Tag Archives: Hollywood Memoirs

Fay Wray: Beauty and the Beasts, Part II

Tweet In her modest, jewel of an autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unravels her life in Hollywood in a lovely, impressionist style. As Seraphic Secret wrote in Part I, Wray, a fatherless […]

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Hollywood Goes Kierkegaard

Tweet Hollywood stars are rarely known for their introspection. Most are working so hard at getting the right roles, staying on top, and being glamorous, there’s precious little time for self-reflection. For years, Seraphic Secret has collected choice quotes from a few thoughtful actors, and dropped them in a file labeled: “Hollywood Goes Kierkegaard.” “Men […]

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Yom Kippur with Issur Danielovitch AKA Kirk Douglas

Tweet …In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD. —Leviticus 16:29-30 Raised in a traditional kosher home, Kirk Douglas […]

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A Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Prom Night For Issur Danielovitch AKA Kirk Douglas

Tweet In the beginning of his legendary career, Kirk Douglas (1916 – ) b. Issur Danielovitch, was almost typecast as a well-meaning but ineffectual husband as in, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, 1946, and A Letter to Three Wives, 1949.  But his career exploded into mega-stardom when he played bitter cynical heroes motivated by […]

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David Niven’s Mazel

Tweet Mazel: Hebrew, generally defined as good fortune or good luck. One of the problems with Hollywood memoirs is separating fact from fiction. Movie stars are usually determined to preserve the myths that nourished their celebrity. Every once in a while comes along a Hollywood biography that actually reveals almost as much as it conceals, […]

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