I talked to the lovely Monika Henreid, the daughter of Paul Henreid, on being the daughter of Hollywood star and documentary she is making about her dad.
The lovely Monika Henreid was such a doll to come on the show. She tells us what it's like growing up as Hollywood royalty, much about her mom and dad and the documentary she is working on "Paul Henreid: Beyond Victor Laszlo...a daughters memoir. She tells us what it was like to star with Bette Davis and be directed by her dad in Dead Ringer. Paul was many things besides being an actor, he was a director, he directed a few movies and loads of television. He directed almost THIRTY episodes of Alfred Hitchcock presents. I love that show. So many great stories. Paul was a loving husband and devoted dad. I wondered when in Now Voyager Bette and Paul blew smoke in each others faces, how one of them didn't choke. I also found out the truth behind the two cigarette in mouth light up. Many folks have taken credit for that. Monika also makes appearances. She's gone to many of The Key Largo movie festivals hosted by Steven Bogart. I saw Steven being interviewed by TCM's Eddie Muller and was surprised at how much his eyes look like his moms. Monika did not notice. Everyone thinks he's like Bogies twin. Somebody please check him out and see if I'm correct. We learn much about Paul and Monika. Also Monika gives you the link to donate money to get her dream project made.
Thanks so much to the lovely Monika for coming on the show. I hope she will come on again when the documentary is completed.
Thanks mostly to the listeners. I have lots of great guests coming up.
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I talk to David Fantle and Tom Johnson about their wonderful book Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends. Fred Astaire started them off
I had so much fun talking to David and Tom. They were absolutely adorable. They were a couple teenagers from the midwest that saw the film "Thats Entertainment" and they became fans of all things classic Hollywood. They decided to write the classic stars for interviews. Much to their delight they heard back from Fred Astaire and an interview was set up. They were 18 years old and fresh out of high school. They had to get the money together to fly to L.A.. They got the tickets and decked out in their new suits they were off. They were too young to drive in CA. so they found a cheapo motel that was close enough to Freds to walk and boom, there they were with their idol Fred. Fred was kind, charming, funny and they loved him. Fred opened the doors for talking to other greats"Fred talked to you, I guess its OK." They have wonderful stories on Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen and his then wife Yvette Mimieux, Gregory Peck (swoon), Tippi Hedren, Tan Man George Hamilton, Charlton Heston, Angie Dickinson, Lucille Ball, Andre Previn, Jimmy Cagney, Mickey Rooney, a Hilarios story about lunch with Virginia Mayo and a three hour talk with RJ, alias Robert Wagner. He dished and dished. I'm sure they didn't tell me everything. There are so many interviews we did not get to, like fifty. The book is a joy to read. You will love David and Tom. They also did the last interviews of Stanley Donen, Andre Previn and Mike Connors. I highly recommend the book. It's a must read for classic movie fans.
Thanks so much for Dave and Tom for coming on the show. PS Tom, you don't look like Art Carney..
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It's part 2 of my chat with April Vevea about her book Puffblicity and Jayne Mansfield.
This episode deals with the late 50's until her death in 1967 at the age of 34. We talk Jaynes divorce from Mickey Hargitay., her second brief marriage, her horrible meeting with The Beatles, her starring in film and doing nude scenes. I never knew Jaynes playboy spread was the highest selling playboy to this day. The mid sixties are trying times for Jayne as she takes up drinking. She finally goes to small dinner clubs and after one of her shows, she and her posse head to New Orleans, but never make it after the car crashes into a truck and literally goes under it. April fills us in on the truth about her death, was she or wasn't she a Satanist and the final battle of the husbands. Very interesting stuff. Her follow up to Puffblicity covering the sixties will be out very soon.
Again, Thank you to April for coming on the show and being so great.
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