#48 Mary Astor +Brigid O’Shaunessey


Mary Astor was in many film hits in the 1930's and early 40's before her alcoholism took its toll, most notably Dodsworth with Walter Huston and then the Maltese Falcon directed by Huston's son, John Houston.  In her youth, as shown by the picture above, the raven haired actress was quite a beauty with her…

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Mashing it up with Alan Alda


Alan Alda is Irish-Italian and the son of actor Robert Alda and Josephine Browne, who was the New York state beauty-pageant winner.  He was their only child born  Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo on January 28, 1936 in Brooklyn.   Robert and Josephine (Joan) were married 31 December 1932 and divorced in 1948 because of her unstable…

Song and Vance Johnson


Charles Van Dell Johnson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the only child of Loretta (née Snyder), a housewife, and Charles E. Johnson, a native Swede and came to the United States as a young child,  His mother was  Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and an alcoholic who left the family when he was a child. His…

Guillaume Depardieu


I caught the musical biography of Marin Marais, (baptized March 31, 1656, Paris—died Aug. 15, 1728, Paris), the French composer & virtuoso of the viola da gamba (a musical instrument similar to the cello), in the French movie Tous les matins du monde (1991; “All the Mornings of the World” directed by Alain Corneau) where Depardieu fils plays the younger Marais…