Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir 1941-1950

Last year at this time was week 8 of TCM’s The Summer of Darkness which I had a fun time participating in. This year instead of a summer of Darkness Noir course we are treated to a keeper of a Noir book written by Mark A. Viera for TCM titled: Into the Dark-The Hidden World…

Ava Gardner

                        Ava Gardner ~ Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Audrey Hepburn Best Actress 1953

Gary Cooper Best Actor 1952 reading nominations for Best Actress 1953. Sometimes the academy gets it right. We fell in love with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Audrey’s competition (oops fellow nominees) were two other fairly new actresses, Leslie Caron in Lili and Maggie McNamara for The Moon is Blue and two veteran actresses Ava…

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood

The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer written by B. James Gladstone. I’m glad I read these books in this order: Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds: A Memoir first, Ava Gardner, The Secret Conversations second, Greg Bautzer, the seducer, wheeler dealer, and behind the scenes Hollywood schmoozer lawyer third. I felt anger reading Debbie’s book about the…

Marilyn’s Last Phone Call

  September 7, 1923 ~ December 24, 1984 Good News, It Happened in Brooklyn, Easter Parade Peter Lawford had many claims to fame. He was the first guy Elizabeth Taylor’s mother honed in on, when he strolled across the studio. Nothing could be better than a real English gentleman, with notable parents for a very…

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

I was never a fan of Ava Gardner’s.  After reading The Secret Conversations, I am rethinking that statement. The book is a fast read. The printer did not accidentally leave out any pages (re: Unsinkable). Peter Evans writing kept the story moving. There are those that will read the book for the salacious parts. But even with…