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R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine died today of renal failure in Los Angeles, CA. He was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on 24 January 1917. Ernest won an Oscar in 1955 for his role in the movie Marty and was on tv in shows like McHale’s Navy (1962-66) and Airwolf. Borgnine served in the US Navy and was discharged in 1941, but re-enlisted when the US entered WWI and served until 1945. His military decorations included the American Campaign Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Ernest’s movie career included films like Bad Day at Black Rock, The Dirty Dozen, Ice Station Zebra, From Here to Eternity, and The Wild Bunch. He was also a character actor on many tv shows from The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, ER, Touched by an Angel, and many others.

I’m truly going to miss Ernie. It was comforting to know that he was around and still entertaining us. He attended TCM events and his presence was felt whether you saw him or not. R.I.P. Ernie…..thank you for your contribution to part of my childhood and memories…..Godspeed!!

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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Most Overrated Hollywood Stars

This is a Thursday Thirteen that I’ve thought about for quite awhile.  I knew I wanted to do this list because I’ve been thinking about it for so long now and I just really love movies.  I really had to narrow it down and put the list into perspective.  Then I really wanted to give good reasoning.  This is MY list and how I feel.  I’m sure as you read this, you might feel a little bit different.  But here it goes from 13 down to 1….being the MOST overrated in Hollywood!!

13.  Sarah Jessica Parker – A beautiful woman and top notch in fashion.  Not the best actress though as it feels like she leaves something out when she acts.

12.  Jennifer Lopez – Another beautiful woman that’s very talented.  She always looks great and can sing fairly well too.  However, I can take it or leave it when it comes to her movies.  I think they’re usually sweet and funny, but she almost puts off a diva aura on screen.

11.  Ingrid Bergman – She has some really good movies, but I don’t think they were consistently good.  One of my favorites is a movie of hers, but she’s just not always believable.

10.  Marlon Brando – I’m alright with the “bad boy” image.  It was just something else that made me not want to watch his movies.  Maybe it had to do with the voice….he sounded lazy when he talked.  He still owned his part in The Godfather!!

9.  Gary Cooper – I know that he was supposed to be such a good guy and very popular with movie-watchers.  I just was never attracted to him.  I actually found his acting to be a little boring.

8.  Audry Hepburn – She was cute and sweet, as were many of her movies.  I just don’t think that made her a good actress.  I think she was in the right place at the right time and got to make a couple good movies, but more that were just average.  During her time, there were several other great actresses on the screen that she couldn’t compare to.

7.  Sophia Loren – I think she used her sexy body for all it was worth, but that’s all she had going for her.  I never believed her parts that much and enjoyed them more when she wasn’t on the screen.  I consider her “annoying”.

6.  Hillary Swank – A very beautiful woman that always seems to smile.  I just never find myself saying “hey, she’s got a new movie so let’s go see it”!!  I think part of the problem is that she tries too hard to be sexy and honestly, she’s really pretty without trying to play it up.

5.  Chevy Chase – As part of the Griswald family, he was hilarious.  Then, he lost something.  I think when he became political and could use his status as a star, he was no longer funny.  He tried to play off that and it just didn’t work and he hasn’t put out anything good since that time.

4.  Woody Allen – The only thing worse than a movie by him, is a movie WITH him!!  He had no talent and definitely wasn’t funny.  Sure, he has his own style, but it never developed and he’s way out in left field.

3.  Will Ferrell – I find nothing funny about him.  He thinks that he has to be rotten dirty in order to get a laugh and it’s just too far over the top.  You don’t have to be raunchy to make it funny.  I find him really quite creepy!!

2.  Jane Fonda – She tried to make it off her daddy’s name and couldn’t do it.  Her movies were lame at best.  Talk about yawning through a movie!!  Then she went all political and used star power to promote that.  Pick one or the other, but both don’t work together and maybe she was better suited for politics because she can’t act!!

1.  Natalie Portman – I know she’s the hot stuff today.  I’m not impressed though.  I think she’s fully capable of being more, but I just don’t see it.  When I watch her movies, I often feel like she’s playing the same part in all of them.  I’d love to see her try to grow more.  Right now though, she’s at the top as most overrated and I think some of her parts could just as easy to other good actresses out there.

Honorable Mention:   Greta Garbo – I don’t dislike her movies, I just don’t enjoy them.  She had a style all her own and maybe that’s what it is….it’s just not my style.  She could definitely own the screen, but at the same time, she doesn’t draw me in when I want her to or think she will. 

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Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

Wednesday I got the sad news that Elizabeth Taylor died.  I was very sad and even had to cry for awhile.  I have finally come to my senses that she is happy now, she’s with her family and friends now up in heaven.  Elizabeth whom I call “Lizzie” was like a friend of mine.

She was my favorite actress and was the most beautiful.  To say I have a favorite film of hers is hard, but I think it is Giant. I like Giant because she plays a superb ranchers wife in racially hard times.  I really can see the chemistry in the movie between her and Rock Hudson.  My 2nd favorite performance from her would probably be Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. She plays Maggie the Cat so well I couldn’t see anyone else play the part. I think she should have won an award for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.  In “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf” she plays a wonderful part, that really went out of her comfort zone.  Now I know why she won that award.

She has a very sultry look to her.  When I watch Cleopatra or any of her other movies for that fact, she dares you to look away, but it’s impossible.  She put so much work into her movies that you don’t really feel as if she is acting.  She graces around the room like an angel.  I totally believe she should have won more than 2 awards.

What I most respect her for is her compassion for always being there for her children.  There are so many pictures of her with her children.  A lot of people say well “how can she be out with so many guys that she takes care of her children.”  I don’t know, but what from I can tell is that she LOVES her children.  I also love her for her AIDS humanitarian work.  She never gave up without a fight.  She had the courage to stand up for, what some people couldn’t talk about.

About a month ago I started a book called “Elizabeth”. It is a very good book and I recommend this book to anybody who is a fan of Elizabeth.  Anyways, back to it, I’m doing a book report on her.  I thought I should do a book report on her since she is my favorite actress and there is a lot to learn about her.   After all I am a huge fan of her and have over 700 pictures on my computer of her.

Here is my favorite quote from her:  “I don’t entirely approve of the things I’ve done, or am, or have been, but I’m me .  God knows I’m me.”  ~Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth, you are truly loved and God Bless you!!

RIP Lizzie!

You made the world a more beautiful place.


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Thursday Thirteen: The 13 Most Handsome Classic Movie Stars

This is my 3rd “Thursday Thirteen”.  This week, my “Thursday Thirteen” are the men I consider to be the Most Handsome Classic Movie Stars.  It was hard to narrow this list down.  There was so many of them.  These are men that true masculine glory exudes from.  In no particular order, my 13 Most Handsome Classic Movie actors are:

1.  John Wayne – manly man

2.  Cary Grant – suave

3.  Errol Flynn- classic

4.  Clark Gable – debonaire

5.  Peter Lawford – the smile and charm

6.  Burt Lancaster – rugged

7.  Frank Sinatra – blue eyes

8.  Montgomery Clift – dark

9.  Charleton Heston – strong

10.  Gene Kelly – dance into the heart

11.  Paul Newman –

12.  Kirk Douglas – the dimple

13.  Ronald Reagan – just cute (this is my daughter’s choice!!)

Honorable Mentions:  Jimmy Stewart, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Robert Redford, William Holden, Van Johnson and Steve McQueen.

 

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Thursday Thirteen: The 13 Most Beautiful Classic Movie Stars

This is my 2nd “Thursday Thirteen”.  This week, my “Thursday Thirteen” are the women I consider to be the Most Beautiful Classic Movie Stars.  It was hard to narrow this list down.  There was so many of them.  These are women that true beauty exudes from.  In no particular order, my 13 Most Beautiful Classic Movie actresses are:

1.  Judy Garland – those big brown eyes and a voice to match

 2.  Carol Lombard – timeless

 

3.  Myrna Loy – elegant

4.  Elizabeth Taylor – the eyes

5.  Katharine Hepburn – classy

 

6.  Ava Gardner – dark curves

7.  Olivia De Havilland – simple

8.  Bette Davis – all around

9.  June Allyson – cute and charming

10.  Donna Reed – wholesome

11.  Doris Day – girl next door

12.  Deborah Kerr – radiant

 13.  Kim Novak – blonde bombshell

Honorable Mentions:  Natalie Wood, Barbara Stanwyck, Vivian Leigh, Lucille Ball, Jean Simmons, Debbie Reynolds, Lana Turner, Janet Leigh, Jane Russell, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Esther Williams and Jane Powell.  (Do you see another possible Thursday 13 here?!?!)

Next week it will be the mens turn.  I’ll feature the 13 Most Handsome Classic Movie actors.  We’ll find out who can still make you swoon!!  Who are your Most Beautiful Classic Movie Stars?? 

 

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