Ren Osugi is protagonist of Uzumaki (Spiral)
Daniel Dale Johnston (born January 22, 1961) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and artist. Johnston was the subject of the 2006 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. He currently lives in Waller, Texas.
Johnston has been diagnosed with manic depression and schizophrenia which has been a recurring problem throughout his life__wikipedia
Michele Placido (born 19 May 1946) is an internationally known Italian actor and director. He is best known for the role of Corrado Cattani in the TV series La Piovra.
Placido was born at Ascoli Satriano into a poor family from Rionero in Vulture, Basilicata; he is a descendant of the known brigand Carmine Crocco. Placido had a number of jobs since his youth. He studied acting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, and with Silvio D’Amico at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his debut as an actor in the play Midsummer’s Night Dream in 1969. Two years later he started film work under directors such as Luigi Comencini, Mario Monicelli, Salvatore Samperi, Damiano Damiani, Francesco Rosi, Walerian Borowczyk, Marco Bellocchio and Carlo Lizzani. His first success came with the role of soldier Paolo Passeri in Marcia trionfale (1976, directed by Bellocchio), for which he won a David di Donatello. Two years later he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival for his role of the homosexual worker in ironical melodrama Ernesto (1978, by Samperi).
He appeared in several TV movies in 1970s, but 1983 marked the beginning of his greatest television popularity when he played the lead as a police inspector investigating the Mafia in Damiano Damiani’s TV series La Piovra. He went on to play the same part in the subsequent three series, until his character’s assassination. Afterwards he would appear as a law enforcement official in a number of other films and TV productions dealing with organized crime, including a semi-biographical movie about Giovanni Falcone, where he acted as the titular judge. In 2008, in a reversal of roles, he portrayed longtime Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano in the TV movie L’ultimo padrino.
Until a divorce in 1994, he was married to actress Simonetta Stefanelli, who is best known for having played Michael Corleone’s first (Sicilian) wife in The Godfather. Their daughter Violante Placido is also an actress__wikipedia
Davor Dujmovic(September 20, 1969 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia – May 31, 1999 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia) was a Yugoslav actor best known for his memorable roles in Emir Kusturica’s movies as Mirza in When Father Was Away on Business, Perhan in Time of the Gypsies and Bata in Underground.
Born into a poor working class family, Dujmović’s acting career started purely by chance in 1984 when Emir Kusturica and one of his two assistant directors, Miroslav Mandić, ran into young Davor at a Sarajevo kafana near Markale marketplace. Dujmović happened to be there with his father who operated a food stand at the marketplace. Kusturica was casting roles for When Father Was Away on Business at the time, and immediately thought 14-year-old Davor could potentially be perfect for the role of Mirza (older son in the movie). After jointly convincing his father to let him audition, Kusturica and Mandić arranged a screen test which Dujmović aced and got cast in the movie.
Following the film’s great critical acclaim and commercial success, Dujmović attempted to enroll in the film academy but after not getting accepted on his first try, he never tried again. He continued to get roles, though, such as the one in Zlatko Lavanić’s (another one of Kusturica’s ADs) directorial debut Strategija svrake. Kusturica also continued working with Dujmović, giving him a lead in Time of the Gypsies – a movie that would make Davor well known across former Yugoslavia for his indelible portrayal of a young Gypsy named Perhan. He also started doing theatre, appearing in the production of Mjesečeva predstava.
The role of Perhan made him a recognazible star and ensured film roles would continue coming his way – Adam ledolomak, Aleksa Šantić, Belle epoque – Posljednji valcer u Sarajevu, Sarajevske priče, Prokleta je Amerika. During this time he also became a cast member for the third season of the Yugoslav comedy TV sketch show Top lista nadrealista. The series aired in late 1991.
Simultaneously, during the early 1990s Davor started using hard drugs and quickly developed into a full-fledged heroin addict. During the first months of the war he stayed in Sarajevo, but later moved to Belgrade where he rejoined old friends, filming Underground with Kusturica as well as Složna braća TV series with Nele Karajlić. He unsuccessfully tried to kick his drug habit several times. At the end of the war he moved to Banja Luka where he met up with Andrej J. Gartner with whom he started the Culture of Republika Srpska trust fund. He spent his last months with his girlfriend in Slovenia.
Davor Dujmović committed suicide by hanging on May 31, 1999, following a severe depression. His last days were spent in Slovenian town of Novo Mesto__wikipedia
Dujmovic has roles in Underground and Otac na sluzbenom putu (both by Kusturica)
Salome Kammer (born 17 January 1959 in Nidda, Hesse, Germany) is a German actress, singer and cellist.
Kammer was the fourth of six children. Her father was a Protestant pastor. Although born in Nidda, she grew up in Ober-Mockstadt, before her family moved to Frankfurt when she was eight.
Kammer studied at the Folkwang Hochschule from 1977 to 1984, cello with Maria Kliegel and Janos Starker. She was a member of the Heidelberg theater from 1983. In 1988 she played the role of Clarissa Lichtblau in the film Die Zweite Heimat, its sequel, Heimat 3, and the complementary Fragments — The Women (Fragmente — die Frauen), by Edgar Reitz.
Now married to Reitz, she lives in Munich and is a noted performer of contemporary classical music.
In 2008 she recorded as Salomix-Max as a tribute to soprano Cathy Berberian, music of Cole Porter, Luciano Berio, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Valentin Görner, Carola Bauckholt, Tarquinio Merula, Alban Berg, Harold Arlen, Rudi Spring, Kurt Weill, Helmut Oehring and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. In 2009 she appeared in songs and Chansons of the 1920s to 1940s, accompanied by Spring, at the Rheingau Musik Festival. In 2011 she appeared at the festival in the Komponistenporträt of Hans Zender in his denn wiederkommen (Hölderlin lesen III) and Mnemosyne (Hölderlin lesen IV) with the Athena Quartet__wikipedia
Domenico Starnone (born 1943) is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist.
Born in Saviano, near Naples, he collaborated to several newspapapers and satirically magazines, including L’Unità, Il Manifesto, Tango and Cuore, usually about episodes of life as his High School teacher. He works also as screenwriter.
The movies La scuola (by Daniele Luchetti) and Denti (by Gabriele Salvatores) are inspired to his books.
His most appreciated book is Via Gemito, which won the Premio Strega in 2001. It has been recently suggested that the mysterious writer Elena Ferrante, author of L’amore molesto and I giorni dell’abbandono, was Starnone himself__wikipedia
Fabrizio Bentivoglio (born January 4, 1957) is an Italian cinema and theatre actor and a screenwriter.
Fabrizio Bentivoglio was born in Milan (his father is Venetian). After only one season in the juvenile team of Inter, he left his sporting career because of an injury to his left knee and attended the school of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. He debuted on stage acting in Timone d’Atene by William Shakespeare and also pursued his artistic career in cinema.
Continuing his studies in medicine, he then moved to Rome. With Dario de Luca and in association with Studio Universal he founded the Tipota Movie Company.
With the band Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel he has staged the show La guerra vista dalla luna. He has also filmed the short film Típota (1999) and has completed a tour performing his own songs.
The soundtrack of Eternity and a Day (Italy/France/Greece, 1998) by Theo Angelopoulos contains the track The Poet, with Bentivoglio’s voice__wikipedia
Diego Abatantuono (Milan, May 20, 1955) is an Italian cinema and theatre actor, as well screenwriter.
Abatantuono was born in a popular quarter of the city to a father of Pugliese origin and a mother from Como. The latter worked as wardrober in a Milanese jazz and later cabaret place, the Derby, whose owner was Abatantuono’s uncle.
He started to work at Derby first in lighting, then as artistical director and later as an actor. After a stint with the music-comical group Gatti di Vicolo Miracoli and several minor film roles, he returned to work at Derby where he was discovered by the famous TV showman, film director and talent-scout Renzo Arbore, who called him for a role in his movie Il Pap’occhio (1980). Here started Abantantuono’s first successful career in the recurrent role of a poorly-cultivated immigrant from southern Italy (the “Terruncello”), speaking a personal form of slang which was to become a kind of brand.
His most successful performance was in the 1982 cult favorite Eccezzziunale… veramente (he also penned the screenplay), in which he portrays three different parts as a tifoso (fan) of the three main football teams of Italy, A.C. Milan, Internazionale and Juventus F.C.. He reprised all three roles for the 2006 sequel Eccezzziunale… veramente – Capitolo secondo… me, which featured cameos from A.C. Milan players Paolo Maldini, Massimo Ambrosini, Alessandro Costacurta, Dida, Andrei Shevchenko and Gennaro Gattuso. At the time the scenes featuring the players were filmed, Milan was participating in the group stage of the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League.
His first role as a dramatic actor came in 1986, when he was called by Pupi Avati for his Regalo di Natale. Though occasionally returning to comical roles, Abatantuono was featured in numerous movies by his friend Gabriele Salvatores, including the Academy Award winner Mediterraneo, Nirvana and Io non ho paura__wikipedia
Luigi Tenco (21 March 1938 – 27 January 1967) was an Italian singer, songwriter and actor.
Tenco was born in Cassine (province of Alessandria) in 1938, the son of Teresa Zoccola and Giuseppe Tenco. He never knew his father, who died in unclear circumstances. It has been rumoured that Luigi Tenco was the fruit of an extramarital relationship of his mother.
Tenco spent his childhood in Cassine and Ricaldone until 1948, when he moved to Liguria, first to Nervi and then to Genoa, where his mother had a wine shop. During high school, Tenco founded the Jelly Roll Morton Boys Jazz band, in which Tenco played the clarinet and another singer, later to become famous, Bruno Lauzi, the banjo. Gino Paoli, also a future famous Italian singer-songwriter, was a member of the later Tenco band, I Diavoli del Rock (The Rock Devils).
Tenco made his debut in the world of Italian professional music with the band I Cavalieri (The Knights), which included Giampiero Reverberi and Enzo Jannacci amongst others. During this period he used the pseudonym Gigi Mai. In 1961 Tenco released his first single under his real name, entitled “Quando” (“When”).
In 1962 Tenco began a short-lived cinematic experience, with Luciano Salce’s movie La Cuccagna. He also collaborated on the soundtrack to the film. During this period he also formed a strong friendship with the Genoese anarchist poet Riccardo Mannerini. In 1963, however, his friendship with Gino Paoli broke up, due to a troubled relationship with the actress Stefania Sandrelli.
Tenco’s first LP was released in 1962, Ballate E Canzoni. One of the songs, “Cara Maestra” (“Dear Teacher”), was censored by the then thriving Italian media censorship. The censors struck again in the following year, against his songs “Io Sì” (“I Do”) and “Una Brava Ragazza” (“A Nice Girl”).
In 1966, suffering through a period of compulsory military service, he released Un Giorno Dopo L’Altro (One Day After Another) for RCA. In Rome during the same year, he met and befriended the Italo-French singer Dalida. The two were eventually to become lovers.
In 1967 he took part in the Italian Song Festival in Sanremo. It was rumoured that he participated against his will. The song he presented was “Ciao Amore Ciao” (“Bye Love, Bye”), which he sang together with Dalida. Tenco allegedly committed suicide on January 27, 1967, he was only 28 years old, after learning that his song had been eliminated from the final competition. Tenco was found in his hotel room with a bullet wound in his left temple and a note announcing that his gesture was against the jury and public’s choices during the competition. Only days earlier Tenco’s wedding to Dalida had been announced. It was she who discovered his body.
Tenco was buried in Ricaldone. In 1974 the Tenco Award was instituted, and has been held every year since in Sanremo. Many of the most renowned Italian singer-songwriters from the 1970s declared explicitly the influence of Tenco on their work. Francesco De Gregori’s album Bufalo Bill of 1976 contained a song, “Festival”, about Tenco’s suicide; it points out the hypocrisy with which the music establishment tried to minimize the dramatic event, in order to let the show go on.
The French television channel TV5 recently carried a full-length dramatization of the love affair of Tenco and Dalida. Tenco was played by Alessandro Gassman while Dalida was played by Sabrina Ferilli.
The Italian judicial system later began re-examinining Luigi Tenco’s suicide. It was pointed out that the bullet hole was on the left temple, while the singer was right-handed. It had also been revealed that no autopsy had been done on the singer’s corpse, and no calligraphic analysis on the suicide note with which he explained his final gesture.
On 15 February 2006, Italian police exhumed Tenco’s body for further investigation.The next day, results from the new autopsy and ballistics analysis were reported. According to Italian experts, what had been thought to be the entry hole on the left temple was actually the exit site. The bullet trajectory was said to be compatible with suicide__wikipedia
Vashti Bunyan (born 1945) is an English singer-songwriter. In 1970, Bunyan released her first album, Just Another Diamond Day. The album sold very few copies, and Bunyan, discouraged, abandoned her musical career. By 2000, her album had acquired a cult following; it was re-released and Bunyan recorded more songs, initiating the second phase of her musical career after a gap lasting thirty years.
Vashti Bunyan was born in London in 1945 to John and Helen Bunyan. Although she has been said to be descended from The Pilgrim’s Progress author John Bunyan, this is a claim she has herself denied. In the early 1960s, she studied at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University, but was expelled for failing to turn up to classes. At 18, she travelled to New York and discovered the music of Bob Dylan through his The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album and decided to become a full-time musician. Returning to London she was discovered by Rolling Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, and, in June 1965, under his direction, she released her first single, the Jagger and Richards penned “Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind” (their own version later turning up on the outtakes compilation Metamorphosis), on Decca Records. Released using simply the name Vashti, it was backed with her own song “I Want to Be Alone”. The single and her follow-up “Train Song”, released on Columbia in May 1966, produced by Canadian Peter Snell, received little attention. Her only other performance of this time to find release was her distinctive vocal on “The Coldest Night of the Year” with Twice as Much (which eventually turned up on their second and final LP, That’s All, appearing on Oldham’s Immediate Records in 1968). After recording further songs for Immediate Records, which remain unreleased, and making a brief appearance in the 1967 documentary Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London, performing her song “Winter Is Blue”, she decided to travel with her boyfriend Robert Lewis by horse and cart to the Hebridean Islands to join a commune planned by a friend, fellow folk singer Donovan (“…from South London up to the Hebrides. Initially to Skye but we carried on to the Outer Hebrides.”). During the trip she began writing the songs that eventually became her first album, Just Another Diamond Day.
During a break from her trip at Christmas 1968, she met Joe Boyd through a friend and he offered to record an album of her travelling songs for his Witchseason Productions. A year later Vashti returned to London and recorded her first LP with assistance from Simon Nicol and Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention, Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band and string arranger Robert Kirby, today best known for his work on Nick Drake’s first two albums. The album appeared on Philips Records to warm reviews in December 1970, but struggled to find an audience. Disappointed, she left the music industry and moved to The Incredible String Band’s Glen Row cottages, then Ireland. Much of the ensuing 30 years were spent raising her three children and tending animals. In this time, entirely unknown to her, the original album slowly became one of the most sought-after records of its time. It has sold on eBay for as much as $2000.
In 2000, Just Another Diamond Day was re-released on CD (with bonus tracks), assuring her influence over a new generation of folk artists such as Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. In 2001, Banhart wrote to her asking for her advice, beginning her connection with many of the contemporary performers who cite her work. In 2002, she was invited by Piano Magic musician Glen Johnson to sing guest vocals on his song “Crown of the Lost”, her first recording in over 30 years. Since then, she has appeared on releases by Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective and, in 2005, she recorded and released her second album, Lookaftering on Fat Cat Records, some 35 years after her first. The album was produced by composer Max Richter and featured many of her contemporary followers including Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Adem, Kevin Barker of Currituck Co, Otto Hauser of Espers and Adam Pierce of Mice Parade. It was well received by critics and fans alike__wikipedia
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If in five years’ time the only thing that I’ve done that is remembered is a teenager saying, ‘Am I bovvered?’ then I’d worry.
Catherine Tate (born Catherine Ford on 12 May 1968) is an English actress, writer and comedienne. She has won numerous awards for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show as well as being nominated for an International Emmy Award and seven BAFTA Awards. Following the success of The Catherine Tate Show, Tate played Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas special of Doctor Who and later reprised her role, becoming the Doctor’s companion for the fourth series in 2008. -Wikipedia
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Seeta Devi (born Renee Smith, 1905-1983) was one of early stars of silent films in Indian film industry.
Himanshu Rai cast Smith, an Anglo-Indian, in Prem Sanyas, the movie which is better known by its English title: The Light of Asia. This was her debut film as Seeta Devi, and it made her a star immediately. Later she acted under the banner of Madan Theatres as well.
Three of her most successful films were: The Light of Asia, Shiraz, and Prapancha Pash. All three of these films were made through the collaboration of German film director Franz Osten and Indian actor-producer Himanshu Rai along with Bavarian company Emelka. This unique trilogy were connected to three different religions and based on three different stories of Indian history/mythology: The Light of Asia was based on the life of Buddha, Shiraz was based on construction of the Taj Mahal and Prapancha Pash, better known by its English title A Throw of Dice, was based on a story from the Mahabharata. Seeta Devi was the leading actress in all these three films, though the role in Shiraz was that of ‘the other woman’.
Three of her other successful films, Durgesh Nandini, Kapal Kundala and Krishnakanter Will were based on popular novels of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
Many believed that Renee Smith and her sister Percy Smith alternatively appeared as ‘Seeta Devi’.—wikipedia
“I act as a sponge. I soak it up and squeeze it out in ink every two weeks.”
Janet Flanner (March 13, 1892 – November 7, 1978) was an American writer and journalist who served as the Paris correspondent of The New Yorker magazine from 1925 until she retired in 1975. She wrote under the pen name “Genêt”. She also published a single novel, The Cubical City, set in New York City.
Janet Flanner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Frank and Mary Flanner. She had two sisters, Marie and Hildegarde Flanner. Her father co-owned a mortuary and ran the first crematorium in the state of Indiana. After a period spent traveling abroad with her family and studies at Tudor Hall School for Girls (now Park Tudor School), she enrolled in the University of Chicago in 1912, leaving the university in 1914. Two years later, she returned to her native city to take up a post as the first cinema critic on the local paper, the Indianapolis Star.
In 1918 she married William “Lane” Rehm, a friend that she had made while at the University of Chicago. He was an artist in New York City, and she later admitted that she married him to get out of Indianapolis. The marriage lasted for only a few years and they divorced amicably in 1926. Rehm was supportive of Flanner’s career until his death.
Flanner was bisexual. In 1918, the same year she married her husband, she met Solita Solano (Sarah Wilkinson). They met in Greenwich Village, and the two became lifelong lovers, although both became involved with other lovers throughout their relationship. Solita Solano was drama editor for the New York Tribune and also wrote for National Geographic. The two women are portrayed as “Nip” and “Tuck” in the 1928 novel Ladies Almanack, by Djuna Barnes, who was a friend of Flanner’s. While in New York, Janet Flanner moved in the circle of the Algonquin Round Table, but was not a member. She also met the couple Jane Grant and Harold Ross through painter Neysa McMein. It was this connection that Harold Ross offered her the position of French Correspondent to the New Yorker.
After periods in Pennsylvania and New York, in her mid twenties, Flanner left the United States for Paris.
In September 1925 Flanner published her first “Letter from Paris” in The New Yorker, launched the previous February, starting a professional association that lasted for five decades. She wrote under the pen-name “Genêt”. Flanner had first came to the attention of editor Harold Ross through his first wife, Jane Grant, who was a friend of Flanner’s from the Lucy Stone League, an organization that fought for women to preserve their maiden names after marriage, in the manner of Lucy Stone. Flanner joined the group in 1921. Ross famously thought “Genêt” was French for “Janet”.
Flanner was a prominent member of the American expatriate community which included Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, e. e. cummings, Hart Crane, Djuna Barnes, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein – the world of the Lost Generation and Les Deux Magots. While in Paris she became very close friends with Gertrude Stein and her lover, Alice B. Toklas. In 1932 she fell in love with Noel Haskins Murphy, a singer from a village just outside Paris, and had a short-lived romance. This did not affect her relationship with Solano.
She played a crucial role in introducing her contemporaries – or at least those who read the New Yorker – to new artists in Paris, including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, André Gide, Jean Cocteau, and the Ballets Russes, as well as crime passionel and vernissage, the triumphant crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by Charles Lindbergh and the depravities of the Stavisky Affair.
Her prose style has since come to epitomise the “New Yorker style” – its influence can be seen decades later in the prose of Bruce Chatwin. An example: “The late Jean De Koven was an average American tourist in Paris but for two exceptions: she never set foot in the Opéra, and she was murdered.”
She was a frequent visitor to Los Angeles because her mother, Mary, lived at 530 E. Marigold St. in Altadena with her sister, poet Hildegarde Flanner, and brother-in-law, Frederick Monhoff.
She lived in New York City during World War II with Natalia Danesi Murray and her son William B. Murray, still writing for The New Yorker. She returned to Paris in 1944.
Her New Yorker work during World War II included not only her famous “Letter from Paris” columns, but also included a seminal 3-part series profiling Hitler (1936), and coverage of the Nuremberg trials (1945). Additionally, she contributed a series of little-known weekly radio broadcasts for the NBC Blue Network during the months following the liberation of Paris in late 1944.
Flanner authored one novel, The Cubical City, which achieved little success.
In 1948 she was made a knight of Legion d’Honneur. In 1958 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Smith College. She covered the Suez crisis, the Soviet invasion of Hungary, and the strife in Algeria which led to the rise of Charles de Gaulle. She was a leading member of the influential coterie of mostly lesbian women that included Natalie Clifford Barney and Djuna Barnes. Flanner lived in Paris with Solano, who put away her own literary aspirations to be Flanner’s personal secretary. Even though the relationship was not monogamous, they lived together for over 50 years.
For Paris Journal, 1944-1965 she won the 1966 U.S. National Book Award in category Arts and Letters. Extracts of her Paris journal were turned into a piece for chorus and orchestra by composer Ned Rorem.
In 1971, she was the third guest during the infamous scuffle between Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer on the Dick Cavett Show, getting in between the two after a drunken Mailer started insulting his fellow guests and their host.
Four years later, she returned to New York City permanently to be cared for by Natalia Danesi Murray. Flanner died on November 7, 1978 due to unknown causes. Flanner was cremated and her ashes were scattered with Murray’s over Cherry Grove in Fire Island where they met in 1940 according to Murray’s son in his book Janet, My Mother, and Me.—wikipedia
“I always felt self-conscious as an actress because I’m tall. I see that it came over as haughtiness. I just don’t have an actress’s soul. I think mine has a dollar sign on it.”
Cold, calculating and hard-as-nails is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick’s femmes on the 30s and 40s silver screen, and the actress herself was no softie in real life. The tall, slender, patrician beauty was born with the equally stately-sounding name Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 20, 1911. She received a B.A. and was a dean of women at her alma mater, Howard College, for a time. She was studying pre-law at the University of Alabama at the time she, by happenstance, became a finalist in a nationwide contest for a Paramount film role (which she did not get). This led her to going to Hollywood and, despite her loss, the studio wound up offering her a studio contract at $50 a week (she managed to finagle her way to $75).
After the usual grooming in bit parts, Gail moved stealthily up the ladder to featured roles in a wide assortment of genres including the fantasy Death Takes a Holiday (1934), the melodramatic thriller The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934), the musical Mississippi (1935) and the easy comedy Early to Bed (1936). Just as quickly she began essaying the occasional co-star or leading lady — that of a woman lawyer in Disbarred (1939) and a romantic diversion in the Zane Grey western adaptations of Wagon Wheels (1934) and Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935). She was most identified, however, in manipulative second leads while usually tangling with the star femme as the “other woman,” haughty socialite or scheming villainess.
Gail participated grandly in three well-known film classics. In the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936), she was at odds with Carole Lombard as a spoiled, treacherous sister; in Stage Door (1937), she engaged in some marvelous cat fights with Ginger Rogers as a cynical wannabe actress, and in My Favorite Wife (1940) she played Cary Grant’s exacting second wife who must contend with the reappearance of his first, supposedly dead wife Irene Dunne. Gail exuded wit, confidence, assertiveness and elegance in all her characters, nothing less, and her male co-stars were the sturdiest assortment Hollywood could offer — Bing Crosby, Randolph Scott, Richard Dix, John Howard, Preston Foster, Dean Jagger and George Sanders.
In 1947, she did an abrupt about-face and left her highly respectable career following her third marriage. After involving herself successfully in clothes design, she became (as Gail Patrick Jackson) executive producer of the “Perry Mason” (1957) TV series (1957-1966), alongside producer and husband (Thomas) Cornwell Jackson, who was a literary agent to author/creator Erle Stanley Gardner. The courtroom “whodunnit” was a long and highly successful run. She and Jackson divorced in 1969, and one of her few failures in life was in her attempt to revive the series with “The New Perry Mason” (1973) in 1973, but Monte Markham was a mighty pale comparison to Raymond Burr in the title role and the show quickly tanked. Divorced three times, she and Mr. Jackson had two adopted children. She was married to fourth husband John Velde Jr., at the time of her death in 1980 of leukemia. She was 69.—IMDb
“I’d like people to remember me for my best moment. But it could be when I was 25 or 50 or 70 or in my very last show.”
During the 1940s, actress Edwige Feuillère was known as the “First Lady” of French films and was known for the ease in which she could switch from playing sophisticated sexy ladies and cruel, self-centered seductresses. Born Caroline Yvette Edwige Cunati, she learned her craft in the Dijon Conservatoire and at the conservatory in Paris. She made her theatrical debut as Cora Lynn, playing small roles in 1930. In 1931, she became part of the Comedie-Francais after marrying actor Pierre Feuillère. She left both her husband and the troupe in 1933. By the time she came to films in the mid-40’s Feuillère had become a distinguished, highly respected actress. In 1948 she played the Queen in Cocteau’s The Eagle With Two Heads, a role he had written especially for her. Feuillère was equally at home playing in dramas and comedies; later in her career, she also appeared on French television and in London theater.—allrovi
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Giovanni Lindo Ferretti (born 9 September 1953) is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer and author.
Giovanni Lindo Ferretti was born in Cerreto Alpi (frazione of Collagna), in the province of Reggio Emilia, in the western part of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. After completing his studies and working as a psychiatric nurse for five years, Lindo Ferretti traveled around Europe.
In East Berlin he met Massimo Zamboni, with whom, in 1982, he founded the band CCCP Fedeli alla linea (“CCCP Loyal to the Line”). CCCP soon became a benchmark of the so-called “alternative music” in Italy. The band dissolved in 1990.
In 1992, again with Massimo Zamboni and with an original core member of the Italian band Litfiba, Gianni Maroccolo, he founded a new band called Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti (Consortium of Independent Players), also known as CSI. This band continued until 2000, when Zamboni departed. The bands’ names followed the naming of the political entities of the Soviet Union and its dissolution in the late 20th century. “CCCP” is the Cyrillic lettering for SSSR (i.e. USSR), and “CSI” mimics the Italian acronym for the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Radical left political thought marked much of Lindo Ferretti’s musical and artistic output, and he had been involved with the extra-parliamentary radical group Lotta Continua. He subsequently revised his political thinking, however, and in the 2006 elections he voted for the right-center coalition.
In 2006, he published his first autobiographical book, Reduce (“Returned/Survivor”), in which he describes his new poetics and views on life through childhood memories, poems and invectives against the contemporary world. He accompanied the release of the book with a new show of the same name, featuring the same artists he had previously worked with on Pascolare parole, allevare pensieri.
Concerning his conversion to Roman Catholicism, he has said, “I was raised by my grandmother and parents as a Catholic. But I was also a child of the 1960s and I voluntarily adhered to communism, that pestilence of the soul that stole the best children from our families. In a certain sense I have returned home. But I cannot bear the idea of being an anti-communist with the same stupidity and spite as when I was an atheist and blasphemer. I want a bit more dignity than that.”
His association with the Catholic organisation Communion and Liberation, led to his participation in their 2007 festival in Rimini, where he spoke at a meeting about the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St.Charles Borromeo.
Since Sunday, September 4, 2011, he will be the author of a column on Avvenire, an important Italian catholic newspaper published by the Italian Episcopal Conference.
Lindo Ferretti currently lives in his native village, where he is a horse breeder.__wikipedia
Pierfrancesco Favino (born August 24, 1969) is an actor from Rome, Italy. He has appeared in 35 films and television series’ since the early 1990s, including: L’ultimo bacio, Le chiavi di casa, La Sconosciuta or Saturno contro . Favino received the David di Donatello award in 2006 for his role in the film Romanzo Criminale. The Donatello is the Italian equivalent of the Oscar. In 2006 he also portrayed Christopher Columbus in Twentieth Century Fox’s Night at the Museum. In 2008 he played General Glozelle, the leader of Miraz’s Telmarine troops in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. In 2009 he played the role of Inspector Ernesto Olivetti in Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons. __wikipedia
Mario Carotenuto (June 29, 1915 – April 14, 1995) was an Italian actor of theatre and cinema.
Carotenuto, the son of an actor of silent films, debuted as a young actor in Theatre Costanzi in his native city of Rome, Italy. Later, after a period as radio actor in the 1940s, he took part in numerous Italian comedy films.
He died in Rome in 1995.__wikipedia
Teho Teardo is an Italian musician and composer.
He is a founding member of the rock band Meathead. In 1990s he collaborated with Mick Harris, Jim Coleman or Lydia Lunch. With Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys) he started a new project called Operator. Together they released an album titled Welcome To The Wonderful World in 2003 and toured with Placebo. In 2006 he made an album inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poetry with Erik Friedlander.
Teardo composed music score for many Italian films like Gabriele Salvatores’ Denti or Paolo Sorrentino’s The Family Friend and Il Divo. For Denti he received the Quality prize from the Italian Minister of Culture. For his soundtrack of the Il Divo Teardo won the David di Donatello Award in 2009.__wikipedia
“In England I was nearly always cast as someone of mysterious origin, not too clearly designated but probably from some Southern European country. Here [Hollywood] they decided in my first film, ‘The Secret Heart,’ that I should be a Yankee. In my second I’m definitely English. It’s all rather confusing, I must say.”
Patricia Paz Maria Medina (19 July 1919 – 28 April 2012) was an English actress. Her father was a Spaniard (Ramón Medina Nebot from the Canary Islands) and her mother was English. Medina began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s. She worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, whereupon she left for Hollywood.
In 1950’s Fortunes of Captain Blood, she teamed up with British actor Louis Hayward. She and Hayward subsequently appeared together in 1951’s The Lady and the Bandit and Lady in the Iron Mask and Captain Pirate, both from 1952.
Darkly beautiful, Medina was often typecast in period melodramas such as The Black Knight. Two of her more notable films were William Witney’s Stranger at My Door and Orson Welles’ Mr. Arkadin, based on episodes of the radio series The Adventures of Harry Lime, itself derived from The Third Man film.
Although prolific during the early 1950s, her film career petered out by the end of the decade. She performed in four episodes of Walt Disney’s Zorro in 1958 as Margarita Cortazar. In 1958 she also appeared as “The Lady” Diana Coulter in two episodes of Richard Boone’s Have Gun, Will Travel. In 1968, she returned to the big screen in Robert Aldrich’s adaptation of the lesbian-themed drama The Killing of Sister George.
She and her husband, American actor Joseph Cotten, toured together in several plays and on Broadway in the murder mystery Calculated Risk. Her appearances on television include an episode of Bonanza titled “The Spanish Grant” (originally aired 6 February 1960) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour titled “See the Monkey Dance” (originally aired 9 November 1964). She also appeared in the Perry Mason series episode #41 entitled, “The Lucky Loser” as Harriet Balfour which aired in 1958, and in the The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode “The Foxes and Hounds Affair”.
In 1998, Patricia Medina Cotten published an autobiography, Laid Back in Hollywood: Remembering.
Medina married British actor Richard Greene on 24 December 1941 in St. James’s Church, Spanish Place, London. They divorced in 1951. Medina married Joseph Cotten on 20 October 1960 in Beverly Hills at the home of David O. Selznick and Jennifer Jones.
Medina died on April 28, 2012 from Natural Causes in her home of London, England.—Wikipedia
“I have performed with prominent actors, had leading parts in every picture, got the attention of the world’s press and been well paid.”
Her early dream was to become an actress and her application for acting studies at The Royal Dramatic Theater was accepted in 1946. But screenwriter ‘Eddie Blum’ arranged a screen test and she was offered a contract with Universal Studios. It was a hard choice but she accepted and left her studies after one semester. In Hollywood she quickly made 10 movies. Afterwards, she accepted movie offers from Rome with more demanding roles. She married and gave birth to a daughter. In early 1957, she went back to Sweden for her stage debut. She died one month later, at the age of 31.—IMDb
“As long as my money held out I could get drugs. I was afraid to tell my mother, my best friends. My only desire was to get drugs and take them in secrecy. If only I could get on my knees before the police or before a judge and beg them to make stiffer laws so that men will refuse to take any dirty dollars from the murderers who sell this poison and who escape punishment when caught by buying their way out.”
Alma Rubens (February 19, 1897 – January 22, 1931) was an American silent film actress and stage performer.
Born to John B. and Theresa Hayes Rueben in San Francisco, California, she performed since youth and became a star at the age of 19. She was educated at the Sacred Heart Convent in San Francisco. Her mother, Theresa, born in December 1871 in San Francisco, was of Irish heritage. Her father, John Ruebens, born in 1857 in Germany, was Jewish, and emigrated to the United States in 1890. An older sister, Hazel, was born in 1893. Although some biographies erroneously state that her birth name was Genevieve Driscoll, Driscoll was in fact her maternal grandmother’s maiden name.
In 1918, Alma announced that she was changing the spelling of her last name of Rueben to “Rubens” because it caused too much confusion in the movie industry and in publications. Alma’s first stage opportunity came in 1917, when a chorus girl in a comedy became ill; the young aspirant was called on to replace her merely because she happened to be there. Soon the stock company came to Los Angeles, California. After a short time, Rubens left the troupe on the advice of Franklyn Farnum (1878–1961), a member of the stock company. Farnum was given a motion picture role and persuaded Rubens to follow him into movies.
Her breakthrough performance was in 1916 in the movie Reggie Mixes In. She made six more films in that same year. In 1917 she starred in The Firefly of Tough Luck, which was a big success. She gained notoriety when she became Douglas Fairbanks’s leading lady in The Half Breed (1916) and supported Fairbanks and Bessie Love in the cocaine comedy The Mystery of the Leaping Fish later that same year. Soon she completed The World and His Wife, opposite Montague Love. She continued to work successfully until 1924. In that year she starred in The Price She Paid and Cytherea. She retired temporarily from the screen in 1926.
Her career practically ended overnight, as fast as it had begun. Rubens did play Julie in the 1929 part-talkie film version of Show Boat—her next-to-last film and one of her few sound films. The sound track for the portion in which she spoke, however, has apparently been lost.
She found it hard to get roles because of an addiction to cocaine. William Randolph Hearst, who had produced several of her earlier films, helped support her at Marion Davies’s request. But because of her addiction, she was in and out of mental institutions. Rubens was treated and pronounced cured of her drug problem at the State Narcotic Hospital in Spadra, California (now part of Pomona, California), and at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, California. Rubens’ addiction became known when she attacked a physician who was taking her to a sanitarium for treatment. During her first confinement at the Spadra facility, Rubens made a spectacular escape. She returned voluntarily before being transferred to the Patton facility.
Her final stage appearance was in January 1930. She had a role in a play at the Writer’s Club in Hollywood. Following her parole from the Patton hospital in December 1930, Rubens traveled to New York and announced a theatrical and screen comeback. She made an appearance on stage with her husband while there, but returned to Los Angeles the same month. She was there less than two weeks when she was arrested by Federal officers in San Diego, California, on a narcotics charge. Rubens claimed she was a victim of a frame-up, and physicians attested to her statements that she was not taking drugs. She was bound over to Federal district court and released on bail, and appeared for a preliminary hearing the second week of January 1931.
Rubens died of pneumonia the following week. She was unconscious for three days prior to her death at the home of her physician, Dr. Charles J. Pflueger of 112 North Manhattan Place, Los Angeles. She contracted a cold that quickly developed into pneumonia, became comatose, and never recovered. Her doctor described her fatal illness as typhoid asthenic pneumonia, one of the most lethal strains. It is characterized by a low temperature and high pulse rate. Beside her when she died were her mother, Theresa Rubens, and a sister, Hazel Large, of Madera, California. Rubens was 33 years of age.
Rubens married three times. Her first marriage to actor Franklyn Farnum, nearly twenty years her senior, lasted only a month. The couple were married secretly, and Rubens sought a divorce in August 1918. In November 1923 she married Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman, an author and film producer. The marriage was brief and a suit for divorce was filed in January 1925. During the next two years, she made several films for the Fox Film Corporation. When her contact expired, she went to Europe with actor Ricardo Cortez and married him in February 1926.
Rubens’ personal decline began when she returned to California in 1928, as her addiction completely consumed her. The actress once remarked that she became an addict through the mistake of a New York physician who administered a narcotic during an illness. A few months later, additional opiates were needed and the actress confessed she was taking them for every real or imaginary illness.
At the time of her death, Rubens was suing Cortez for divorce. Cortez claimed he had not been notified of his wife’s death, and later remarked that he had not seen her for several months and was unaware that she was seriously ill.
Alma Rubens was buried in a mausoleum at Ararat Cemetery in Fresno. Services were performed by the Gates, Crane & Earl Company of 1724 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood.—Wikipedia
Micheline Presle (born 22 August 1922) is a French actress also known in English language films as Micheline Prelle. She’s one of the most famous and admired actress of the french movie.
Born Micheline Nicole Julia Émilienne Chassagne in Paris, she wanted to be an actress from an early age. She took acting classes in her early teens and made her film debut at the age of fifteen in the 1937 production of La Fessée. In 1938 she was awarded the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti as the most promising young actress in French cinema. Her rise to European stardom, in films such as Devil in the Flesh, led to offers from Hollywood and in 1950 she was signed by 20th Century Fox. Using the easier to pronounce last name of “Prelle,” her first Hollywood production was a starring role opposite John Garfield in the film Under My Skin directed by Jean Negulesco. That same year director Fritz Lang cast her opposite Tyrone Power in the war drama American Guerrilla in the Philippines. In 1950 she became the second wife of American actor William Marshall with whom she had a daughter, Tonie. William Marshall had teamed up with actor Errol Flynn and his production company and in 1951 he directed her and Flynn in the film Adventures of Captain Fabian.
Presle’s marriage did not last and she returned to France, divorcing Marshall in 1954. Her career flourished in French films and in 1957 she was a guest on the American Ed Sullivan Show. In 1959 she performed in the United Kingdom English-language production of Blind Date directed by Joseph Losey. She returned to Hollywood in 1962 for the role of Sandra Dee’s mother in the Universal Studios film If a Man Answers which also featured Dee’s husband, singer Bobby Darin. The following year Presle acted again in English in The Prize starring Paul Newman. She did not make another English film but after performing in for than fifty films in French, in 1989 she appeared in the French-made bilingual production I Want to Go Home for which she was nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Presle continues to act both in film and on television, and over her career she has made more than one hundred and fifty films. One of her more recent appearances is Venus Beauty Institute.—Wikipedia
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Gina Manès (7 April 1893, Paris, France – 6 September 1989, in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France) was a French film actress.
She appeared in the silent film Coeur fidèle (1923), directed by Jean Epstein and played the title role in the film Thérèse Raquin (1928) directed by Jacques Feyder.
A long career and lifeline Manes starred in some 90 films between 1903 and 1971 spanning some 8 decades and 68 years.—wikipedia