Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The lovely Joan Fontaine led a colorful and unusual childhood, alternately living in California and Japan.
As soon as she struck adulthood she began auditioning for Hollywood film roles, racking up a spree of parts in B-movies. A breakthrough role was in Hitchcock's Rebecca, in which she co-starred with Laurence Olivier.
The radio producers new she even sounded pretty, and snapped her up for parts in adaptations of contemporary dramas. In this capacity, she appeared on Lux Radio Theater, Screen Guild Theater, and Theater Guild on the Air.
Born in 1917, Fontaine is now an American treasure.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Hey, thrill seekers, did you know that superstar Gene Kelly appeared in several episodes of Suspense? One of today's birthday boys did just that, lending his considerable acting chops to such episodes as "Thieves Fall Out," "The Man Who Couldn't Lose," and "The Most Dangerous Game."
But what's just as thrilling is that in 1946 Cresta Blanca wines launched its radio program Cresta Blanca's Hollywood Players, on which it very proudly rolled out its stable of top Hollywood stars. Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Joan Fontaine, and Gene Kelly were among the players. The show brought to listeners recently-written productions, both dramas and comedies. These included "Heaven Can Wait," "Kitty," "Pride of the Yankees," and "The Glass Key." The latter, in November of '46, presented Kelly's debut on the show.
This show's Kelly's versatility, since no one dances on the radio. Best known for Singin' In the Rain, Kelly is the only Pittsburgh-born dancer of which we are aware. He would've been one hundred and one today!