MERCEDES MCCAMBRIDGE: HELL BENT ON HONING HER CRAFT

Mercedes McCambridge was an Oscar winning actress of early radio, stage and later on in her career - film and television. The distinctive raspy voice that made her a star on the airwaves amazed audiences when she hit the big screen. Her ability to personalize a role and make it her own made the ordinary,…

LON CHANEY AND THE ART OF SUFFERING

Silent film star, horror legend, and pioneer of special effects make-up Lon Chaney died on this day back in 1930. He was just 47 years old.  Hollywood’s finest character actor was best known for his roles in films like The Hunchback of Note Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. Chaney had an uncanny ability…

MARILYN MONROE’S LAST DAY: A TIMELINE

The one and only Marilyn Monroe was found dead on this day back in 1962. When celebrity photographer George Barris made a trip to L.A. to photograph Marilyn in June, less than two months before her passing, he had no idea it would be the last time he would see his dear friend, collaborator and…

ALL APOLOGIES: THE SUICIDE NOTE OF KURT COBAIN

On this day 26 years ago legendary musician Kurt Cobain passed away due to a gunshot wound to the head. A singer, guitarist and songwriter he was best known as the front man of the Seattle area grunge band Nirvana. While there have been many rumors and conspiracy theories about his death, I think legions…

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: THE TRAGIC DEATH OF BRANDON LEE

A crow visits the grave of Brandon Lee, who died on this day back in 1993. The son of famed martial artist and iconic actor Bruce Lee was on set shooting a scene for the cult classic 'The Crow' when he was accidentally shot by fellow actor Michael Massee, who played the role of Funboy.…

THE ONE AND ONLY DRACULA, BELA LUGOSI

Happy Birthday to Bela Lugosi (the one and only Dracula as far as I'm concerned) who was born on this day back in 1882.He was from the Lugos region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and named Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó. As a young man he worked in various stage productions in his home country as well…