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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Farley Granger dead at 85

Farley Granger is known for the movie "Rope". I watched this film many times and I am amazed by his performance. He was also a good looking guy later on I found out that he is gay.

Farley Granger
NEW YORK – Farley Granger, the 1950s bobby sox screen idol who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classics "Rope" and "Strangers on a Train," has died. He was 85.
Granger died Sunday of natural causes, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office.
Granger, who died at his Manhattan home, was an overnight Hollywood success story. He was a 16-year-old student at North Hollywood High School when he got the notion that he wanted to act and joined a little theater group.
Talent scouts for movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn saw the handsome youngster and signed him to a contract. His first movie was "The North Star" in 1943, a World War II story that starred Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews.
"It was one of those miracle careers," he said. "I had no talent and no training whatsoever and suddenly I was thrown ... (in) with Walter Huston, Erich von Stroheim, Anne Baxter, Ann Harding and Walter Brennan."
A decade later, at the height of his Hollywood stardom, he walked away from it to really learn his craft. He spent the rest of his career in a mix of movies, television and stage work.
Granger was born on July 1, 1925, in San Jose, Calif., where his father was a car dealer. The business went bust during the Depression and in 1933 the family moved to Los Angeles where he was subsequently spotted.
His career halted for U.S. Navy service during World War II — "I was chronically seasick." But when he was mustered out he returned to Hollywood and the Goldwyn publicity machine.
"Goldwyn firmly believed in big hype and hoopla for his stars, so he'd publicize me in projects that were never even written just to get space in the fan magazines," Granger once recalled.
The magazines ran pictures of Granger in swim trunks cavorting with such stars as Debbie Reynolds, Ann Blyth and Jane Powell. But he said the only serious romance he had with a woman was with Shelley Winters.
In the 2007 memoir "Include Me Out," written with his partner Robert Calhoun, Granger says he was bisexual.
He writes about a Honolulu night that epitomized his life. A 21-year-old virgin and wartime Navy recruit, he was determined to change his status. He did so with a young and lovely female prostitute. He was about to leave the premises when he ran into a handsome Navy officer. Granger was soon in bed again.
"I lost my virginity twice in one night," he writes.
His lifelong romance with Winters was "very much a love affair."
"It evolved into a very complex relationship, and we were close until the day she died," he said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press.
A briefer affair with Ava Gardner began when both quarreled with their dates at a Hollywood Christmas party. "We met at the bar and left together," he recalled in the interview. "It was a short but pretty intense and enormously fun affair."
He also writes about his same-sex celebrity affairs. For a time, he lived with Arthur Laurents, writer of the stage and movie versions of "West Side Story" and "Gypsy." In New York, Granger says he had a two-night fling with Leonard Bernstein.
Granger made "Rope" in 1948 and "Strangers on a Train" in 1951. In the latter, based on the classic novel by Patricia Highsmith, he played a tennis star who meets a man on a train. The other man, played by Robert Walker, turns out to be a psychotic who proposes that each of them murder the other's troublesome relative. He tells Granger's character, "Some people are better off dead — like your wife and my father, for instance."
Walker's character proceeds to carry out his part of the bargain, killing the tennis star's estranged wife and trapping the Granger character in an ever-tightening circle of suspicion.
Beside the two Hitchcock thrillers, Granger appeared in "They Live By Night," "Roseanna McCoy," "Side Street," "The Story of Three Loves," "Edge of Doom" and "Hans Christian Andersen."
But he wasn't happy with most of the films he was offered. "I was on suspension most of the time for turning down scripts," he recalled. Finally, in 1953, he effectively fired his boss and headed for New York.
"I bought out my contract from Goldwyn, which had two years to go. It took every penny I had. It helped that I didn't live a big fancy life, that I'd saved my money for a rainy day. Because that was a rainy day.
"I left Hollywood because I didn't know my craft," he said. "I was a star, but I knew nothing of the techniques of acting. I figured I'd better learn or I'd be in trouble when the star aspects of my career wore off."
In New York, he studied with Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner, among the top and most famous acting coaches.
"What saved my life then was live television, the so-called Golden Age of television drama," Granger said. "I did a lot of it and loved it. Most movie actors were afraid to go into live TV because they weren't used to it. I had to, just to make a living, but I also wanted to because it was the closest thing to theater."
He made his Broadway debut in 1960 in "First Impressions," a musical version of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." He later did two years with Eva Le Gallienne's repertory troupe and a considerable stint as the lead in the long-running thriller "Deathtrap."
Granger continued to make films over the years, including "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing," "The Serpent," "The Man called Noon," "The Imagemaker" and "The Whoopee Boys." He made several movies in Italy including Luchino Visconti's "Senso."
He also appeared in several daytime soaps, including "As the World Turns," "Edge of Night" and "One Life to Live," for which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination.
But he said he preferred the stage: "I feel I'm much more relaxed in front of an audience than a camera. I feel the response. The live audience really turns me on and I like it.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Who is Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor is perhaps the most beautiful actress in Hollywood while Marilyn Monroe is the sexiest. But who is really Elizabeth Taylor? We knew her as the best friend of Michael Jackson, as humanitarian being and who married eight times. Well here is an article about the last star in Hollywood.

Elizabeth Taylor
Taylor's legendary beauty preceded her first films. According to legend, a talent scout spotted her playing as a child and tried to interest her mother in putting her up for the role of Bonnie Blue Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). She started dancing at three in her native London, where she performed in a recital for Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. When World War II started, her art dealer father sent the girl and her mother to California to escape the Blitz.

She made her big-screen debut opposite "Our Gang" star Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in There's One Born Every Minute (1942).Her first Metro film was Lassie Come Home (1943), which started a lifelong friendship with co-star Roddy McDowall.Taylor worked out for months to win the role of Velvet Brown in National Velvet (1944), a project that years earlier had been planned for Katharine Hepburn. The critical and box-office success made it clear that Taylor was a very special child indeed.

Taylor's first grown-up roles were mainly built around her beauty. All she had to do was look good while Robert Taylor fought for her honor in Ivanhoe (1952) or Stewart Granger tried to make his fortune in Beau Brummell (1954). But the talents that had made National Velvet so successful were still there, waiting for the right vehicle. She found one such part when MGM loaned her to Paramount for A Place in the Sun (1951). Taylor realized how much she wanted to be respected as an actress,and such hints of a more mature approach to her work can be seen in Rhapsody (1954), in which she plays an heiress involved with the classical music world, and Elephant Walk (1954), as a plantation owner's wife torn between her husband and his plantation manager.The film made her more beautiful than ever, which may have blinded critics to the quality of her work.

Taylor took another stab at a Tennessee Williams adaptation, co-starring with Clift and Katharine Hepburn in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). The film brought her third Oscar® nomination. 20th Century-Fox had offered her the title role in their epic Cleopatra (1963), prompting her to jokingly demand $1 million, the highest fee ever paid an actor at that time. When they compromised on $750,000 and a percentage, she couldn't say, "No." But she still owed MGM one more film. With no time to turn anything down, they stuck her in Butterfield 8 (1960), a turgid adaptation of John O'Hara's novel about a high-priced call girl. When the studio screened it for her, she threw a drink at the screen. Still, she gave a respectable performance and won her fourth Oscar® nomination in as many years.

The Sandpiper (1965), a turgid romance with bohemian artist Taylor falling for married priest Burton, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), are their best film together. Her searing performance brought her a second Oscar®, and this time she could feel that it was deserved.

When it came to her work with HIV/AIDS-related charities, including the American Foundation for AIDS Research, better known as amfAR, and her own Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation, the actress was an unstoppable force committed to doing all she could to see the public educated about the realities of the disease.

Taylor took a major personal risk in speaking out on the issue of HIV/AIDS in the mid-1980s, long before then-President Ronald Reagan ever spoke on the issue and years before it became a fashionable cause to support.Dame Taylor was an icon not only in Hollywood, but in the LGBT community, where she worked to ensure that everyone was treated with the respect and dignity we all deserve.After her good friend Rock Hudson died from complications from AIDS, Taylor, alongside Dr. Michael S. Gottlieb, created the National AIDS Research Foundation in Los Angeles, which merged with the New York-based AIDS Medical Foundation in September 1985 to become amfAR, securing and raising funds for HIV/AIDS research, expanding access to care and treatment for all AIDS patients and protecting the civil rights of those living with the disease, and has raised nearly $325 million to fund its multifaceted mission.

Taylor testified before Congress to ensure Senate support for the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990, which continues to be a primary source of federal funding for HIV/AIDS programs nationwide, and in 1991, started The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to complement amfAR's work as well as provide more direct AIDS-related 


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Elizabeth Taylor the legendary actress died

Elizabeth Taylor
The world mourns with the passing of Hollywood film legend and icon of beauty, Elizabeth Taylor - the violet-eyed film legend whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the classic movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity. I first heard of this remarkable woman from my mom who used to tell me great things about her. That she was considered as the most beautiful woman of her time and that no other woman fits the role of the equally iconic woman Cleopatra other than the stunning Elizabeth.

As told by her son, Michael Wilding, ''My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing to the world your extraordinary grace, unbelievable talent, and incomparable beauty. You taught us that beauty alone cannot stand on its own. It must be coupled with substance, the compassion to help, and perseverance to triumph against any adversities be it on a personal level or of public interest. Your legacy lives on.

Let us try to relive the colorful and intriguing life of this incredible human being named Elizabeth Taylor.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Miss Universe 1974 Amparo Munoz Died

Miss Universe 1974 Amparo Munoz died peacefully in her home in Malaga, Spain. It can be recall that Miss Amparo Munoz is the representative of Spain when the Miss Universe was held in the Philippines for the first in 1974 during the Marcos Regime. Her runner-up that time was Miss Wales who go on to become the Miss World of that year only to be dethroned later when she was found out to be an unwed mother.

Amparo Munoz resigned later as the Miss Universe in 1974 after six months but she was not replaced like what happened in 2002 when Miss Russia was sacked and replaced by Miss Panama. Later Amparo Munoz enter showbiz and became popular in her country Spain. She is the only and first Spaniard Miss Universe. She made one movies in the Philippines with Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz.

Later in life many rumors came out that she became a porno star and that she died 10 decades ago because of sexual disease. She was also rumored to be a drug dependent but all of these were vehemently denied by Amparo.  Lately she was very sick and wanted to be alone in her home refusing to be interviewed by the press. According to her brother she suffered a brain disease. 

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Michael Jackson tops the Billboard Charts

Michael Jackson tops the billboard chart this week after his sudden cardiac arrest death last week. I am a fan of Michael Jackson and I do not believe that he molested children in his Neverland paradise. He occupied the top nine out of top ten in pop top catalog album chart released last Wednesday.

Michael Jackson "Number Ones" is number one top album followed by "The essential Michael Jackson" in the second spot. "Thriller" is in the third place. In the fourth place is his 1979 "Off the Wall" and in the fifth place is "Bad".

The company also said that there 2.6 digital downloads of his music up from previous 48,000 before this week. I suppose to download the music of Michael Jackson in the Internet but the site was so congested that I could not download his songs.

Michael Jackson has changed the history of music and Entertainment. May his soul rest in peace. His songs are meaningful especially the "Heal the World".


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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman Died at 83

Paul Newman Died
Paul Newman died recently at the age of 83 due to cancer at his home. He was surrounded and survived by his loving family and friends. He is a good actor and nominated 10 times in academy awards. He won in the movie "The Color of Money" with new comer Tom Cruise then in the early 1980's. He also won many awards from different award giving body in the film industry. He is also a director and a producer. He received many lifetime achievement award for having lots of contribution to the industry.

Aside from filming is also active in car racing and have received many awards too. He also own a business or company that sells salad dressings and vinegar called "Newman's Own". The income of the company went to charity and in fact in the present he already gave $220 Million. Newman has a heart to underdog people in real life. He is also an activist which he proudly said that he was listed in Nixon's Top Enemies, it is because he was a liberated Democrat.

Honestly he will be one of the actors that we will miss. One of his daughter will take over the "Newman's Own".

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Michael Jackson turn 50

Michael Jackson 50 birthday
Michael Jackson the king of pop music is celebrating his 50th birthday last Friday. The singer will not have a grand party but will stay at home with a cake and cartoons. He will just watch cartoons with his kids.

Michael Jackson who is twice divorce will just stay at home during his birthday and be a good father. He said that as much as possible he wants his kids to enjoy their childhood. He do not want that they will experience what he had and did not have when he was a young. He said that that is emotional when he saw his children having a good time. He said that he was happy about what he did like recording "Thriller" and "Off the Wall" which are accepted by the public and the world. Michael Jakson is an icon in music industry.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Heath Ledger will win according to Michael Caine

Heath Ledger died last January but he might be nominated in his last performance as Joker. Like James Dean after he died in a car crashed in the 50's, he received a postmortem nomination in the film "Giant" with Elizabeth Taylor. Michael Caine, an award winning actor said that there is a big chance that his costars in the film "Dark Knight". He said that Heath Ledger gave a very excellent performance in the film and other people agreed.

Meanwhile Heath Ledger will be honored in his hometown as the name of the theater will be name after him. The theater in Perth, Australia will cost $87 Million with 575 seats. It will become a new Landmark in such place as it is name to one of its sons. Western Australia premier said that it is just appropriate because Ledger was very supportive to young people who wants to be an actor like him. His dad Kim Ledger was surprised with honor.

Heath Ledger will also receive a tribute to his last film "Dark Knight" and there is a big buzz about his possible nomination in such film. I think wherever he is right now, Heath will be happy right Jake Gyllenhaal? By the way Jake's sister will be in the film too together with Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale

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