Saturday, August 6, 2011

This Week On N and CF.

TCM , is continuing "Summer Under The Stars" this week with:

Orson Welles- August 8th. Was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work.

Ann Dvorak -August 9th. Known for her style and elegance, she was a popular leading lady for Warner Brothers during the 1930s, and appeared in numerous contemporary romances and melodramas.

Shirley MacLaine- August 10th. (born April 24, 1934) is an American film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author, well-known for her beliefs in new age spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her spiritual beliefs as well as her Hollywood career. In 1983, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Terms of Endearment. She is the elder sister of actor Warren Beatty. She was nominated for an Academy Award 5 times before her win.

Ben Johnson - August 11th. His first credited role was in Ford's 3 Godfathers, and Ford then suggested him for a starring role in the 1949 film Mighty Joe Young; he played 'Gregg', opposite Terry Moore. Ford cast him in two of the three films that have come to be known as Ford's cavalry trilogy, all starring John Wayne: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and Rio Grande (1950); both roles showcased Johnson's riding ability. In 1950, Ford also cast Johnson as the lead in Wagon Master (1950), a small film that was one of Ford's favorites.

Claudette Colbert- August 12th. Most shots of her in her films were of her left profile. She considered her left side to be her best and only rarely allowed full face or right profile shots; an injury to her nose had created a bump on the right. Once an entire set had to be rebuilt so she wouldn't have to show her right side, resulting in some cameramen calling the right side of her face "the dark side of the moon".

James Stewart- August 13th. Throughout his seven decades in Hollywood, Stewart cultivated a versatile career and recognized screen image in such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, Harvey, It's a Wonderful Life, Shenandoah, Rear Window, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Shop Around the Corner, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Vertigo.

Ralph Bellamy- August 14. He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Awful Truth (1937) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, and played a similar part, that of a naive boyfriend competing with the sophisticated Grant character, in His Girl Friday (1940). He portrayed detective Ellery Queen in a few films during the 1940s, but as his film career did not progress, he returned to the stage, where he continued to perform throughout the fifties. Highly regarded within the industry, he was a founder of the Screen Actors Guild and served as President of Actors' Equity from 1952-1964.

Picture is from Eve's, Edna May's collection.
"Article of the Week": From Eves Reellife Blog: Edna May Wonacotts photo collection.

When Films of the Golden Age published Eve's interview with former child actress Edna May Wonacott Green earlier this year, Edna provided a collection of beauitful photos, some of which were in the magazine.I think you will enjoy the collection as much as I did. Congrats, Eve!!

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  1. All geared up for a full day of Ann Dvorak! Can't wait!

  2. FlickChick, you and me both...

    I'm also looking forward to, Claudette Colbert's day..


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