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I don't understand this video, which remains highly watchable — not least of which because it begins with a kiss.
Watch the lads try to destroy a chair on each other/destroy each other on a chair after the jump ...
Jean Rouverol, an actress, author and screenwriter who was blacklisted in the '50s after fleeing a House Committee on Un-American Activities subpoena, has died at 100.
Rouverol inspired me to write this post, in 2014, about figures who were still alive from long-ago,
classic films. When I started looking into the topic a couple of years earlier, I could hardly believe someone from the classic film Stage Door (1937) was still with us, and was even more shocked that people from 1923 (she's still alive) and 1930 (he passed away) were also still five-plus feet over.
I had even written to Rouverol in 2012 and received an autograph of a Stage Door ad in response.
Rouverol was the daughter of Aurania Rouverol (1886-1955), the creator of Andy Hardy. She acted in several 1930s films along with Stage Door, most notably in It's a Gift (1934) opposite W.C. Fields (1880-1946), but segued into a career as a writer.
She and her husband, Hugo Butler (1914-1968), were members of the American Communist party, fleeing to Mexico to avoid punishment in the U.S. They eventually returned, her husband dying in 1968. As the blacklist thawed, Rouverol was able to find work again, writing an episode of Little House on the Prairie in the '70s before being named head writer of the long-running soap Guiding Light (started on radio in 1937, ultimately canceled from TV in 2009).
She later taught and continued writing books, including Refugees from Hollywood: A Journal of the Blacklist Years (2000).
Debbie & Carrie Celebration of Life, a memorial in honor of the late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, is viewable right now until it ends right here.
It is being held at the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, cemetery, where the women have been interred. A tribute song by James Blunt is anticipated.
People tweeted images of the progam and ephemera:
Visit ExtraTV for an exhaustive run-down of the entire event, including the words and singing of Ruta Lee.
Just realized that B.D. Hyman (who should be grateful she's being given a highly symp-aesthetic portrayal in Feud: Bette and Joan, in which she's played by gorgeous Kiernan Shipka), Bette Davis's daughter, has actually stated that her mother practiced witchcraft.
Literally, the born-again minister (!) has said her mom was a witch.
Check out Inside Edition's rehashing of this other feud ...
I love these vintage ads from the '80s. Who knew Screenplay, that 1984 porn classic with Jon King, Eric Ryan and Lee Ryder, was “more than a movie”? Also, it's been a while since it was kosher to openly advertise a film you made of street kids “straight from the streets of New York” — which you could watch while enjoying a free buffet!
The Top Theatre (where all the tops were onstage?) was located at 1604 Broadway, which is where the Grand Ole Opry is moving, replacing the Grand Hole Opry.
As for Screenplay's venue, the 55th Street Playhouse, in the Holbein Studios, has a storied history, but in the '80s had its lower floor decimated and converted into a truck entrance for the London NYC, a hotel.
Holbein Studios/55th Street Playhouse in 1975 (Image by Roy Colmer for his "Doors NYC" project, via NYPL Collection)
The King/Ryder flick was one of the last gasps of the structure's gasps. Tenant Jerald Intrator, who directed 1962's Satan in High Heels, tried to stop the destruction of his home, urging NYC to designate the Holbein Studios a landmark. He failed... and died immediately, in 1988 at 68.