Friday, February 16, 2018

Peggy O'Neill (1940s Starlet)

Peggy O'Neill was born Barbara Jeanne O'Neill on April 8, 1924 in San Francisco, California. When she was eighteen she won a beauty contest and moved to Hollywood. She met producer Charles Rogers who helped her get a screen test. Peggy was given a starring role in the 1944 comedy Song Of The Open Road. Columnist Louella Parsons called her "Hollywood's newest Cinderella". During the Summer of 1944 Peggy went in a bond selling tour of Texas with Adele Mera and Gale Storm. She had small parts in the movies It's A Pleasure and The Hoodlum Saint.

Peggy impulsively married Lloyd Miner, an Army officer, on January 16 1945. They separated shortly after the wedding and Peggy moved in with her mother. In the Spring of 1945 Peggy was offered a long term contract with Paramount. She started a serious romance with screenwriter Albert Mannheimer. On April 12, 1945 Peggy had an argument with Albert. That evening she committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills. She was only twenty-one years old. Peggy was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lois Boyd (Bathing Beauty)

Lois Boyd was born in 1905. She started her career dancing in The Ziegfeld Follies. In 1919 she became one of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties and made her film debut in Among Those Present. She had bit parts in many comedies including The Jolly Jilter and East Of The Water Plug. Lois also worked as one of Hal Roach's "Sunshine Girls". She married Ray Ramsey, a cameraman for the Eddie Cline Company in 1920. Lois costarred with Monty Banks in The Covered Schooner and with Buddy Messinger in Taming The East.

She was becoming a popular onscreen ingenue and in 1926 she signed a five year contract with Joe Rock. Lois was chosen to be the leading lady in the "Ton Of Fun" comedy series. In the films 100 pound Lois acted opposite three obese comedians - Frank Alexander, Hilliard Karr, and Bill "Kewpie" Ross. She also appeared in the dramas Wolves Of The Air and Thumbs Down. Lois divorced her husband and married orchestra leader Lou Erickson in 1927. The following year she retired from acting.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Regina Doyle (1920s Starlet)

Regina Alice Doyle was born on September 2, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, John Doyle, was a fireman. Regina was educated at the Grenshaw Conservatory. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she seventeen. Regina was discovered by Carl Laemmle president of Universal Pictures while attending a performance in the Gold Room of the Congress Hotel in Chicago. After the performance, Miss Doyle was presented to Mr Laemmle, the maker of screen stars was struck by the youthful beauty "Have you ever thought of going into movies, Well if you ever do let me know, I will see that you get your chance". On July 2, 1925 Regina married thirty-one year old Stewart Gilbert Cornelius. They had one child together and divorced in 1927.

By this time Regina was pursing an acting career. She appeared in several western shorts including The Lone Prairie and The Scrapping Ranger. In 1929 she was given the lead in opposite Edmund Cobb in Beyond The Smoke. They would make three more films together. Regina seemed destined for stardom, On September 29, 1931 Regina crashed her car into a freight train on Highland Avenue in Hollywood. She was thrown from the car and died almost instantly. Regina was only twenty-four years old. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles. Just a few days before Regina's death her mother had a premonition something terrible was going to happen. She warned her daughter to "Drive slowly".

Inger Stevens (Swedish Beauty)

"A career, no matter how successful, can't put its arms around you. You end up being like Grand Central Station with people just coming and going. And there you are--left all alone." ~ Inger

Inger Stevens was born Ingrid Stensland on October 18, 1934 in Stockholm, Sweden. When she was a child her mother left and her father moved the family to Kansas. Inger ran away from home at the age of sixteen and began working in burlesque shows. She eventually moved to New York City where she took classes at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. In 1955 she married her agent Anthony Soglio. Inger made her movie debut in the 1957 drama Man On Fire. During filming she had an affair with her leading man Bing Crosby. She also had an affair with James Mason, her costar in Cry Terror. Her husband divorced her in 1958. Inger appeared on numerous television shows including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Twilight Zone. Sadly she suffered from depression and attempted suicide several times.

Inger married African American actor Ike Jones in 1961. The couple kept the marriage a secret because they feared the public would not accept their interracial marriage. In 1963 Inger began starring in the television series The Farmer's Daughter. The show lasted for three seasons and she won a Golden Globe award. Inger had supporting roles in the Westerns Hang 'Em High and Firecreek. She also worked with Walter Matthau in the comedy A Guide For The Married Man. By early 1970 she was estranged from her husband and was dating Burt Reynolds. On April 30, 1970 Inger committed suicide by taking an overdose of barbiturates. She was only thirty-five years old. Inger was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lucille Ball's Nude Photos

Lucille Ball became one of Hollywood's most legendary comediennes. When she was a young model she posed naked. She also appeared partially nude in the film Roman Scandals.

Peggy Shannon's Nude Photos

Peggy Shannon became a popular starlet in the 1930s. When she was a young model she posed for some nude photos.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Darryl Zanuck Was A Sexual Predator

Darryl F. Zanuck

Darryl F. Zanuck was the head of 20th Century Fox studios from 1944 to 1956. He was one the richest and most powerful men in Hollywood. Zanuck was also one of Hollywood's biggest sexual predators. Any young actress who wanted a contract at Fox was forced to have sex with Darryl Zanuck. Among his many victims was Marilyn Monroe, Linda Darnell, Carole Landis, Gene Tierney, Ann Sheridan, Jayne Mansfield, and Bella Darvi. Once an actress was put under contract at Fox they quickly discovered they still had to do whatever Zanuck wanted. Everyday at 4:00 PM he invited one actress to his office where she was expected to perform oral sex on him. If she refused she was usually fired. According to Zanuck's biographer "Anyone at the studio knew of the afternoon trysts. He was not serious about any of the women. To him they were merely pleasurable breaks in the day — like polo, lunch and practical jokes." 

Linda Darnell                                                                                              Marilyn Monroe

When Carole Landis stopped having sex with Zanuck he spread rumors that she been a prostitute and destroyed her career. During the 1950s Zanuck left his wife for actress Bella Darvi. When he discovered Bella was bi-sexual he cruelly dumped her and left her penniless. Both Carole Landis and Bella Darvi ended up committed suicide. Barbara Stanwyck said that Zanuck chased her around his office and attempted to rape her. When Judy Holliday was called into his office he grabbed her breasts and said "You belong to me". Zanuck also sexually harassed Betty Grable and exposed his penis to her. Joan Collins claims that she was fired by Fox when she refused to have sex with him. Although Darryl Zanuck was never charged with any crime the evil way he treated these actresses was immoral and very wrong.

Carole Landis                                                                                        Betty Grable