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A Look Back at 'Lassie' and How a Dog Managed to Capture All of Hollywood

How shocking do you think it must have been back in the day to see a Rough Collie — popularly known as the "Lassie Dog" — capture the imagination of millions of people across the country? In today's world, it's not really surprising anymore to see that just about anyone can become famous — and we're not just talking about people with the names Duggar or Kardashian. But a dog that became a star? Well, that was something special. Introduced in 1938 in the form of a short story turned novel two years later, before being adapted to the big screen, Lassie — the best friend a boy or girl could have — became a true phenomenon. She (although played by male pooch) managed to span from books, movies, television, to radio (!), and much more, and a couple of generations of viewers never got tired of her. And if you ever heard someone use the expression,
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Oscar History-Making Actress Has Her Day on TCM

Teresa Wright ca. 1945. Teresa Wright movies on TCM: 'The Little Foxes,' 'The Pride of the Yankees' Pretty, talented Teresa Wright made a relatively small number of movies: 28 in all, over the course of more than half a century. Most of her films have already been shown on Turner Classic Movies, so it's more than a little disappointing that TCM will not be presenting Teresa Wright rarities such as The Imperfect Lady and The Trouble with Women – two 1947 releases co-starring Ray Milland – on Aug. 4, '15, a "Summer Under the Stars" day dedicated to the only performer to date to have been shortlisted for Academy Awards for their first three film roles. TCM's Teresa Wright day would also have benefited from a presentation of The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), an unusual entry – parapsychology, reincarnation – in the Wright movie canon and/or Roseland (1977), a little-remembered entry in James Ivory's canon.
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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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Slideshow: Stars Align at ‘The Hollywood Show’ in Chicago

Chicago – One of the most unique happenings in Chicago every year is “The Hollywood Show.” This annual event presents celebrities from TV and film, both from the nostalgic past and the current scene. In September of 2012, the show included Loni Anderson (“Wkrp in Cincinnati”), Oscar Winner Martin Landau and the reunited cast of “Lost in Space,” all meeting fans and signing autographs.

HollywoodChicago.com covered the event, and photographer Joe Arce put the show’s participants in front of the lens. “The Hollywood Show” will be back in Chicago in September, 2013. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

HOLSHOW1: Loni Anderson of ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati.’ HOLSHOW2: Another view of Loni Anderson. HOLSHOW3: Oscar winner Martin Landau of ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘The Majestic.’ HOLSHOW4:
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Clint Eastwood TCM Schedule: Escape From Alcatraz, The Eastwood Factor

Clint Eastwood on TCM: The Bridges Of Madison Country, The First Traveling Saleslady Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Escapade In Japan (1957) After his plane crashes in Tokyo, an American boy tries to find his way home. Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Teresa Wright, Jon Provost. Dir: Arthur Lubin. C-93 mins. 4:45 Am Paint Your Wagon (1970) Two California miners share a gold claim and a wife. Cast: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg. Dir: Joshua Logan. C-159 mins. 7:30 Am Hang ‘Em High (1968) A mysterious drifter survives a lynching then goes back for revenge. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Ed Begley, Inger Stevens. Dir: Ted Post. C-115 mins. 9:30 Am For a Few Dollars More (1965) Two bounty hunters join forces to bring an outlaw to justice. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte. Dir: Sergio Leone. C-132 mins. 11:45 Am Good, The Bad, And The [...]
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Lassie: Famous Collie Returning to TV; Jon Provost Open to Revival

W.C. Fields once said, "Never work with children or animals." Well, one of the world's most famous canines is returning to television and it looks like producers will get to avoid working with both real-life kids and dogs.

The character of Lassie the collie first appeared in a 1938 short story, written by Eric Knight. It was later expanded into a novel called Lassie Come-Home. An MGM film based on the book, starring Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor, hit theaters in 1943. That spawned additional Lassie stories in print, on radio and in movie theaters.

In 1954, the Lassie TV show debuted on CBS. Aside from the famous canine, the family show features the talents of Tommy Rettig, Jan Clayton, George Cleveland, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly, Robert Bray, Jack De Mave, Jed Allan, Ron Hayes, Larry Wilcox, Pamelyn Ferdin, Cloris Leachman, and Jon Shepodd. Lassie had a number of human friends
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Lassie Star Opens Up About Rape Attempt

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Lassie Star Opens Up About Rape Attempt
Former Lassie child star Jon Provost has accused late silver screen idol Sal Mineo of drugging and attempting to sexually assault him in a new memoir.

Provost claims the attack took place when he was just 17, after Rebel Without a Cause actor Mineo had become his acting mentor.

The actor tells the National Enquirer, "I began a sexual relationship with Sal's girlfriend Susan - with his blessing. One night Susan and I were together and, in the middle of it all, Sal jumps into the bed and puts some poppers (amyl nitrate) under my nose.

"The room was spinning, my heart was racing, and I felt like my head was going to blow off. Sal was holding me down and trying to sexually assault me."

Provost ended the friendship after the attack, but never spoke of it again. Mineo died in 1976, aged just 37.

Candy To Spell Out Her Nothing

Candy Spelling is writing a book. Candy Spelling. Mother of Tori Spelling, mother-in-law of Dean McDermott, grandma of their kids Liam and whatever the other one's named, widow of TV genius Aaron Spelling, who created "Charlie's Angels," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Dynasty," and brought Candy - born Carole Marer - insane wealth.

Candy Spelling. Owner of La's largest monster mansion, The Manor. On six Holmby Hills acres, it's 56,000 square feet, 123 rooms including one just for gift-wrapping, 13-foot ceilings, bowling alley, gym, theater, hot and cold
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Candy To Spell Out Her Nothing

Candy Spelling is writing a book. Candy Spelling. Mother of Tori Spelling, mother-in-law of Dean McDermott, grandma of their kids Liam and whatever the other one's named, widow of TV genius Aaron Spelling, who created "Charlie's Angels," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Dynasty," and brought Candy - born Carole Marer - insane wealth.

Candy Spelling. Owner of La's largest monster mansion, The Manor. On six Holmby Hills acres, it's 56,000 square feet, 123 rooms including one just for gift-wrapping, 13-foot ceilings, bowling alley, gym, theater, hot and cold
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Candy To Spell Out Her Nothing

Candy Spelling is writing a book. Candy Spelling. Mother of Tori Spelling, mother-in-law of Dean McDermott, grandma of their kids Liam and whatever the other one's named, widow of TV genius Aaron Spelling, who created "Charlie's Angels," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Dynasty," and brought Candy - born Carole Marer - insane wealth.

Candy Spelling. Owner of La's largest monster mansion, The Manor. On six Holmby Hills acres, it's 56,000 square feet, 123 rooms including one just for gift-wrapping, 13-foot ceilings, bowling alley, gym, theater, hot and cold
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Having Her Baby In Driver's Seat

Minnie Driver is all over suddenly fresh. Her new movie named "Take" is out next week. Her first baby, yet unnamed, is due next month.

"With this pregnancy I was very sick the first four months," said Minnie. "My black Lab Bubba, my forever constant loving companion, knew it. He'd see me lying on the couch. He'd stay with me. He felt for me. But now I'm nearly there and feeling fit. I'm keeping athletic. Running with my dog four miles every day along the beach in Malibu. I'm going to walk this baby out.
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