Tuesday, July 17
Thursday, July 12
I was saddened that Tab Hunter died Sunday at age 86 at his home in Montecito (Santa Barbara), California, of cardiac arrest caused by a clot in his leg that moved to his lung. All the obituaries on him have it right when they refer to him as the 50's Hollywood heartthrob. He was indeed that... oh my God, yes. One said his blond all-American good looks made him a matinee idol and poster boy for the Eisenhower era optimism. Bingo.
Tuesday, July 10
Across town at 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck had a smashing success by hiring Norwegian Olympic ice skater Sonja Henie to his roster of stars and featuring her in 10 films where she twirled and romanced some of the studio's brightest stars. MGM's Mister Big Deal, Louis B. Mayer, wanted his own cash cow so he had his talent scouts comb the Los Angeles area and one of them came up with a shapely swimmer by the name of Esther Williams. Sonya and Darryl only wished for this kind of success.