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Archive for September, 2019

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Mario Cabre

Mario Cabre, 75, a bullfighter and actor who in 1950 was romantically linked to the late actress Ava Gardner. Cabre became widely known outside Spain for his romance with Miss Gardner during the filming of “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman,” which they made together with James Mason in the Spanish Costa Brava. During that same period Cabre and Frank Sinatra were vying for Miss Gardner’s affections. After retiring from the bullring in 1960 after a 17-year career, Cabre played leading roles in a number of Spanish films and plays. In Barcelona on Sunday of a lingering heart ailment.

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Sandra Dorne

British platinum blonde with leads in 1950s, later in supporting roles, but always with special ‘presence’. Husky-voiced, “blonde bombshell” was a popular pinup early in her career. Appeared in some 35 films, many teleplays, specialized in mystery, suspense and horror titles. Married to actor Patrick Holt.

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Con O’Neill

Con O’Neill

Con O’Neill. IMDB.

Con O’Neill was born in Weston-Supermare in Sumerset.   He has many fine stage performances to his credit.   He won wide acclaim for both his stage and film roles as Joe Meek in “Telstar” in 2008.

IMDB entry:

Con O’Neill was born in 1966 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. He is an actor, known for Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008), Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) and The Last Seduction II (1999). He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Blood Brothers.  

Was nominated for Broadway’s 1993 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for “Blood Brothers.”   Born in England to parents from Dundalk in Ireland,he started acting at the Everyman Youth Theater in Liverpool, meeting Willy Russell, hence the ‘Blood Brothers’ connection.  

Appearing in “Telstar” at the New Ambassadors Theatre, London [July 2005]

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Leigh McCloskey

Leigh McCloskey. Wikipedia

Leigh McCloskey was born in 1955 and an American actorartist and writer. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television series and movies, including a 46-episode stint as Mitch Cooper on the popular American soap opera Dallas, and a leading role in the Dario Argento-helmed supernatural horror film Inferno.

Born in Los AngelesCalifornia, McCloskey was classically trained as an actor at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York.[citation needed] He began his professional acting career playing Billy Abbott in the original miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. He went on to star in three nighttime television series: Executive SuiteMarried: The First Year, and performed the role of Mitch Cooper (husband of Lucy Ewing Cooper) on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas. McCloskey was a series regular from 1980–1982, and made brief appearances in 1985 and 1988.

McCloskey starred in made-for-television films and miniseries including The Bermuda DepthsDawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and its sequel Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn in which he played the title role. He was given the lead role in the Italian horror film Inferno (1980) after the director’s original choice of James Woods proved to be unavailable. He starred in Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth and with Linda Gray (Dallas) in Accidental Meeting. He starred in the television miniseries Gone But Not Forgotten (2005). McCloskey has also appeared in the films Just One of the GuysCameron’s ClosetFraternity Vacation with Tim Robbins, and Inferno directed by Dario Argento, among others.

McCloskey has guest-starred on television series and pilots including BonesStar Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek: VoyagerJake and the FatmanJAGLife Goes OnChicago HopeMedical Center, and many others. He has played villains on four sci-fi television series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as Babylon 5 (2 parts) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with Dorothy Stratten. He has also appeared in a number of daytime soap operas, including Santa BarbaraGeneral HospitalThe Young and the Restless and One Life to Live.


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Kerri Quinn

Kerri Quinn

As acting jobs go, a starring role on Coronation Street is about as epic as it gets.

And for North Belfast mum Kerri Quinn bagging a spot on the show – along with some of the biggest names in soapland – is up there with her biggest achievements. 

“I’m loving it,” said the 36-year-old. “ It’s an iconic show . I grew up with it because my mum and dad are big fans. 

“I’ve been acting all my life, from a young age, and I was terrified on my first day. It has been the highest point in my career. You get in a taxi in Belfast and they go, ‘Right, you act? So what have you done?’

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James Naughton

James Naughton, a handsome charmer and solid, reliable player on film and TV, is best-known for his magnetic work on the musical stage. The two-time Tony award winner for his cynical, “Sam Spade”-like detective in “City of Angels” (1990) and slick, shyster lawyer/razzle dazzler “Billy Flynn” in the revival of “Chicago” (1997), hails from Yale (School of Drama) and began scoring on Broadway in the 70s with his sharp portrayal as “Edmund” in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, and in his Broadway debut with “I Love My Wife”. He has also directed stage plays, such as Arthur Miller’s “The Price” and “Our Town” with Paul Newman and Jane Curtin. A number of TV series throughout the decades failed, however, to light up his name in Hollywood with Making the Grade (1982), Trauma Center (1983) and The Cosby Mysteries (1994), coming and going. The same goes with his steady, restrained work in the films, The Paper Chase (1973), The Glass Menagerie (1987), The Good Mother (1988) and The First Wives Club (1996). Best-known for his trustworthy husbands (well, not always) and well-dressed professionals, he has one of those strong, worldly faces you recognize but can’t place. Recently, Naughton has taken to the cabaret circuit where his simple, relaxed singing style has caught on, especially in his award-winning one-man show “Street of Dreams” which was comprised of a number of eclectic songs from country and western to contemporary pop to classic standards. His children Greg and Keira are also in the business.

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Beverly Brooks

Beverly Brooks obituary in “The Independent”.

In the 1970s and 1980s Patricia Rothermere was as essential to the London party scene as champagne and canapes and, within that small circle for which such things matter, was famed for her hospitality.

As a fashionable figure, ‘Bubbles’ Rothermere raised contradictory emotions. On the one hand, her total disregard for the ‘You can never be too thin or too rich’ fashion doctrine caused mirth among women less secure of their position and role in society – the women who literally nibble a lettuce leaf with such dedication that their stomachs shrink and it becomes impossible for them to put on weight. On the other hand, as she grew larger and defiantly refused to dress in a way that might disguise her size, she became a cheerleader around whom those who wanted to have fun without worrying about avoirdupois happily rallied.    

Pat Rothermere’s appearance was startlingly unconventional. She loved taffeta, velvet, bows, flounces and all the gallimaufry of late 18th-century dress. She was lucky that London is still the centre for this particular form of evening dress – over-decorative, anachronistic and fussy. London designers were also lucky that they had her to wear their extraordinary creations. Whereas on slimmer, more standard figures they appeared banal and derivative, her size gave them an unexpected probity and stature.

It is as a brilliantly dotty, shimmeringly exotic night figure that she will be remembered. As she arrived at a party wearing an extravagantly concocted evening gown by Gina Fratini or Zandra Rhodes hers was invariably a presence that could not be ignored.

As a hostess she believed in an amusing mix and threw people together in an unconventional way that, in the hands of other hostesses, would seem suicidal. Guests included politicians and City men on one side and Hollywood stars or National Hunt jockeys on the other. As an ex-Rank starlet she knew not only how to project but how to improvise. If a party was too pompous, to keep it moving, she would create her own little diversions. There are tales of midnight fish-and-chip feasts in the back of her Bentley and many escapades that are best described as japes – schoolgirlish, fun and rather innocent. They epitomise the Girls’ Own quality of much of her life.

She was born Patricia Matthews in Hertfordshire in 1929, the daughter of an architect. Considered a beauty in her early twenties, she became an actress. Under the name of Beverley Brooks she appeared in several films, including Reach for the Sky (1956), the story of Douglas Bader. In 1957, after divorcing her first husband, Christopher Brooks, she married Vere Harmsworth, later Lord Rothermere and Chairman of Associated Newspapers. She once said, ‘I married an empire.’ But she always had plenty of time for fun, moving between London and her various homes in New York, Paris and Jamaica.

Her parties were not the orgy of self-indulgence and self-congratulation that many London hostesses preside over. She was a tough and determined fund-raiser for charity and used the clout of her social position to raise considerable sums on the principle that, guests or no, she expected people to pay for the fun. Her house in Eaton Square was indeed a Mecca for fun lovers but charity-supporting friends like Princess Margaret, and later the Princess of Wales, knew that Pat Rothermere had a steely determination when it came to raising funds. And they respected her for it.