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Guess Who Really Did Come to Dinner?

Sidney Poitier and Joanna Shimkus Hollywood marriages are very tricky partnerships to navigate at the best of times. But what if your marriage was also interracial at a time in history when the viewing public was easily scandalized? “We Were … Continue reading

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All About Time: The Film Writer/Director who Is…

Robert Zemeckis (May 14, 1952) We watched “The Polar Express” last night (again), but this time in a six-seater private screening room. What a difference from the cinema version and/or a TV broadcast… Most of the film takes place between … Continue reading

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How a Jewish Kid from Hell’s Kitchen Changed the World

Stanley Kramer (September 29, 1913 – February 19, 2001) Stanley Kramer was an independent film producer and director, responsible for making many of Hollywood’s ‘message films’. There were no topics he was unwilling to highlight, and in his own words: … Continue reading

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She Used to Be a Groupie with The Band

Cathy Smith (April 25, 1947 – August 16, 2020) We watched the Gordon Lightfoot biography “If You Could Read My Mind” on the CBC last night. This woman’s story stood out from the rest of the documentary. At least two … Continue reading

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Is the Social Experiment of Planet Earth Coming to an End?

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) This post has been prompted by an article about the real life experiment that inspired this story. The parallels between rats and human society is uncanny. But it also hints at what … Continue reading

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Did My Love of History Develop Because of This Actor?

Richard Burton (as Henry VIII in “Anne of the Thousand Days”) 1969 Something tells me that I identify with the characters that Richard Burton portrayed in films, especially during the 1950’s and 1960’s. These historical lions from the past became … Continue reading

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Introducing the Winner of American Idol 2021:

Chayce Beckham (July 18, 1996) It seemed impossible to Chayce Beckham that he even made it to the auditions last year. Two weeks before the event, he wrote off his vehicle in a horrific crash. The accident ‘turned him around’ … Continue reading

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They Always Intended to Be Buried Together

But They Were Thwarted Sally, Richard’s last wife, decided to put up a headstone next to his, to prevent Elizabeth from being able to be by his side in death. Shortsighted, I’d say. The bodies don’t count in the end. … Continue reading

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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

The Legacy of Liz and Dick While the world was focused on The King and Ann-Margret, I was enchanted by this couple. I had seen them in “Cleopatra” and I could tell, even at age 14 (when I saw the … Continue reading

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And What About Elvis’ “Other Woman”?

Priscilla Ann Beaulieu (May 24, 1945) When Elvis met her, while serving in the US Army in Germany, Priscilla was only 14 years old. Elvis was 10 years older. Cradle robbing? But we must remember that Elvis was his mother’s … Continue reading

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