here and here. This has become a sort of go-to topic when I'm pressed for time, but want to give my readers something to think about in the meantime.
Turner Classic Movies fills their time in between cinematic treasures with equally captivating and delightful recollections from some of the stars and crew from the glory days of movie-making. They say that archeologists become ecstatic at the sight of a previously buried and unseen relic, but I can tell you that I get just as elated when I get the chance to see a retired or at least currently less-visible star pop up on TCM's interview segment “Word of Mouth!”
Sometimes, it might be disappointing to see how someone has fared, but more often it's a great relief to see the people looking so good and speaking candidly and enthusiastically about their careers and the people they knew and worked with during them. So, today, I give you round three of some folks who've appeared on this terrific little series of inserts (and am I the only one who wishes they would LAST LONGER and not be as brief as they so often are?)
right here.) Prior to his emergence as a featured actor (in films like 1961's West Side Story, for which he won an Oscar), George Chakiris was a dancing chorus boy in movies such as White Christmas (1954) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), in which he took part in the famous number “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend” featuring Marilyn Monroe. Mr. Chakiris is currently seventy-eight years of age and is in very good, if very lean, shape.
Peyton Place (1957.) The statuette went to Red Buttons for Sayonara. Tamblyn continues to work even now, having appeared in the recent Django Unchained (2012), in which he appeared with his daughter, now famous in her own right as an actress, Amber Tamblyn. Russ Tamblyn is seventy-eight years old at present.
John Gavin and she continues to act today. After a very long stint on General Hospital, she appeared in an episode of the TV show 1600 Penn this year. She is seventy-nine years old today.
Mahogany, but here she is later in life describing her role in Executive Suite (1954), a role so flimsy and scant on the page that she was hesitant to accept it. It brought her, however, her only Oscar nomination thanks to the way she fought to make herself memorable as the all-seeing, all-knowing secretary of a deceased businessman. The award went to Eva Marie Saint (in what was really a leading role) for On the Waterfront. A supporting player in The Ten Commandments (1958) and many other movies, Miss Foch died in 2008 at age eighty-four of kidney disease.