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A Special Starting Place

A Special Starting Place

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 23rd 2018

In a 1971 San Antonio Light interview months before her new film, Dalton Trumbo’s shattering Johnny Got His Gun, would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, actress Diane Varsi (1938-1992), who woul

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Titanic Troubled Talents

Titanic Troubled Talents

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 8th 2017

Two free-spirited creative talents share today as a birthday. Arriving a year apart, each took their work seriously even as taste-makers at first didn’t, and each chafed at being boxed in by erupti

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Peyton Placement

Peyton Placement

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 2nd 2017

“Peyton Place was one of the best-selling novels of all time and no one thought it could be made into a decent movie. The subject matter was so steamy it was feared that it might be truncated and d

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Father Figure

Father Figure

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 20th 2017

On this Inauguration Day, we remember a one-time Screen Actors Guild president. He was a SAG “founding father” and charter board member in 1933, along with a couple dozen others, so it’s appropriat

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