He gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s. He was also owner of the Los Angeles Angels Baseball team as well as owner of Television and Radio stations throughout southern California. His signature song was "Back in the Saddle Again", and today is equally well known for his Christmas holiday songs,... Continue reading
Barbara Eden had her film debut in 1956’s Back from Eternity. She appeared in several movies but stardom came in 1965 when television producer Sidney Sheldon recruited Eden to star as ‘Jeannie’, opposite actor Larry Hagman in I Dream of Jeannie. The premise of the show was an astronaut discovered a 2000-year-old genie, which may have been a little far-fetched. But, Eden’s innocent portrayal made... Continue reading
Dean Martin – Timelessly Cool When your biographer refers to you as a classical menefreghista (pronounced meh-neh-freh-gi-stah) which is Italian for one who literally does-not-give-a-expletive, Dean Martin, the definition of Mr. Cool, needs no further introduction. Crooner, actor, comedian, film producer and a member of the legendary Rat Pack, Martin, who rubbed elbows with the likes of Jerry... Continue reading
WOODY ALLEN was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 17 he legally changed his name to Heywood (Woody) Allen. Dropping out of New York University after receiving a failing grade in his filmmaking class, Allen began his career writing for television, most notably, for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows. Building on his ‘neurotic New Yorker’... Continue reading
In a takeoff of the successful movie, CBS debuted a remarkable 30 minute sitcom combining elements of comedy with a darker antiwar message. Many of the stories were based on real-life tales told by hundreds of real-life M*A*S*H surgeons, in interviewes conducted by the production team. The show centered around Alan Alda's character, Hawkeye Pierce, along with a very talented cast. The... Continue reading
Emmett Kelly Sr. first circus job was with Howe’s Great London Circus with Emmett performing an aerialist act and doubling as a white faced clown. He married Eva Moore, another circus trapeze artist, and they performed together as the “Aerial Kellys” with Emmett still performing occasionally as a white faced clown until 1923. The next year, Eva became pregnant and Emmett tried to increase his... Continue reading
“The Greatest Show on Earth” is a story about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film was produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The movie showed actual circus acts and a behind-the-rings look at the massive logistics effort which made big top circuses possible. The film stars Betty Hutton and Cornel Wilde as trapeze... Continue reading
Liberace once stated, "I don't give concerts, I put on a show.” He worked tirelessly to refine his act and added a candelabra as a signature prop. He dressed in white tie and tails to be better seen in large halls. By 1947, he was billing himself as "Liberace the most amazing piano virtuoso of the present day." He created a very successful publicity machine which helped rocket... Continue reading
The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards and both Judy Garland and James Mason won Golden Globes for their leading roles. TIME magazine stated, “Garland gives what is just about the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history”.
This thriller was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The leading characters were Tippi Hedren playing socialite Melanie Daniels, Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner, Jessica Tandy as Mitch’s mother Lydia, Mitch’s younger sister Cathy was played by Veronica Cartwright and Cathy’s teacher Annie Hayworth was played by Suzanne Pleshette