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July 7th, 2019    

Part 2 I talk to actress Lane Bradbury. Lane was the youngest actress to join the actors studio, talks Ethel Merman, Bette Davis and getting her rear kicked by Harvey Keitel.

I had the pleasure of talking to actress Lane Bradbury. She was such a delight. We talked her move to New York, her beginning at The Actors Studio, learning "the method". She saw Marilyn Monroe there once. Lane was in the original Gypsy with Ethel Merman playing Baby June, also was in the Original Night Of The Iguana with Bette Davis playing Charlotte, Lane them moved to California and never stopped working. I remember her as the only girl that did not fall for Keith Partridge. She had not much to say about that. Then she did an incredible supporting role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, as the troubled wife married to a cheating Harvey Keitel. Lane said she and Ellen weren't acting in that scene. Harvey terrified them. Lane worked as a regular in the series In The Heat Of The Night and so many other shows. She is still working today. She did a TV movie with Sally Field and they had a grand time. It was the hippy era and a groovy movie called "Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring"  Lane is a dynamo, still taking dance classes in the city and going to the Actors Studio, which coincidentally Ellen Burstyn is the big cheese there. Lots of great scoops from Lane. 

I want to thank my friend John O'Dowd for getting Lane as a guest for me.

Thanks so much to Lane Bradbury for being an adorable and interesting guest. 

Most thanks to the listeners. I have been bad about getting episodes out but I will start releasing them on a certain day and time. 

Grace

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July 7th, 2019    

Part 1 I talk to actress Lane Bradbury. Lane was the youngest actress to join the actors studio, talks Ethel Merman, Bette Davis and getting her rear kicked by Harvey Keitel.

I had the pleasure of talking to actress Lane Bradbury. She was such a delight. We talked her move to New York, her beginning at The Actors Studio, learning "the method". She saw Marilyn Monroe there once. Lane was in the original Gypsy with Ethel Merman playing Baby June, also was in the Original Night Of The Iguana with Bette Davis playing Charlotte, Lane them moved to California and never stopped working. I remember her as the only girl that did not fall for Keith Partridge. She had not much to say about that. Then she did an incredible supporting role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, as the troubled wife married to a cheating Harvey Keitel. Lane said she and Ellen weren't acting in that scene. Harvey terrified them. Lane worked as a regular in the series In The Heat Of The Night and so many other shows. She is still working today. She did a TV movie with Sally Field and they had a grand time. It was the hippy era and a groovy movie called "Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring"  Lane is a dynamo, still taking dance classes in the city and going to the Actors Studio, which coincidentally Ellen Burstyn is the big cheese there. Lots of great scoops from Lane. 

I want to thank my friend John O'Dowd for getting Lane as a guest for me.

Thanks so much to Lane Bradbury for being an adorable and interesting guest. 

Most thanks to the listeners. I have been bad about getting episodes out but I will start releasing them on a certain day and time. 

Grace

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June 18th, 2019    

Part 1. I talk to Victoria Riskin about her book about her parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir…Great stuff

I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You are the best.
Grace
xoxo

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June 18th, 2019    

Part two I talk to Victoria Riskin about her book about her parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir…Great stuff

I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You are the best.
Grace
xoxo

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June 11th, 2019    

I talk to author Sara Jordan-Heintz who wrote Going Hollywood: Midwesterners In Movieland.. We talk Iowa native Jean Seberg

Author Sara Jordan-Heintz is back to talk about one of the subjects in her book Going Hollywood:Midwesterners In Movieland, actress Jean Seberg. Jean was from Sara's hometown. Jean was discovered in a countrywide search to star in Otto Premingers Saint Joan. She was chosen a month before her eighteenth birthday. She had only acted in High School plays prior to her discovery. She got bad notices for her portrayal of Joan. She did another film Bonjour Tristesse where she got pretty bad notices. She really broke out when she was cast in  Jean-Luc Godard's landmark film Breathless. It started new wave cinema in France. 

Jean had a stormy life. Was married three time. She fell in love with Clint Eastwood while they were filming Paint Your Wagon. He dumped her when filming was over.  For him it was just a film fling. 

Jean caught the eye of J Edgar Hoover when she donated to The Black Panthers for feeding underprivileged  children in a breakfast program. He then set out to destroy Jean. He tapped her phones, had huge files on her, and when she got pregnant he coordinated with some publishers to tell the masses Jean was having a Black Panthers baby. He advised waiting until Jean was showing, then L.A. times gossip columnist Joyce Haber published the article as did Newsweek. Soon after Jean lost the baby prematurely. She, feeling the pressure took her daughter in a glass casket to an Iowa church and had a showing for two days so people could see the baby was white. Jean tried to kill herself every year on the baby's birthday. It's a fascinating story and shows how much power J Edgar Hoover had in destroying lives. Jeans was truly tragic.

Thanks so much to Sara for coming on the show to discuss Jean.

Mostly thanks to you for tuning in.

Grace

xo

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May 29th, 2019    

My Friend Leah From The Blog Cary Grant Won’t Eat you and I discuss two classic movie stars that created their personas and lived them…Mae West and Cary Grant…

I talk to my friend Leah Williams from the blog Cary Grant Won't Eat You. We discuss two performers that worked together and changed their personas and lived it. Cary Grant was quoted as saying "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant...I want to be Cary Grant." The little sad boy Archie Leach disappeared into this cool, suave, handsome and incredibly gifted actor. 
Mae was born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn New York. She was in vaudeville and found her persona. The wisecracking dame that wants to know is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me. Mae ate, drank, talked, walked Mae West until her death at the age of 87. We talk about a documentary we both saw on her. Mae really believed that she was the tomato with the mostest. When she did the awful Myra Breckinridge, Mae noted that Raquel Welch was pretty and asked one of her muscle men what he personally thought of Mae, he said Raquel was very pretty but couldn't hold a candle to the 77 year old Mae. Mae was very satisfied with his answer. In her last film Sextette Mae was 84 but playing a 27 year old. You gotta love her. Her love interest was Timothy Dalton was 31. 
We also talk Cary's jaunts into the world of LSD. He took many trips and we wonder how he came out unscathed. 

We both love these two wonderful performers. Fun show.

Thanks for listening,
Grace

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May 18th, 2019    

I Talk To Lisa Sanita and Dayna DeCarlo About The Book They Got Published Conversations With Cagney: The Early Years. Great stories..They Were So Much Fun! They even met James….

I talked to the wonderful Dayna DeCarlo and Lisa Sanita on their project to get Bill Angelos manuscript made into a book. Bill had access to The Cagney's in their upstate New York home  for six weeks. He was going to write  a movie on James Cagney life. He got amazing interviews from Jimmy and Jimmys seldom heard wife Bill. They did it. They edited, broke it into chapters and its an amazing documentation of Jimmys early life. The book is Conversations with Cagney: The Early Years By Bill Angelos. I think you'll be surprised to hear who Jimmy wanted to star as himself. He talks his early days in vaudeville. Ending up in California. He talks George Raft, Bogie, Edward G Robinson and a bit of gossip about Edward G's wife Gladys. Find out why Bill D became person non grata at James home. It's a fun read. Whats extra great is that they actually met Jimmy. He was as sweet and down to earth as you imagined him to be. I'm proud to be a Cagnerd. Special props to Stone Wallace for his contribution to the book. I love Stone. His book on George Raft is a goodie.

Much thanks to Lisa and Dayna for coming on the show. You can hear their love and admiration for him shining through. I'd love to have them on again. I had a great time talking to them. 

Mostly Thanks to the listeners. You all are great.
Grace
xoxo

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May 5th, 2019    

I talk to ex tabloid reporter Barbara Sternig who gives us the scoop on working for The National Enquirer, and the celebs she met, or just peeped at…Fun Show..

I had author and ex tabloid reporter Barbara Sternig on the show. Let me tell you, you can't be a wuss and work for The Enquirer. Her books are Secrets Of A Tabloid Reporter and Celebrity Secrets Of A National Enquirer Reporter. I read them in a weekend. Easy and fun reads. What celebrity and sex symbol slugged Barbara on set, I wanna Know, Who did Barbara peep at through hole in fence to get her story, she got it. She tells us stories about Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun, Robert Culp, Richard Burton, a very sweet Tammy Wynette and many more. The National Enquirer was very hated, and the reporters were as well. This is before everyone and his mother has a gossip blog or social media. Give a listen. Lots of good scoops..
Thanks for listening. If you have any Classic Hollywood loving friends tell them to give a
listen.

​Grace

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April 11th, 2019    

I talk to John William Law author of the book The Movie Star And The Mobster:Lana Turner, John Stompanato, And Murder In The Pink Bedroom.

I talk to John William Law about his book The Moviestar and The Mobster:Lana Turner, Johnny Stompanato, And Murder In The Pink Bedroom. I find this case fascinating and think if its not Hollywoods biggest scandal it' s in the top 5. We discuss Lanas lurid affair with one of Mickey Cohen's low level hoods, Johnny Stompanato. He wooed Lana with flowers and phone calls until she finally agreed to meet him. I'm sure she rued the day. After the meeting they were a couple. After a while Lana found out John Steele was really Johnny Stompanato. She got through that, but did not want Johnny seen as her paramour. She thought people would think he was her paid escort. Johnny would lavish Lana with jewelry and other gifts. He of course used her money to pay for them. Such a romantic guy. They had a tempestuous affair. Lots of yelling, physical brutality and then passionate makeup sex. Lana loved the sense of danger. Lana flew to England to make a movie with Sean Connery and the gossip rags insinuated that Sean and Lana were more then costars, enraging Johnny. I heard he flew out there without Lanas knowledge, but actually Lana paid for his ticket. He stayed in her little cottage then made his way to the set with gun in hand threatening Sean Connery. The English police kicked him out of the country. When Lana got home they went on a trip to Mexico. The nail in Johnnys coffin was when Lana got nominated for best actress for her role in Peyton Place. Her escort was not to be Johnny, they were her daughter Cheryl and Lanas mom. Johnny steamed. They stayed late and went to after partys. The end of this saga is told and its a doozy. 

Want to thank John William Law for doing the podcast. You were so great!!

Mostly I want to thank the listeners. Lots of great shows coming up. As a P.S. John has generously offered 4 books as a give a way. The first four people to PM me on my facebook site
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Grace
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April 2nd, 2019    

I talk to author Sara Jordan-Heintz about her book Going Hollywood: Midwesterners In Movieland.. Lots of classic stars talk

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were two of the twelve of the classic Hollywood people Sara highlighted in her book. We talked Clarks hometown, his two marriages prior to Carole. He basically used them to get him to Hollywood and stay there. Both were 17 years older. We merge to Carole and Clark and talk after Caroles death. After we discuss Clark and Carole we talk Jean Harlow. I love Jeans accent but is it midwestern?? We talk her move to Hollywood with mama Jean. Her stardom, her marriage to Paul Bern, her unhappiness over William Powells stalling on marrying her and of course her tragic death. We then tackle Spencer Tracy. We really don't talk much of the Katherine Hepburn time. Spencer was a very complicated man. He was tortured and when he went on his drunks, he'd disappear for days at a time. I thought he was kind like the character he portrayed in Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, except for being a vicious killer. I learned a lot about him I never knew. We did talk about Katherine Hepburn and Spencer and the rumors that they were only good friends. We talked a bunch of interesting things and people. I want Sara to come back on and talk about the eight others we didn't get to. They are Jane Wyman, Dorothy Dandridge, Rock Hudson, Jean Seberg, Marilyn Maxwell, Jane Russell, Anne Baxter and Louella Parsons. 

Thanks so much to Sara, she knows her classic movies and stars. I had a lot of fun with her. You will like her book a lot. Great read..

Mostly thanks to you listeners. I really appreciate you. 
Love, Grace
xoxo

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