Monday, March 27, 2017

Briefs for March 27-28, 2017

For those of you who like opera music, you're in luck, as tonight's TCM lineup is a bunch of Kathryn Grayson movies. One of them even has Mario Lanza. I'm one of those people who runs screaming from singers like Grayson and Jeannette MacDonald, but surely there have to be people out there who like them, since the movies were so popular back in the day.

Apparently there's a new book on Lana Turner coming out next month. This one is going to make the claim that it was actually Lana who stabbed Joey Stompanato, not her daughter Cheryl. Apparently everybody got the idea that it would be easier to claim Cheryl did it because she was a juvenile and the defense would be easier. To be fair, though, Lana probably could have claimed self-defense even if she did do it. By all accounts Stompanato was quite violent with Turner.

There's a rather nicer book from Robert Wagner, together with his literary collaborator Scott Eyman. This one is apparently a more nostalgic look at old Hollywood and all the women Wagner new back when he was a dashing young actor. Wagner is also scheduled to appear at a book festival in Palm Beach, FL, in April. I won't be able to make it.

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