Tinseltown Talks & Movies

A Bumpy Road Led Hank Garrett to ‘Car 54’ and Beyond

By Nick Thomas~ Childhood was rough for Hank Garrett. He grew up in Harlem in the 1940s and 50s, an especially tough time for that New York City neighborhood. “We lived in the slums, and I’d walk into the kitchen in the mornings to find the floor covered with roaches,” Garrett, now living in California,

Jacqueline Bisset’s Thriving Career

By Nick Thomas~ Now in her seventh decade as a film actress, British beauty Jacqueline Bisset first hit the big screen in the mid-1960s. She became a household name after dramatic roles in films such as “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen. Although Bisset’s role as McQueen’s love interest was small, she was on set to witness

Love is Lovelier

The Best Romantic Movies About Baby Boomers in Love By Clara Mathews~ A beautiful young woman and a handsome young man have an awkward yet funny meeting. They often can’t stand each other, and yet — less than two hours later — they are hopelessly in love. It might seem a bit ridiculous, but that

Natalie Wood’s Daughter Keeps the Memories Alive

By Nick Thomas~ With the holidays approaching, it’s only a matter of time before seasonal movie favorites play on televisions nationwide. Though generally a Christmas film, the opening scenes of Miracle on 34th Street occur on Thanksgiving Day, alongside the annual Macy’s parade. For actress Natasha Gregson Wagner, the 1947 movie holds special significance. “I

Bond, James Bond—RIP Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery epitomized the suave spy and created unique characters during his long and illustrious career. We salute you! For highlights of Sean Connery’s acting career, visit these sites: BBC IMDB          

Kelly Stewart on Her Famous Father, Jimmy Stewart

By Nick Thomas~ Jimmy Stewart put the classic in ‘classic movies!’ Consider these titles in which he starred: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Rear Window,” “Harvey,” and the list goes on and on. No wonder Stewart appears near the top of just about every list of all-time most

‘Tinker Bell’ Ties the Knot at 90

By Nick Thomas~ What could convince a 90-year-old actress – once a model for Disney animators creating the Tinker Bell character of 1953’s “Peter Pan” – to abandon her West Coast home of nine decades and fly off to a new life in Florida some 2,500 miles away? Perhaps a sprinkle of Disney magical fairy

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island | Photos Courtesy of the Grand Hotel

The Iconic Film “Somewhere in Time” Turns 40

By Gail Clifford, MD~ [This article contains spoilers for the 1980 film “Somewhere in Time.”] How is it the movie “Somewhere in Time” has remained relevant 40 years after its release? Is it the luscious cinematography? The gorgeous actors? The heartrending music? The beauty of The Grand Hotel? I think it’s the story of a

France Nuyen’s Amazing Hollywood Journey

By Nick Thomas ~ France Nuyen is astonished — not only by her successful Hollywood career, but also by her very survival. Nuyen, who turned 80, last year, is beloved by Star Trek fans for her performance as Elaan, the obnoxious princess Captain Kirk attempts to tame in the episode “Elaan of Troyius.” But her

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

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