Elsa Martinelli

Elsa Martinelli obituary in n”The Guardian” in 2017. For more than a decade from the mid-1950s, the film star Elsa Martinelli, who has died aged 82, was one of the most prominent female Italian exports to Hollywood, along with her compatriots Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale. In addition, Martinelli’s appearance seemed to be the sine […]

Sylva Koscina

Sylvia Koscina obituary in “The Independent”. Sylva Koscina was a beautiful Yugoslav actress who was  featured in many Italian epics of the late 1950’s onwards.   She starred opposite Steve Reeves in “Hercules”.   By the mid 1960’s she was making international films including two films in Hollywood, “The Secret War of Harry Frigg” with Paul Newman […]

Hardy Kruger

Hardy Kruger. TCM Overview. Hardy Kruger first came to international notice with his leading role in the British film “The One that Got Away” in 1957.   This was the story of the only German prisioner-of-war to escape from Britain and return to Germany during World War Two.   He went to Hollywood in 1965 to make […]

Nicole Maurey

Nicole Maurey. (Wikipedia) Nicole Maurey was born in Paris in 1925.   She made movies in France and in 1953 she made “Little Boy Lost” with Bing Crosby on location in Paris.   She then went to Hollywood where she made anumber of films including “Secret of the Incas” with Charlton Heston and “The Jayhawkers”.   In the […]

Maximilian Schell

Maximilian Schell obituary in “The Independent”. Maximilian Schell was born in Vienna and raised in Switzerland and is the younger brother of the actress Maria Schell.   He made his Hollywood debut in 1959 in “The Young Lions” and won surprisingly the Best Actor Oscar in 1961 for his performance in “Judgement at Nuremberg”, arole which he had […]


Annabella. Obituary in “The Independent” in 1996. Annabella was born Suzanne Charpentier in France in 1907.   She made her first film in her native country in 1927.   In the late 1930’s she came  to the UK to make the first British colour film “Wings of the Morning” with Henry Fonda and the Irish tenor Count […]

Horst Buchholz

Horst Buchholz obituary in “The Guardian” in 2003. The refusal of German audiences to contemplate subtitled films ensured useful, if obscure, work for their actors, and Horst Buchholz, who has died aged 69, found – as Henry Brookholt – such employment invaluable in the early stages of his career. Buchholz, who achieved fame as one […]

Jeroen Krabbe

Jeroem Krabbe (Wikipedia) Jeroem Krabbe is a Dutch actor and film director who has appeared in more than 60 films since 1963, including Soldaat van Oranje (1977), The Fourth Man (1983), The Living Daylights (1987), The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), and Immortal Beloved (1994). Krabbé was born into an artistic family in Amsterdam. Both his father Maarten Krabbéand grandfather Hendrik Maarten Krabbé were well-known painters, while […]

Giovanna Ralli

Giovanna Ralli. (Wikipedia) Giovanna Ralli was born in Rome in 1935.   She began making films in Italy in 1951 and by the mid 60’s had achieved an international reputation.   She made one movie  in 1966 in Hollywood “What Did You Do in the War Daddy” with fellow Italian Sergio Fantoni.   Ms Ralli is still acting in […]

Gerard Depardieu

Gerard Depardieu was born in France in 1948.   He made his first film”Maitresse” directed by Barbet Schroeder in 1973.   He has made films with most of the renowned French directors of the recent past e.g. Bertrand Blier, Claude Sautet, Bernardo Bertolucci, Alain Resnais, Francois Truffaut and Claude Chabrol.   In 1990 he went to the US to […]