Category Archives: Hollywood

In Memoriam: Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

Tweet At five feet, two inches, he was the biggest star in the world. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was probably the most talented star Hollywood ever produced. His astonishing career started in the silent era as a child actor. Rooney made the transition to sound with ease, and his career saw work in radio, television […]

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Remembering Legendary Costume Designer Helen Rose

Tweet Helen Rose was one of Hollywood’s most important costume designers. Seraphic Secret has authored several posts about Rose.  In June 2010, we wrote about Rose’s not-so-nice Jewish boyfriend. If you have not read this post, you should. The identity reveal at the end will take your breath away. In another post, with the help […]

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Hollywood Friday Photos — The Beautiful and the Damned

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Hollywood Friday Photos — Just Because

Tweet This week Seraphic Secret has been preoccupied with, um, stuff. Hence, no time to post about the latest ObamaCare outrage, our government of the pen and by the phone, and of course, John Kerry’s startling and touching discovery of his Jewish ancestry. Anyhoo. It is Friday. Time to take a vacation from the weight […]

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Classic Hollywood Passport Photos

Tweet If you want to torture yourself, take a look at your passport. Chances are you look pretty awful. With flat lighting, a grim full frontal pose, and that look of bafflement, your photo probably looks like a mug shot. Are glamorous Hollywood stars just like us when they submit to the artless lens of […]

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In Memoriam: Shirley Temple Black, 1928 – 2014

Tweet Shirley Temple Black passed away yesterday. She was 85. At the height of her career in the 1930s, she was the most popular actress in Hollywood with more drawing power than Clark Gable and Greta Garbo combined. As a child star during the Depression, the little girl with the 56 perfect corkscrew curls projected […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: To Kill a Mockingbird

Tweet We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 6. To […]

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Scarlett Johansson Defies the Jew-Haters

Tweet It is rare for a Hollywood star to act with courage, especially when it comes to supporting Israel. Let’s face it: Except for Friends of Abe, Hollywood is a deeply conformist community that marches in left-leaning lock-step. Postmodern liberal ideology views Israel as an evil colonial empire. Never mind that Israel is a minuscule […]

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Hey Kids, Instead of Obama’s Long-Winded Speech… Meet John Doe

Tweet   Tonight, Obama will be delivering another, no doubt, long-winded hymn to self and the Democrat-Socialist Party of America. For the countless failures and scandals of his administration, Obama will, of course, blame George Bush, Republicans, Trotsky, saboteurs, Jewish settlers, Fox News, the Tea Party, and, sigh, racism. Seraphic Secret is not even going […]

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Teresa Wright’s Audacious Normalcy

Tweet Actress Theresa Wright (1918-2005), gained unusual clout in the early stages of her distinguished career when she insisted on a most unusual clause in her 1941 contract with Samuel Goldwyn. Goldwyn, a talented, but hard-headed Hollywood producer, desperately wanted Wright under contract, and so he swallowed his pride and allowed Wright’s clause to stand. […]

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Barbara Stanwyck’s Secrets

Tweet The new Barbara Stanwyck biography, A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True, 1907 – 1940 by Victoria Wilson, is, with appendix, footnotes, index and acknowledgements, over 1,000 pages long. And it is just volume one. This first, full scale bio of Barbara Stanwyck is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) study of Hollywood’s greatest actress. […]

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Hollywood Mothers

Tweet On screen, they are larger than life. Hollywood stars seduce us with their glamor. They become the vehicles of our dreams and desires. We rarely imagine them as ordinary people. And so, when we see a Hollywood star posing with family members—mortals like you and me—it comes as something of a shock. But after […]

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2013: It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times

Tweet This past year has been terrible. On the domestic front, Obama’s political and personal pathologies dominate. I recently spoke with a close friend who is a fine, dedicated physician in a small private practice. He’s considering early retirement. “I don’t think I can continue practicing medicine under ObamaCare. It forces me to pay more […]

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Flashback: When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas

Tweet There was a time when Hollywood openly and joyously celebrated Christmas. Now, among the Hollywood elite, the greeting I hear is “Happy Holidays.” Look, we at Seraphic Secret are Orthodox Jews. This is not our holiday. But we want our Christian friends to celebrate Christmas. The politically correct Happy Holidays shtick is another nail […]

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In Memoriam: Joan Fontaine, 1917 – 2013

Tweet A few hours after Peter O’Toole’s death was announced, Joan Fontaine’s death was also made public. Fontaine, the younger sister of Olivia de Havilland, is best known for her breakout role in Rebecca (’40). Notice, the character she played is nameless. She is merely The Girl. Crushed by a life of diminishing expectations The […]

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In Memoriam: Peter O’Toole, 1932 – 2013

Tweet  ”I woke up one morning to find I was famous. Bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum. Nobody took any f—ing notice, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.” —Peter O’Toole on his sudden fame and fortune after Lawrence of Arabia. Faye […]

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Ava Gardner Knows How To Kiss

Tweet In 1988, only two years before her death, Ava Gardner, living in semi-seclusion in London, unable to get work, and running dangerously low on funds, asked the late British author Peter Evans to ghostwrite her autobiography. Deadpanned Gardner: “I either write the book or sell the jewels, and I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.” […]

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Ava Gardner’s Secret About Her Secret Jew

Tweet In 1988, Ava Gardner sat down with British author Peter Evans to write a Hollywood memoir. But Evans quickly discovered that Ava was a hopeless alcoholic who, when drunk, told juicy tinsel town tales. But when Ava sobered up, she ordered Evans not to use any of “the good” material. Ava knew where all […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Ride the High Country

Tweet We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 5. Ride […]

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Confessions of a Shomer Shabbos Hollywood Screenwriter

Tweet Act I: Exposition—In Which the Main Characters and Primary Drama Are Introduced It’s Shabbat morning. I’m in synagogue, praying, where an undertone of chatter is definitely not the norm. For me, a frum-from-birth screenwriter, this synagogue, where my wife and I have been members since we moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, is my […]

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