Archive for August, 2011
“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.” ~ Ingrid Bergman
“I have grown up alone. I’ve taken care of myself. I worked, earned money and was independent at 18.” ~ Ingrid Bergman
“I’ve gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime.” ~ Ingrid Bergman
“Be yourself. The world worships the original.” ~ Ingrid Bergman
“I have had my different husbands, my families. I am fond of them all and I visit them all. But deep inside me there is the feeling that I belong to show business.” ~ Ingrid Bergman
“I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.” ~ Ingrid Bergman
“In Paris, when the picture came out (Casablanca (1942), they weren’t too pleased with it. They didn’t like the political point of view. The picture was taken off immediately and was never sold to television. A while ago, it was brought in and opened in five theatres in Paris, as a new movie. They had a big gala opening where I appeared and people were absolutely crazy about it.” ~ Ingrid Bergman
“I was born and raised to entertain other people. I’ve heard laughter and applause and known a lot of sorrow. Everything about me is based on show business – I think it will bring me happiness. I hope so.” – Donald O’Connor in 1955
Donald O’Connor was an American dancer, singer, and actor who came to fame in a series of movies in which he co-starred alternately with Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, and Francis the Talking Mule. He is best remembered today for his role as Gene Kelly’s friend and colleague in “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952).
Donald O’Connor was born August 28, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Irish-American vaudeville entertainers. When O’Connor was only a few years old, he and his sister Arlene were in a car crash outside a theater in Hartford, Connecticut. O’Connor survived, but his sister was killed. Several weeks later, his father died of a heart attack while dancing on stage in Brockton, Massachusetts. O’Connor began performing in movies in 1937. He appeared opposite Bing Crosby in “Sing, You Sinners” (1938) at age 12. Paramount Pictures used him in both A and B films, including “Tom Sawyer, Detective” (1938) and “Beau Geste” (1939). In 1940, when he had outgrown child roles, he returned to vaudeville. In 1942 O’Connor joined Universal Pictures where he played roles in four of the Gloria Jean musicals, and achieved stardom with “Mister Big” (1943). In 1944 O’connor was drafted into the Army. Before he reported for induction, Universal Pictures rushed him through three feature films, done simultaneously and released when he was overseas. After his discharge, Universal cast him in lightweight musicals and comedies. In 1949, O’Connor played the lead role in “Francis”, the story of a soldier befriended by a talking mule. The film was such a huge success that he made one Francis movie a year until 1955. In what is his most famous role, O’Connor starred opposite Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) . His role as Cosmo the piano player in “Singin’ In The Rain” earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical. He also starred opposite Marilyn Monroe and Ethel Meriman in “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954).
Donald O’Connor was a regular host of NBC’s “Colgate Comedy Hour”. He hosted a color television special on NBC in 1957 and he had his own television series in the late 1960s. After overcoming alcoholism in the 1970s, he got a career boost when he hosted the Academy Awards, which earned him two Primetime Emmy nominations. He appeared as a gaslight-era entertainer in the 1981 film “Ragtime”, notable for similar encore performances by James Cagney and Pat O’Brien. O’Connor appeared in the short-lived “Bring Back Birdie” on Broadway in 1981, and continued to make film and television appearances into the 1990s. Donald O’Connor’s last feature film was the Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau comedy “Out to Sea” (1997). O’Connor was still making public appearances well into 2003.
O’Connor was married twice. In 1944 he married Gwen Carter. They had one child and were divorced in 1954. He married Gloria Noble in 1956 and they remained married until his death in 2003. Donald and Gloria had three children.
Donald O’Connor died from congestive heart failure on September 27, 2003 in Calabasas, California. He was 78 years old. As some of his last words O’Connor is reported to have expressed tongue-in-cheek thanks to the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement that he expected to receive at a “future date”. His remains were cremated and buried at the Forest Lawn–Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, and four children.
Dorothy Comingore (August 24, 1913 – December 30, 1971) was an American film and stage actress, best known for her portrayal of Susan Alexander in Orson Welles’s critically acclaimed movie “Citizen Kane” (1941). From 1934 to 1940, Comingore was billed in her stage appearances as Kay Winters and then Linda Winters as a film actress. Comingore is credited with 27 roles in movies and on television from 1938 to 1952.
Dorothy Comingore was born Margaret Louise Comingore in Los Angeles, California. Comingore was discovered by Charles Chaplin when she was acting in a small playhouse. She played bit parts in Hollywood movies until Welles cast her in “Citizen Kane” (1941) as Susan, the fragile but fiery second wife of press tycoon Charles Foster Kane. Her performance is generally considered one of the best in the movie. Comingore appeared in the film version of the Eugene O’Neill play “The Hairy Ape” (1944) with William Bendix, Susan Hayward, and John Loder. Her last movie appearance was in a supporting role in “The Big Night” (1951) starring John Drew Barrymore. Her career ended in 1951, when she was caught up in the Hollywood blacklist. The following year Comingore was called to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee about her alleged Communist connections, where she declined to answer on constitutional grounds.
Dorothy Comingore was married to screenwriters Richard J. Collins from 1939-1945 and Theodore Strauss from 1945-1952. In 1958 she married John Crowe, who was not in the entertainment business, and remained married to him until her death in 1971.
Dorothy Comingore struggled with alcoholism during her later life, and died on December 30, 1971 from a pulmonary disease in Stonington, Connecticut, at the age of 58.