Remembering Two Classic Film Stars

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November 29th marked the anniversary of two very influential and revolutionary actors’ deaths: Ralph Bellamy and Cary Grant.

Ralph Bellamy became a leading man in the 1930s.  He made more than one hundred films, and he even managed to squeeze in time to portray President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Broadway play, Sunrise at Campobello.  Bellamy later took on roles in television such as The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, and he managed to stay inclusive within the Hollywood scene.  He later went on to other television shows that continued to showcase Ralph Bellamy as an actor who could portray almost any role thrown his way.  He passed away in 1991 at the age of 87.

Cary Grant began his acting career in the 1930s.  The British-born, witty, and satirical Grant worked alongside of major Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn (Charade, 1963), Doris Day (That Touch of Mink, 1962), and Ingrid Bergman (Indiscreet, 1958).  The former acrobat turned Hollywood star suddenly became an international symbol of style and grace.  Cary Grant passed away in 1986 at the age of 82.

In Conversations with Classic Film Stars, retired journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller present an astonishing collection of rare interviews with the greatest celebrities of Hollywood’s golden age. Conducted over the course of more than fifty years, they recount intimate conversations with some of the most famous leading men and women of the era, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joseph Cotten, Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson, Joan Fontaine, Loretta Young, Kirk Douglas, and many more.

Each interview takes readers behind the scenes with some of cinema’s most iconic stars. The actors convey unforgettable stories, from Maureen O’Hara discussing Charles Laughton’s request that she change her last name, to Bob Hope candidly commenting on the presidential honors bestowed upon him. Humorous, enlightening, and poignant, Conversations with Classic Film Stars is essential reading for anyone who loves classic movies.

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