Geoffrey Scott was from a younger generation than the performers I normally write about, but his handsome presence was ubiquitous during my 1980s childhood. From Dynasty to The Love Boat, Night Court, and Battle of the Network Stars, his charisma and acting ability lit up the small screen for decades. He will be missed.
Geoffrey Scott: 1942-2021
I’m lucky to share a birthday with my favorite silent film actor, John Gilbert!
Here’s to you, Jack.
Rest in Peace to the extraordinary, gifted Tab Hunter (11 July 1931-8 July 2018).
I’m a bit late, but yesterday was the 35th anniversary of her death. She was a singular lady, that one.
Gloria Swanson in Don’t Change Your Husband (1919).
Ohio’s own Doris Day is 96 years young today!*
Portrait of Doris Day (Aquarium, NYC) circa 1946, by William Gottlieb.
*And a happy birthday to my lovely aunts Lauree and Linda, who share a birthday with Doris.
As a teenager, I was obsessed with the Ida Lupino films, The Light That Failed (1939) and Moontide (1942). The former had the bonus of Ronald Colman, the latter of Jean Gabin. Ida was magnificent in both.
Ida Lupino in The Light That Failed (1939)
Ida Lupino enriched cinema with some of the most nuanced performances of the 1940s, only to outdo herself as a pioneering director and writer. She deserves that rarest of titles: One of a Kind.
Here’s to a glamorous and entertaining 2017, with an assist from Alice White…
Alice White Wishes You a Happy New Year