*contains spoilers The character Inger plays in The Farmer’s Daughter is a naïve but attractive Swedish governess who wins over Washington, DC and when it initially premiered in September 1963, it was an instant success. Her hair was also a conservative light brown and styled. The show proved that Inger was a gifted light comedienne…

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*contains spoilers Swedish-born American actress Inger Stevens (1934-70 drug overdose) was a beautiful blonde and blue-eyed woman who was also fragile, something which led to her early death as a result of unrequited love and abuse at the hands of men who didn’t really care. She made a handful of movies and her performances weren’t…

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*contains spoilers and strong course language “My show is about racial healing,” says actor Damon Wayons (1960-)  in Spike Lee’s (1957-) movie Bamboozled (2000). This film, which was dismissed back when it was first released, is now regarded as some sort of cult film. It hints at the possibility that you can be white on…

Read more Hallelujah for the Bamboozled Cult of Actor Willie Best (Part One)

*contains spoilers Bipolar and bisexual actor Jack Cassidy (1927-76 burned to death) was the father of pop star David Cassidy (1950-2017 liver failure) and he seemed to be on the verge of something big in terms of his character acting career just before he died in an inferno in his West Hollywood penthouse apartment sparked…

Read more The Cult of Actor Jack Cassidy in The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

*contains spoilers The musician Sting (1951-) appears to have had a rather desultory film career. It all seemed to have started so promisingly with the big screen adaptation of writer Dennis Potter’s (1935-94 pancreatic cancer) tv play Brimstone & Treacle (1982). But his music seems to have taken precedence in the years that followed… Not…

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*contains spoilers The British playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967 murdered) had the shortest of careers in the mid-1960s before his long-time lover Kenneth Halliwell (1926-67 sleeping pill overdose) hit him nine times on the forehead with a hammer in their London bedsit and then committed suicide. It is a part of the legend of Orton that…

Read more The Cult of Playwright Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane

*contains spoilers It could be said that writer and director Dennis Potter’s (1935-94 pancreatic cancer) movie Secret Friends (1991) is about the evolution of schizophrenia in the individual from childhood, where the beginnings are laid in the mind and, finally, how it hatches into adolescent or adult madness. It is also about the individual coming…

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