Oscar Trivia…

Woody Allen refused to attend the Oscar ceremonies on the night he won an Oscar for Annie Hall (1977): he was too busy playing the clarinet in a New York jazz bar.

5 Oscar Winners who are the children of stars

Anjelica Houston
Jane Fonda
Liza Minnelli
Michael Douglas
Tatum O’Neal

Hard to Believe this, but…

Elvis Presley
When he was in 8th grade, his music teacher said that he showed NO promise as a Singer.

Marlon Brando
Used to wander so much on his way to kindergarten that his sister Jocelyn eventually had to bring him  on a leash.

Jack Nicholson
Was once kept in detention every day for a whole school year.

Tom Cruise
Voted ‘Least Likely to Succeed’ in high school.

From Revlon… to Star Wars

Another Star Wars star, Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem in 1981, she was then known as Natalie Hershlag, a name she still uses outside her Hollywood life.  Her father’s medical career took the family to Washington, DC, then to Connecticut, then finally to Long Island, New York.  It as there that she was discovered at the age of 11, while eating at a neighborhood pizzeria, by a Revlon modeling scout.  Impressed by the young girl’s looks, the scout signed her on.  After a while, Natalie tired of modeling and decided to try her luck with acting.  She made her debut in 1994 when she was 13, in a film called The Professional.  She appeared in a few more movies before George Lucas knew he had to have her as Queen Padme’ Amidala in his next three episodes of the Star Wars movies.  She was 14 when she agreed to sign a 10 year contract to appear in all three films. (courtesy of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Hollywood)

Our Gang

On April 29, 1944, the last ‘Our Gang’ comedy was released.  The very first had been produced in 1922 by Hal Roach, who continued to work on the shorts until he sold the rights to MGM in 1938.

There are more than 100 films in the series, all featuring a band of kids getting into trouble and then trying to get out of it.

Rear Window ‘Blooper’

Jimmy Stewart, in a cast and sitting in a wheelchair, argues with Grace Kelly.

Blooper: His cast switches from his left leg to his right.

There’s more talent in her ‘little finger’…

Nicole Kidman did all of her own piano playing in Cold Mountain (2003).

Know the Story Behind How Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart Met

Betty Joan Perske (who would later be known as the grande dame of stage and screen known as Lauren Bacall) originally wanted to be a dancer.  She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and began modeling to pay the bills once she left school.  she landed on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.  Wife of director Howard Hawkes convinced her husband to give the young model a screen test.  Hawkes did give her a test and was so impressed with ‘Betty’  that he cast her in To Have and Have Not (1944) opposite Humphrey Bogart, her future husband.   And now you know the rest of the story…

You’ve heard the story… but, is ‘it’ true?

The story of Lana Turner, the 1940’s Sweater Girl, is one of the most famous ‘discovery’ stories.  She was discovered while sipping a soda in Schwab’s drugstore.  It’s been told so many times, but how true is it?

It is true that 15 year old Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner (Judy for short) was discovered while sipping soda.  but it wasn’t at Schwab’s.  She was actually drinking her soda at the Top Hat Malt Shop, across the street from Hollywood High School.  And, Truth be known, she was actually cutting typing class.  She changed her name from Judy to Lana… and became a star!

Army Archerd

Army Archerd wrote a column for 52 years for  the Hollywood ‘trade’  Daily Variety. Archerd was 83 when he wrote his last column in 2005.

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