Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody is a son of the well-know Hungarian photographer Sylvia Planchy.   He was born in New York city in 1973.   He won an Oscar in 2002 for his harrowling performance as a celebrated Jewish musician in Nazi-torn Warsaw in Roman Polanski@s “The Pianist”.   At first he seemed an unlikely choice to take on the […]

France Nuyen

France Nuyen (Wikipedia) France Nuyen was born in 1939 is a French actress, model, and psychological counselor of Vietnameseancestry. Nuyen was born in Marseille, France. Her mother was French, her father Vietnamese. During World War II, her mother and grandfather were persecuted by the Nazis for being Roma. Nuyen was raised in Marseille by a cousin she calls “an Orchidaceae raiser who was the only person […]

Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner obituary in “The Los Angeles Times”. Yul Brynner can claim two iconic roles to his credit.   He will forever be associated with the musical “The King and I” where he played King Mongkut of Siam.   He first played the role on Broadway in the early 1950’s and won the Academy Award for Best […]

Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns (Wikipedia) Glynis Johns was born in 1923 is a retired Welsh stage, television and film actress, dancer, pianist, and singer. Born in Pretoria, South Africa while her parents were on tour, she is best known for creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for playing Winifred […]

Dermot Mulroney

  Dermot Mulroney was a riot in the film “About Schmidt” with Jack Nicholson from which this autograph picture was taken .   In his previous roles he seemed no more than a handsome utilty actor.   In “About Schmidt” he played the part of Randell Hertzel a pony-tailed, walrus mustached water-bed salesman forever optimistic of reaching […]

Geraldine Fitzgerald

Geraldine Fitzgerald Geraldine Fitzgerald started her career with the Gate theatre in the 1930’s in Dublin.   She was soon starring in such British films as “The Mill on the Floss”.   By 1938 she was in Hollywood.   Her first two films !Wuthering Heights” with Laurence Oliver and “Dark Victory” with Bette Davis both released the following […]

Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner. TCM Overview Aidan Turner is one of our new generation of Irish actors.   He first came to national prominance as Rory in the RTE series of “The Clinic”.   He then went on to be among the leading actors in the British television series “Being Human” and  “Desperate Romantics”.   He recently made the television […]

Simone Simon

Simone Simon obituary in “The Guardian” in 2005. Almost two decades before Brigitte Bardot, the epithet “sex kitten” could have been applied even more appropriately to Simone Simon, who has died aged 94. Jean Renoir described the character Simon played in La Bête Humaine (1938) thus: “Severine is not a vamp. She’s a cat, a […]

Sean McClory

Sean McClory obituary in “The Los Angeles Times” This great Irish actor is from the Claddagh in Galway and started his career in the the Abbey Theatre but was in Hollywood by the late 1940’s.   He came back to Galway in 1951 to make John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” and continued his career in the […]


Twiggy. IMDB Twiggy was born Lesley Hornby in Neasdon, London in 1949. The 60’s supermodel icon Twiggy made a few films in the 1970’s.   “The Boy Friend” directed by Ken Russelll is of particular interest.   She is now the fashion face of Marks and Spencer department store. Gary Brumburgh’s entry: Top model of the late […]