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Classic Hollywood: Scary monsters and super creeps

The horror. The horror! Welcome to the latest edition of the Classic Hollywood newsletter. I’m Scott Sandell, and Halloween is just around the corner. That means you may already have taken the kids or grandkids to the pumpkin patch, picked out a costume, or bought the all-important candy, only...

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    Classic Hollywood: Kirk and Anne Douglas' lifetime of love is captured in their letters

    On screen, Kirk Douglas was a legendary tough guy. But in his real life he wasn’t afraid to express his emotions, especially to his wife, Anne. That sensitive side is on display in the book “Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood,” which comes out next week. For example,...

  • Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, who died Friday at age 100, was well acquainted with how the blacklist era divided Hollywood. An actress-turned-screenwriter, she and her screenwriter husband, Hugo Butler, were targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee and went into exile with their children for 13...

  • Steve McQueen's lost 'Bullitt' car reportedly has been found and restored

    Steve McQueen's lost 'Bullitt' car reportedly has been found and restored

    There are few cars more iconic than the 1968 Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in “Bullitt.” But that car disappeared shortly after filming for the 1968 movie was completed and, despite the late actor’s attempts to locate and purchase it for his private collection, hasn’t been seen since. Now...

  • Classic Hollywood: How the L.A. Times changed Oscar history

    Classic Hollywood: How the L.A. Times changed Oscar history

    If we could get in our Oscars time machine and go back to 1940, could we have prevented this year’s best picture snafu at the Academy Awards? You never know. Welcome to this month’s edition of the Classic Hollywood newsletter. I’m Scott Sandell, and we’ve seen a week of hand-wringing and finger-pointing...

  • Old Hollywood's Lew Ayres served his country as a conscientious objector

    Old Hollywood's Lew Ayres served his country as a conscientious objector

    Mel Gibson’s acclaimed World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the fact-based story of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor after saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa without using a gun. For religious reasons, the movie shows us, Doss refused to even touch...

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