Debbie Reynolds dies at age 84


Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84, just one day after the death of her daughter, famed actor and author Carrie Fisher. Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher. “The last thing she said this morning was that she was very, very sad about losing Carrie and that she would like to be with her again,” Todd said. “Fifteen minutes later she suffered a severe stroke.”

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Giveaway: Peter O’Toole the Definitive Biography


Peter O’Toole was not just one of the most charismatic actors of his time, he was also a Classic Hollywood staple. He starred in the classic feauture Lawrence of Arabia, was friends with Richard Burton and worked with classic leading ladies like Audrey Hepburn.
Now we are able to learn more about his fascinating life through the new book: Peter O’Toole The Definitive Biography by Robert Sellers. And St Martin’s Press has allowed Classic Hollywood Central to give away 10 copies to its U.S. readers!

For your chance to win, send your name and e-mail address to: before the 30th of November. (U.S. only)

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Rare Marilyn Monroe items to be auctioned


A much publicised sale of hundreds of items of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is to be held on 17 November. The auction, at Julien’s in Los Angeles, includes innumerable dresses such as the one Marilyn wore when she sag ‘Happy Birthday’ to John F Kennedy (estimated at $3.3m) and a great deal of jewellery, such as a diamond cocktail watch (estimated at $100,000).

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Classic Hollywood Love Stories: Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier

They were the ultimate show business power-couple, conquering both the stage and film together. Although their relationship did not last, their love for each other always did. Classic Hollywood Central takes a look at some of Classic Hollywood’s real-life love stories and continues this journey with the story of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier.

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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

She Done Him Wrong poster

Genre: Comedy


Lady Lou (Mae West) is a singer in a Bowery barroom salon in New York in the 1890’s. She’s a bawdy, seductive woman with a lot of admirers.

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Facts: Lucy Ball

Lucy Ball smiling

Lucille suffered from ornithophobia, the fear of birds. She felt it came from seeing birds on the windowsill when she was told of her father’s death at the age of four.

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Olivia De Havilland turns 100 and gives rare interview


Legendary Classic Hollywood actress Olivia de Havilland turned 100 years old yesterday and gave a rare interview to People Magazine. She said that she was going to celebrate the milestone with dinner and drinks with “dear, dear” friends. Adding that she is “content with the role that life has given me – a centenarian!”.

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Grand Hotel (1932)

Grand Hotel poster

Genre: Drama

A group of very different individuals stay at a luxurious hotel in Berlin of between-wars Germany. The story follows this intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day.

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Lucy Ball Gallery

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Lucille Ball

Birth: August 6, 1911
New York, United States

Death: April 26, 1989
California, United States

Lucille Ball was the first child of DeDe and Henry Ball, a young couple who were very much in love. It was a happy time and little Lucy was spoiled with love and affection. Unfortunately,  this was cut short when Henry died at age 27 from typhoid fever. Lucy was only four years old and her mother was pregnant with her little brother. Her mother was heartbroken and Lucy’s maternal grandparents and aunt stepped in to help the young widow.
Lucille Ball as a child

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