Classic movies, true stories of tinseltown. All about classic Hollywood.

I talked to Rock Hudson Biographer Mark Griffin about his new book All That Heaven Allows: Rock Hudson A Biography. His book takes us through Rocks childhood, his struggling days in L.A. to him meeting Henry Wilson, agent to a stable of pretty boys. He took on Rock and eventually, after roles as Indians and small parts Rock achieved superstardom from the Douglas Sirk film Magnificent Obsession. Rock was reunited with Jane Wyman in one of my fave  Rock movies, All That Heaven Allows. Who could pass up the deliciously nasty Mona Plasch..We talk about Rocks personal life being in the closet. Confidential magazine was going to out Rock as gay so allegedly Henry Wilson gave them Rory Calhoun was a jailbird..I couldn't imagine they'd trade for that. It looks like Henry Wilson threw Tab Hunter under the bus in an article about a boys PJ party raided by the police. As Rock was nearing 30 the rags would wonder if Rock would finally settle down, or was something wrong with him. At thirty Henry Wilson arranged dating and a marriage between Rock and Henrys secretary Phyllis Gates. Phyllis claimed she had NO IDEA Rock was gay. You will find out more that Phyllis did. Matt talked all Rocks best movies, Rocks loves and how horrible it must have been for Rock to lead a double life.  He had to be very trusting and careful that none  of his past loves had compromising  pictures or letters from him. I can't imagine what that did to him emotionally and physically. We wind our way down to Rocks TV career to Rock finding out he had the Aids virus. He had a blotch on his neck and was actually diagnosed by his dermatologist. We talk the famous Linda Evans, Rock kiss and Rocks final days. Rock was the first famous person to put a face to AIDS . Especially such a beloved one. This is broken into three parts. Matt is fabulous and my heart went out to Rock. I'm not the only person to think the book was wonderful. Universal, Rocks old studio optioned the book to be a major motion picture. 

Thanks so much to Mark for being such a great guest. I learned so much more then I ever knew about Rock. He meticulously wrote this book. Lots of great contacts. It took him four years. 
Mostly thanks to the audience. I so appreciate you listening.
Grace
xoxo

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Part 2 we discuss Rock Hudson and his 60's career and life.. So much interesting stuff.
Thanks so much to Mark for being such a great guest. I learned so much more then I ever knew about Rock. He meticulously researched Rock this book. Lots of great contacts. It took him four years. 
Mostly thanks to the audience. I so appreciate you listening.
Grace
xoxo

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www.markgriffinauthor.com
 
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In Part 3 Rocks movie career is fizzing out so he moves to television. He did 5 years in a series called McMillan and Wife. He meets Marc Christian and falls in love and moves him into his house. Rock notices a weird spot on his neck so he goes to see what is was. The dermatologist is the one that diagnosed him with AIDs Rock went back and forth to France for experimental treatments. We talk Rocks last days. 

Thanks so much to Mark for being such a great guest. I learned so much more then I ever knew about Rock. He meticulously researched this book. Lots of great contacts. It took him four years.

 
Mostly thanks to the audience. I so appreciate you listening.
Grace
xoxo

All things Mark
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Part 2 of my talk with author John O'Dowd about his new book Barbara Payton: A Life In Pictures..

 

I talk to author and my friend John O'Dowd on his new book Barbara Payton: Her Life In Pictures. It's a wonderful book. Lots of never before scene photos. It starts with Barbra's birth and ends at her very sad demise at the age of 39. We go through chapter by chapter talking about Barbara's films and interludes with men. WE talk her very loyal son John Lee Payton and so much more. We both believe Barbara did everything to herself but that she was mentally ill. Barbara had some serious demons. Get a cup of java or glass wine and listen to the story of the  fascinating and tragic life of Barbara Payton..
Thanks so much to my friend John O'Dowd. John definitely knows his Barbara. He wrote an amazing biography and had her families blessings called Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton story. Along with Barbara Payton Her Life in pictures. You can get both books on amazon. Kiss tomorrow Goodbye, hopefully becomes a movie soon


Here is Johns author page from Amazon;

https://www.amazon.com/John-ODowd/e/B01LT5XUAG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1548092765&sr=1-1

Mostly thanks so much to the listeners. I so appreciate it. I have some fun guests coming up. 

Grace
​xoxo

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I talk to author and my friend John O'Dowd on his new book Barbara Payton: Her Life In Pictures. It's a wonderful book. Lots of never before scene photos. It starts with Barbra's birth and ends at her very sad demise at the age of 39. We go through chapter by chapter talking about Barbara's films and interludes with men. WE talk her very loyal son John Lee Payton and so much more. We both believe Barbara did everything to herself but that she was mentally ill. Barbara had some serious demons. Get a cup of java or glass wine and listen to the story of the  fascinating and tragic life of Barbara Payton..
Thanks so much to my friend John O'Dowd. John definitely knows his Barbara. He wrote an amazing biography and had her families blessings called Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton story. Along with Barbara Payton Her Life in pictures. You can get both books on amazon. Kiss tomorrow Goodbye, hopefully becomes a movie soon


Here is Johns author page from Amazon;

https://www.amazon.com/John-ODowd/e/B01LT5XUAG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1548092765&sr=1-1

Mostly thanks so much to the listeners. I so appreciate it. I have some fun guests coming up. 

Grace
​xoxo

Please follow me on facebook  I post a lot of classic movie photo's and stories. 
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I also have a page in Pinterest of course called True Stories Of Tinseltown. 

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You can listen to all my podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, podbean app, I heart radio and a few other places. 

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I had author John Dileo on again and we had so much fun discussing his book 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember-And Probably Don't. He has so many wonderful choices. One is Jospeh Cotton in Shadow of A Doubt. He was amazing. It was Alfred Hitchcocks favorite film he made. So join us and find out some great performances you may not remember. John has many great books and his knowledge of classic film is incredible..

Thanks so much to John for being such a wonderful guest.  He will hopefully come on again..

Thanks so much to the listeners. I had amazing guests this year and have amazing guests lined up in 2019. I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Fabulous 2019!!

Grace
xoxo

All things John on his amazon page.
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https://www.amazon.com/John-DiLeo/e/B001HMLJB4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1545839496&sr=1-2-ent 

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Steve and I talk TCM's book on Thirty Christmas Movies You should watch. We talk most of them. Some are HUH??

 

Thanks to Steve for being my guest.

Thanks to TCM for putting out the book

Mostly thanks to the listeners. Lots of great guests lined up for next year.

I wish you all a merry Christmas, happy Holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2019!! YIKES!! 2019!!

Grace
xo

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I had a great time talking movies with my friend Leah who has the fabulous blog, Cary Grant Won't Eat You.. We talked obsessive love. Poor Edward G Robinson in Scarlet Street. Claude Rains obsessive and blinded by love feelings for Alicia played by Ingrid Bergman. Cary Grant was not very nice to Ingrid until the end of the movie.We also talked Suspicion and Lina's obsession with Johnny. Did Johnny kill the wonderful Beeky, and why did he need an untraceable poison if he was going to kill himself. We talk the book and the changes they made for the movie that Alfred Hitchcock was not happy with. One tidbit in the book is that Cary/Johnny had a fling with the maid Ethel. Maybe that's why she got the fox fur stole and Beeky only got a walking stick. We also discuss the ending that was a huh?? WE then got into another Hitchcock film talking about Mrs Danvers incredibly unhealthy obsession with the late Mrs de Winter also known as Rebecca. Who can forget her creepily showing the new Mrs de Winter Rebeccas see through lingerie. Maxim was not very nice to wife number 2 with no name. It looks like he eventually stops being a pompous poop at the end.. It was a fast moving fun show

Thanks to Leah for once again being a great guest. 
www.carygrantwonteatyou.com

Thanks for listening. I have some really great shows coming up. I really appreciate you all so much.

Grace
xo

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This is my Halloween Special podcast..I have on Author Gregory William Mank who wrote so many wonderful books on classic horror films. He has also written biographies as well. His upcoming book will be on Dr Frankenstein himself, Colin Clive. 
I had such a great time talking to Greg. He has met people from the classic horror genre and written some great books. We talked Boris Karloff and what a sweetie he was. Also what bothered him so much in Frankenstein that he regretted his entire life. We talk Bela Lugosi and his charming Dracula, Cat People, The Black Cat and so much more. Then he gives us his choices for a fun Halloween (or anytime) viewing..
Thanks so much to Greg for being such a great guest..He is welcome back anytime. He has written a number of wonderful books and will be releasing a biography on Dr Frankenstein himself, Colin Clive..
Thanks to my listeners. I really appreciate you giving a listen..
Grace
xoxo
Gregory William Mank
https://www.amazon.com/Gregory-W.-Mank/e/B001H9XGHC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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