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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

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