Tinseltown Talks

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

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

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

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