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4 items from 2011

Evans Has No Regrets About 1971 Playboy Spread

19 October 2011 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dynasty star Linda Evans agreed to pose nude for Playboy to help her cash-strapped husband John Derek fund a new film.

The actress reveals she never intended the intimate shots her husband took of her to hit the pages of Playboy - but when he needed money, she agreed to free them up for the men's magazine in 1971.

Appearing on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, Evans said, "We took the pictures for us. He loved photographing me and he took pictures of me every day.

"At one point in our life we ran out of money, he wanted to do something and that offer came (from Playboy bosses) and he said, 'Can we?' and I said, 'Yeah'."

And Evans has no regrets about becoming a Playboy pin-up.

She added, "They made me who I am today." »

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Elaine Stewart obituary

8 July 2011 5:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alluring actor in a string of glossy Hollywood movies in the 1950s

The seductive brunette Elaine Stewart, who has died aged 81, may have lacked that ineffable essence that makes up star quality, but she had enough allure to attract attention in several glossy Hollywood movies in the 1950s, both in leading parts and noteworthy supporting roles. Among the best of the latter were her brief though memorable appearances in two films directed by Vincente Minnelli.

She was both bad and beautiful in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) as Lila, a wannabe film star, hoping to make it by sleeping with Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), the studio head. When told that Shields is a great man, Lila responds, "There are no great men, buster. There's only men." The scene which lingers most in the mind is when Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner), who has just triumphed in a Shields movie, leaves a »

- Ronald Bergan

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Elaine Stewart, 1929 - 2011

29 June 2011 8:26 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Elaine Stewart, 81, an actress who appeared in a string of films in the 1950s and after taking a break to start a family appeared on the 1970s TV game shows Gambit and High Rollers, died Monday," reports the Los Angeles Times.

Mike Barnes in the Hollywood Reporter: "In a pair of 1954 films, Stewart starred opposite Gene Kelly and Van Johnson as nonstop talkative socialite Jane Ashton in Brigadoon and played a sexy harem princess in The Adventures of Hajji Baba, with John Derek as the title character. The former model and Montclair, NJ, native also appeared with Kirk Douglas in the classic Hollywood insider soap The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and with Richard Widmark and Karl Malden in the basic-training set Take the High Ground! (1953)."

Images above: March 23, 1953 cover of Life; and James Stewart, Elaine Stewart and director James Neilson on the set of Night Passage (1957).

Update, 6/29: David Ehrenstein »

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Elizabeth Taylor obituary

24 March 2011 3:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Child actor who became a Hollywood film star known for her dazzling beauty and her eight marriages

The film star Elizabeth Taylor, who has died of heart failure aged 79, was in the public eye from the age of 11 and remained there even decades after her last hit movie. She managed to keep people fascinated, by her incandescent beauty, her courage, her open-natured character, her self-deprecating humour, her eight marriages (two of them to the actor Richard Burton), her many brushes with death, her seesawing weight, her diamonds and her humanitarian causes, all of which often obscured the reason why she was famous in the first place – she had a tantalising screen presence, in films including A Place in the Sun (1951), Giant (1956), Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Butterfield 8 (1961), Cleopatra (1963) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

Taylor was born in Hampstead, north London, of American parents. Her mother, Sara, was »

- Ronald Bergan

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