Tinseltown Talks

Paul Petersen Remembers TV Mom, Donna Reed

By Nick Thomas ~ While most of us will be remembering mothers on May 10 this year, entertainers who worked as child actors in television sitcoms may also have special memories of their ‘TV mom.’ For Paul Petersen, that was Oscar winner Donna Reed, the matriarch from “The Donna Reed Show.” In 2018 for the

Pat Priest Shares Munster Memories

By Nick Thomas ~ When Universal Pictures assembled the cast of the popular TV series “The Munsters” for its 1966 big-screen adaption, “Munster, Go Home!,” another actress replaced Pat Priest as Marilyn Munster. “I was devastated not to be in the film,” said Priest, from her home near Boise, Idaho. Priest continued: “We were on

James Drury Remembers ‘The Virginian’ Co-stars

By Nick Thomas ~ Originally airing on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and currently rerunning on several cable networks (INSP and Starz), the enduring popularity of the “The Virginian” doesn’t surprise 85-year-old James Drury who starred throughout the series in the title role (see www.thevirginian.net). “It still holds up,” said Drury from his home in Houston.

Visiting with Lil’ Ole Winemaker, Donna Mills

By Nick Thomas ~ Toasting the New Year with a glass of wine on December 31 is a tradition for many. But unlike most year-end revelers, actress Donna Mills can welcome the New Year with a bottle of wine from her own vineyard. Schlepping up a hillside harvesting grapes probably wasn’t an activity soap vixen

Dee Wallace: Battling More Critters

By Nick Thomas ~ The Critters are back and meaner than ever. Fortunately, Dee Wallace has also returned to take aim at the miniature alien monsters in “Critters Attack!” Released straight to Blu-ray, DVD, and digitally over the summer, the film had its television premiere on the Syfy Channel in October. Wallace starred in the

Growing Up with ‘Dracula’ in Your Blood

By Nick Thomas ~ Above photo: Bela Lugosi in “Dracula” ~ Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was a veteran more than 170 stage plays and several silent films in his native Hungary when forced to flee to Germany in 1919 for political reasons. Known under the stage name Arisztid Olt, the 6’ 1” actor with piercing

The Charm of Bob Newhart

By Nick Thomas ~ Known for his gentle satire, basset-hound eyes, and witty routines, former Chicago accountant-turned-comedian Bob Newhart turned 90 this month, on September 5 (see www.bobnewhartofficial.com site). Newhart suspected he lacked the temperament to remain in the accounting profession back in the mid-1950s when his attitude towards taxation arithmetic could be summed up

David Hedison’s Hollywood ‘Voyage’

By Nick Thomas | Recognized widely as Captain Lee Crane in Irwin Allen’s 1960’s sci-fi adventure TV series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” David Hedison, 92, died on July 18. Hedison’s acting credits extended back long before and lasted well after his underwater voyages, and he shared some stories from this Hollywood career in 2016.

An Ernie Kovacs Centennial

By Nick Thomas ~ Photo courtesy of Josh Mills.    Opening last summer in Jamestown, New York, the National Comedy Center will launch an exhibition honoring comedian Ernie Kovacs beginning with a Festival on August 7-11 (see www.comedycenter.org). “It’s the centennial of Ernie’s birth this year, so a great time to recognize this influential comedian,” said

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