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TLBSPEDIA: JOHN WAYNE

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Actor John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26 1907, in Winterset, Iowa. (Some sources also list him as Marion Michael Morrison and Marion Mitchell Morrison.) One of the most popular film actors of the 20th century, John Wayne remains a popular American icon to this day. He was already a sizable presence when he was born, weighing around 13 pounds.

The oldest of two children born to Clyde and Mary “Molly” Morrison, Wayne moved to Lancester, California, around the age of seven. The family moved again a few years later after Clyde failed in his attempt to become a farmer.

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE’

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In May 25 1977, was released one classic movie of all time, ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’. The movie plot is: the Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.

Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Director: George Lucas

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.

  • George Lucas was so sure the film would flop that instead of attending the premiere, he went on vacation to Hawaii with his good friend Steven Spielberg, where they came up with the idea for ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ (1981).

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘BELLE DU JOUR’

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Photo by Paris Film

In May 24 1967, was released one classic french movie, ‘Belle du Jour’. The movie is about Severine, a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. She indulges instead in vivid, kinky, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage.

Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
Director: Luis Buñuel

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.

  • According to Luis Buñuel scholar Julie Jones, Buñuel once said that he himself didn’t know what the end exactly means.

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TLBSPEDIA: ROGER MOORE

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Roger Moore was born in London, England, on October 14 1927, to a policeman father and a housewife mother. Moore did well in school, attending Hackford Road elementary and Battersea Grammar School, and he also was a notably good swimmer. Moore dropped out of school when he was 15 and went to work for Publicity Picture Productions, a London film company, where he became an animation apprentice.

Moore’s first foray into the film world would end badly though, when he was quickly fired. He would, however, rely on his good looks for some early acting work soon after, making his film debut in a bit part in ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ (1945). In his first big break, director Brian Desmond Hurst noticed Moore, liked what he saw and found him a spot at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, additionally paying his tuition.

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TLBSPEDIA: RITA HAYWORTH

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A legendary Hollywood actress whose beauty catapulted her to international stardom in the 40’s and 50’s, Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17 1918, in New York City. She changed her last name to Hayworth early on in her acting career on the advice of her first husband and manager, Edward Judson.

Hayworth hailed from show business stock. Her father, the Spanish-born Eduardo Cansino, was a dancer, and her mother, Volga, had been a Ziegfeld Follies girl. Soon after their daughter was born, they shortened her name to Rita Cansino. By the time Rita was 12 she was dancing professionally. Continue reading “TLBSPEDIA: RITA HAYWORTH”

TLBSPEDIA: KATHARINE HEPBURN

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Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born May 12 1907, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Katharine Martha Houghton, a suffrage activist, and Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn, a urologist who sought to educate the public about the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. A liberal-minded family, the Hepburns encouraged young Katharine to speak out, sharpen her mind and engage with the world as fully as possible. The Hepburns’ happy family life took a tragic in 1921, however, when Katharine made the horrifying discovery of her older brother, Tom, dead, hanging from the ceiling of his room. The loss of her beloved brother completely debilitated Katharine. For years, she withdrew almost entirely those around her, for a time even adopting Tom’s birthday (November 8) as her own.

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TLBSPEDIA: JOAN CRAWFORD

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Film actress Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23 1905 (though some sources have reported her birth date as 1908). Her parents separated before she was born, and her mother later married theater owner Harry Cassin. Crawford would come to be known as Billie Cassin growing up, and periodically throughout of her entertainment career.After her mother and stepfather split, Crawford attended two private schools, where she worked on the premises to pay for tuition while also being treated harshly, receiving corporal punishment for perceived misdeeds. Because of her workload, she was unable to attend classes and her scholastic record was faked.

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USING COWS TO EXPLAIN ECONOMIC SYSTEMS

This infographic uses two cows as a medium for explaining the various types of socio-economic systems.

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Source: Econintersect

TLBSPEDIA: JACK NICHOLSON

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Jack Nicholson was born in Neptune, New Jersey, on April 22 1937, and grew up in Manasquan, New Jersey, about 50 miles south of the city on the Jersey Shore. The people he believed to be his parents were named John and Ethel May Nicholson. John was a department store window dresser and Ethel May was a hairdresser as well as a talented oil painter. June Nicholson, whom he believed was his older sister, was an aspiring actress.

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