Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine found a niche playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca and Suspicion (above right), and was also featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, and Nicholas Ray. She died at age 96, outlasting most of the stars and directors she worked with!
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a Best Actor Oscar winner for Capote in 2005, and was nominated three times as Best Supporting Actor. He would doubtless have had a bookcase full of awards had he lived out a normal life span. We currently have four of his films, including The Savages (left, with Laura Linney), Charlie Wilson's War, Capote, and The Ides of March.
We have two films by the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini. One of them, Lonely Hearts, stars recent Oscar winner Jared Leto, while the other, Welcome to the Rileys, features Melissa Leo. Another Academy Award winner, she's a wonderful actress who just finished a superb run in HBO's Treme. (Below, Leo and Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys; Kristen Stewart, Gandolfini, and Melissa Leo pose at the premiere.)
Bad Girls of Film Noir collection as well!The badder the better is our motto!
Singing actress Deanna Durbin made her first film appearance with Judy Garland in Every Sunday (1936). Her success as the ideal teenage daughter in musicals such as Three Smart Girls was credited with saving Universal Studios from bankruptcy. She fought to play more sophisticated roles—even appeared in one film noir picture—but retired relatively early from the Hollywood racket.
|Durbin in more soigné mode.|
Two irreplaceable comedians who were fortunately caught both on tape and film were Sid Caesar and Jonathan Winters. Each was a madly talented guru of improvisation—and they were really nice guys to boot. The late, great classical pianist Earl Wild provides some nifty musical accompaniment to this tour de force silent film parody featuring Caesar and Dorothy Lamour from the Bing Crosby Show. (If you're keen on piano virtuosity you'll adore Wild. We have Earl Wild Goes to the Movies, several concert discs, and more.)