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Today marks 66 years since Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married at Westminster Abbey. Before Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth, she married the handsome foreign prince from Greece, who also happens to be her third cousin. According to Sally Bedell Smith's biography titled Elizabeth the Queen, Philip came from a tumultuous background despite his lineage. Born in 1921 on the island of Corfu, he moved to Paris with his parents, Alice Marie and Prince Andrew of Greece, at age 1. By age 8, he'd headed to England for boarding school. With generous good looks and confidence, Philip made his way to England with the help of royal relatives. He would later be invited to have lunch with the royal family, and that's when Elizabeth reportedly fell for him. During World War II, Philip and Elizabeth wrote each other letters, and by 1946, he was back in London and making regular visits to Buckingham Palace. »
- Annie Gabillet
The BBC America original movie Burton and Taylor follows Hollywood’s most volatile on-again-off-again lovers, Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) and Richard Burton (Dominic West), who famously played out every high and low of their love affairs, multiple marriages and divorces in the public eye. This is the story of their ill-fated reunion, on and off stage, when they made their last appearance together in the critically reviled 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play, Private Lives. During this recent interview to promote the film’s premiere on October 16th, actress Helena Bonham Carter talked about whether it was more daunting to take on Elizabeth Taylor or Queen Elizabeth, what ultimately made her decide to sign on for the project, the biggest challenges in playing Elizabeth Taylor, what she learned about her that she hadn’t known prior, consulting an astrologer about the relationship between Taylor and Burton, pulling off the look, »
- Christina Radish
TCM devotes Thursday nights in October to Vincent Price, the versatile actor whose career lasted more than five decades and extended far beyond the horror films for which he was best known.
And on Oct. 23 and Oct. 31, Price’s talents in the horror genre are on full display in 17 films, just in time for Halloween.
Thursday, Oct. 3
8 p.m. – The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
10 p.m. – Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Midnight – The Keys of the Kingdom (1945)
2:30 a.m. – The Three Musketeers (1948)
5:15 a.m. – The Bribe (1949)
7 a.m. – The Long Night (1947)
Thursday, Oct. 10
8 p.m. – The Baron of Arizona (1950)
9:45 p.m. – His Kind of Woman (1951)
Midnight – The Las Vegas Story (1952)
1:30 a.m. – Dangerous Mission (1954)
3 a.m. – Son of Sinbad (1955)
4:45 a.m. – Serenade (1956)
- Michelle McCue
It's never been easy to be a widow, but in the late Middle Ages, a mother left without a husband faced a future fraught with peril for herself and her children. And when that woman was in the middle of a national struggle, it took an extraordinary kind of courage and intelligence to not only survive but to rise.
Premiering Saturday, Aug. 10 (with an advance screening on Friday, Aug. 9) on Starz, the 10-episode limited series "The White Queen" is set in pre-Tudor Britain in 1464, as the nation is embroiled in the Wars of the Roses, a series of dynastic conflicts between the related Houses of Lancaster (symbolized by the red rose) and York (symbolized by the white rose).
Prince George's grandparents met the newborn royal baby for the first time on Tuesday, and not surprisingly, they all seemed to fall in love with him right away. But as Prince William and Kate Middleton raise their precious prince in the years to come, will the royal Windsors or commoner Middletons have more influence on his life? Well, luckily for this young Brit, royal experts predict that the future King of England will get the best of both worlds. "The Middleton influence on this child will be undoubtedly quite strong," Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch told Today Wednesday. "Over the years that he has been with Kate, William has been able to go there »
Today is Prince Philip's 92nd birthday. And although he's spending the day at the hospital, he was joined by his son Prince Edward and wife Queen Elizabeth. Before Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth, she married the handsome foreign prince from Greece, who also happens to be her third cousin. According to Sally Bedell Smith's biography, Elizabeth the Queen, Philip came from a tumultuous background despite his lineage. Born in 1921 on the island of Corfu, he moved to Paris with his parents, Alice Marie and Prince Andrew of Greece, at age 1. By age 8, he'd headed to England for boarding school. With generous good looks and confidence, Philip made his way in England with the help of royal relatives. He would later be invited to have lunch with the royal family, and that's when Elizabeth reportedly fell for him. During World War II, Philip and Elizabeth wrote each other letters, and »
- Annie Scudder
We wish Queen Elizabeth II a royal anniversary fit for a queen! The British monarch is celebrating 60 years since her coronation today with a service celebration attended by Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton. Over the past six decades, Queen Elizabeth has witnessed much change across the world and in her own family, while always remaining a constant herself. To mark her anniversary, here are some little-known facts that will help you get to know Queen Elizabeth II. And if you'd like to know more, check out must read Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith. View Slideshow › »
- Annie Scudder
Britain's Duchess Catherine has been named one of the most influential people in the world. The duchess - who was known as Kate Middleton before her marriage to Prince William in April 2011 - has been included on Time magazine's annual Time 100 list. In a profile for the publication, Sally Bedell Smith, the author of 'Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch', wrote: 'Kate Middleton, whose ancestors toiled in the coal mines of Durham, was an ordinary college girl on a path to an unremarkable life. Then she met her Prince Charming, became the Duchess of Cambridge and in two years has emerged as a remarkable figure on the world stage. 'The future queen is dignified, »
8 items from 2013
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