Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
- Jeff Chandler was born Ira Grossel
- He had Gray hair by age 18
- Chandler's death from blood poisoning following surgery was deemed malpractice and resulted in a large lawsuit
- He offered Sammy Davis one of his eyes
- The Jonny Quest character "Race Bannon" was modeled on Jeff Chandler (I love Jonny Quest!)
1. Personally, I hope to find a new house by 1956. By the time you read this, we might just have found one! (I hope they did)
2. Professionally, I hope to make more friends during 1956. In The Spoilers Rory Calhoun and I have a terrific fight. That may be an odd way to begin a friendship, but that's the way ours started. I appreciate friends and I'd like to who them how much in 1956.
3. As a citizen, I hope the segregation problem will be solved by the end of next year. And I hope the Christmas spirit will continue throughout the whole year.
Racial harmony is definitely a cool wish. I wish the Christmas Spirit lasted the entire year too, but it surprises me that Jeff would wish for it since he was Jewish. The feeling you are supposed to get is a universal one. Not the commercialism part - the love for your fellow man. All people can wish for that.
- Marge Champion is the stepmother to actress Katey Sagal (Most famous for her role in Married With Children)
- Marge Champion was the model for Snow White from Disney's Snow White in the Seven Dwarfs (for which she earned $10 a day), the Blue Fairy in Pinnochio, and Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia.
- Gower Champion had 15 Tony Award nominations, he won 8 - the most of any choreographer
1. We find being 24-hour-a-day partners just wonderful. We want the same for 1956.
2. If all goes well, we'll have our own independent motion picture and TV company by '56 (which they did)
3. We'd like to create a real interest in dancing among the young people, particularly the teen-agers. It's our answer to juvenile delinquency.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
- First wife Judith Campbell Exner professed to be a mistress of President John F. Kennedy. She was also involved with Chicago Mafia boss Sam Giancana during the period she claimed to be Kennedy's mistress.
- William was the first actor ever to sing with Elvis. It was in the picture Love Me Tender
William Campbell's 1956 Wishes:
1. Personally, I'd like to see more of my mother. She's a wonderful person, but she lives back East.
2. I had the chance of a lifetime in the Kirk Douglas picture Man Without a Star. Professionally, I'd like another chance like that in 1956.
3. I'd like to see people living our Constitution instead of just talking about it. I believe in equality for all and I hope the time comes when we are all better citizens and better Americans because we practice what we preach.
Up next - Marge and Gower Champion and Jeff Chandler
2. Professionally, we'd like to do a picture together
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
1. "Perhaps I'd better mention what my wife wants for me - to stop buying and driving so many fast cars." - Poor guy, I love fast cars myself.
2. "Professionally, I hope to grow, to continue to learn and to study. You learn from every picture. Right now, I'm learning from my role in 'The Rains of Ranchipur'." - I've never seen The Rains of Ranchipur. Does anyone know if it's a good film?
3. "As a Welshman, may I hope that someday more people will become acquainted with the beautiful Welsh language and the lovely Welsh songs." - I don't think many people are aware of Welsh songs and language. I became a bit familiar when I was in a the play Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas in High School. I played Mrs Pugh, whose husband keeps trying to murder her. Talk about marital issues. Turns out Richard Burton performed this play on the radio quite a few times.
David Brian's 1956 wishes:
- My wife, Adrian Booth, and I are very interested in WATF. We are very sincere about this work, and personally I would like to see 1956 - with every orphanage in the world empty and all the orphans with loving "adopted" parents.
- Personally, I'd like to play the role of the Duke of Gloucester, Henry the VI. I like this role, as Shakespeare created it, because although the Duke was a ruthless man, he was not a hypocrite with himself.
- As a citizen, I wish they'd quit cutting down our beautiful palm trees that took so many tears to mature. When I first came to California, only a few years back, there were many palms. They mean southern California to me. But now they are being chopped down ruthlessly.
I can't say I have heard of David Brian before I found out what films he was in. I have seen most of them, so I must have seen him, although I can't quite remember him personally. I think his wishes are great. His first wish I believe has to do with support of an orphan organization. I was not able to find any information on it because so many organizations have that acronym and I just didn't have time to go through them all. Henry the VI would be a wonderful role for any actor and I hope he had the opportunity to play him. He didn't in any films, but he was mostly on TV in westerns primarily. And I'm all for palm trees, so preservation of them in California would be fantastic.
Monday, January 25, 2010
- As individuals we want good health - especially for our children
- As performers we want our careers to thrive, blossom and flower.
- As citizens we want peace in the world and especially a tranquil career for the United Nations.
Lauren and Humphrey have wonderful dreams that everyone wishes for: health, happiness, and peace.
Up next - David Brian and Richard Burton
- Personally, I'd like my first Cadillac convertible.
- Everyone is waiting for that chance-of-a-lifetime part, and I'm waiting for mine. Professionally, I'd like a big part in a big picture directed by Mervyn LeRoy because his pictures have a quality that endures
- As a citizen, I'm tire of the smog in Los Angeles. I've been here a long time and I remember when we could look across the valley and see the mountains. I know they are working hard to eliminate it, but I wish they'd work harder.
As far as Keefe's wishes go, I would love a Cadillac convertible too. That would be a fabulous car. Professionally, he is completely right. Every actor wishes for their big break. His no smog wish definitely has not come true - in fact I bet it is worse in LA.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Ann Blyth is a true goddess to me. I adore her work in films, and as a person. One of my favorite quotes from Ann:
"As an actress, I have always believed that the truer challenge, the deeper
obligation, begins after the the camera stops. My role as a woman in my
community and in my home has always overshadowed the excitement of any part I
have ever played on stage or screen."
Since I could go on and on about her, I will just give a site to where you can find some info about her at TCM. Ann's 1956 wishes were:
2. Professionally, I'd like a chance to sing opera - a role that would call for the impersonation of some great opera star of the past or present. But, even if it can't be a role in a picture, I'd just like a chance to sing opera. I love it so. (And she was fabulous at it too!)
3. I'm married to a doctor so I know there are many diseases that could be wiped out and I'm not minimizing them when I say my own personal desire as a citizen is that someone find a help for children with muscular dystrophy. (Ann was married to Dr. James McNulty, brother of singer Dennis Day, from 1953 to his death in 2007).
Next up - Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart and Keefe Brasselle
Mari's 1956 wishes were:
2. I'd like a chance as an actress to select my own screen roles, always, whether or not I'm under contract to a studio.
3. As a citizen, it would be great if there were a standardization of all traffic laws so that the laws are the same throughout the United States.
Interesting wishes. Everyone feels like they could use a better house. Actors and Actresses have always wanted to be able to choose their own roles. I'm not sure how many people would have said so at the time, though. As for the third wish, having driven across the country a few times, I can totally understand her wish. It can be quite frustrating.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
1. We want to go back to Acapulco again and just rest under the palms. Personally, we love it down there.
3. We love children and as citizens we'd like a better educational system. Knowledge can win anything - especially peace.
- I'm tired of living alone. Personally, I would like to meet the gal who will put the proverbial ring around my nose.
- Our series on TV, "It's a Great Life," seems to be going well, so professionally, I wish 1956 would find me finding enough time to do some of the wonderful film roles I've been offered.
- As a citizen, I hope for more advances in medicine. It will be wonderful when they can cure such diseases as cancer.
It's a Great Life was an early TV show about two ex-GI friends rooming together in a Southern California boardinghouse. The sitcom aired in syndication under the title The Bachelors. William Bishop played Steve Connors for the entire fun of the show. It only ran from 1954-1956, so unfortunately it didn't work out for William.
As far as I can tell, none of poor William's wishes came true. Ironically he died of cancer at age 42 in 1959. Not bad looking either. I wouldn't have minded if he "put the proverbial ring around my nose"!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
- As a person I would like to find some way to thank all the people who have been so wonderful to me during the past years and have made my dreams come true.
- As a performer I would like to continue to be honest and sincere in my interpretation of any roles assigned to me. I want to be respected not only as a comedian but also as a dramatic actor.
- As a citizen I would like to visit and talk to juvenile delinquents in reform schools and try to get across to them that they can make something of themselves. I would especially like to help boys who are convinced that they are bad and that there is no help for their future.
Since I have got off my resolutions a bit (aside from reading a vintage book a week), I thought I would find out what some stars wished for back in the day. I found this fun 1956 Movieland article listing 100 stars and what they wanted. Today's star is John Agar, probably best known for marrying Shirley Temple, whom he was divorced from in 1949. Acting wise, he basically ended up being a B Sci-fi movie regular starring in such classics as: Tarantula (1955), The Mole People (1956), The Brain from Planet Arous (1958), and Invisible Invaders (1959). I've seen Tarantula and The Mole People, and I enjoy them for the cheese factor. I am a total big fan of B Sci-fi 1950s films. I even did my senior dissertation on the subject in college. John Agar's wishes:
- My wife and I want to stay as happy as we are (Not Shirley in 1956)
- The more pictures I can do, the happier I'll be
- As a citizen, I feel that Hollywood is coming to realize the great good it can do, and I hope our films point a way for a better life for everyone, everywhere. A lot of people don't believe in "massage" pictures. I do. I believe in them all the way from "The Ten Commandments" to "On the Waterfront"
Not bad wishes. Can't say I've ever heard the term "massage" pictures.
Up next - Lana Turner & Lex Barker as well as William Bishop
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Spread a sheet on the carpet and kneel on it. Place hands on the floor the width of the shoulders apart. Stretch the legs out behind until the body is supported by hands and feet only.
- Lower the body until chest touches floor, as in top figure
- Then slowly raise to the arms' length as in bottom figure
Breathing - Inhale before pressing up; exhale while lowering. Repeat three to five times.