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Patti Smith & Russell Brand Autobiographies Inspire Courtney Love


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Rocker Courtney Love is using the literary works of Russell Brand, Patti Smith and silver screen icon Tallulah Bankhead as inspiration for her upcoming memoirs.

The Hole star is co-writing the tome with author Anthony Bozza and she is mining her favourite books for ideas on style, tone and what to include.

She tells Rolling Stone, "I'm reading Just Kids again because I know Patti wrote that by herself, and My Booky Wook by Russell Brand, which I think is a great book in terms of just his voice. And then I found an old Tallulah Bankhead book, where she is very fabulous. So it's a combination of those three books."

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Rare Prints Of Silver Screen Icons Wow Auction Experts In Hollywood


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Rare stills of silver screen greats like Greta Garbo, Bette Davis and Tallulah Bankhead are the early highlights of what has been dubbed the memorabilia auction of the year.

The glimpses of Hollywood's golden age were among the first items to go under the hammer at Profiles in History's two-day Icons of Hollywood sale in California, which began on Thursday morning (15Dec11).

Camera negatives of Bankhead, Garbo and Norma Shearer, which were expected to fetch $300 (£187), sold for more than 10 times that figure, while shots of Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Loretta Young taken by legendary photographers Ernest Bachrach and Clarence Sinclair Bull went under the hammer for $2,250 (£1,400).

Other early big hitters included camera negatives of Gina Lollobrigida taken by John Engstead, which sold for almost seven times their expected price; a rare signed Jean Harlow photograph, which more than doubled its asking price at $4,250 (£2,650), and an autographed Ronald Reagan self-portrait, which went under the hammer at $9,225 (£5,760).

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Harper Fighting To Get Looped Back On Broadway After Tony Awards Nod


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Actress Valerie Harper has vowed to keep her Broadway flop LOOPED alive in regional theatres after landing a Leading Actress Tony Award nomination for her role as Tallulah Bankhead in the play.

Her nod has come less than a month after the show closed in New York and Harper admits its a huge acknowledgement for the cast, director Rob Ruggiero and playwright Matthew Lombardo.

She tells WENN, "I can't say vindication but it's very, very sweet. I can't say bittersweet because we closed on April 11th, so I've had three weeks or so to sob and be upset... It kind of has solidified us in Broadway history even though the show closed early."

And Harper, who is now touring with the production, insists the show failed because an investor dropped out at the last minute.

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Peta Complained About Harper's Looped Fur Coat


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Actress Valerie Harper is glad of one thing when it comes to the early closure of her Broadway play LOOPED - no more letters from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about the fur coat she wears onstage as late actress Tallulah Bankhead.

Last week (ends09Apr10), producers announced the show would end after a six-week run, amid reports of low ticket sales - and PETA activists are celebrating because it means the full mink Harper wears as Bankhead will be retired.

Harper admits she has received correspondence from PETA bosses about the coat.

She tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "They did send a letter and I'm very respectful of animals but I'm not a vegetarian. I did wear fur years ago but I never wear it now. They just wanted to make the point that the animals suffer and they die horribly.

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Harper's Broadway Show To Close


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Valerie Harper's Broadway show about late Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead is to close after just six weeks.

The veteran star plays the lead role in Looped, which is based on a real event in the life of Bankhead, when she showed up intoxicated on the set of 1965 movie Die! Die! My Darling! and struggled to record one line of dialogue.

Harper first performed the show in California in 2008 and took the production to the New York stage in February (10), but producers have now announced Looped will close early on Sunday (11Apr10) - amid rumours low ticket sales meant the show was barely covering costs, according to the New York Times.

Harper To Tackle Bankhead On Broadway


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Veteran actress Valerie Harper is bringing her portrayal of controversial Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead to Broadway.

The 70 year old, best known for her role in 1970s TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, will revive her part in Looped, which opened in California in 2008 and is heading to the New York stage later this month (Feb10).

The production is based on a real event in the life of Bankhead, when she showed up intoxicated on the set of 1965 movie Die! Die! My Darling! and struggled to record one line of dialogue.

And Harper admits she was reluctant to take on the role of Bankhead because of the bad language in the play.

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Cancer Claims Actress Carrie Nye


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Actress CARRIE NYE has lost her battle with lung cancer at her home in New York. She was 69.
The Emmy-winning THE SCARLETT O'HARA WAR star - the wife of beloved US game show host DICK CAVETT - was born in Mississippi in 1936 and attended Yale Drama School in Connecticut.
She made her name on Broadway, New York, where she enjoyed a distinguished career in hits like COP-OUT, A SECOND STRING and TOMMY STEELE musical HALF A SIXPENCE, which earned her a Tony nomination for her performance as HELEN WALSINGHAM.
Nye was also a favourite at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she appeared in 24 productions, including CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF and A Streetcar Named Desire.
She went on to win an Emmy for playing Tallulah Bankhead in TV film The Scarlett O'Hara War.

Lifeboat Review


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Who would've pegged Alfred Hitchcock for a moral humanist? An appeal to our common humanism is not something we associate with a man whose métier was the psychological horrors perverting the patina of the white middle class. Lifeboat, then, is a rare instance (along with Foreign Correspondent and Saboteur, also from this period) in the 51-year directing career of the legendary suspense-master of socially conscious storytelling. In Francois Truffaut's famous interview with him, transcribed in Hitchcock/Truffaut, the director recounts how he intended Lifeboat to be a microcosm of the Allied war effort. Working from a story treatment by John Steinbeck and a script by Jo Swerling, Lifeboat became the director's appeal to the Allied nations to put their differences and personal biases aside, join ranks, and fight the Nazis, then overrunning Europe, as a coordinated, united force.

As a polemic, Lifeboat is closer to John Ford's similarly themed and conceived Stagecoach (1939) than to any of the director's own movies. Hitchcock changes the terrain from land to water and replaces Fords' frontier travelers with the similarly disparate survivors of a U-boat attack. We have John (John Hodiak), a working-class American stiff pitted against Rittenhouse (Henry Hull), the inveterate capitalist (read: Nazi appeaser), and Constance Porter (Tallulah Bankhead), a saucy gadfly/columnist. Meanwhile, a gentle romance simmers between Alice (Mary Anderson), a lovelorn nurse, and Stanley (Hume Cronyn), a humble navigator. George (Canada Lee), a black cook (what else?) with a penchant for the Gospels stands as the group's moral pillar; he is apolitical and totally good-hearted. Hitchcock gives an episodic shape to Swerling's flailing narrative, focusing on the survivors' attempts to rescue one of their own, the wounded and mentally faltering Gus (William Bendix). As they do, they battle the stormy elements, the scorn and suspicion for each other that society has ingrained into them, and, chiefly, their collective mistrust for a Nazi U-boat sailor who's also in the dinghy, and in whom, despite his villainous credentials, they must invest their faith.

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Controversy As Bogart Is Uncovered


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A book detailing the alleged secret life of legendary Hollywood actor
Humphrey Bogart is causing controversy in Hollywood.


The tome THE SECRET LIFE OF HUMPHREY BOGART, penned by scribe DARWIN
PORTER is based on a manuscript full of incredible gossip written by the
CASABLANCA star's friend - actor KENNETH MACKENNA.


In the book, Porter alleges that Bogart took on an undercover role for
tycoon Howard Hughes, after being frightened that the mogul knew too much about
his philandering. Bogey was afraid Hughes would tell all to his then-wife MARY
PHILIPS.


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