Modern Screen May 1943

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Movieland Magazine May 1945

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Alan Rickman in Diehard 1988

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Why Gloria Swanson Should Be Your Lifestyle Muse

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“I was in a business of make believe to entertain people but I’ll be damned if I want to eat make believe food!” – Gloria Swanson

 

Back in 1950, Gloria Swanson achieved the comeback of all comebacks when the former silent film queen gave a career defining performance in the classic Sunset Boulevard.  Most people today associate her with that film and her role as the reclusive (and delusional) former star, Norma Desmond.  What’s forgotten is that Ms. Swanson was a healthy-eating, yoga-practicing feminist way ahead of her time.

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Unlike the fictional Norma Desmond, who needed Hollywood and the fans’ adoration as we need oxygen, Gloria was always her own woman — even during a time when women were seen and not heard.  The petite star (she was just under five feet tall) blazed out trails for women that we still follow today. …

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The Voice of Ida Lupino, A Centennial Radio Tribute

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This week marks the 100th anniversary of Ida Lupino‘s birth (February 4, 1918) and – naturally – this means I’ve put together some radio shows to enjoy as I go about daily tasks. I suggest you stop to take a listen too. What you’ll hear is the voice of a compelling actor playing opposite some of the greatest legends of filmdom. And you’ll hear the voice of a pioneer, a woman who broke barriers and in the process became a legend herself. Plus, she was good, darling.

By the time the 1940’s and 1950’s arrived women directors were virtually unheard of in Hollywood.  Those women who had influenced the film industry from its inception, and who were in fact responsible for much of film’s initial popularity, had names no one mentioned, remembered or recognized. Those included such pioneers and artists as Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner

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Pictures of Stephen Boyd from “Ben Hur”, 1959

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Easter is almost upon us, and that means it’s Ben Hur time! TCM will be airing Ben Hur on Sunday afternoon, April 16th, 2017. To celebrate, here are some pictures of Stephen Boyd during the filming and promotion of the epic classic, Ben Hur, from 1959.

6adf15dd2b88add0ff60201ca31a098a Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston in the Roman ‘Circus’ at Cinecitta Studios, Rome.

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A tall order –  Six footer Stephen Boyd gets to test out a plumed Roman helmet for size.

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Ready for the cameras to roll – Messala comes to life!

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Stephen Boyd as Messala

340full-stephen-boyd Friendly adversaries : Heston and Boyd pose for the press on a Vespa in the back lot of Cinecitta Studios in Rome.

BENHUR496530556 American actor Charlton Heston and British actor Stephen Boyd, wearing stage costumes, having fun in riding a Vespa and a bicycle on the set of the film ‘Ben Hur’ in the studios of Cinecittà. A…

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Love and Magik 1971- Stephen Boyd and Marisa Mell

Great blog about these two stunning stars of yesteryear!

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“I would prefer that the story of my love for Stephen Boyd not be told. It inspires me today, and it hurts me today. It was so difficult, strange, beautiful and sad that I can hardly bear to think of it.” (Marisa Mell from “Cover Love”, 1990)

Stephen Boyd’s whirlwind romance and marriage with actress Marisa Mell had elements of the truly bizarre and mystical in it, including exorcisms, a gypsy ritual blood exchange and reincarnation.

Where to begin? This story begins in 1971, an era steeped in all sorts of social occult phenomena. “There has always been a current of magic and mysticism under the mainstream of Western culture…for a few years in the 1960’s and early seventies this exploded into a fully fledged ‘occult revival’, involving some of the most famous people in the world, like the Beatles.” (“Turn off Your Mind; the Mystic Sixties and…

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Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch in “Hannie Caulder”, 1971

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Stephen Boyd spent the better part of 1971 making films in Spain. It’s a little difficult to track the order of the movies, but it seems like he started with “Marta”, visited the set of “Hannie Caulder” for literally two days, filmed “Kill!” and “The Great Swindle”.

“Hannie Caulder” was the second time Stephen worked with Raquel Welch – the first time, of course, being the science-fiction movie “The Fantastic Voyage.” This is one of my favorite westerns of the 1970’s. Stephen’s role is almost a cameo as he wasn’t even listed as a member of the cast in the credits or on the movie poster. I think it’s gorgeously filmed, and I think it’s one of Raquel Welch’s best roles. It was directed by veteran Western director Burt Kennedy. The story truly places Raquel Welch as one of the first female action stars of cinema, along with blax-sploitation star…

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