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*contains spoilers After this rare foray into comedy, Forbes wrote and directed the excellent The Whisperers (1967). Again, he has helped his lead actress, this time Edith Evans (1888-1976), deliver a performance which was nominated for an Oscar. She lost to Katherine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) in the usual sympathy vote.…

Read more Actor/Director Bryan Forbes Takes Over the Asylum (Part Two)

*contains spoilers Two rather well-known celebrities of their day “disappeared” for a short time within around six months of each other back in the 1920s, and in the 1970s within a few years of one another a couple of interesting movies resulted about each disappearance. The first is The Disappearance of Aimee (1976 tv movie)…

Read more The Disappearances of Aimee Semple McPherson and Agatha Christie

*contains spoilers The Hemingway sisters Margaux (1954-96 suicide by drug overdose) and Mariel (1961-) are actress sisters and granddaughters of writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961 suicide by gunshot). Their family is said to have been affected by mental illness, alcoholism and suicide – something termed The Hemingway Curse. I will use a couple of books in…

Read more Actresses Margaux and Mariel and The Hemingway Curse (Part One)

*contains spoilers The Fan (1981) stars Humphrey Bogart’s (1899-1957 throat cancer) widow Lauren Bacall (1924-2014 massive stroke) well past her prime but worthy of the attention of a fan – like me! Released by Paramount Studios and produced by Robert Stigwood (1934-2016) who had incredible success with Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978) along…

Read more Lauren Bacall’s Fancy Slasher The Fan (1981)