TCM, is continuing "Summer Under The Stars" this week with:
Lon Chaney- August 15th, nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Faces," was an American actor during the age of silent films. He was one of the most versatile and powerful actors of early cinema. He is best remembered for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with film makeup.
Joanne Woodward- August 16th. She is best known for her Academy Award winning role in The Three Faces of Eve (1957).
Humphrey Bogart- August 17th. His breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941, with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. The next year, his performance in Casablanca raised him to the peak of his profession and, at the same time, cemented his trademark film persona, that of the hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side. Other successes followed, including To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948), with his wife Lauren Bacall; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), In a Lonely Place (1950), The African Queen (1951), for which he won his only Academy Award; Sabrina (1954) and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His last movie was The Harder They Fall (1956). During a film career of almost thirty years, he appeared in 75 feature films.
Jean Gabin- August 18th. Started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. But he was also able to play all other kind of people: aristocrats, farmers, thieves and managers.
Debbie Reynolds- August 19th. She was signed at the age of 16 by Warner Bros., but her career got off to a slow start. When her contract was not renewed, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) gave her a small, but significant part in the 1950 movie Three Little Words, then signed her to a seven year contract. In her next film, Two Weeks with Love, she had a hit with the song "Aba Daba Honeymoon". However, it was her first leading role, in Singin' in the Rain (1952), that set her on the path to fame. By the mid 1950s, she was a major star. Other notable successes include Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her rendition of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She continues to perform successfully on stage, television and film to the present day.
Montgomery Clift- August 20 th. Clift received four Academy Award nominations during his career, three for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor.
Cary Grant- August 21st. Nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor and five times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Grant was continually passed over, and in 1970 was given an Honorary Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards. Frank Sinatra presented Grant with the award, "for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues".
"Article of the Week": From Movie Montage: Life As Greer Garson. Wonderful news for Meredith, her article is in the Issue, 73 of Bright Lights Film Journal. This is the first time Meredith, has submitted a article to any publication. Congrats!! Meredith.
I have recovered everything that I had lost on the side bar. Although, I'm still missing about 10 favorite blogs. So, I'm still working on that.
Thank you to Monty over at "All Good Things Blogspot" for passing the "The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award", to N and CF. Monty, did an amazing job on this years "best actress and best actor tournaments. He deserves many awards for all his hard work.
I'm still working on my 12 Blog choices for "The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Awards". Hopefully, I will have them up sometime this week.
Congrats!! to Jeff in Ohio, who was selected in Reel Life's random drawing for a DVD copy of "Shadow of a Doubt" and an on-the-set photo autographed by Edna May Wonacott Green ('Ann Newton').
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