HOLLYWOOD FACTOID: Frankly, Lucy, I Don’t Give A Damn

Imagine if experience had been a requirement for one of the most iconic roles in movie history. Lana Turner, Katherine Hepburn, Loretta Young, Helen Hayes, and even Lucille Ball all auditioned for Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara. But according to SLATE’s Rebecca Onion, it appearently wasn’t: The producer David O. Selznick took more than two years … Read more


Would you have swooned over someone named Archie Leech?  Would you have been afraid of a showdown with someone named Marion Morrison? In classic Hollywood, many studio executives felt there would have been no way you could have felt that way. Many of the Old Hollywood stars you know and love—Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Judy … Read more

Hooray For Harveywood?

We celebrate Hollywood and its great history in these HOLLYWOOD FACTOIDS, which will continue through the end of this week before fading into obscurity.  (Perhaps not, if perhaps the call to action at the top and the bottom of this musing is finally heeded). But have you ever wondered why Hollywood even exists in the … Read more

Over His Dead Body!

The legendary John Barrymore, patriarch of one of the most talented and successful families in the history of stages and screens, was known as THE GREAT PROFILE because of his rugged, handsome, chiseled features that had our great-grandmothers lusting.  Probably a handful of our great-grandfathers as well. But for as cherished as Barrymore’s profile may … Read more

When Rats Included Does

If you’ve been to Las Vegas, or even a Vegas-themed party, you’ve undoubtedly at some point indulged like a “rar packer”.  Even though it’s been more than 15 years since the least well-known of them, Joey Bishop, passed away, The Rat Pack remains one of the most recognizable and relatable references to movie star glam … Read more

Some Feuds Die Hard. Some Feuders Lived Harder.

Today’s LEBLANGUAGE is devoted to the business prescience of John Landgraf, FX Chairman.  A good deal of Landgraf’s executive success has been due to his alliance with Ryan Murphy, who first came to the FX family with the breakthrough drama NIP/TUCK 20 years ago and exploded into a full-fledged reliance on him for content greatness. … Read more

Paint It, Black

The next time you choose to eschew alcohol, think of how the namesake of the signature teetotaler drink may have really needed one. Way before Drew Barrymore ever froze at the sight of a snowy television screen, back when her relatives John, Lionel and Ethel commanded Hollywood, Shirley Temple was America’s sweetheart.  Per Wikipedia, Shirley … Read more