Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Old Hollywood Takes a Hit: Roger Moore Is Dead at 89; Dina Merrill at 93

I don't think I've ever seen a James Bond film -- just not my kind of thing -- so I don't even have a favorite actor in the role. But another gay blogger remembers the suave Brit who played 007 in seven movies between 1973 and 1985 HERE.

Dina Merrill was once declared "Hollywood's new Grace Kelly"

More up my alley was the gorgeous little-rich-girl-turned-actress Dina Merrill, whose parents were the E.F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. (Post's family was the original owner of Mar-a-Lago before it was turned into a Russian brothel.)  

Then-husband Cliff Robertson played the villainous Shame on "Batman"

Merrill lived the kind of life that people just don't seem to live anymore -- heiress to two fortunes; grew up in luxury, spending six months a year on the family yacht  where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were sometime guests; married three bold-faced names, became a noted actress and philanthropist. But her turn as Calamity Jan on "Batman" will always be one of my favorite memories of her. Read her fascinating New York Times obituary HERE.

1 comment:

jaragon said...

You should see Moore in "The Spy Who Loved Me" my favorite of his Bond films with that great theme song.

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