collector", "O Lucky Man", "Stevie" (she won New York Film Critics Award), etc.

Married to actor David Dignam. A stage actress and Tony Award nominee.

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In memory of those who died this day November 27th:

Award winning playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1953 at age 65, Oscar nominated character actress Lotte Lenya in 1981 at age 83, superior actor John Carradine in 1988 at age 82, exceptional 'villain' Marc Lawrence in 2005 at age 95, and reliable supporting actress Jocelyn Brando in 2005 at age 86.

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Born this day November 28th:

 

Lead/co-star Judd Nelson is 48.

Capable, dark-haired actor, in "Fandango", "The Breakfast Club", "St. Elmo's Fire", "Blue City", "From the Hip", "New Jack City", "The Dark Backward" as a guy with 3 arms, "Airheads", "Steel', "The Lost Angel", "Lethal Eviction", etc.

Was engaged to Shannen Doherty. An original member of the so called 'Brat Pack'. On the TV series "Suddenly Susan" as Jack. Critics have not been overly kind to this misunderstood actor.

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Lead/co-star Ed Harris is 57.

Talented, versatile actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "****", and for best support in "Apollo 13", "The Truman Show" (won Golden Globe Award), and "The Hours". In "Coma", "Creepshow", "The Right Stuff", "Places in the Heart", "Sweet Dreams", "Jacknife" (Golden Globe nominee), "The Firm", "A Beautiful Mind", "Radio", "A History of Violence", "Winter Passing", etc.

Married to Amy Madigan since 1983 (1 daughter). Also a stage actor.

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Co-star/support Gloria Winters is 75 today.

Cute blonde starlet, remembered as Penny on the TV series "Sky King". In "El Paso", "The Lawless", "Gambling House", "Darling How Could You" w/Joan Fontaine, "Hold That Line" w/The Bowery Boys, "She Couldn't Say No", etc.

Widowed in 2001. Also on TVs "The Life of Riley", and numerous appearances on TV westerns.

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Posthumous:

 

Co-star/support Alexander Godunov (45) 1949-1995.

Reliable blond-haired actor, in "Anna Karenina", "Witness" good role as an Amish farmer, "The Money Pit", "Die Hard", "North", "The Zone", etc.

Divorced in 1982. A frequent companion of Jacqueline Bisset. A superior dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, he defected and joined the Ballet Theatre. After 3 years he was booted out by friend and rival Mikail Baryshnikov, which devastated him.

He was found dead in his home, resulting from acute alcohol syndrome.

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Lead/co-star Hope Lange (72) 1931-2003.

Attractive, appealing blonde actress, Oscar nominated best support for her role as Selena in "Peyton Place". Also in "Bus Stop", "The Young Lions", "In Love and War", "The Best of Everything" good role, "Wild in the Country" w/Elvis, "Pocketful of Miracles", "Love Is a Ball", "Death Wish", "Blue Velvet", etc.

Married 3 times including to actor Don Murray (1 son), and to director Alan J. Pakula. Had a fling with Glenn Ford. Was the star of the hit TV series "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (won 2 Emmy Awards).

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Lead/co-star Gloria Grahame (57) 1923-1981.

Sulky, seductive actress, won Oscar best support for "The Bad and the Beautiful", and nominated for "Crossfire". In "It's a Wonderful Life" as Violet Bick, "A Woman's Secret", "In a Lonely Place" w/Bogart, "The Greatest Show on Earth" (in a role Lucille Ball lost due to pregnancy), "Sudden Fear" good role, "The Big Heat" hot stuff, "Human Desire" hotter stuff, "Not as a Stranger", "Oklahoma" as Ado Annie, "Odds Against Tomorrow", "Melvin and Howard", etc.

Married 4 times including to actor Stanley Clements, and director Nicholas Ray. She would marry Nicholas' son after she divorced his father. Mother of 4 children.

Quoted: "I married Nicholas Ray, the director. People yawned. Later on I married his son, and from the press's reaction - you'd have thought I was committing incest or robbing the cradle!"

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Co-star/support Lilia Skala (98) 1896-1994.

Talented character actress, Oscar nominated best support as Mother Superior in "Lilies of the Field". Also in "Call Me Madam", "Ship of Fools", "Charly" w/Cliff Robertson, "Roseland" (Golden Globe nominee), "Heartland", "Flashdance", "Testament", "House of Games", etc.

Was married with 2 children. At the time of her Oscar nomination for "Lilies of the Field," Skala was working at the Lost and Found desk of New York's Transit Authority, and was only able to attend the ceremonies when United Artists agreed to pay her fare. Within a year, Skala was supporting herself as an actress.

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Co-star/support Jose Iturbi (84) 1895-1980.

Grand Spanish-born pianist/conductor. Appeared as himself in MGM musicals, including "Two Sailors and a Girl", "Music for Millions", "Anchors Aweigh", "Three Daring Daughters", "That Midnight Kiss", etc.

He dubbed Chopin's music for Cornel Wilde's character in "A Song to Remember". It was just grand.

Had a bitter custody battle for his grandchildren, after his daughter committed suicide.

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In memory of those who died this day November 28th:

Western character actor Roy Bancroft in 1969 at age 67, essential movie star Rosalind Russell in 1976 at age 69, dependable actor Christopher George in 1983 at age 54, TV host Garry Moore in 1993 at age 78, and talented starlet Bethel Leslie in 1999 at age 70.

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Born this day November 29th:

 

Lead/co-star Don Cheadle is 43.

Impressive African-American actor, Oscar nominated best actor for his fine performance in "Hotel Rwanda". Also in "Hamburger Hill", "Colors", "Devil in a Blue Dress" good role, "Rosewood", "Boogie Nights", "Bulworth", "The Family Man", Traffic", "Ocean's Eleven", "Crash", "After the Sunset", "Ocean's Twelve", etc.

Lives with actress Brigid Coulter (2 daughters). On the TV series "Fame", and "Picket Fences". He is also an Emmy Award nominee.

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Co-star/support Tom Sizemore is 46.

Tall, talented 'tough guy' actor, in "Guilty by Suspicon", "Wyatt Earp", "Natural Born Killers", "Heat", "Saving Private Ryan" good role, "Witness Protection" good role, "Pearl Habor", "Black Hawk Down", "Welcome to America", "Dreamcatcher", "The Flyboys", etc.

Divorced. Once engaged to madam Heidi Fleiss (a bitter parting). Had drug problems and trouble with the law. Currently back on track with a numer of films in post and pre-production.

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Lead/co-star Jeff Fahey is 55.

Reliable, good-looking Irish actor, in "Silverado", "Backfire", "Psycho III", "The Serpent of Death", "White Hunter Black Heart", "Body Parts", "Wyatt Earp", "Serpents Lair", "Fallen Angels", "Split Second", "Messages", etc.

Is one of 13 children. Was on the soap "One Life to Live", and on the musical stage. Danced with the Joffrey Ballet for 3 years. On the TV series "The Marshal".

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Co-star/support Diane Ladd is 75 today.

Feisty blonde actress, Oscar nominated best support as Flo in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", "Wild at Heart", and "Rambling Rose". Also in "The Reivers", "Chinatown" good role, "Embryo", "Christmas Vacation", "The Cemetery Club", "Primary Colors", "28 Days", "Charlie's War", "Come Early Morning", etc.

Married 3 times including to Bruce Dern (parents of Laura Dern). On the TV series "Alice", she won a Golden Globe Award. Once a chorus girl at New York City's Copacabana in the 1950s.

Hers and her daughter's (Laura Dern) Oscar nominations for "Rambling Rose" (1991) mark the first time a mother and daughter ever received Oscar nominations for the same movie.

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Posthumous:

 

Co-star/support Genevieve Tobin (95) 1899-1995.

Dependable, attractive blonde actress, in "Uncle Tom's Cabin", "Seed" w/Bette Davis, "One Hour with You", "The Woman in Red" w/Stanwyck, "The Petrified Forest", "The Great Gambini", "Dramatic School", "Zaza" w/Claudette Colbert, "No Time for Comedy", etc.

Was married to director William Keighley ("Torrid Zone", The Man Who Came to Dinner", etc.) Also on Broadway. She left the screen in 1940.

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Co-star/support Ann Corio (84) 1914-1999.

Popular striptease artist, appeared in a few 'B' films including "Swamp Woman", "Jungle Siren", "Sarong Girl", "Call of the Jungle", etc. (would like to see those for the fun of it).

Married once, up until her death. She performed at Minskys Burlesk, and starred on Broadway in "This Was Burlesque". Also on TV.

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Co-star/support John Alexander (84) 1897-1982.

Reliable character actor, remembered for bellowing CHAAAARGE! as Teddy in "Arsenic and Old Lace" (also did the stage play). In "Flowing Gold", "Mr. Skeffington" as one of Davis' suitors, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" as Joan Blondell's fella, "The Horn Blows at Midnight", "The Jolson Story", "Cass Timberlane", "Winchester '73", "The Sleeping City", "The Marrying Kind", etc.

He made appearances on the TV series "Car 54, Where Are You?".

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Co-star/support Yakima Canutt (89) 1896-1986.

Hollywood's most renowned stuntman, doubled for many major stars including Gable and Wayne. Also acted in numerous westerns.

He created the action sequences for the famed chariot race in "Ben-Hur" (1959).

Was married for 55 years (his two sons are stuntmen). Received a special career Oscar in 1967.

Was named Yakima after the city in Washington.

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Director Busby Berkeley (80) 1895-1976.

One of the greatest choreographers and directors of movie musicals, including "Dames", "42nd. Street", "The Gold Diggers of 1935", "The Gold Diggers of 1937", "Comet Over Broadway", the Garland & Rooney "let's put on a show" musicals, etc.

Married 4 times. Was Oscar nominated 3 times for Best Dance Direction (now a defunct category).

In 1935, while driving intoxicated from a party, he crashed into two cars killing 3 members of one family. During a circus-like trial (on a gurney in his pajamas) with his mama at his side and studio support, he got away with the crime.

Quoted: "In an era of breadlines, depression and wars, I tried to help peope get away from all the misery...to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour."

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In memory of those who died this day November 29th:

Oscar winning composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold in 1957 at age 60, boxer Jimmy Braddock ('Cinderella Man') in 1974 at age 69, outrageous comic Godfrey Cambridge in 1976 at age 43, feisty character actress Judith Lowery in 1976 at age 86, lovely movie star Natalie Wood, under mysterious circumstances, in 1981 at age 43, supreme movie star Cary Grant in 1986 at age 82, durable movie actor Ralph Bellamy in 1991 at age 87, TV host Gene Rayburn in 1999 at age 81, dependable director John Berry in 1999 at age 82, capable character actor John Mitchum (Robert's brother) in 2001 at age 82, prominent director Bud Boetticher in 2001 at age 85, Beatles icon George Harrison in 2001 at age 58, and reliable actor John Drew Barrymore in 2004 at age 72.

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Born this day November 30th:

 

Lead/co-star Ben Stiller is 42.

Popular comedic actor, in "Empire of the Sun", "Reality Bites", "Along Came Polly", "The Cable Guy", "There's Something About Mary", "Meet the Parents", "Zoolander", "The Royal Tenebaums", "Starsky and Hutch", "Meet the Fockers", "School for Scoundrels", etc.

Married in 2000 (2 children). Son of Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller. Spent a season on "Saturday Night Live". Had his own TV show (short-lived). Favorite actress is Diane Keaton.

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Lead/co-star Mandy Patinkin is 55.

Impressive actor, in "French Postcards", "Ragtime" good role, "Daniel", "Yentl" (Golden Globe nominee), "Maxie" cute comedy, "The House on Carroll Street", "Alien Nation", "Dick Tracy", "True Colors", "The Doctor", "Lulu on the Bridge", etc.

Married since 1980 (2 sons). Won a Tony Award for "Evita", and a Emmy Award for TVs "Chicago Hope". Has since left the hit TV series "Criminal Minds".

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Co-star/support Sandy Descher is 62.

Former child actress, remembered as the dazed kid walking through the desert in "Them" (about the giant ants). In "It Grows on Trees", "The Bad and the Beautiful", "Her Twelve Men" w/Greer Garson, "The Last Time I Saw Paris", "The Prodigal", "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit", "The Opposite Sex", "The Space Children", etc.

Performed on stage and TV. Last on screen in 1958.

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Co-star/support Hope Holiday is 69.

Brassy blonde actress, ended up with Jack Lemmon on Christmas Eve in "The Apartment". Also in "Ladies Man", "Irma la Douce", "The Rounders", "How to Seduce a Woman", "The Last Reunion", "Texas Lightning", etc.

Married to actor Frank Marth since 1967. Last on screen in 1984.

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Producer/director Ridley Scott is 70.

Prominent British filmmaker, Oscar nominated best director for "Thelma and Louise", "Gladiator", and "Black Hawk Down". Also helmed "The Dullists", "Alien" good stuff, "Blade Runner", "Legend", "Black Rain", "White Squall" good movie, "Hannibal", "Matchstick Men", etc.

Married twice (3 children). Brother of director Tony Scott. Known for his stunning visuals.

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Co-star/support Jack Ging is 76.

Reliable, virile actor, in "Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow", "Desire in the Dust", "Sniper's Ridge", "Hang 'Em High", "Play Misty for Me" good thriller, "SSSSSSS" good chiller, "High Plains Drifter", "Where the Red Fern Grows", etc.

Married 3 times (4 children). On numerous TV series including "Mannix", and "The A-Team". Served in the U.S. Marines.

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Lead/co-star Robert Guillaume is 80.

Dependable, smooth actor, in "Super Fly T.N.T.", "Seems Like Old Times", "Prince Jack", "Lean on Me", "Meteor Man", "The Lion King" voice of Rafiki, "Spy Hard", "Big Fish", "Jack Satin", etc.

Married twice (3 children of which a son died of AIDS). Won an Emmy Award for his role on TVs "Benson". Also won a Tony Award for his stage work.

Suffered a mild stroke, of which he has recovered.

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Lead/co-star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is 89 today.

Reliable actor, in "House of Strangers" good drama, "Band of Angels", "Too Much, Too Soon", "Home Before Dark" (Golden Globe nominee), "By Love Possessed" w/Lana, "Harlow", "Wait Until Dark" (Golden Globe nominee), "Airport 1975", etc.

Married twice (3 children including Stephanie Zimbalist). A stage, and TV star of "77 Sunset Strip" (Emmy Award nominee), and "The F.B.I".

Is now silver-haired and retired.

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Posthumous

 

Lead/co-star Virginia Mayo (84) 1920-2005.

Beautiful, shapely blonde movie star, in "The Princess and the Pirate", "Wonder Man" w/ frequent co-star Danny Kaye, "The Best Years of Our Lives" good role, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", "A Song Is Born", "Flaxy Martin" w/Zachary Scott, "The Girl from Jones Beach", "White Heat" exceptional role, "Red Light" w/Raft, "She's Working Her Way Through College", "The Flame and the Arrow", "Along the Great Divide", "The Silver Chalice", "The Proud Ones", "Jet Over the Atlantic", etc.

Widow of actor Michael O'Shea (1 daughter). Was slightly cross-eyed and had to be carefully photographed. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Lead/co-star Richard Crenna (76) 1926-2003.

Talented, solid actor, in "The Sand Pebbles", "Wait Until Dark", "Star!" w/Julie Andrews, "Midas Run", "Marooned", "Doctor's Wives", "Breakheart Pass", "Body Heat", "First Blood", "The Flamingo Kid" (Golden Globe nominee), "Sabrina", "Jade", etc.

Was married 42 years at the time of his death (3 children). On the TV series "Our Miss Brooks", "The Real McCoys" (Emmy Award nominee), "Slattery's People", and "Judging Amy". Won an Emmy Award for his fine performance in the TV movie "The Rape of Richard Beck".

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In memory of those who died this day November 30th:

Poet/playwright Oscar Wilde in 1900 at age 46, cowboy star Buck Jones (from burns in a fire) in 1942 at age 52, Oscar nominated director Ernst Lubitsch in 1947 at age 55, British playwright Terence Rattigan in 1977 at age 66, comic Zeppo Marx in 1979 at age 78, Oscar winning editor Verna Fields ('Jaws') in 1982 at age 64, essential character actor Lionel Stander in 1994 at age 86, outrageous falsetto singer/actor Tiny Tim in 1996 at age 64, and lovely actress Jean Parker in 2005 at age 90.

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Born this day December 1st:

 

Lead/co-star Treat Williams is 56.

Rugged, talented actor, in "The Ritz" hilarious movie, "Hair" (Golden Globe nominee), "1941", "Prince of the City" exceptional role, "Once Upon a Time in America" good saga, "Flashpoint", "Dead Heat", "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead", "Mulholland Falls", "Venonmous", etc.

Married since 1982 (2 children). On the acclaimed TV series "Everwood". Was a professional pilot. Dated Dana Delaney.

The nickname "Treat" comes from one of his maternal ancestors, Robert Treat Payne, whose signature appears on the Declaration of Independence.

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Lead/co-star Bette Midler is 62.

Brassy, dynamic superstar, Oscar nominated best actress for "The Rose", and "For the Boys" (won Golden Globe Award). Also in "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (Golden Globe nominee), "Ruthless People", "Outrageous Fortune", "Big Business", "Beaches" popular film, "Stella", "Hocus Pocus", "Get Shorty", "The First Wives Club", "The Stepford Wives", etc.

Married since 1984 (1 daughter Sophie). The 'Divine Miss M' was born in Hawaii, and worked in a pineapple plant. Performed her cabaret act at the famed gay men's club, The Continental Baths, in the 70s with Barry Manilow as her accompanist. Is grateful to Johnny Carson for her road to stardom.

Has won many awards including Emmy's, Grammy's (many hit records) and Golden Globes. Was a success on the road in her most recent show 'Kiss My Brass'.

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Lead/co-star Woody Allen is 72.

Essential comedic actor/director, Oscar nominated best actor for "Annie Hall", also won best director award. Oscar nominated best director for "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Crimes and Misdemeanors", "Interiors", and "Bullets Over Broadway". Also in "Bananas", "Play It Again Sam", "Sleeper", "Love and Death", "The Front", "Manhattan", "Stardust Memories", "Radio Days" voice, "Mighty Aphrodite", "Small Time Crooks", etc.

Is married to his former stepdaughter. Was wed to Louise Lasser. Was companion to Mia Farrow (a nasty split), and to Diane Keaton. He is also a prominent producer and writer (won numerous awards).

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Co-star/support Allyn Ann McLerie is 81.

Appealing, talented actress, in "The Desert Song", "Calamity Jane" as Katie Brown, "Phantom of the Rue Morgue", "Battle Cry", "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" good role, "The Reivers", "Monte Walsh", "The Cowboys", "Jeremiah Johnson" good role, "The Way We Were", "Cinderella Liberty", "All the President's Men", etc.

Married since 1953 to actor George Gaynes. Divorced from Adolph Green. Has appeared on TV, and numerous times on Broadway. Is now retired.

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Co-star/support Paul Picerni is 85 today.

Reliable, dark-haired actor with a flashy smile, in "Breakthrough" good war drama, "Operation Pacific", "Force of Arms", "The Tanks Are Coming", "House of Wax", "The Desert Song", "To Hell and Back", "Miracle in the Rain", "The Come On", "The Brothers Rico", "Marjorie Morningstar", "Strangers When We Meet", "Che!", "Airport", "Kotch", etc.

Married since 1947 with 8 children. Was on the TV series "The Untouchables" w/Robert Stack. Is till active in films, and appearing at Nostalgia events with his full head of white hair.

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Lead/co-star Richard Pryor (65) 1940-2005.

Unique comedy star, in "Lady Sings the Blues", "Uptown Saturday Night", "Car Wash", "Silver Streak", "The Wiz", "California Suite", "Stir Crazy", "Some Kind of Wonderful", "The Toy", "Brewsters Millions", "Bustin' Loose", "See No Evil, Hear No Evil", "Harlem Nights", "Lost Highway", etc.

Married 7 times (twice to 2 ex-wives). An exceptional stand-up comic, he won 5 Grammy Awards. Also a Emmy Award nominee. Served in the U.S. Army.

Came close to death while free-basing cocaine, which caused a fire and serious burns. Suffered from MS since 1986. Quoted: "I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst. In other words, I had a life"

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Co-star/support Dick Shawn (63) 1923-1987.

Funny, 'wacky' comedy actor, in "Wake Me When It's Over", "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "What Did You Do in the War Daddy?", "Way...Way Out", "Penelope", "The Producers", "The Happy Ending", "Love at First Bite", "Goodbye Cruel World", "Maid to Order", etc.

Was married with 4 children. Also on TV. A one-of-a-kind nightclub comedian, he died of a heart attack while performing on stage.

Quoted: "I think of my relationship with any audience as a love affair. It lasts only a little while but I always look forward to a happy ending. For both of us."

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Lead/co-star Mary Martin (76) 1913-1990.

Talented, vibrant actress/singer, in "The Great Victor Herbert", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Kiss the Boys Goodbye", "New York Town", "Birth of the Blues", "Happy Go Lucky", "True to Life", etc.

Married twice (2 children including Larry Hagman). Costume designer Edith Head disliked working with her. She dubbed the singing for Margaret Sullavan in "The Shopworn Angel". A brilliant Tony Award winning Broadway star. Won an Emmy Award for her role as "Peter Pan".

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Co-star/support Etta McDaniel (55) 1890-1946.

Dependable character actress, in "The Invisible Ray" w/Karloff, "The Prisoner of Shark Island" good drama, "The Green Pastures", "Magnificent Brute" w/Victor McLaglan, "Stella Dallas", "That Certain Woman" w/Bette Davis, "The Great Man's Lady" w/Stanwyck, "Mokey", "Son of Dracula" good horror, "Incendiary Blonde" w/Betty Hutton, etc.

Sister of Hattie McDaniel and Sam McDaniel.

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In memory of those who died this day December 1st:

'B' actor/director Hugo Haas in 1968 at age 67, radio/TV host Nick Kenny in 1975 at age 80, supporting actor David Jensen committed suicide in 1998 at age 50, child actress Marilyn Harris (Maria in "Frankenstein") in 1999 at age 75.

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Born this day December 2nd:

 

Co-star/support Lucy Liu is 39.

Lovely, Asian-American actress from Queens, in "Jerry Maquire", "Payback" w/Mel Gibson, "True Crime" w/Eastwood, "Shanghai Noon", "Charlie's Angels", "Chicago", "3 Needles", "Kill Bill: Vol 1", "Domino", etc.

Has dated writer Zach Helm. A regular on the TV series "Ally McBeal". In pre-production for 2007, she will play the granddaughter of "Charlie Chan".

Was the first Asian-American female to host "Saturday Night Live".

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Co-star/support Steven Bauer is 51.

Dependable Latino actor, in "Scarface" (Golden Globe nominee), "Thief of Hearts", "Raising Cain", "Wild Side" a wild movie, "Traffic", "Plato's Run", "Forever Lulu", "The Nowhere Man", "The Lost City", etc.

Married 3 times including to Melanie Griffith (1 son). Appeared on the TV series "Wise Guy". Has dabbled in drugs.

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Co-star/support Dennis Christopher is 52.

Slim, blond-haired actor, made an impression as the bicyclist, pretending to be Italian, in "Breaking Away" (Golden Globe nominee). Also in Fellini's "Roma", "A Wedding", "Fade to Black" good chiller, "Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder", "Chariots of Fire", "Jake Speed", "It's My Party", "Nine Lives", etc.

A single guy, he has guested on numerous TV programs, including HBOs "Deadwood". Also performed on the stage.

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Lead/co-star Julie Harris is 82 today.

Gifted actress, Oscar nominated best actress for "The Member of the Wdding". In "East of Eden", "I Am a Camera", "Requiem for a Heavyweight", "The Haunting", "Reflections in a Golden Eye", "Voyage of the Damned", "The War Back Home", "The Dark Half", "The First of May", etc.

Married 3 times (1 son). A grand stage actress she won 5 Tony Awards. Also won 3 Emmy Awards for her TV work. She had a stroke in 2001, and has rallied.

Elia Kazan, in his autobiography "A Life," said that he was grateful to have Harris on the set of "East of Eden" (1955) because she had a calming influence on James Dean. Kazan praised Harris as both an actress and as a human being.

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Co-star/support Leo Gordon (78) 1922-2000.

Big, burly, tough-guy actor, in "Hondo", "Riot in Cell Block 11" good role, "The Bamboo Prison", "Soldier of Fortune", "The Conqueror", "Johnny Concho", "Baby Face Nelson" w/Mickey Rooney, "The Cry Baby Killer", "McLintock!", "Kings of the Sun", "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre", "The Haunted Palace", "Big Top Pee-wee", etc.

Married 50 years (1 daughter).

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Co-star/support Ray Walston (86) 1914-2001.

Essential character actor, in "South Pacific", "Damn Yankees!", "Tall Story", "The Apartment", "Wives and Lovers", "Paint Your Wagon", "The Sting", "Popeye", "Of Mice and Men", "House Arrest", etc.

Was married 57 years (1 daughter). A prominent stage actor, he won a Tony Award for "Damn Yankees!". On the TV series "My Favorite Martian" and "Picket Fences" for which he won 2 Emmy Awards. Quoted: "I have 30 seconds to tell you I have been waiting 60 years to get on this stage." -- his 1995 Emmy acceptance speech.

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Co-star/support Donald Woods (91) 1906-1998.

Pleasant, handsome actor, in "A Tale of Two Cities", "Anthony Adverse", "The Gay Sisters" w/Stanwyck, "Watch on the Rhine" as Bette Davis' brother, "Night and Day", "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", "Never Say Goodbye" w/Errol Flynn, "13 Ghosts", "Moment to Moment" good suspense, "True Grit", etc.

A stage actor, he also appeared on TV. He played the spiritual stranger in the popular Christmas short "Star in the Night" which airs on TCM. Some sources list his birth year at 1904.

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Lead/co-star Warren William (53) 1894-1948.

Trim, striking actor, a leading man of pre-codes. In "Expensive Women", "Under Eighteen", "Beauty and the Boss", "The Match King", "Gold Diggers of 1933", "Skyscraper Souls", "Three on a Match", "Goodbye Again", "Lady for a Day", "Cleopatra" w/Colbert, "Imitation of Life", "The Secret Bride", "Don't Bet on Blondes", "Satan Met a Lady", "Madame X", "Day-Time Wife", "The Wolf Man", "Fear", etc.

Married 25 years when he died of cancer of the bone marrow. Also starred in the 'Perry Mason', and 'Lone Wolf' series of films. Appeared in many Broadway plays. Served in the U.S. Army during WWI.

He planned to be a journalist before the acting bug bit him. Speaking of him, five-time Warners co-star Joan Blondell said that William "was an old man even when he was a young man."

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In memory of those who died this day December 2nd:

Impressive actor from India Sabu in 1963 at age 39, superior comic actor Marty Feldman in 1982 at age 49 (I miss him), bubbly French actress Fifi D'Orsay in 1983 at age 79, multi-talented Cuban actor/singer Desi Arnaz in 1986 at age 69, Oscar winning composer Aaron Copland ('The Heiress') in 1990 at age 90, breezy handsome actor Robert Cummings in 1990 at age 82, reliable supporting actress Roxie Roker in 1995 at age 66, and Emmy winning actress Gail Fisher ('Mannix') in 2000 at age 65.

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Born this day December 3rd:

 

Lead/co-star Brendan Fraser is 39.

Impressive, versatile actor, in "Dogfight", "Encino Man", "School Ties" good role, "Twenty Bucks", "Airheads", "Mrs. Winterbourne", "George of the Jungle" a hoot, "Still Breathing", "Gods and Monsters" good role, "The Mummy" big hit, "Dudley Do-Right", "The Quiet American", "Crash", "Journey to the End of the Night", etc.

Married since 1988 (3 children). His wife shares his birthday. Also on stage. Is an aspiring photographer.

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Lead/co-star Daryl Hannah is 47.

Lithe, blonde actress, in "Hard Country", "Blade Runner", "Splash" good role, "The Clan of the Cave Bear", "Roxanne", "Legal Eagles" w/Redford, "Steel Magnolias", "Crazy People", "Attack of the 50 ft. Woman", "Grumpy Old Men", "Kill Bill: Vol 1", "Kill Bill: Vol 2", "Keeping Up with the Steins", etc.

Has yet to marry. Kept company with John Kennedy Jr. for 2 years. Dated Jackson Brown.

A story on TVs "America's Most Wanted" shows that she goes undercover to help rescue children as young as 6 years old from the brothels in Bangkok.

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Lead/co-star Julianne Moore is 47.

Beautiful, talented redhead, Oscar nominated best actress for "The End of the Affair", "Far from Heaven", and for best support in "Boogie Nights", and "The Hours". Also in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle", "Benny and Joon", "The Fugitive", "Short Cuts", "Nine Months", "Psycho" remake, "Cookie's Fortune", "An Ideal Husband" (Golden Globe nominee), "Magnolia", "Hannibal", "Laws of Attraction", "The Forgotten", "Freedomland", etc.

Married 3 times (2 children). She has appeared on TV soaps.

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Co-star/support Heather Menzies is 58.

Reliable actress, remembered as Louisa in "The Sound of Music". Also in "Hawaii", "Hail, Hero!", "SSSSSSS" good chiller, "Piranha", "Endangered Species", etc.

Widow of actor Robert Urich (3 adopted children). Also on TV. Appeared in Playboy magazine. Met late husband Robert Urich when they appeared together in a Libby's Corned Beef Hash commercial.

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Co-star/support Mary Alice is 66.

Exceptional actress, in "Beat Street", "Teachers", "To Sleep with Anger", "Awakenings", "Malcolm X", "A Perfect World", "The Inkwell", "Down in the Delta", "The Matrix Revolution" as the Oracle, etc.

She won an Emmy Award for her role on the TV series "I'll Fly Away". A stage actress she also won a Tony Award.

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Birthday wishes go out to boardmember GWTWbooklover today.

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Co-star/support Mickey Simpson (71) 1913-1985.

Big, brawny actor, remembered as the bigoted Sarge, who had a grand fist fight with Rock Hudson at the diner in "Giant", to the tune of 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' on the jukebox. Also in "My Darling Clementine" (made 8 films with John Ford), "Fort Apache", "They Live by Night", "Ten Tall Men", "Salome", "Rose Marie", "The Long Gray Line", etc.

Appeared in over 100 films. Also numerous times on TV, notably in westerns.

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Lead/co-star Anna Sten (84) 1908-1993.

Beautiful European actress, brought to Hollywood by producer Samuel Goldwyn in hopes of creating another Dietrich...which eventually didn't pan out.

The critics weren't very kind to her in such films as "Nana", "We Live Again" w/Fredric March, "The Wedding Night", "A Woman Alone", "The Man I Married", "So Ends Our Night", etc.

Married over 60 years, she became a successful painter. She retired in luxury in Beverly Hills (a happy ending, at last).

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In memory of those who died this day December 3rd:

Superior character actress Maria Ouspenskaya (badly burned) in 1949 at age 73, reliable character actress Ruth White in 1969 at age 55, dependable character actress Mary Nash in 1976 at age 92, divine comedy actress Madeline Kahn in 1999 at age 57, reliable actor John Archer in 1999 at age 84, lovely actress Ellen Drew in 2003 at age 88, and dependable British actor David Hemmings in 2003 at age 62.

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Born this day December 4th:

 

Lead/co-star Marisa Tomei is 43.

Attractive, talented actress from Brooklyn, won Oscar best support for "My Cousin Vinny", and nominated for "In the Bedroom". Also in "The Flamingo Kid", "Oscar", "Chaplin", "Untamed Heart", "The Paper", "The Perez Family", "Unhook the Stars", "Someone Like You", "Anger Management", "Alfie", "Loverboy", "Danika", etc.

A single gal, Keeping company with actor Dana Ashbrook since 1999. Sister of actor Adam Tomei.

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Lead/co-star Jeff Bridges is 58.

Exceptional actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Starman" (coming to TCM), "The Contender", and for best support in "The Last Picture Show", and "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot". Also in "Fat City" good stuff, "The Last American Hero", "Hearts of the West", "Heaven's Gate", "Against All Odds", "Jagged Edge", "The Fabulous Baker Boys", "The Fisher King" (Golden Globe nominee), "American Heart", "Fearless", "White Squall", "The Big Lebowski", "Arlington Road", "Seabiscuit", "The Door in the Floor", "The Moguls", etc.

Married since 1977 (3 daughters). Son of Lloyd Bridges, brother of Beau Bridges.

Quoted: "I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised and happy I survived it all. Now, being a parent, I look back on it thinking, Oh God, the things you did!"

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Co-star/support Jimmy Hunt is 68.

Former curly-haired child actor with freckles, in "High Barbaree", "Song of Love", "The Fuller Brush Man" funny stuff, "Sorry, Wrong Number" w/Stanwyck, "Cheaper by the Dozen", "Saddle Tramp" w/Joel McCrea, "The Blue Veil", "Invaders from Mars" good sci-fi, "Lone Hand", etc.

Married since 1963 (3 children). Became a manager for a tool supply company. Had a bit part in the 1986 remake of "Invaders from Mars".

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Lead/co-star Deanna Durbin is 86.

Wholesome, effervescent actress/singing star. In "One Hundred Men and a Girl", "Mad About Music", "Three Smart Girls Grow Up", "First Love" (first screen kiss from Robert Stack), "It's a Date", "Her's to Hold", "Christmas Holiday" dramatic role with Gene Kelly, "Can't Help Singing", "Lady on a Train", "I'll Be Yours", etc.

Married 3 times, last for 49 years (2 children). Gave her last interview in 1949, and has been retired to France. Mario Lanza requested she star in a film with him and she refused. Received a special juvenile Oscar in 1939.

She was Prime Minister Winston Churchill's favorite movie star. He reportedly insisted that he be permitted to screen her films privately before they were released to the public in Britain, and would often screen her film "One Hundred Men and a Girl" (1937) to celebrate British victories during World War II. He considered her "a formidable talent."

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Co-star/support Movita is 90 today.

Lovely Latino actress, remembered as Tehanni in "Mutiny on the Bounty" w/Clark Gable. Also in "The Hurricane", "The Tower of Terror", "Fort Apache", "Red Light" w/Raft, "The Furies" w/Stanwyck, "Kim" w/Flynn, "Dream Wife", "Ride, Vaquero!", etc.

Divorced from Marlon Brando (2 children). Appeared on TVs "Knots Landing" for 2 seasons.

Born Maria Castaneda, and she lives in Mexico.

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Lead/co-star Horst Buchholz (69) 1933-2003.

Handsome, dark-haired German actor, in "Tiger Bay", "The Magnificent Seven" as Chico, "Fanny" w/Boyer, "One, Two, Three" w/Cagney, "Nine Hours to Rama", "The Great Waltz", "Dead of Night", "Sahara", "Life Is Beautiful", etc.

Married 44 years (2 children). He was considered the James Dean of Germany (in rebel roles when younger).

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Lead/co-star Buck Jones (53) 1889-1942.

Rugged, popular cowboy star, in numerous westerns along with his white steed Silver. Appeared in both silents and talkies, including "The Rough Riders" series of films.

Married 27 years, when he died as results of the devasting fire at the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston . Father of a daughter Maxine.

Prophetically his last film was "Dawn on the Great Divide".

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In memory of those who died his day December 4th:

Superior comic Bert Lahr ('The Cowardly Lion') in 1967 at age 72, character actress Sarah Padden in 1967 at age 86, character actor Fred Johnson in 1971 at age 72, breezy actor Michael O'Shea in 1973 at age 67, promising actor Lee Kinsolving in 1974 at age 36, sassy pre-code blonde Leila Hyams in 1977 at age 72, voice of the late 'Popeye' Jack Mercer in 1984 at age 74, dependable director Rouben Mamoulian in 1987 at age 90, wild rock star Frank Zappa in 1993 at age 52, essential character actor Willard Parker in 1996 at age 84, and suave character actor Carl Esmond in 2004 at age 102.

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Born this day December 5th:

 

Lead/co-star Nick Stahl is 28.

Former child actor, and promising star, in "The Man Without a Face" w/Mel Gibson, "Safe Passage", "Tall Tale", "Eye of God", "The Thin Red Line", "Sunset Strip", "Bully", "In the Bedroom" good role, "Taboo", "Twist", "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines", "Sin City", etc.

On the HBO series "Carnivale" as Ben Hawkins. Quoted: "I try to avoid the sweetass roles"

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Co-star/support Little Richard is 75.

Flamboyant performer, in "Down and Out in Beverly Hills", "Purple People Eater", "Sunset Heat", "The Naked Truth", "Last American Hero", "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "Mystery, Alaska", etc.

Divorced (1 child). He is an icon of Rock 'n Roll. Quoted: "Elvis may be the King of Rock 'n Roll, but I am the Queen". Many of his hit records are heard on movie soundtracks. He is also an ordained minister. Presided over the 1987 Las Vegas marriage of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore at the Golden Nugget Hotel. Former brat packer Ally Sheedy was a bridesmaid.

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Co-star/support Adolph Caesar (52) 1933-1986.

Small-framed, impressive actor, Oscar nominated best support for "A Soldier's Story" (also a Golden Globe nominee). In "Che!", "The Hitter", "Fist of Fear", "Touch of Death", "The Color Purple" good role as Old Mister, "Club Paradise", etc.

Was married with 3 children. He died of a heart attack on the set of the movie "Tough Guys", and was replaced by Eli Wallach. Was the voice for United Negro College Fund commercial: "...because a mind is a terrible thing to waste."

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Co-star/support Alvy Moore (75) 1921-1997.

Dependable, light-comedy actor, remembered as Pigeon in "The Wild One" w/Brando. Also in "The War of the Worlds", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "Twist Around the Clock", "Riot in Cell Block 11", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Designing Woman", "The Perfect Furlough", etc.

Married 47 years (3 children). He was Hank on the hit TV series "Green Acres". Served on Iwo Jima during WWII.

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Co-star/support Margaret Hayes (60) 1916-1977.

Attractive actress, remembered as the sexy teacher in "Blackboard Jungle". Also in "City for Conquest", "They Got Me Covered", "Sullivan's Travels", "The Glass Key", "The Bottom of the Bottle", "Omar Khayam", "Fraulein", "House of Women", etc.

Was married briefly to actor Leif Erickson.

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Director/actor Otto Preminger (79) 1906-1986.

Essential filmmaker, Oscar nominated best director for "Laura" and for "The Cardinal". Also helmed "A Royal Scandal" w/Tallulah, "Forever Amber", "Whirlpool", "Angel Face", "The Moon Is Blue", "Carmen Jones", "The Man with the Golden Arm", "Porgy and Bess", "Anatomy of a Murder", "Exodus", "Advise and Consent", "In Harm's Way", etc.

Also appeared in a few films, notably "Stalag 17".

Married 3 times (2 children). Produced a son from an affair with stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Had an affair with Dorothy Dandridge.

TCM is saluting the moviemaker this evening.

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Producer/artist Walt Disney (65) 1901-1966.

Beloved producer of many of the greatest animated films of all time, including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Pinocchio", "Bambi", "Fantasia", "Cinderella", "Alice in Wonderland", "Peter Pan", "Lady and the Tramp", "Sleeping Beauty", etc.

Also gave us "Song of the South", "Treasure Island" w/Bobby Driscoll, "Pollyanna", "Swiss Family Robinson", "The Parent Trap", "Mary Poppins", etc. Delighted us with numerous cartoons with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, and amazing nature shorts.

Was successful on TV with "The Mickey Mouse Club" and "The Wonderful World of Disney".

Married 41 years (2 children). Won a record 32 Oscars in his lifetime. Millions enjoy his delightful themeparks every year. He is rumored to be cryogenetically preserved?

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Director Fritz Lang (85) 1890-1976.

Exceptional filmmaker, gave us "M" w/Peter Lorre, "Fury", "You Only Live Once", "Man Hunt", "Ministry of Fear", "The Woman in the Window" good noir, "Scarlet Street" good noir, "Cloak and Dagger" w/Gary Cooper, "House by the River" seldom aired, "Rancho Notorious" w/Dietrich, "Clash by Night", "The Big Heat", "Human Desire", "While the City Sleeps", etc.

Was never recognized by the Academy Awards. Most of his films feature a shot of his hand.

TCM is saluting the filmmaker all day today.

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In memory of those who died this day December 5th:

'Stuffy' character actor Wilfred Lucas in 1940 at age 69, essential character actor Fred Clark in 1968 at age 54, production code ballbuster Joseph Breen in 1965 at age 77, dependable director Charles Barton (Abbott & Costello films) in 1981 as age 79, and prominent director Robert Aldrich in 1983 at age 65.

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Born this day December 6th:

 

Lead/co-star Tom Hulce is 54.

Talented, versatile actor, Oscar nominated best actor as "Amadeus". Also in "September 30, 1955", "Animal House" as Pinto, "Slam Dance", "Dominick and Eugene" (Golden Globe nominee), "Parenthood", "The Inner Circle", "Fearless", "Frankenstein", "Wings of Courage", etc.

Married in 1996 (1 daughter), has filed for divorce. A Tony and Emmy Award winner, he has a fine singing voice.

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Lead/co-star JoBeth Williams is 59.

Attractive, talented actress, remembered as the desperate mom in "Poltergeist" (exceptional role). Also in "Kramer vs. Kramer", "Stir Crazy", "The Dogs of War", "Teachers", "The Big Chill", "Switch", "Memories of Me", "Dutch", "Me, Myself and I", "Wyatt Earp", "Fever Pitch", "Crazylove", etc.

Married since 1982 (2 sons). Nominated for 2 Emmy Awards. She also directs.

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Co-star/support James Naughton is 62.

Solid, reliable actor, in "The Paper Chase", "Second Wife", "A Stranger Is Watching", "Cat's Eye", "The Glass Menagerie", "The Good Mother", "The First Wives Club", "Oxygen", "Fascination", "The Devil Wears Prada", etc.

Has 2 children in show business. Brother of David Naughton. A star of the musical stage, he won 2 Tony Awards.

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Lead/co-star Susanna Foster is 83 today.

Lovely actress/singer, remembered in "The Phantom of the Opera" opposite Claude Rains. Also in "Glamor Boy", "The Climax" w/Karloff, "Follow the Boys", "Fisco Sal" w/Franchot Tone, "That Night With You", "Detour" (1992), etc.

Divorced with 2 sons. Also did stage work. Currently ailing, she is at the Actors Fund Nursing Home in New Jersey.

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Birthday wishes go out to my daughter Veronica today.

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Posthumous

 

Lead/co-star Lance Fuller (73) 1928-2001.

Dependable, good-looking actor, in "War Arrow", "Cattle Queen of Montana" w/Stanwyck, "This Island Earth" good sci-fi, "Pearl of the South Pacific", "Girls in Prison", "The She-Creature", "Voodoo Woman", "God's Little Acre", "Day of the Outlaw", etc.

Divorced from lovely Joi Lansing. Had bit parts in some films of the 1940s. Also performed on TV.

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Co-star/support Bobby Van (51) 1928-1980.

Breezy, cheerful actor, remembered hopping through the streets on a pogo stick in "Small Town Girl" (no easy feat). Also in "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis", "Kiss Me Kate", "The Navy vs. the Night Monsters", "The Doomsday Machine", "Lost Horizon" musical remake, etc.

Married twice including to Elaine Joyce (2 sons). Hosted TV game shows. Co-starred opposite Ruby Keeler on Broadway in "No, No, Nanette" (Tony Award nominee).

Sadly, in 1979 Bobby was diagnosed with a brain tumor that turned out to be malignant. Although he underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor, the cancer came back. The trouper that he was, he valiantly continued to perform despite his illness and made his fourth and last appearance as host of the "Mrs. America Pageant" in June 1980.

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Co-star/support Wally Cox (48) 1924-1973.

Comedic, meek-looking actor with horn rim glasses. In "State Fair", "Spencer's Mountain", "Fate Is the Hunter", "The Yellow Rolls-Royce", "The Bedford Incident", "The Boatniks", "The Barefoot Executive", etc.

Married twice. Was TVs "Mr. Peepers" (Emmy nominee), the voice of the animated superhero "Underdog", and a staple on the game show "The Hollywood Squares".

Close friend Marlon Brando took possession of his ashes. At the time of Brando's death, both actors were scattered together in Death Valley, California.

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Co-star/support Agnes Moorehead (73) 1900-1974.

Supreme character actress, Oscar nominated best support for "The Magnificent Ambersons" (won New York Film Critics Award), "Mrs. Parkington" (won Golden Globe Award), "Johnny Belinda", and "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (won Golden Globe Award). Also in "Citizen Kane", "The Big Street", "Dragon Seed", "Since You Went Away", "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes", "Dark Passage" delightfully evil, "Caged", "Show Boat", "The Blue Veil", "Magnificent Obsession", "Pollyanna", "How the West Was Won", "What's the Matter with Helen", etc.

Married twice (1 adopted son). On the TV series "Bewitched" as Endora (6 Emmy Award nominations). Was tagged the 'Lavender Lady' since her favorite color was purple. A close friend of Debbie Reynolds.

TCM is honoring the lady all day today.

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In memory of those who died this day December 6th:

Guitarist/songwriter Leadbelly in 1949 at age 64, lovely starlet Janet Munro in 1972 at age 38, screenwriter Casey Robinson in 1979 at age 76, singer/songwriter Roy Orbison in 1988 at age 52, handsome movie star John Payne in 1989 at age 77, Oscar winning songwriter Sammy Fain in 1989 at age 87, endearing character actress Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee) in 1989 at age 86, Oscar winning actor Don Ameche, and dependable character actor Werner Klemperer in 2000 at age 80.

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In memory of Ryan White (19) 1971-1990.

A courageous young man, and one of my heroes, he died of AIDS contacted from a tainted blood transfusion.

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He became one of the United States most visible spokesperson on the dreaded AIDS virus.

The youth was admired for his courageous battle by millions, including numerous celebriries, by the time of his death on April 8th 1990.

He is laid to rest in Indiana under an elaborate stone with his picture and a touching inscription.

There is a 1989 TV movie based on his life.

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Born this day December 7th:

 

Lead/co-star C. Thomas Howell is 41.

Former juvenile actor, made transition to adult roles. In "E.T.", "The Outsiders" good role, "Tank", "Grandview U.S.A.", "Red Dawn", "The Hitcher" good thriller, "Side Out", "Nickel and Dime", "Gettysburg", "Teresa's Tattoo", "Baby Face Nelson", "The Big Fall", "Gods and Generals", "The Hillside Strangler", "Glass Trap", etc.

Married since 1992 (3 children). Divorced from Rae Dawn Chow. On a few episodes of TVs "24". 'C' stands for Christopher.

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Co-star/support Tom Waits is 58.

Tall, talented actor/composer, in "Paradise Alley", "One from the Heart" (Oscar nominee best song), "The Outsiders", "Rumble Fish", "The Cotton Club", "Ironweed" exceptional role, "The Fisher King", "At Play in the Fields of the Lord", "Dracula" as Renfield, "Short Cuts", etc.

Married since 1980 (3 children). He has said that Bob Dylan is his favorite songwriter and his main influence for initially getting into music. Ironically, Dylan's more recent work has been said to be comparable to Waits' music.

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Lead/co-star Ellen Burstyn is 75.

Earthy, appealing actress, won Oscar best actress for "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore". Nominated best actress for 'The Exorcist", "Same Time, Next Year" (won Golden Globe Award), "Resurrection", "Requiem for a Dream", and for best support in "The Last Picture Show". Also in "Harry and Tonto", "A Dream of Passion", "Twice in a Lifetime", "The Cemetery Club", "The Spitfire Grill", "Divine Sisters of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood", "Down in the Valley", "The Wicker Man", etc.

Married 3 times (1 son). She is an ordained minister. A stage actress, she won a Tony Award. Is a vegetarian.

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Co-star/support Eli Wallach is 92 today.

Essential character actor, in "Baby Doll" (Golden Globe nominee), "The Magnificent Seven", "The Misfits", "How the West Was Won", "The Victors" good role, "Lord Jim", "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "How to Steal a Million", "Makenna's Gold", "The Sentinel", "The Deep", "Tough Guys", "Nuts", "The Godfather: Part II" good role, "Mystic River", etc.

Married since 1948 to Anne Jackson (3 children). Won an Emmy Award and a Tony Award, he was never nominated for an Oscar. Was Mr. Freeze on TVs "Batman".

This actor does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Co-star/support Ted Knight (62) 1923-1986.

Comedic character actor, in "Cry for Happy", "Two Rode Together", "13 West Street", "The Pigeon That Took Rome", "The Candidate", "Young Dillinger", "Caddyshack" good role, etc.

Married with 3 children. A regular on TVs "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as Ted Baxter (won 2 Emmy Awards) and star of "Too Close for Comfort". A WWII hero, he was born Tadeus Wladyslaw Knopka.

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Co-star/support Frances Gifford (73) 1920-1994.

Brunette beauty, remembered as Nyoka in the "Jungle Girl" serial. Also in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "The Remarkable Andrew" w/William Holden, "The Glass Key", "Tarzan Triumphs", "Cry Havoc", "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes", "The Arnelo Affair", "Luxury Liner", "Riding High", etc.

Divorced from actor James Dunn. Sister of football player Frank Gifford. Last on screen in 1955.

Sadly, she suffered serious head injuries in an auto accident in 1948. After continued repurcussions, she was admitted to Camarillo State Hospital in 1958. She was released in 1978.

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Lead/co-star Hurd Hatfield (81) 1917-1998.

Suave, handsome actor, remembered in the title role of "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Also in "Dragon Seed", "The Diary of a Chambermaid" w/Goddard, "The Unsuspected", "Joan of Arc", "Tarzan and the Slave Girl", "King of Kings", "El Cid", "Harlow", "The Boston Srangler", "Crimes of the Heart", etc.

A lifelong bachelor. A prominent stage actor. Emmy Award nominee for his TV work. A lifelong friend of Angela Lansbury.

Quoted: "You know, I was never a great beauty in (Dorian) Gray and I never understood why I got the part, and have spent my career regretting it."

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Lead/co-star Rod Cameron (73) 1910-1983.

Tall, brawny actor in over 100 films (many westerns). In "Christmas in July", "North West Mounted Police", "The Monster and the Girl" good film, "Wake Island", "Mrs. Parkington", "Gung Ho!", "Dakota Lil" w/Marie Windsor, "San Antone", "The Steel Lady", "Double Jeopardy", "Yaqui Drums", "The Bounty Killer", etc.

In 1960 he divorced his wife and married her mother. Starred on numerous TV series. Was an accomplished pianist.

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Co-star/support Clinton Sundberg (84) 1903-1987.

Affable character actor, prominent in many MGM films, including "Undercurrent", "Song of the Thin Man", "Good News", "A Date with Judy', "Easter Parade" as Mike the bartender, "Words and Music", "In the Good Old Summertime" as Rudy, "Annie Get Your Gun", etc.

A TV and stage actor he also did voiceovers.

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Lead/co-star Fay Bainter (76) 1891-1968.

Essential character actress, won Oscar best support for "Jezebel". Oscar nominated best actress for "White Banners", and for best support in "The Children's Hour". Also in "Vavacious Lady", "Young Tom Edison", "Our Town", "Woman of the Year", "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch", "Cry Havoc", "The Human Comedy", "Deep Valley" w/Lupino, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", "June Bride", "The President's Lady", etc.

Married over 40 years (1 son). Also a grand stage actress. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

TCM is saluting the lady all day today.

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In memory of those who died this day December 7th:

Legendary stage actress Laurette Taylor in 1946 at age 62, screenwriter Thornton Wilder in 1975 at age 78, character actor Hardie Albright in 1975 at age 71, lovely actress Jeanne Cagney in 1984 at age 65, pretty starlet of the 1930s Dorothy Jordan in 1988 at age 82, dependable actor Christopher Connelly in 1988 at age 47, attractive movie star Joan Bennett in 1990 at age 80, British character actress Kathleen Harrison in 1995 at age 103, dashing actor Phillip Reed in 1996 at age 88, and Oscar nominated set decorator Robert R. Benton in 2003 at age 79.

Also the incorrigible Captain William Bligh of the Bounty in 1817 at age 63.

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In memory of those service men and women who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day).

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Lead/co-star Felicity Huffman is 45.

Gifted blonde actress, Oscar nominated best actress as a transsexual in "Transamerica" (she won Golden Globe Award). Also in "Reversal of Fortune", "Hackers", "The Spanish Prisoner", "Magnolia", "House Hunting", "Raising Helen", "Christmas with the Kranks", etc.

Married to William H. Macy (2 daughters). On the hit TV series "Desperate Housewives" (won Emmy Award), and "Sports Night" (Emmy nominee).

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Lead/co-star John Malkovich is 54.

Talented, versatile actor, Oscar nominated best support for "Places in the Heart", and "In the Line of Fire". Also in "The Killing Fields", "Empire of the Sun", "Dangerous Liaisons", "Shadows and Fog", "Being John Malkovich" (won New York Film Critics Award), "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", etc.

Married twice (2 children). Won an Emmy Award.

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Lead/co-star Beau Bridges is 66.

Energetic, blond-haired actor, in "The Incident", "For Love of Ivy" (Golden Globe nominee), "Gaily, Gaily", "The Landlord", "The Other Side of the Mountain", "Norma Rae", "Love Child", "The Fabulous Baker Boys", The Good German", etc.

Married twice (5 children). Son of Lloyd Bridges, brother of Jeff Bridges. In various made for TV movies (nominated for 9 Emmy Awards, he won 3).

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Lead/co-star Judi Dench is 73.

A treasure from England, won Oscar best support for "Shakespeare in Love". Oscar nominated best actress for "Mrs. Brown", "Iris", "Mrs. Henderson Presents", and for best support in "Chocolat". In "A Room with a View", "84 Charing Cross Road" w/Bancroft, "Golden Eye" as M (recurring role in James Bond films), "Tea with Mussolini", "The Shipping News", "Die Another Day", "Ladies in Lavender", "Casino Royale", etc.

Widowed in 2000 after 30 years of marriage (1 daughter).

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Co-star/support Dick Van Patten is 79.

Dependable character actor, in "Charly", "Soylent Green", "Westworld", "Freaky Friday", "High Anxiety", "Spaceballs", "Robin Hood: Men in Tights", "A Dangerous Place", etc.

Married since 1954 (3 sons). On the TV series "Mama", and "Eight Is Enough". Suffered a diabetic stroke in January, 2006.

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Co-star/support Dina Merrill is 82.

Cool blonde beauty, in "Don't Give Up the Ship", "Operation Petticoat", "BUtterfield 8", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", "The Young Savages", "The Sundowners", "Running Wild", "The Greatest", "A Wedding", "Fear" "True Colors", "The Other Sister", etc.

Married 3 times including to Cliff Robertson. Mother of 4 children of which a son is deceased. Daughter of E.F. Hutton, cousin of Barbara Hutton. Last on screen in 2003. Does ample charity benefits.

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Lead/co-star Kirk Douglas is 91 today.

Dynamic leading actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Champion", "The Bad and the Beautiful", and "Lust for Life" (won Golden Globe Award). Also in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers", "A Letter to Three Wives", "Young Man with a Horn", "Ace in the Hole" aka "The Big Carnival", "Detective Story" (Golden Globe nominee), "The Big Sky", "Paths of Glory", "Spartacus", "Strangers When We Meet" w/Kim Novak, "Lonely Are the Brave" (his favorite role), "In Harm's Way", "The Fury", "Tough Guys", "It Runs in the Family", etc.

Married twice, currently for 52 years (thanks to Mrs. Douglas). Father of 4 sons including Michael Douglas. Rebel son Eric died of a drug overdose.

He survived a plane crash and a stroke. Trademark: cleft in chin. Was presented an honorary Oscar in 1996.

It is reported that he was not as good of a friend with Burt Lancaster as was often perceived. The closeness of their friendship was largely fabricated by the publicity-wise Douglas, while, in reality, Lancaster was often cruel and dismissive to Douglas.

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Co-star/support John Cassavetes (59) 1929-1989.

Serious, cocky actor/director, Oscar nominated best support for "The Dirty Dozen". Also in "Edge of the City", "Saddle the Wind", "Rosemary's Baby", "Husbands", "The Fury", "Whose Life Is It Anyway?", "Tempest", etc.

Was married 34 years to Gena Rowlands (4 children). A prominent filmmaker (Oscar nominee best director). Directed wife Rowlands in numerous films.

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Lead/co-star Broderick Crawford (74) 1911-1986.

Stocky, gruff actor, won Oscar best actor as Willie Stark in "All the Kings Men" (also won Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Award). In "Beau Geste", "Seven Sinners" w/Dietrich, "Larceny, Inc.", "Born Yesterday" good role, "Lone Star" w/Gable, "Human Desire", "Down Three Dark Streets', "Big House, U.S.A.", "Not as a Stranger", "The Oscar", "Liar's Moon", etc.

Married twice (2 sons). Son of comic actress Helen Broderick. On a few populat TV series.

Quoted: "My trademarks are a hoarse, grating voice and the face of a retired pugilist: small narrowed eyes set in puffy features which look as though they might, years ago, have lost on points."

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Lead/co-star Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (90) 1909-2000.

Dapper, handsome actor, on screen since the 1920s. In "A Woman of Affairs", "Our Modern Maidens", "Little Caesar", "Morning Glory", "The Prisoner of Zenda", "Gunga Din", "Green Hell" good movie, "The Corsican Brothers", "Sinbad the Sailor" w/Maureen O'Hara, "That Lady in Ermine" w/Grable, "The Last Moment", "Ghost Story", etc.

Married 3 times including to Joan Crawford. Father of 3 daughters. Son of silent screen star Douglas Fairbanks. Quoted: "I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy."

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Co-star/support Robert Livingston (83) 1904-1988.

Reliable, strapping actor, remembered as Stoney Brooke in "The Three Mesquiteers" western series. Also in "Mutiny on the Bounty", "Three Godfathers", etc.

Was divorced with 1 son. His last film was "Blazing Stewardesses" (woo-woo).

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Co-star/support Margaret Hamilton (82) 1902-1985.

Superior character actress, the screen's immortal Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz". Also in "These Three" (giving 'brat' Bonita Granville a good slap in the face), "You Only Live Once", "Saratoga" (Harlow's final film), "Babes in Arms", "My Little Chickadee" w/Fields & West, "The Red Pony", and many more.

Divorced, she raised a son. Was a former schoolteacher.

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Co-star/support Hermione Gingold (89) 1897-1987.

Delightful character actress, in "Gigi" (Ah yes, I Remember it Well), she won Golden Globe Award. Also in "The Naked Edge", "Bell, Book and Candle", "The Music Man", "A Little Night Music" (also performed on stage), "Garbo Talks" w/Anne Bancroft, etc.

Married twice (2 sons). Was a hoot on TV talk shows, notably Jack Paar. A Tony Award nominee.

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

Hefty, dependable actor Laird Cregar in 1944 at age 30, gossip columnist Louella Parsons in 1972 at age 91, Oscar nominated director William A. Wellman in 1975 at age 79, 'tough guy' character actor Mike Mazurki in 1990 at age 82, dependable character actor Vincent Gardenia in 1992 at age 70, and bubbly blonde actress/singer Vivian Blaine in 1995 at age 74.

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Lead/co-star Jennifer Connelly is 37.

Angelic-looking actress, won Oscar best support for "A Beautiful Mind" (also won Golden Globe Award). In "Once Upon a Time in America", "Labyrinth", "The Rocketeer", "MUlholland Falls", "Requiem for a Dream", "****", "Hulk", "The House of Sand and Fog", "Dark Water", "Blood Diamond", etc.

Married to actor Paul Bettany since 2003 (1 son). Also has a son from a relationship.

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Lead/co-star Tom Wilkinson is 59.

Essential, stocky British actor, Oscar nominated best actor as the distraught dad in the drama "In the Bedroom". Also in "The Name of the Father", "Sense and Sensibility", "The Full Monty", "Shakespeare in Love", "The Patriot", "Batman Begins", "Separate Lies", "The Last Kiss", etc.

Married since 1988 (2 children). Gave an outstanding performance as a transexual in the HBO movie "Normal" (Emmy Award nominee). Also a stage actor.

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Lead/co-star Wings Hauser is 60.

Dependable, curly-haired actor, usually in psychotic roles. In "Vice Squard", "Deadly Force", "Tough Guys Don't Dance" good role, "Hostage", "Dead Man Walking", "The Killer's Edge", "Tales from the Hood", "The Insider", "The Savage Season", "Irish Eyes", etc.

Married 3 times. Was on the TV soap "The Young and the Restless". Also on stage.

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Co-star/support Connie Francis is 69.

Lovely singer/actress in a few films including "Where the Boys Are", "Follow the Boys", "Looking for Love", etc.

Married 4 times (1 son). A top recording artist, she sold millions of records. In 1974 she was raped at knifepoint at a Howard Johnson's motel, which left her mentally disturbed (has since stabilized). Her songs are heard on numerous movie soundtracks. She entertained troops in Viet Nam.

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Co-star/support Honor Blackman is 80 today.

Gorgeous British actress, remembered as Puss* Galore in the Bond film "Goldfinger". Also in "A Night to Remember" about the Titanic, "Jason and the Argonauts", "Moment to Moment" good suspense, "Fright", "Age of Innocence" (1977), "Bridget Jones Diary", "To Walk with Lions", etc.

Divorced (2 children). Was on the TV series "The Avengers". Also a stage actress.

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Co-star/support Kevin Coughlin (30) 1945-1976.

Former child actor, in "Storm Center" w/Bette Davis, "The Defiant Ones", "Happy Anniversary" w/David Niven, "Duel at Diablo", "Wild in the Streets", "Maryjane", "The Young Runaways", "The Gay Deceivers" good role, etc.

On numerous TV shows including a regular role on "Mama". Sadly, his wife witnessed his death caused by a hit-and- run driver.

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Lead/co-star Frank Sinatra (82) 1915-1998.

Exceptional actor/singer, won Oscar best support for "From Here to Eternity". Oscar nominated best actor for "The Man with the Golden Arm". Also in Me Out to the Ball Game", "On the Town" grand musical, "Pal Joey", "The Joker Is Wild", "Suddenly", "Young at Heart", "Some Came Running", "High Society", "Ocean's Eleven", "The Manchurian Candidate", "The Detective", "The First Deadly Sin", etc.

Married 4 times including to Ava Gardner (the love of his life), and to Mia Farrow. Father of 3 children. A top notch recording artist, he did it his way. Ol' blue eyes was also a member of the Rat Pack.

Quote: "You better get busy living, because dying's a pain in the as*." TCM is saluting the actor this afternoon.

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Co-star/support Karen Morley (93) 1909-2003.

Attractive, talented actress, in "Politics" w/Marie Dressler, "The Sin of Madelon Claudet", "Mata Hari", "Scarface" w/Muni (her favorite role as Poppy), "Flesh", "Dinner at Eight", "Our Daily Bread" good drama, "Black Fury", "Pride and Prejudice", etc.

Maried twice including to director Charles Vidor (1 son), and 40 years to actor Lloyd Gough. Was blacklisted in the 1950s.

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Lead/co-star Edward G. Robinson (79) 1893-1973.

Superior movie actor, in "Little Caesar" as gangster Rico Bandello, "Five Star Final", "Tiger Shark", "Kid Galahad", "Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet", "Brother Orchid", "The Sea Wolf", "Manpower" w/Dietrich, "The Woman in the Window", "Scarlet Street", "Double Indemnity", "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes", "The Stranger", "All My Sons", "Key Largo", "House of Strangers", "Vice Squard", "The Ten Commandments" (always chided about his role), "The Prize", "The Cincinatti Kid", etc.

Married twice (1 son Edward G. Jr. died in 1974). Mr. Robinson was never nominated for an Oscar, which was criminal. Was awaded an honorary Oscar months after his death which his wife accepted for him. An ardent art collector. Also a stage actor.

TCM is saluting the actor this morning.

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Co-star/support Violet Kimble Cooper (74) 1886-1961.

Reliable character actress, remembered as Basil Rathbone's evil sister in "David Copperfield". Also in "Our Betters", "The Fountain", "The Invisible Ray", "Romeo and Juliet", etc.

Was married to screenwriter Walter Ferris.

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Co-star/support Laura Hope Crews (62) 1879-1942.

Delightful character actress, remembered as the befuddled Aunt Pittypat in "Gone With the Wind". Also in "Out All Night", "Behold My Wife", "Escapade", "Camille" good role, "Angel", "The Sisters", "Idiot's Delight", "The Rains Came", "The Blue Bird", "Lady with Red Hair", "The Flame of New Orleans", "One Foot in Heaven", "The Man Who Came to Dinner", etc.

Also a Broadway star. She looked and acted older than her years.

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

Swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks in 1939 at age 56, dependable character actress Helen Westley in 1942 at age 67, superior character actor Russell Simpson in 1959 at age 79, divine actress Tallulah Bankhead in 1968 at age 66, suave actor Jack Cassidy in 1976 at age 49, lovely movie star Anne Baxter in 1985 at age 62, reliable character actor Larry Gates in 1996 at age 81, handsome actor George Montgomery in 2000 at age 84, and rugged actor Brad Dexter in 2002 at age 85.

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Born this day December 13th:

 

Lead/co-star Jamie Foxx is 40.

Versatile, talented actor, won Oscar best actor as Ray Charles in "Ray", nominated best support for "Collateral". Also in "Toys", "Any Given Sunday", "Ali", "Breakin' All the Rules", "Jarhead", "Miami Vice", "Dreamgirls", etc.

Single, he has an 11 year old daughter, who lives with her mother. Began as a stand-up comic. Star of TVs "Jamie Foxx Show", he also appeared on "In Living Color".

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Co-star/support Johnny Whitaker is 48.

Former child actor (freckled-faced redhead), remembered as Jody on the TV series "Family Affair". In "Napoleon and Samantha", "The Biscuit Eater", "Snowball Express", "Tom Sawyer" (gave Jodie Foster her first screen kiss), etc.

Last on screen in 1977. Attends Nostalgia events, and has appeared on TVs "Elimidate".

He was divorced in 1988. He went through a 12 step program to rid himself of drug dependency. He has gotten chunky.

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Lead/co-star Steve Buscemi is 50.

Unique, talented actor from Brooklyn, in "Billy Bathgate", "Reservoir Dogs", "Pulp Fiction", "Fargo" good role, "Trees Lounge", "Con Air", "Armageddon", "Ghost World" (Golden Globe nominee), "Big Fish", "The Island", "Delirious", etc.

Married since 1987 (1 son born in 1991). Appeared on HBOs "The Sopranos" (Emmy nominee).

A former fireman, he volunteered in the wake of 911, spending a week going through rubble.

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Co-star/support Darlene Cates is 60.

Extraordinary (one time 500lb) lady, gave a memorable performance as the mom in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (both Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio adored her).

Married since 1963 (3 children). Appeared on a few TV shows including "Picket Fences", as a wife who, while sleeping, rolled over on her husband in bed, smothering him to death.

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Lead/co-star Christopher Plummer is 78.

Essential, handsome actor, in over 100 films. In "The Sound of Music" as Capt. von Trapp, "Inside Daisy Clover" w/Natalie Wood, "Hanover Street", "Murder by Decree", "Malcolm X", "Dolores Claiborne", "The Insider", "Dracula 2000", "A Beautiful Mind", "Alexander", etc.

Married 3 times including to Tammy Grimes (parents of Amanda Plummer). On various made for TV movies including "The Thorn Birds". Won 2 Emmy Awards. A grand stage actor.

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Lead/co-star Dick Van Dyke is 82 today.

Lanky, talented performer, in "Bye Bye Birdie", "What a Way to Go", "Divorce American Style", "Mary Poppins" (Golden Globe nominee), "Fitzwilly", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "The Comic", "Cold Turkey", "Dick Tracy", etc.

Divorced with 4 children. Longtime companion of Michelle Triola (Lee Marvin's ex). Star of the hit TV series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (won 3 Emmy Awards), and "Diagnosis Murder". Won a Tony and Grammy Award. Served in the U.S. Air Force.

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Lead/co-star Mark Stevens (77) 1916-1994.

Dependable, good-looking actor, in "God is My Co-Pilot", "The Dark Corner" w/Lucille Ball, "Dancing in the Dark", "The Snake Pit", "The Street with No Name", "Oh, You Beautiful Doll", "Dancing in the Dark", "Jack Slade", "Cry Vengeance", "Fate Is the Hunter", etc.

Divorced with 2 children. Had a fling with Hedy Lamarr. AKA Stephen Richards. On the TV series "Big Town". Retired to Spain, and died there.

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Lead/co-star Larry Parks (60) 1914-1975.

Good-looking, appealing actor, Oscar nominated best actor as Al Jolson in "The Jolson Story". Also in "The Deerslayer", "Down to Earth" w/Rita Hayworth, "The Swordsman", "Jolson Sings Again", "Emergency Wedding", "Love Is Better Than Ever" w/Elizabeth Taylor, "Freud" w/Montgomery Clift, etc.

Married to Betty Garrett at the time of his death (2 sons). Godfather of Jeff Bridges.

Blacklisted in the 1950s, it destroyed his career. To the HUAC, 1951: "I would prefer, if you would allow me, not to mention other people's names. Don't present me with the choice of either being in contempt of this Committee and going to jail or forcing me to really crawl through the mud to be an informer."

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Lead/co-star Van Heflin (60) 1910-1971.

Essential, underrated actor, won Oscar best support for "Johnny Eager". Also in "H.M. Pulham Esq.", "Tennessee Johnson" as the President, "Presenting Lily Mars" w/Garland, "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" w/Stanwyck, "Possessed" w/Crawford, "Green Dolphin Street" w/Turner, "Tap Roots", "The Three Musketeers", "Act of Violence" good role, "Madame Bovary", "The Prowler", "Shane", "Woman's World", "Battle Cry", "Patterns", "3:10 to Yuma", "Airport", etc.

Married 3 times (3 children). Emmy Award nominee. He suffered a heart attack in his swimming pool, and died 17 days later.

Quoted: "Louis B. Mayer once looked at me and said, 'You will never get the girl at the end'. So I worked on my acting."

TCM is saluting the actor all day today.

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

'Mexican Spitfire' Lupe Velez committed suicide in 1944 at age 36, character actor Spencer Williams (Andy of TVs 'Amos 'n Andy') in 1969 at age 76, handsome actor Jon Hall committed suicide in 1979 at age 64, dependable character actress Leora Dana in 1983 at age 60, and lovely actress Heather Angel in 1986 at age 77.

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Born this day December 14th:

 

Lead/co-star Dee Wallace-Stone is 59.

Attractive blonde actress, remembered as the mom in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial". Also in "The Stepford Wives", "The Howling", "Cujo" good role, "Critters", "Lightning in a Bottle", "Temptress", "Skeletons", "Fish Don't Blink", "The Plague", etc.

Was married to the late Christopher Stone (1 daughter). Remarried since 1998. On the TV series "Sons and Daughters".

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Lead/co-star Patty Duke is 61.

Petite bundle of talent, won Oscar best support as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker". Also in "The Goddess", "Billie", "Valley of the Dolls", "Me, Natalie" (Golden Globe nominee), "You'll Like My Mother" good chiller, "The Swarm", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Bigger Than the Sky", etc.

Married 4 times including to John Astin. Mother of 3 sons including Sean Astin. On TVs "The Patty Duke Show" as look-a-like cousins. Won 3 Emmy Awards for various TV movies.

Spoke at the memorial service for her beloved friend and mentor, Miss Anne Bancroft, in June 2005.

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Co-star/support Marge Redmond is 77.

Reliable character actress, in "Santuary", "The Trouble with Angels" as a nun, "The Fortune Cookie", "Banning", "Johnny Got His Gun", Hitchcock's "Family Plot", "Hear No Evil", etc.

Divorced from actor Jack Weston. Appeared on the TV series "The Flying Nun". Also a stage actress.

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Lead/co-star Elyse Knox is 90 today.

Dependable blonde actress, in mostly 'B' films. In "Lillian Russell" w/Alice Faye, "The Mummy's Tomb", "Arabian Nights", "Hit the Ice" w/Abbott & Costello, "Army Wives", "Black Gold", "Forgotten Women", "There's a Girl in My Heart", etc.

Widow of all-star football player Tom Harmon (parents of Mark Harmon). Also appeared in the 'Joe Palooka' series of films as Anne Howe.

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Lead/co-star Lee Remick (55) 1935-1991.

Lovely movie star, Oscar nominated best actress for "The Days of Wine and Roses". Also in "The Long Hot Summer", "Anatomy of a Murder" (Golden Globe nominee best actress), "Wild River", "Experiment in Terror", "Baby the Rain Must Fall", "No Way to Treat a Lady", "The Detective" w/Sinatra, "Sometimes a Great Notion", "Tribute", "The Competition", "The Omen", "The Vision", etc.

Married twice (2 children). She died of liver and kidney cancer, two months after getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nominated for 7 Emmy Awards.

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Lead/co-star Dan Dailey (64) 1913-1978.

Popular song and dance man, Oscar nominated best actor for "When My Baby Smiles at Me". In "The Mortal Storm", "Ziegfeld Girl", "Lady Be Good", "Mother Wore Tights" with frequent co-star Betty Grable, "Give My Regards to Broadway", "When Willie Comes Marching Home" w/Cagney, "Meet Me at the Fair", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "It's Always Fair Weather", etc.

Married 3 times (his only child, a son, committed suicide in 1975). My dad served in the U.S. Army with him, where he would entertain the troops.

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Co-star/support Morey Amsterdam (87) 1908-1996.

Comedic character actor, in "Machine Gun Kelly", "Murder, Inc.", "Beach Party", "The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit", "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood" with an all-star cast, etc.

Was married 56 years (2 children). Remembered as Buddy on TVs "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Known as the human joke machine, he was also an accomplished cellist.

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Co-star/support Frances Bavier (86) 1902-1989.

Reliable character actress, remembered as Aunt Bee on TVs "The Andy Griffith Show" (she won an Emmy Award). In "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Bend of the River", "The Stooge" w/Martin & Lewis, "Man in the Attic" good chiller, "It Started with a Kiss", "Benji", etc.

Was fond of pet cats and Studebaker automobiles. At times difficult, and actually not very fond of Andy Griffith. She retired to North Carolina.

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Co-star/support Lillian Randolph (81) 1898-1980.

Delightful character actress, remembered as Annie the Bailey's housekeeper in "It's a Wonderful Life". Also in "Birth of the Blues", "The Glass Key" w/Ladd & Lake, "The Palm Beach Story", "Up in Arms" w/Danny Kaye, "Phantom Lady", "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer", "Bend of the River", "Once Is Not Enough", "The Onion Field" strong drama, etc.

Sister of Amanda Randolph. She was Madame Queen on TVs "Amos N Andy" show.

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In memory of those who died this day December 14th:

Actor/director Gregory Ratoff in 1960 at age 63, 'Queen of the Blues' Dinah Washington in 1963 at age 39, essential movie actor William Bendix in 1964 at age 58, dependable actor/director Richard Whorf in 1966 at age 60, endearing character actress Emma Dunn in 1966 at age 91, superior character actress Verna Felton in 1966 at age 76, reliable character actor Frank Moran in 1967 at age 80, English delight Arthur Treacher in 1975 at age 81, dependable character actor Clinton Sundberg in 1987 at age 84, macho actor/stuntman Jock Mahoney in 1989 at age 70, sterling movie star Myrna Loy in 1993 at age 88, comedic character actor Stubby Kaye in 1997 at age 79, funnyman Norman Fell in 1998 at age 74, British producer Lew Grade in 1998 at age 91, and lovely movie star Jeanne Crain in 2003 at age 78.

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Born this day December 15th:

 

Lead/co-star Helen Slater is 44.

Attractive blonde actress, hoping for big break in "Supergirl", which was a flop. Also in "Ruthless People", "The Legend of Billie Jean", "The Secret of My Success", "Sticky Fingers", "Happy Together", "City Slickers", "Nowhere in Sight", etc.

Maried since 1990 (1 daughter). Appeared on TVs "Grey's Anatomy".

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Lead/Co-star Don Johnson is 58.

Blond-haired, handsome actor in "The Harrad Experiment", "A Boy and His Dog", "Melanie", "Cease Fire", "Sweet Hearts Dance", "Dead Bang", "Born Yesterday" remake, "Guilty as Sin", "Tin Cup", "Goodbye Lover", etc.

Married 'twice' to Melanie Griffith (1 daughter). Married again since 1999 (3 children). Has a son from a relationship. Star of TVs "Miami Vice" (Emmy Award nominee, won Golden Globe Award) and "Nash Bridges". Also had a few hit recordings.

Quoted: "I'm better than De Niro, I'm better than Pacino. I've got the talent, they've got the material."

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Lead/co-star Tim Conway is 74 today.

Chunky, hilarious comic actor, in "The World's Greatest Athlete", "The Shaggy D.A.", "The Apple Dumpling Gang", "Gus", "Private Eyes", "Speed 2: Cruise Control", etc.

Divorced father of 6 children. Married again with 1 adopted child. On the TV series "The Steve Allen Show", "McHale's Navy", and a hit on "The Carol Burnett Show" winning 3 Emmy Awards. Successful as the half-pint character "Dorf". Also voiced numerous TV characters.

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Co-star/support Jo Ann Marlowe (55) 1935-1991.

Cute, delightful former child actress, remembered as Crawford's youngest daughter Kay in "Mildred Pierce". Also in "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "Roughly Speaking" w/Rosalind Russell, "Night and Day", "The Strange Woman" playing Hedy Lamarr as a child, "Keeper of the Bees", "Never a Dull Moment", etc.

Sadly, her life as an adult was plaqued with difficulty and illness.

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Lead/co-star Jeff Chandler (42) 1918-1961.

 

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Tall, rugged, virile actor from Brooklyn, Oscar nominated best support as Cochise in "Broken Arrow". Also in "Deported", "Bird of Paradise", "Red Ball Express", "Because of You" w/Loretta Young, "War Arrow", "Foxfire" w/Jane Russell, "Female on the Beach" w/Crawford, "The Spoilers", "Jeanne Eagels" w/Kim Novak, "A Stranger in My Arms" w/June Allyson, "Thunder in the Sun" w/fellow Brooklynite Susan Hayward, "Merrill's Marauders", etc.

Was divorced with 2 daughters (both have since died of cancer). He died suddenly of blood poisoning following spinal surgery. His Hollywood contempories demanded an inquest.

His one-time lover Esther Williams revealed in her 1999 autobiography, that he was obsessed with dressing in woman's clothing. The revelation annoyed many fans that she would dish such gossip.

The actor is featured on the 'In the Spotlight' thread.

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In memory of those who died this day December 15th:

Big band leader Glenn Miller (killed in plane crash?) in 1944 at age 40, Latino character actor Alfonso Bedoya ('no stinkin' badges') in 1957 at age 53, superior Oscar winning actor Charles Laughton in 1962 at age 63, animation wizard Walt Disney in 1966 at age 65, Oscar nominated director Anatole Litvak ('The Snake Pit') in 1974 at age 72, and essential character actor Chill Wills in 1978 at age 75.

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Born this day December 16th:

 

Lead/co-star Benjamin Bratt is 43.

Dependable, good-looking actor in "Clear and Present Danger", "Traffic", "Catwoman", etc.

Married since 2002 (2 children). Dated Julia Roberts. On the TV series "Law & Order" (Emmy Award nominee).

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Co-star/support Sam Robards is 46.

Reliable actor in "Tempest", "Fandango", American Beauty", etc.

Married twice including to Suzy Amis. Son of Lauren Ball and Jason Robards Jr. Father of 3 children. On the TV series "The West Wing". A Tony Award nominee.

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Lead/co-star Ben Cross is 60.

Commanding actor, remembered as the Jewish track runner in "Chariots of Fire", etc.

Married twice (2 children).

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Lead/co-star Liv Ullmann is 69.

Talented, serene Norwegian actress, Oscar nominated best actress for "Face to Face" and "Emigrants", etc.

Has a daughter from a relationship with director Ingmar Bergman.

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Co-star/support Joyce Bulifant is 70 today.

Capable actress in "The Happiest Millionaire", "Airplane!", etc.

Married 3 times including to James MacArthur. Was a regular on TVs "The Match Game".

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Birthday wishes go out to boardmember Allieharding today.

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Lead/co-star Noel Coward (73) 1899-1973.

Brilliant writer/actor in "In Which We Serve" (Oscar nominee), "Blithe Spirit", "Bunny Lake Is Missing", etc.

Also wrote "Private Lives" for the stage. A gay man, he was usually the life of the party.

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