Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Worth Watching?

I couldn't believe my eyes. On one of the premium high-def channels that I subscribe to, I saw a movie about to be shown that costarred someone who'd once been part of my celebrity radar because of her participation in a series I was obsessed with back in the mid-'80s. I figured surely the movie (really more of a straight-to-video sort of affair) would be atrocious, but curiosity got the better of me. Imagine my surprise when the headlining star (who I'd steadfastly avoided at all costs for years) turned out to be one good looking man!

Not only that, but the "actor" gave a startlingly appealing perfor- mance for the most part; one completely at odds with the persona that had heretofore been put before the public. And, as ought to be the case with anyone who sports a nice physique, he was frequently shirtless in the movie. Does his face happen to ring a bell at all? I doubt it will be much more of a clue if I tell you that the movie was called Midnight Heat and was released in 1996.

This one might do it, though it's possible that even still there will be some doubt as to who the leading man of this movie was.

The blond, good-looking hunk with the attractive hair and chiseled body was that belonging to none other than flamboyant, controversial, often-outrageous college and (briefly) NFL football linebacker Brian Bosworth (known during his heyday as "The Boz!")

I couldn't believe that the man I was watching in the movie was the same outspoken, polarizing, ultimately stymied (by injury) persona who briefly became a national sensation in the world of sports.
Now I'm not going to sit here and say that Brian Bosworth was an incredible actor in Midnight Heat (!) - and it remains the only movie of his I've ever seen - but he was very handsome in it and also quite amiable and appealing. He even put forth a certain level of vulnerability and lack of physical acumen.
The plot of the movie bears some resem- blance to Tom Berenger's Shattered, which came out in 1991.  In that one, the leading man was severely injured in a car accident, its shattered windshield destroying his face and giving him amnesia. In Heat, Bosworth is a banker (looking positively adorable in his suspenders and spectacles) who suffers a bomb explosion and is left with amnesia (along with a sultry wife and a huge mansion.)
Helping him out (and the key reason I DVR-ed this movie in the first place) is a spunky barmaid played by Claire Yarlett. Yarlett was Charlton Heston and Stephanie Beacham's daughter Bliss on The Colbys, a glitzy, well-heeled, but campy and often silly show I lived for from 1985-1987.

Her character on The Colbys was American, though Yarlett was English (!), a common occurance on the show. (She's shown here with big sister Tracy Scoggins and in the inset with her forbidden boyfriend Charles Van Eman, nephew of her father's worst enemy.)

Yarlett might have been granted a more significant career boost following the demise of The Colbys had her next project actually occurred. Aaron Spelling (who produced The Colbys along with many other hit shows of the 1970s and '80s) decided to relaunch Charlie's Angels, which had ceased airing in 1981. A "nationwide search" was held for just the right (four, this time) ladies to portray the daring detectives of "Angels '88." He didn't have to look far for Yarlett, but the other gals were Tea Leoni (!), Sandra Canning and Karen Kopins. Leoni went on to a pretty considerable career while Canning headed to Days of Our Lives and Kopins to Dallas before eventually exiting the business. The project never got past the stages of the big announcement... Yarlett did continue to act, but receded from the screen around 2009.

For his part, Bosworth still acts today, with a franchise of motorcycle-centered sci-fi movies called Revelation Road, while also attempting to branch out into projects outside the action-adventure category that he was inherently steered towards as an ex-football player.

Anyway, I couldn't resist sharing the young Nick Nolte-ish goodness of "The Boz" with you in case you ever want to keep an eye out for this surprisingly captivating low-budget movie. If you do watch it, I hope you felt it was (Bos)worth the time!  ;-)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Sarah" Smile!

Well, we love glamorous portraits, catalogs and glitzy accessories, so we're likely to love this passel of Sarah Coventry jewelry ads (and catalog covers/pages.) My first encounter with Sarah Coventry (apart from sometimes hearing the name as a game show sponsor or consolation prize!) was late in life. I had been scrambling for something I wanted Lee Meriwether to sign and found a photo very similar to the one shown here at left. I adored the way she looked in it. Recently, I discovered a whole bunch of others, with or without our Lee, and they range from the benign to the fabulous! You be the judge. Stay tuned near the end for an impromptu bonus feature.  ;-)
This is the version of the ad that I asked Ms. Meriwether to sign. She told me that once her mother had taken a print of this shot and decoupaged it in a lovely frame, but that it had later been destroyed during an earthquake.
Be sure to click on this one and check out the heavily teased 'do she's sporting here! No wonder she eventually turned to shorter, simpler styles...
I just LOVE this one. It combines so many things I love...! Meriwether, makeup, chiffon, chunky jewelry. Did I just set off the sprinklers in here??
Another Miss America, the divine Mary Ann Mobley, serves as your guide for the ritualistic sacrifices being held in the back room...!  Ha ha!
We've always had a soft-spot for ever-glam, ever-effervescent Ruta Lee. I don't really care for the red (top) on red (background), but I do care for her.
Here we find Anne Francis around the time she was starring on TV as female spy Honey West.
I like these earrings that Miss Rosemary Clooney is modeling.
The ad copy on this page with The Lennon Sisters challenges us to name each girl with hints from the Initial pins that they are wearing. Amazingly enough, I got them right.
Something about her smile in this photo makes it almost hard to recognize Lesley Ann Warren, then starring in The Happiest Millionaire. Disney did a number of tie-ins with the jewelry manufacturer as you'll see.
I don't know where I was that I never realized Janet Blair was in The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (which also featured Warren.) Then again, I don't believe I've seen this since I was in the 6th or 7th grade many years ago!
Always lovely Vera Miles has an understated look in her ad. The necklace is sorta fun, though I don't think I'd have paired it with gray.
We adore Jo Anne Worley and feel that her career ought to have been even bigger (and lasted longer) than it ultimately did.
Check the curl on Angel Tompkins' locks.
Look, it's young Sally Field, out of her nun's habit and with plenty of hair.
The wonderful Diane Baker (who at first glance seemed almost like a brunette Cybill Shepherd to me!) I have no recollection of her hair looking this way. It certainly didn't in the mentioned movie Krakatoa: East of Java.
Of course they had to roll back the camera for dancer Cyd Charisse's ad. Love the mod print dress.
Eileen Fulton reigned on daytime TV as one of its biggest stars during her time on As the World Turns. A startling number of little baby girls were named Lisa after her character (who was, in her day, quite the troublemaker!)
Dancer Juliet Prowse looks pretty here, though we don't get to see her legs. (We would, however, on her later pantyhose commercials for L'eggs.)
You know, I've just never quite warmed up to Miss Rhonda Fleming, who looks attractive, but stiff, here. I do like the colors that accent her hair, though.
I can remember seeing this distinctive owl necklace on SO many ladies in the mid-1970s. It's modeled here by Lynda Day George, then of Mission: Impossible.
Here George shows off a pretty ornate brooch.
And here she shows off her actor hubby, Christopher George. And we are ending with the mini-bonus of him showing off as well!
Christopher George posed nude for Playgirl magazine in 1974 (the same year as the Sarah Coventry catalog!)
I find it remarkable that Lynda was cool with his doing so. (He posed full-frontal, though I still do not publish such shots here. I like to keep the place at least remotely work-friendly.)
Uncropped versions of these pics are easily found in an online image search.
Though he worked on many projects, he may be best-known from his time on the WWII series The Rat Patrol (inset.) And now, my loves, I am off on a three-night spree to glittering Las Vegas. I hope I can report something fun about that when I get back.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Quotable Notables

In this latest installment of quotes from and/or about celebrities, we're pulling out some big guns. The back end of the alphabet seems to contain some of showbiz's more prominent figures and we share some reflections on them by their peers (or others) with pics to go with. Hope you enjoy the remarks!
"She's an ox when it comes to acting. She eats words for breakfast. Working with her is like playing tennis with Chris Evert-she keeps trying to hit the perfect ball." - DUSTIN HOFFMAN on MERYL STREEP (his costar in Kramer vs Kramer)
"Before I saw Sophie's Choice the alleged magic of Meryl Streep eluded me totally. I didn't understand what the fuss was about. At best she seemed like a frozen, boring blonde, with ice water in her veins, from the Grace Kelly-Tippi Hedren School of Dramatic Art. I simply didn't get the message. Now I do. As Sophie...she is positively mesmerizing." Film critic REX REED on MERYL STREEP
"Oh God, she looks like a chicken." - Writer TRUMAN CAPOTE on MERYL STREEP
"I had no disagreement with Barbra Streisand. I was merely exasperated at her tendency to be a complete megalomaniac." - WALTER MATTHAU on Hello Dolly co-star BARBRA STREISAND (He also said, "I'm number 10 [at the box office]. Right under Barbra Streisand. Can you imagine being under Barbra Streisand? Get me a bag, I may throw up.")
"Filming with Barbra Streisand is an experience which may have cured me of movies." - KRIS KRISTOFFERSON on A Star is Born co-star BARBRA STREISAND
"I think Barbra Streisand is a genius, the creativity she has! And I am very impressed with her as a person. Some years ago when I was on the Academy Awards broadcast, she came up to me. I was standing in the wings and Barbra walked across the stage to greet me. Very polite, very nice. You don't find many young women who extend that kind of courtesy to an older woman. Audrey Hepburn does. And Barbra. I've not forgotten how charming she was." MYRNA LOY on BARBRA STREISAND
"She is a sullen, opague creature, an unknowable, but as enkindled as a young lioness." - Columnist ADELA ROGERS ST. JOHN on GLORIA SWANSON
"Gloria, how you wear me out! Where do you get all this energy?" - GRETA GARBO on GLORIA SWANSON
"Wobbling her enormous derriere across the screen [in Hammersmith is Out] in a manner so offensive it would bring litigation from any dignified, self-respecting performer, and saying lines like: "I'm the biggest mother of them all," inspires pity instead of laughs. She has been announcing plans to retire from the screen. Now is as good a time as any." - Critic REX REED on ELIZABETH TAYLOR (in 1972.)
"I love her, not for her breasts, her buttocks or her knees but for her mind. It is inscrutable. She is like a poem." - (Two-time) Husband RICHARD BURTON on ELIZABETH TAYLOR
"Remember that there isn't anything as important as the sleep and rest of Elizabeth Taylor." - (One-time) Husband EDDIE FISHER on ELIZABETH TAYLOR
"During this depression, when the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles." - President FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT on #1 box office attraction SHIRLEY TEMPLE
"She was a nice kid, with a really wonderful mother and father. We all liked her. But she was brilliant. She knew everyone's dialogue, and if you forgot a line, she gave it to you. We all hated her for that." - ALICE FAYE on SHIRLEY TEMPLE (with whom she worked in Now I'll Tell, Poor Little Rich Girl and Stowaway)
"I remember Spencer Tracy, who was one of the great film actors, telling me that when he was a young man in New York, he would wait outside a certain theatre at a certain time just to see Lionel Barrymore leave. He couldn't afford to see him act on the stage but at least he could watch and see him walk out of the theatre. I think this is terribly important." - ROBERT RYAN on SPENCER TRACY (with whom he acted in Bad Day at Black Rock)
"I also liked Spencer Tracy...although think it a bit excessive to describe him as the greatest film actor. What he had was a deliberate, delicate mechanism that could cogently envisage a vast area of experience." - PAUL SCOFIELD on SPENCER TRACY (with whom he never worked.)
"Spencer does it. That is all. Talks. Listens. He means what he says when he says it, and if you think that's easy, try it." - HUMPHREY BOGART on SPENCER TRACY (his costar in Up the River, their only appearance together.)