Tuesday, 29 December 2015

In remembrance...stars who passed away in 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, I thought I would remember some of the celebrities who passed away this year. 

Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg (actress), passed away on January 11, aged 83 years.

Christopher Lee, in the 1974 film, The Man With The Golden Gun
Christopher Lee (actor), passed away in June, aged 93 years.

Betsy Palmer
Betsy Palmer (actress), passed away in May, aged 88 years.

Dick Van Patten, most famous for his role in the television series, Eight Is Enough
Dick Van Patten (actor), passed away June 23, from diabetes complications. He was 86 years old.

Jackie Collins
Jackie Collins (writer and actress), passed away September 19 from breast cancer. She was 77 years old.

Errol Brown, from the group, Hot Chocolate
Errol Brown, lead singer of the group, Hot Chocolate, passed away May 6. He was 71 years old.

Donna Douglas, most famous for her role as Elly-May in the Beverly Hillbillies
Donna Douglas (actress), passed away January 1, aged 82 years.

James Horner
James Horner (composer), was killed in a plane crash in June. He was 61 years old.

Amanda Peterson (pictured with co-star Patrick Dempsey, from the film, Can't Buy Me Love)
Amanda Peterson (actress), passed away from a drug overdose in July. She was 43 years old.

Anne Meara with husband Jerry Stiller 
Anne Meara (actress), passed away in May. She was 85 years old.

B. B. King
B. B. King, blues legend, passed away May 14. He was 89 years old.

Rod Taylor, pictured with his The Birds co-star, Tippi Hedron. 
Rod Taylor (actor), passed away on January 7. He was 84 years old.

Christian Audigier
Ed Hardy designer, Christian Audigier, passed away from cancer. He was 57 years old.

Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson (actress), passed away in May. She was 94 years old.

Grace Lee Whitney
Grace Lee Whitney (actress), passed away in May. She was 85 years old.

Stone Temple Pilots' singer, Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland (singer with the Stone Temple Pilots), passed away, aged 48 years.

Wes Craven
Wes Craven (writer/director), passed away from brain cancer. He was 76 years old.

Leonard Nimoy, 'Dr. Spock', from Star Trek
Leonard Nimoy (actor), passed away on February 27. He was 83 years old.

Movita Castaneda (left) pictured with her one time husband, Marlon Brando. Also pictured is Debbie Reynolds (right)
Movita Castaneda (actress), passed away on February 12, aged 98 years.

Stevie Wright, lead singer with The Easybeats
Stevie Wright, lead singer of The Easybeats, passed away December 27. He was 68 years old.

Stand By Me singer, Ben E. King
Ben E. King (singer), passed away April 30. He was 76 years old.

Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra (baseball star), passed away September 22. He was 90 years old.

Maureen O'Hara from the 1955 movie, Lady Godiva of Coventry
Maureen O'Hara (actress), passed away October 24. She was 95 years old.

Al on the set of Happy Days
Al Molinaro (actor), passed away in October. He was 96 years old.

Lizabeth Scott
Lizabeth Scott (actress), passed away on January 31. She was 92 years old.

Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif (actor), passed away from a heart attack on July 10. He was 83 years old.

Yvonne Craig, Batgirl
Yvonne Craig (actress), passed away from cancer in August. She was 78 years old.

Lemmy Kilmister
Lemmy Kilmister, from the band Motörhead, passed away on December 28 from an aggressive form of cancer. He was 70 years old.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Today's birthday girl is Betty Grable

Betty Grable would have been 102 today.

Those famous legs were insured by Lloyds of London for $250,000. Lots of money those days!

It was rumoured that Betty was pregnant in this photo, so she was photographed from the back. However, this photo was taken two years before the birth of her first child. 

Singer, Neil Sedaka, wrote a song called Betty Grable in her honour.

Betty had two daughters with Harry James - Victoria was born in 1944 and Jessica was born in 1947.

Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe
Betty suffered from a fear of crowds, known as demophobia. She was also a sleepwalker.

"There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them." - Betty Grable

Betty was married to Jackie Coogan from 1937-39. She was also married to Harry James from 1943-65. Her partner until her death was Bob Remick.

Betty Grable passed away from lung cancer on 2nd July 1973. She was 56 years old. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Woman Crush Wednesday - Gene Tierney

Interesting facts about Hollywood beauty, Gene Tierney (November 19th, 1920-November 6, 1991).

She spoke fluent French. She went to school in Switzerland where she learned the language.

"Jealously is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties."

She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Ellen Berent Harland in the 1945 film, Leave Her to Heaven.

The award went to Joan Crawford for Mildred Pierce.

Tierney has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard.

Gene was married twice - first to Oleg Cassini (fashion designer) from 1941-1952. She also married oil baron, W. Howard Lee (ex-husband of Hedy Lamarr). They were married from 1960 until his death in 1981.

Oleg Cassini and Gene Tierney
They had two daughters - Christina (Tina) and Antoinette Daria (Daria).

Christina (Tina) Cassini and Gene Tierney
In 1943, when she was pregnant with Daria, Gene contracted the German Measles. Daria was born prematurely and needed a full blood transfusion. Daria was deaf, partially blind and was mentally disabled.

Both daughters have passed away.

Daria died in 2010, aged 66 years old.

Tina died this year of ovarian cancer, aged 63 years old.

Gene had manic depression and spent some time in a mental health facility.

Her depression was so severe that she had 27 shock treatments.

She said that the shock treatments caused her to lose some of memory.

When she first heard her voice when she was on the big screen, she said her voice sounded like Minnie Mouse.

She smoked in the belief that it would deepen her voice. She died in 1991 from emphysema.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

White Ribbon Day #teachourboys #kidspot

Tomorrow is White Ribbon Day. 

White Ribbon is Australia's only male-led campaign to end violence against women.

The statistics of violence towards women is incredibly heartbreaking. This year, 77 women have lost their lives due to violence. THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!

Kidspot has a campaign called #teachourboys.

It's about telling your little men that violence is never the answer...raising our sons to respect women (and everyone) and to reach out if you are aware of violence happening to women. 

I know that White Ribbon is directed at violence towards women, however, violence by any gender- towards any gender - is NOT ACCEPTABLE! 

Physical and emotional abuse is despicable. Let's do our best to teach the next generations kindness and respect.

This phone number is for any Australia who has experienced, or is at risk of family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault - 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): It is a 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Lego fun at Anime at Abbotsford

We have the coolest shop in our suburb. It's called Anime at Abbotsford. They sell everything anime, Minecraft, Beanie Boos, Star Wars and a whole lot of other things. Besides selling cool stuff, they have the best social gatherings at their store.

This morning, I took my son to their Lego competition and we had such a great time.

The instructions for the competition was to make a lego unicorn with a person on it. 

These kids are so clever!

One of the older kids made this. So impressed.
Another part of today's gathering was playing guess how many lego bricks made up the Lego dog. 

Bradley of Anime at Abbotsford and the Lego dog

and Hansen too!

The answer will be revealed later but I chose 2,022 bricks. I wonder what the total will actually be...

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Movie Dance Scenes Mashup (Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft.Bruno Mars)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire from You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

I love a good dance scene from old Hollywood. My mother posted the video below on her Facebook today and I had to share it with you all. It's fantastic!

When I was watching it, I tried to guess all of the movies featured. Not very easy to do, but give it a go.

Then, for a list of the films featured, go to settings on the video and switch the subtitles on. Enjoy!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Let's go back in time and visit Leonard Pountney's hair salon in 1964 - it's amazing!

Can you imagine how much fun it would have been getting your hair done at this salon in the 1960s?

I'm not sure about all that smoking around that heavy duty hairspray though.

Hope you enjoy the video.