Died Today (October 24th): Maureen O’Hara (1920–2015)

maureenohara.jpgMaureen O’Hara (1920–2015)

Born: August 17, 1920 in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland [now Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland]
Died: October 24, 2015 (age 95) in Boise, Idaho, USA

Married to:
Charles F. Blair (11 March 1968 – 2 September 1978) (his death)
Will Price (29 December 1941 – 11 August 1953) (divorced) (1 child)
George H. Brown (12 June 1939 – 15 September 1941) (annulled)

Jamaica Inn
1939
dir. by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring
Charles Laughton
Horace Hodges/a>
THE BLACK SWANThe Black Swan
1942
dir. Henry King
Starring
Tyrone Power
O’Hara
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEYHow Green Was My Valley
1941
dir. John Ford
Starring
Walter Pidgeon
O’Hara
Miracle on 34th StreetMiracle on 34th Street
1947
dir. Scott Derrickson
Starring
O’Hara
Natalie Wood
The Quiet ManThe Quiet Man
1952
dir. John Ford
starring
John Wayne
O’Hara
The Long Gray LineThe Long Gray Line
1955
dir. John Ford
Starring
Tyrone Power
O’Hara
THE PARENT TRAPThe Parent Trap
1961
dir. David Swift
Starring
O’Hara
Hayley Mills

 

 

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Died Today (October 24th): Gene Roddenberry (1921–1991)

generoddenberryGene Roddenberry (1921–1991)

Born: August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA
Died: October 24, 1991 (age 70) in Santa Monica, California, USA

Married to: Majel Barrett (29 December 1969 – 24 October 1991) (his death) (1 child)
Eileen Anita Rexroat (20 June 1942 – 27 December 1969) (divorced) (2 children)

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.

The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission… to boldly go where no man has gone before.

[on his first meeting with Leonard Nimoy] If I ever do a science-fiction show, I’m going to put pointed ears on him and use him.
 

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Died Today (October 21st): François Truffaut (1932–1984)

francoistruffaut.jpgFrançois Truffaut (1932–1984)

Born: February 6, 1932 in Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984 (age 52) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Was voted the 27th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. He is the highest ranking director on this list who was a film critic before he became a filmmaker.

Was rumored to be a contender to direct The Stunt Man (1980), and to have used elements from that film’s source, the Paul Brodeur novel of the same name, in the story of Day for Night (1973), but he strenuously denied these rumors in correspondence published after his death, claiming that inspiration had come instead from Singin’ in the Rain (1952), 8½ (1963), and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).

THE 400 BLOWSThe 400 Blows
1959
dir. Francois Truffaut
Cast
Jean-Pierre Leaud
Claire Maurier
JULES AND JIMJules and Jim
1962
dir. Truffaut
Starring
Jeanne Moreau
Oskar Werner
MOVIE POSTERTHE 400 BLOWS
1959
dir. Francois Truffaut
Stars:
Jean-Pierre L�aud
Albert R�my
Close Encounters of the Third KindClose Encounters of the Third Kind
1977
dir. Steven Spielberg
DAY FOR NIGHTDay for Night
1973
dir. Truffaut
Starring
Jacqueline Bisset
Valentina Cortese
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Died Today (October 20th): Jane Wyatt (1910–2006)

janewyatt.jpgJane Wyatt (1910–2006)

Born: August 12, 1910 in Campgaw, New Jersey, USA
Died: October 20, 2006 (age 96) in Bel-Air, California, USA

Married to:
Edgar Bethune Ward (9 November 1935 – 8 November 2000) (his death) (2 children)

[on why she initially turned down the role on Father Knows Best (1954)] I’d been doing a lot of live TV drama in which I was the star. I didn’t want to be just a mother.

I never vacuumed at home wearing my pearls. In fact, I never vacuumed at all. I was always working at the studio. I would have gone crazy staying at home like Margaret Anderson, and my family knew that.

Boomerang
1947
dir. Elia Kazan
starring
Dana Andrews
Lee J. Cobb
The Man Who Cheated HimselfThe Man Who Cheated Himself
1950
dir. by Felix E. Feist
starring
Lee J Cobb
Wyatt
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Died Today (October 20th): Burt Lancaster (1913–1994)

burtlancaster.jpgBurt Lancaster (1913–1994)

Born: November 2, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: October 20, 1994 (age 80) in Century City, California, USA

Married to: Susan Martin (10 September 1991 – 20 October 1994) (his death)
Norma Anderson (28 December 1946 – 1969) (divorced) (5 children)
June Ernst (1935 – 1946) (divorced)

[advice to actor Bruce Davison, on the set of Ulzana’s Raid (1972)] You try to please the director, and the cameraman and the soundman, and you’re acting and acting and acting and by the time you come to your close-up, you’ve shot your wad. It’s like making love to a woman: you can’t try to come all at once, son. A bit of a tit here, a bit of an inner thigh there, and you have a performance!

THE KILLERSThe Killers
1946
dir. by Robert Siodmak
starring
Lancaster
Ava Gardner
SORRY WRONG NUMBERSorry Wrong Number
1948
dir. Anatole Litvak
Starring
Barbara Stanwyck
Lancaster
FROM HERE TO ETERNITYFrom Here to Eternity
1953
dir. Fred Zinnemann
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Montgomery Clift
GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRALGunfight at the OK Corral
1957
dir. John Sturges
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas
Elmer Gantry
1960
dir. Richard Brooks
Cast:
Lancaster
Jean Simmons
THE UNFORGIVENThe Unforgiven
1960
dir. John Huston
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Audrey Hepburn
The Professionals
1966
dir. Richard Brooks
starring
Lancaster
Jack Palance
THE SWIMMERThe Swimmer
1968
dir. Frank Perry
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Janice Rule
AIRPORTAirport
1970
dir. George Seaton
Starring
Lancaster
Dean Martin
MOVIE POSTERFIELD OF DREAMS
1989
dir. Phil Alden Robinson
Starring:
Kevin Costner
James Earl Jones
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZBirdman of Alcatraz
1962
dir. John Frankenheimer
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Karl Malden
SEVEN DAYS IN MAYSeven Days in May
1964
dir. John Frankenheimer
starring
Lancaster
Kirk Douglas

 

 

 

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Died Today (October 19th): Joseph Wiseman (1918–2009)

josephwiseman.jpg Joseph Wiseman (1918–2009)

Born: May 15, 1918 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: October 19, 2009 (age 91) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

[on his most famous role and film, Dr. No (1962)] I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I had no idea it would achieve the success it did. I know nothing about mysteries. I don’t take to them. As far as I was concerned, I thought it might be just another Grade-B Charlie Chan mystery.

 

La Strada
1954
dir. Federico Fellini
starring
Anthony Quinn
Giulietta Masina
DR. NODr. No/b>
1962
dir. Terence Young
Starring:
Sean Connery
Ursula Andress
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Died Today (October 15th): Deborah Kerr (1921–2007)

deborahkerr.jpgDeborah Kerr (1921–2007)

Born: September 30, 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, UK
Died: October 16, 2007 (age 86) in Botesdale, Suffolk, England, UK

Married to: Peter Viertel (23 July 1960 – 16 October 2007) (her death)
Anthony C. Bartley (28 November 1945 – 10 June 1960) (divorced) (2 children)

[on the lack of good roles for women and of good films in general] It’s all economics now. With movies it’s always been a tricky business combining art and finances, but when they spend 30 million dollars on ONE movie, the mind boggles. It’s just absolutely ridiculous! Alost everyone seems to desire more real, more decent, more believable movies. That’s why most people watch old movies on television. At the moment the sure-fire things are disaster, pornography, and violence; I suppose men fit into those categories better than women.

 

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Died Today (October 14th): Elizabeth Peña (1959–2014)

elizabethpenaElizabeth Peña (1959–2014)

Born: September 23, 1959 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Died: October 14, 2014 (age 55) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Hans Christian Rolla (1994 – 14 October 2014) (her death) (2 children)

I worked very hard to get Jacob’s Ladder (1990). At first, they wanted Susan Sarandon, Andie MacDowell or Michelle Pfeiffer. At some point, they wanted Susan Sarandon, and Madonna wanted the part. They auditioned all of them. I begged to be auditioned. I begged and begged and when I auditioned, the chemistry was right and Adrian [Lyne] and I were just taken with each other. I auditioned for six months, twice a week. The reason I kept going back was because Adrian was literally fighting for me to get the role.

HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER
2005
dir. Georgina Riedel
Nothing Like the HolidaysNothing Like the Holidays
dir. Alfredo De Villa
Starring
Alfred Molina
Elizabeth Pena

 

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Died Today (October 14th): Errol Flynn (1909–1959)

errolflynn.jpgErrol Flynn (1909–1959)

Born: June 20, 1909 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died: October 14, 1959 (age 50) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Married to:
Patrice Wymore (23 October 1950 – 14 October 1959) (his death) (1 child)
Nora Eddington (12 August 1943 – 8 July 1949) (divorced) (2 children)
Lili Damita (29 June 1935 – 8 April 1942) (divorced) (1 child)

My job is to defy the normal.

By instinct I’m an adventurer; by choice I’d like to be a writer; by pure, unadulterated luck, I’m an actor.

I had now made about forty-five pictures, but what had I become? I knew all too well: a phallic symbol. All over the world I was, as a name and personality, equated with sex.

 

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Died Today (October 14th): Keenan Wynn (1916–1986)

keenanwynn.jpgKeenan Wynn (1916–1986)

Born: July 27, 1916 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: October 14, 1986 (age 70) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Sharley Hudson (8 January 1954 – 14 October 1986) (his death) (3 children)
Betty Jane Butler (11 January 1949 – 3 March 1953) (divorced)
Evie Wynn Johnson (30 September 1938 – 25 January 1947) (divorced) (2 children)

My billing has always been “and”, or “with”, or “including”. That’s all right; let the stars take the blame.

I do not consider myself a star. I’m a craftsman and I know my craft.

ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD
1951
dir. Clarence Brown
Stars:
Paul Douglas
Janet Leigh
Song of the Thin Man
1947
dir. Edward Buzzell
Cast
William Powell
Myrna Loy
posterPOINT BLANK
1972
dir. John Boorman
Starring:
Lee Marvin
Angie Dickinson

 

DR STRANGELOVEDr. Strangelove
1964
dir. Kubrick
starring
Peter Sellers
George C. Scott
PIRANHAPiranha
1978
dir. Joe Dante
starring
Bradford Dillman
Heather Menzies
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