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TCM Summer Under the Stars 2020: Recap, Review, Rejoice!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 31, 2020

Another TCM Summer Under the Stars event is behind us, but the 2020 celebration was a blast — I learned so much about the stars and added many films to my must-watch list! In case you missed any of the days, here’s the entire month’s worth of posts. Enjoy! Day 1: Barbara Stanwyck D read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Thirty-One — Alain Delon

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 31, 2020

The most seductive man in cinema. Never heard of Alain Delon? Never seen one of his movies? TCM has a remedy for that. And believe me, you won’t need a spoonful of sugar to help this medicine go down. IN THE BEGINNING: Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born on November 8, 1935, in a suburb read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Thirty — Charlton Heston

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 29, 2020

Forever Ben. When many people think of Charlton Heston’s film career, they think of his biblical epics, like Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments or El Cid. But Heston produced a body of work that encompassed a wide range of roles in a variety of films, from noir to westerns, and from science fiction to read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Eight — Paul Henreid

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 28, 2020

Smooth. Like butter. Charming. Dangerous. Tender. Courageous. Mysterious. The handsome and versatile Paul Henreid was all these and more. IN THE BEGINNING: Sources differ on the name Paul Henreid was given at birth – some say it was Paul George Julius Henried, according to others it was Paul George read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Nine — Eva Marie Saint

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 28, 2020

A treasure. Eva Marie Saint is one of three stars being feted in this year’s Summer Under the Stars celebration who is still with us – she turned 96 this year. She’s also the only one of this year’s stars that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person. Is it any wonder that Eva Marie Saint read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Six — Laurence Olivier

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 26, 2020

Beauty with a ‘stache. He possessed sculptured features – complete with cleft chin – expressive eyes, and an acclaimed acting talent that was once called “the greatest of our century.”  In a career that spanned six decade, Laurence Olivier was the total package. IN THE BEGINNING: read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Seven — Claudette Colbert

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 26, 2020

She was a star. In 1936, Claudette Colbert was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Two years later, she became Hollywood’s highest-paid STAR. IN THE BEGINNING: Claudette Colbert was born Émilie Claudette Chauchoin in Paris, France, on September 13, 1905 – her family called her Lily, reportedly read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Five — Anne Shirley

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 24, 2020

Peaches and cream. Her complexion was peaches and cream. She had sweet, soulful eyes, and a softly curved mouth, and a demeanor of gentle innocence. Anne Shirley may not have reached the heights of movie stardom, but she made an impact on the Golden Age of Hollywood that is unforgettable. IN THE BEG read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Three — Olivia de Havilland

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 23, 2020

Dame Olivia de Havilland Olivia de Havilland once said, “I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise lounge, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and havin read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Four — George Raft

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 23, 2020

Hard-boiled on screen and off. George Raft was the essence of the 1930s cinema gangster – calculating, ruthless, and always handy with a gat. Off-screen, he led a life that often mirrored his big-screen persona, rubbing shoulders with such real-life mobsters as Bugsy Siegel and Owney Madden and once read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-One — Diana Dors

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 21, 2020

Don’t call her the British Marilyn Monroe. Some said that Diana Dors was England’s answer to Marilyn Monroe. (She resented the reference.) In an interview with famed journalist Mike Wallace, he described her as a “bosomy blonde bundle with a flair for publicity that is extraordinary even by read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Two — Natalie Wood

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 21, 2020

Unforgettable star. It’s not often that a popular child star makes a successful transition to screen fame. From the Golden Age of Hollywood, I can only think of a few off the top of my head – Judy Garland. Mickey Rooney. Elizabeth Taylor. Bonita Granville. Roddy McDowall. And Natalie Wood. IN THE read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty — William Powell

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 20, 2020

William Powell: The embodiment of sophistication. Just picturing William Powell makes me smile. I can’t think of a single performance of his that doesn’t bring me joy, in one way or another – from Double Harness (1933) to How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and from My Man Godfrey (1936) to Mister read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Nineteen — Dolores del Rio

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 18, 2020

One of the most beautiful things in the world. She was beautiful. She was elegant. She was sophisticated. She was Dolores del Rio. IN THE BEGINNING: Dolores del Rio was born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete on August 3, 1904, in Durango, Mexico. Her family was part of the local aristocrac read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Eighteen — Warren Beatty

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 17, 2020

Beautiful. And more. Warren Beatty was, in my estimation, one of Hollywood’s most beautiful men. But he was more than just easy on the eyes. He proved in countless films that behind that pretty face was not only a superb actor, but an outstanding writer, director and producer as well. (Talk about read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Sixteen — Cary Grant

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 16, 2020

Sophistication, personified. Cary Grant. The very name conjures up an image of suave sophistication, and impeccable elegance. But beneath the debonair veneer was an actor with talent and depth. It was an unbeatable combination. IN THE BEGINNING: Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Brist read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Seventeen — Maureen O’Hara

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 16, 2020

A tough Irish lass. Maureen O’Hara was a green-eyed, titian-haired beauty whose personality and splendor practically leapt off of the silver screen. She starred in such beloved classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and The Quie read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Fifteen — Nina Foch

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 15, 2020

Ice-blonde beauty. Nina Foch isn’t exactly a household name. She was a chic, blonde beauty who suffered through a spate of inferior film vehicles in her early career, but who possessed a superb acting ability that catapulted her from obscurity to become one of Hollywood’s most highly respected actre read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Fourteen — Steve McQueen

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 13, 2020

The King of Cool. I had a conversation the other day with an old movie pal, and he happened to mention that he didn’t understand the appeal of Steve McQueen. “He was cool,” I told him, trying but failing to keep the tone of incredulity out of my voice. “He was just cool.” IN THE BEGINNING: read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Thirteen — John Barrymore

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 12, 2020

The Great Profile. John Barrymore was one of the most respected acting talents in the history of the stage and screen. He also lived an often tortured and scandalized existence, typified by highly publicized romantic entanglements and a struggle with alcohol abuse for most of his life. IN THE BEGINN read more
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