Sunday, October 17, 2010

What does Rita Hayworth, Montgomery Clift and Spring Byington have in Common?

Well... it is their Birthday! :)

Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987), Film actress and dancer who became famous in the 1940s not only as one of the era's top stars, but also as a great sex symbol. Rita, is best known for her performance in the film, Gilda (1946).

List of Rita Hayworth films that I have seen:

Only Angles Have Wings
Blood and Sand (1941)
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
Cover Girl (1944)
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Gilda (1946)
Down to Earth (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Loves of Carmen (1948)
Fire Down Below (1957)
Pal Joey (1957)

Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966), first film performance was in, Red River(1946). Next Clift went on to perform in the film, The Search. Clift was unhappy with the script, and rewrote most of it himself. The movie was nominated for a screenwriting Academy Award, but the original writers were credited instead. Clift's performance got him nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Clift's next movie was, The Heiress. He signed on for the movie in order to avoid being typecast. Clift's next movie was The Big Lift. Although Clift gave an amazing performance, the movie ended up being a box office bust. Clift was set to appear in Sunset Boulevard (which was written specifically for him) but he dropped out at the last minute, as he felt that his character was too close to him in real life.

List of Montgomery Clift movies I have seen:
1961 The Misfits
1959 Suddenly, Last Summer
1957 Raintree County
1953 From Here to Eternity
1951 A Place in the Sun
1949 The Heiress
1948 Red River

Spring Byington (October 17, 1886 – September 7, 1971), first film was a short film titled, Papa's Slay Ride(1931) and her second, and most famous performance was in, Little Women (1933) as "Marmee" with Katharine Hepburn as her daughter "Jo". She worked as a character actress in Hollywood for many years. In 1938, Byington was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for, You Can't Take it With You, which was won by Fay Bainter for Jezebel (in which Byington also had a role, as antebellum society matron Mrs. Kendrick). One of my favorite Spring Byington performances was as Larry Hagman's mother on, I Dream of Jeannie(1967).

List of Spring Byington films I have seen:

Little Women (1933)
Werewolf of London
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The Buccaneer (1938)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Meet John Doe (1941)
When Ladies Meet (1941)
Rings on Her Fingers (1942)
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
The Heavenly Body (1944)
The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Dragonwyck (1946)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

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