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Julie Walters reveals she's giving up acting after the stress of it 'caused her cancer' - and admits the diagnosis came as a 'relief' because it meant she could stop working

Speaking to The Times' Saturday Review, the Birmingham-born star, who is now in remission, said she wants to stop working - but the only film she'd consider doing is Mamma Mia 3.

 

 

 

Rhonda Fleming, the femme fatale from Hollywood's Golden Age who starred in blockbusters Hong Kong and The Last Outpost, dies aged 97  

Rhonda Fleming, the femme fatale from Hollywood's Golden Age who starred alongside Ronald Reagan in blockbusters Hong Kong and The Last Outpost, dies aged 97

Rhonda Fleming died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California, aged 97Fleming starred in multiple Hollywood films in the 40s and 50s Before Reagan entered politics, the actress co-starred with him in 'Hong Kong,' 'Tropic Zone,' 'The Last Outpost' and 'Tennessee´s Partner' Fleming's mother, Effie Graham, had appeared in a 1914 Broadway musical with Al Jolson, and her grandfather was a theatrical producer in Salt Lake CityFleming was married a total of five times 

Actress Rhonda Fleming, the fiery redhead who appeared with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan and other film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 97.

Fleming's assistant Carla Sapon told The New York Times that Fleming died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California.

From her first film in color, 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court ' (1949) with Bing Crosby, Fleming became immensely popular with producers because of her vivid hues. It was an attraction she would later regret.

Rhonda Fleming died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California, her assistant shared. She was 97 years old (pictured in 2010) Fleming poses for a studio portrait. She was originally named Marilyn Louis before her agent had her name changed   

Rhonda Fleming died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California, her assistant shared. She was 97 years old (pictured in 2010, left and in 1945, right)

Fleming, a fiery redhead appeared with Hollywood's leading men in the 1940s including Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston and Ronald Reagan. She is pictured with Reagan in Hong Kong in 1954 

Fleming, a fiery redhead appeared with Hollywood's leading men in the 1940s including Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston and Ronald Reagan. She is pictured with Reagan in Hong Kong in 1954

'Suddenly my green eyes were green. My red hair was flaming red. My skin was porcelain white,' Fleming remarked in a 1990 interview. 'There was suddenly all this attention on how I looked rather than the roles I was playing.

'I'd been painted into a corner by the studios, who never wanted more from me than my looking good and waltzing through a parade of films like 'The Redhead and the Cowboy.' '

Before Reagan entered politics, the actress co-starred with him in 'Hong Kong,' 'Tropic Zone,' 'The Last Outpost' and 'Tennessee´s Partner.'

'He surprised everyone because he never looked in a mirror,' she once said of Reagan. 'How many actors can you say that about?'

Fleming was known for her work in Hollywood films throughout the 40s and 50s, as well as her looks  
 

Fleming was known for her work in Hollywood films throughout the 40s and 50s, as well as her looks

Fleming blossoms out as a singer and dancer in the first night club appearance of her career at the New Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas in 1957  
 

Fleming blossoms out as a singer and dancer in the first night club appearance of her career at the New Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas in 1957

Before Reagan entered politics, the actress co-starred with him in 'Hong Kong,' 'Tropic Zone,' 'The Last Outpost' (pictured) and 'Tennessee´s Partner'  
 

Before Reagan entered politics, the actress co-starred with him in 'Hong Kong,' 'Tropic Zone,' 'The Last Outpost' (pictured) and 'Tennessee´s Partner'

Fleming possessed a fine singing voice, and later in her career sang onstage in Las Vegas and in a touring act.

In the big-studio era, many new personalities were publicized as having been discovered in quirky ways: Kim Novak while riding a bicycle past an agent's office, Lana Turner spotted in a malt shop.

In Fleming's case, young Marilyn Louis was reported to have been headed to class at Beverly Hills High School when a man followed her in a big black car and told her, 'You ought to be in pictures.' She eluded him, but he turned up at her home and offered to be her agent.

Legend or not, at 19 Louis was awarded a six-month contract at the studio of David O. Selznick and a new name: Rhonda Fleming. She played a bit part in the 1944 wartime drama 'Since You Went Away,' and then Alfred Hitchcock chose her to play a nymphomaniac in 'Spellbound,' starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck.

Fleming reads in her penthouse apartment in Rome in 1955  
 

Fleming reads in her penthouse apartment in Rome in 1955

'I rushed home, and my mother and I looked up `nymphomaniac´ in the dictionary,' she recalled. 'We were both shocked.'

'Spellbound' led to another suspense film, 'The Spiral Staircase,' in which she was strangled by the villain, George Brent. With Selznick concentrating on the career of his wife, Jennifer Jones, he lost interest in his contract players, and Fleming left the studio to freelance.

Her next films: 'Abilene Town,' a Randolph Scott Western; 'Out of the Past,' a film noir with Robert Mitchum; and 'Adventure Island,' a tropics thriller starring Rory Calhoun.

While still in her teens, Fleming married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Lane. A son, Kent, was born in 1941. When Lane returned from Army service, Rhonda had become a star, and the marriage ended in 1947. Three other marriages also ended in divorce, to Beverly Hills surgeon Lewis Morrill (1952-1958); actor Lang Jeffries (1960-1962); and producer-director Hall Bartlett (1966-1972).

In 1977 Fleming married mogul Ted Mann, who built the Mann Theater chain, and the marriage lasted until his death in 2001. For many years, they lived in matching 4,300-square-foot condominiums, one on top of the other in a Century City high-rise. 'I treasure my privacy, and Ted needs his,' she once explained. 'We love each other very much. I'm much more fulfilled today than at any time in my life.'

After Fleming's sister, Beverly Engel, died of cancer in 1991, Fleming and her husband established the Rhonda Fleming Mann Resource Center for Women with Cancer at the UCLA Medical Center. They also was active in various other charities for cancer patients, children and the homeless.

A couple of years after Mann died, Fleming married for a sixth time, to Derol W. Carlson, who died in 2017.

She was a very beautiful actress. 

 

Sad

 

Robert Redford's auto-immune disease sufferer son dies of liver cancer at the age of 58 after having two transplants and following his 84-year-old father into movie industry 

Robert Redford's son James dies at 58 after liver cancer battle

James Redford - son of acting legend Robert Redford - died at his home in Marin County, California at the age of 58 on Friday following a liver cancer battle. On Monday morning his wife, Kyle, took to Twitter by posting a gallery of photos of the filmmaker and activist to commemorate his life. She wrote: 'Jamie died today. We're heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed. 'As his wife of 32 yrs, I'm most grateful for the two spectacular children we raised together. I don't know what we would've done w/o them over the past 2yrs.

 

Sad.

Licence to sell! James Bond memorabilia including an Aston Martin DB5, first edition of Ian Fleming's book Moonraker and up to 200 film posters will go under hammer at Sotheby'sRare James Bond memorabilia including Aston Martin to go to auction

As part of its Bond on Bond Street event, Sotheby's will host a series of auctions featuring highly prized items which include nearly 200 film posters, including an unframed advance poster for the latest Bond movie, No Time to Die (top left), which is expected to fetch up to £200. At the other end of the scale, the first ever poster for a Bond film, Dr No, will go under the hammer and could fetch as much as £25,000 (top right). Other items on offer include a signed first edition copy of Live and Let Die addressed to Winston Churchill which has an estimated value of up to £70,000 and an Aston Martin DB5 (bottom) which will be on display for private sale.

What a collection.

'He's a completely made-up character.' Cary Grant confessed he was 'playing a part' throughout life, got hooked on LSD, fell madly in love with Sophia Loren but was bisexual and lived with rugged actor Randolph Scott, new book revealsCary Grant got hooked on LSD and was bisexual, says new book

Screen icon Cary Grant confessed he felt he was 'playing a part', according to new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by author Scott Eyman. He told the writer:  'He's a completely made up character. No way am I really Cary Grant. In my mind's eye I'm just a vaudevillian named Archie Leach.' Grant, who died aged 82 in 1986, was born Archibald 'Archie' Leach, in Bristol, England, seeking a one-way ticket out of the British trading port. The book explores Grant's rise to fame, his four marriages and years of therapy dealing with his narcissism and temper. He also fell madly in love with Sophia Loren, despite being married. Grant only saw some relief years later when actress Betsy Drake, Grant's third wife, introduced him to psychotherapy and LSD. He struggled with his sexual identity for years, lived with actor Randolph Scott and was viewed as bisexual at best. Late in life he finally accepted Cary Grant, saying:  'I helped create this guy, but I didn't believe him for one second. That's why I pushed all my loved ones away from me. I was afraid they would try to hold me and discover that I was hollow, just a hollow man.' The actor regretted his film career and wished he had raised children.

Grant proposed to actress Dyan Cannon after seeing her in a TV show. He encouraged her to take LSD and she did a dozen times but she wrote that it destroyed her life. 'For him it was the gateway to God that had saved him and he thought it would save our marriage but drugs can't do that'. They did have a daughter, Jennifer, who Cary worshipped (pictured all together)   Grant proposed to actress Dyan Cannon after seeing her in a TV show. He encouraged her to take LSD and she did a dozen times but she wrote that it destroyed her life. 'For him it was the gateway to God that had saved him and he thought it would save our marriage but drugs can't do that'. They did have a daughter, Jennifer, who Cary worshipped (pictured all together) The actor regretted his film career and wished he had raised children. Grant died November 1986. Pictured: Grant with his daughter Jennifer during 12th Annual Academy of Arts Awards   The actor regretted his film career and wished he had raised children. Grant died November 1986. Pictured: Grant with his daughter Jennifer during 12th Annual Academy of Arts Awards

James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery dies in his sleep aged 90: Oscar-winning 007 legend passes away in the Bahamas after being 'unwell for some time'Sir Sean Connery, James Bond actor and Oscar winner, dies aged 90 

James Bond legend Sir Sean Connery has died in his sleep aged 90 following a long illness, his family have announced. Tributes have been pouring in for the Oscar-winning actor who passed away in the Bahamas and leaves behind his wife Micheline (pictured right together in New York four years ago) and sons Jason and Stefan. Jason said his father had been surrounded by 'many of his family' who could make it to the Caribbean when he died. He said: 'We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time. A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor. Sir Sean, whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962-1971 (left, with Ursula Andress in 1962's Dr No and centre in 1964's Goldfinger. He was today hailed as 'the world's greatest Scot and last of the real Hollywood stars' as the acting community and beyond rallied to remember him.

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oops! Sorry Celia, I put this headline up as a new posting about Sean Connery.  Just saw this article which is more informative. 

No worries Hola, I was never a fan of his anyway especially after hearing what his first wife had to up with. But I hope he rests in Peace.

Poignant last photo of a 007 icon: James Bond star Sir Sean Connery poses with son as tributes pour in for actor who died 'peacefully in his sleep' aged 90 at his home in the BahamasSean Connery dies at 90: Poignant last photo with son Jason

The photo (main) showed the Oscar-winning actor giving a half-smile and raising his finger in the air as he sat between his son and his son's partner Fiona Upton on his 89th birthday last year. Tributes have been pouring in for the Oscar-winning actor who passed away in the Bahamas and leaves behind his wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stefan. A statement from Sir Sean's publicist said: 'His wife Micheline and his two sons, Jason and Stephane, have confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. 'There will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial yet to be planned once the virus has ended.' Jason told the BBC: 'We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time. A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.' Pictured right: Pictured: Connery as Bond in Dr No.

 

 

 

 

JENNI MURRAY: Have we all forgotten the dark side of Sean Connery?

Jenni Murray reminds people of Sean Connery's dark side following his deathShe praises the decision to provide female-only toilets in public buildings Jenni also talks about her parents' fake teeth and the state of dental care today 

The summer I turned 12, my best friend and I blagged our way into the Barnsley Odeon to see a film called Dr No. We were blown away. 

Partly by the stunning Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in that bikini, but mostly by the gorgeous Sean Connery as James Bond. We fell hopelessly in love.

And yet I’m afraid I can’t mourn his passing last weekend, interestingly on the last day of domestic violence awareness month. 

For years, I saw all his films and thought him the most handsome man alive — until, in the Eighties, I learned of the interview Connery had given to the American journalist Barbara Walters.

Jenni Murray (pictured) said she will not mourn the death of actor Sean Connery because of his views about the way women should be treated Jenni Murray (pictured) said she will not mourn the death of actor Sean Connery because of his views about the way women should be treated

He didn’t think it was that bad to slap a woman, with an open hand, if she merits it. ‘Merit’ meant a woman who talked back.

His view echoed one we heard so often in those days, with judges letting off men who murdered their wives because they had been so ‘provoked by her nagging’.

I was in my 30s by then, and was already a supporter of a major campaign, prompted by the burgeoning women’s movement, to change attitudes to it, led by politicians such as Harriet Harman and the lawyer Helena Kennedy.

As a young journalist, I would meet women such as Kiranjit Ahluwalia, Sara Thornton and Emma Humphreys, all sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering the men who had raped, abused and brutally beaten them for years.

All three were released from prison when it was finally accepted their suffering had led to diminished responsibility. The term ‘battered wife’ became familiar and the police and courts began to develop a greater understanding of what domestic violence really meant for women who suffered it.

Jenni once heard Connery (left) speaking to American journalist Barbara Walters and say it was acceptable to slap a woman if she merited it Jenni once heard Connery (left) speaking to American journalist Barbara Walters and say it was acceptable to slap a woman if she merited it

Back then, we thought primitive views such as Connery’s were becoming a thing of the past. Sadly, it seems we were wrong.

In recent weeks, we’ve heard of the death of Claire Parry, strangled in a car by the Dorset police officer Timothy Brehmer. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was acquitted of the murder charge, after claiming there was a ‘kerfuffle’ when she informed his wife of their long affair. 

Some ‘kerfuffle’ that leads to a death! It’s outrageous how often the words ‘after she’ are used in defence of the perpetrator’s actions. For Connery, it was ‘after she’ tried to have the last word.

We’re back to that old idea of a ‘difficult’ woman inviting harm to herself. But really it’s the crimes of the abusers that never seem to go away. Take Johnny Depp, who after a lurid, weeks-long trial has lost his libel case against The Sun for calling him a ‘wife-beater’. 

The judge told him plainly that he was one — and a ‘monster’ to boot.

Johnny Depp (right) recently lost a court battle against The Sun for calling him a 'wife-beater' Johnny Depp (right) recently lost a court battle against The Sun for calling him a 'wife-beater'

Now we’re in lockdown again, ever more women will be in fear of their lives. Two women a week are killed by a current or ex-partner.

There was one domestic abuse call every 30 seconds in the last lockdown. So are the police coming to the defence of often defenceless women? 

Not if you listen to David Thompson, the chief constable of the West Midlands force, who has said his officers should be freed from handling domestic abuse and harassment claims so they can focus on ‘emergencies’.

‘There are 1,000 harassment reports a week,’ he said. ‘That volume of work, that’s largely around policing relationships, is growing so enormously that it’s consuming more and more resources.’

His words took me right back to the days when police referred to men’s abuse as ‘just a domestic’; when Connery said it was fine to slap a woman who talked back.

The police must remember coercive control and abuse are crimes. It is never ‘just a domestic’.

Actor Sean Connery (pictured, playing James Bond in Never Say Never Again) died this week aged 90 +5 

Actor Sean Connery (pictured, playing James Bond in Never Say Never Again) died this week aged 90

At last, ministers give women a toilet break

Finally, a guarantee from the Government that women will be provided with female-only toilets in public buildings.

So many women have said they don’t want a gender- neutral loo where they have to pass men using urinals to get to the cubicles they need for privacy.

One mum told the campaign group Fair Play for Women of her young daughter’s horrific experience when she began her first period, found no single sex toilet in which to clean herself up and had to pass men on her way to wash her bloodied hands.

After wasting half my life waiting in a queue, I can tell ministers what’s required. More toilets everywhere please, clearly marked men only, women only and gender-neutral.

A new battle for brave Doreen 

There are few people I have met in my long experience as an interviewer who have impressed me as much as Doreen Lawrence.

She bore the brutal murder of her son, Stephen, with grace and determination to find justice for him, despite unthinkable grief.

I last spoke to her when she was elevated to the House of Lords. Baroness Lawrence was shy, a little overwhelmed, but hoped that her son would have been proud.

Now she has to endure the investigation into the ‘spy cops’ scandal which opened this week.

How could an undercover officer have been given the job of infiltrating her family’s campaign to find ‘dirt’ to ‘smear’ the Lawrences? The police should have known a dignified, grieving mother would never give up.  

Doreen Lawrence (pictured) will have to endure a new investigation into the 'spy cops' scandal that broke this week Doreen Lawrence (pictured) will have to endure a new investigation into the 'spy cops' scandal that broke this week

My mum’s 21st present? False teeth!

I remember Dad’s response when we watched the 1966 World Cup win, laughing at Nobby Stiles — who died last week — dancing around the pitch at Wembley, false teeth in his hand and a great gap at the front showing as he grinned.

‘He’s lucky,’ said my dad. ‘He’s only got falsies at the front.’

Both my parents had a full set of ‘falsies’ — to save money on dental fees. For her 21st birthday present, all my mother’s teeth were extracted and false ones inserted.

My generation was blessed with excellent dental treatment on the NHS. But, today, thousands are in agony as waiting times have doubled because of the pandemic. I reckon no pain is worse than toothache. No one should be left to suffer it.

 

Sitcom legend Geoffrey Palmer dead at 93: Butterflies and As Time Goes By star dies peacefully at home

Actor Geoffrey Palmer, known for his roles in such sitcoms as Butterflies, As Time Goes By and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, has died aged 93.

 

I am surprised at his age.

RIP.

 

The star died peacefully at home and had parts in some of Britain's best-loved series through the agesSpeaking in 2018 collaborator Dame Judi Dench said he was the 'naughtiest man I have ever worked with'The British legend died aged 93 and is survived by his wife Sally Green, with whom he had a daughter and son

British sitcom legend Geoffrey Palmer, best known for his roles in Butterflies, As Time Goes By and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, has died at home aged 93. 

The veteran star, known for his hangdog features and distinctive voice, had parts in some of the nation's best-loved TV series and was once a staple on screens watched by millions.

Younger viewers will remember his turn in the 2014 Paddington film where he played Head Geographer.

But those longer in the tooth will remember him from the The Avengers and The Saint in the 1960s, and alongside Leonard Rossiter in The Rise And Fall of Reginald Perrin in the 1970s.

Dame Judi Dench joked he was the 'naughtiest man she'd ever worked with' after their appearance together in As Time Goes By, which saw Palmer play Lionel Hardcastle, between 1992 and 2005.

He is survived by his wife Sally Green and his children Charles and Harriet. 

In a statement released today, Palmer's agent said simply: 'We regret to sadly announce that the actor Geoffrey Palmer died peacefully at home yesterday aged 93.'

Palmer, who was born in London in 1927, was known predominantly for his comedy roles. 

However, he also starred in multiple episodes of Doctor Who, including the 1970 episode Doctor Who And The Silurians and 2007's Voyage Of The Damned. 

A tweet from the official Doctor Who account said they are 'sad to report his death'.  

Geoffrey Palmer and his wife Sally at the The Dr Who Christmas Episode premiere in 2007, after his role in the show Geoffrey Palmer and his wife Sally at the The Dr Who Christmas Episode premiere in 2007, after his role in the showGeoffrey starred with frequent collaborator Dame Judi Dench in the TV hit As Time Goes By, one of many future team-ups Geoffrey starred with frequent collaborator Dame Judi Dench in the TV hit As Time Goes By, one of many future team-upsHe was also known for his role in Butterflies alongside Wendy Craig and Nicholas Lyndhurst as well as Andrew Hall He was also known for his role in Butterflies alongside Wendy Craig and Nicholas Lyndhurst as well as Andrew HallThe Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin starring Leonard Rossiter as Reginald Perrin and Geoffrey Palmer as Jimmy Anderson  

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin starring Leonard Rossiter as Reginald Perrin and Geoffrey Palmer as Jimmy Anderson

An early black and white publicity shot from December 1951 of Geoffrey Palmer showed him in the early stages of his career 
 The veteran star died peacefully at home and had parts in some of Britain's best-loved series spanning decades  

The veteran star died peacefully at home and had parts in some of Britain's best-loved series spanning decades

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