Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998)
Ray Milland in French Without Tears (Anthony Asquith, 1940)
I feel like every time a classic movie star dies, a part of me dies. Because they are the people that connect us to the past that we live for. The past that we never lived but still feel so connected to.
Doris Day, c. 1950’s
On november 30, 1982 (31 years ago), Michael Jackson’s “Thriller" was released. Including hit singles such as "Billie Jean", "Beat it" and "Thriller" - having its video considered the most influential of all time -, it remains the best selling album of all time.
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Julie Andrews | US Premiere of Saving Mr. Banks (Dec. 9, 2013)
RIP Eleanor Parker (June 26, 1922 - December 9, 2013)
Auf Wiederseshen, Darling.
Eleanor Parker (June 26, 1922 – December 9, 2013)
Rest with the angels, Eleanor Parker.
Never as big a star as she should have been, maybe because, while she certainly had the beauty and the talent, she was never a “persona.” Instead she was an actress of great depth and range, whether as Frank Sinatra’s conniving wife in “The Man With The Golden Arm” or Paul Henreid’s heartbreakingly loyal lover in “Between Two Worlds,” who was literally willing to follow him to hell.
She could also win your heart playing the girl you wish were next door, in films like “Pride of the Marines.” There was a luminous, gentle quality about her, and when she told John Garfield, in that crackled-honey voice, that everything was going to be all right, you instinctively believed her.
She had such amazing range that she could completely transform herself over the course of a single film, from naive to frighteningly bitter in “Caged,” and from hard, spoiled and cynical to selfless and devoted in “The Seventh Sin.” Even in thankless roles, like the baroness in “The Sound of Music,” she was unforgetttable.
Not long ago, I posted about her on the TCM festival page, wondering how she was and hoping we might even see her in April, and saying that in any case, I hope she was doing well. It was just so nice to know she was out there somewhere.
Godspeed, Miss Parker. And thank you for every wonderful moment you gave us…