JESSICA RAINS COMES ON AGAIN TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM FANS OF HER DAD CLAUDE RAINS…WE TALK LOTS OF FUN STUFF. FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF NEIGHBOR JAMES STUART WAS.
Jessica Rains joins me again and it was fun. She answered questions from her fathers fans from The facebook Claude Rains Fan Group. We talk her recent trip to a North Carolina Film Festival and hitting the disco. She fills me in on her old neighbors when she was a child. James Stuart lived across the street and she tells us what kind of neighbor he was. She talks her fathers friendship with Alfred Hitchcock. I asked if he had any stories on Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant from when they did Notorious. She said no but she said it wayyy to fast. We talked Cool Whip, movies she has no recollection of being in and Errol Flynn. Its a fun listen and Jessica was adorable and honest.Listen to her tell me "Thats a dumb question" You'd think I'd asked her what kind of tree she would be. HA!! I love her..You will too..
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TRUE CRIME. GRACE TALKS TO HAZEL THORNTON AUTHOR AND JUROR ON ERIK MENENDEZ FIRST TRIAL WHICH ENDED IN MISTRIAL.. SHE TALKS ABOUT HER TIME ON JURY...
I welcomed Author Hazel Thornton who wrote the book Hung Jury:The Diary Of A Menendez Juror. We discussed the first trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez which had been made into a Law and Order Series True Crime:The Menendez Murders. Many people got their first introduction into the trial that captivated millions of people all over the world. Dick Wolf, producer of Law And Order feels the brothers should be out of jail. The show was very sympathetic to the brothers. I watched the series and looked for a book to read about the case and I came across Hazels book/ I read it in three hours. Its a fascinating read that takes us into the trial and jury room. We do not discuss the crime itself. We both thought when we first heard about the case GUILTY AS SIN. I still don't really believe that they were afraid for their lives but do believe they were molested by their father Jose, a Cuban immigrant and self made man. This fact is not disputed,. Lyle and Erik killed their parents. The question for the jury was why???
Good listen for a behind the scenes look at the trial. Hazels book has been updated and I can't recommend it highly enough. I'm also posting a very good documentary on the crime and the trial.
Thanks so much to Hazel for coming on the show. She was great.
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WE SPEAK TO THE FABULOUS HERBIE J. PILATO. WE TALK GROOVY PEEPS OF CLASSIC TV, HIS BOOK ON ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY, DUELING DERWEEDS AND MUCH MORE….
We had a great time talking to Herbie J. Pilato about classic TV and his very fun books. Dashing, Daring and Debonair and Glamour, Gidgets And The Girl Next Door. Very fun books on all the groovy folks from Classic TV. We also talked his fun Bewitched companion books and his great biography on Elizabeth Montgomery: Twitch Upon A Star... We touched on the Darwin versus Dirwood feud. Who was the best, Dick Sargent or Dick York. Find out who was Elizabeths Montgomerys fave of the Dicks. Also what Endora/Agnes Moorehead thought of the Darwins..
A fun time was had by all. Herbie J. will return to talk about his soon to be released bio of Mary Tyler Moore. I know I'll read it.
Thanks to Herbie J. for being so fun.
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I was honored to interview my Dark Shadows crush, actually my all around crush, David Selby again. I had him to myself, no sharing with Donnie. We talked Dark Shadows, stalking Kathryn Hepburn, movies. We also talked about what he and Don Knotts (AKA Barney Fife) had in common. What someone said when they saw him teaching. I asked about his advice for having a long lasting marriage with his lovely wife Chip. We talked about so many different things. Hopefully David and I will do a few more. He is endlessly interesting and it would be a labor of love for his many loyal fans. He is a treasure trove of information. He is just simply a treasure. Not only is he incredibly handsome whether as Quentin or with his beautiful head of silver hair, he is a good person. I feel very blessed speaking to him. I've named myself The David Selby Historian.. HA!
I want to thank Michele Tsai, Wally Helvy and Sandra Lynn Sandoval for some questions they wanted me to ask David. Sandra can be heard playing Quentins theme before and after podcast. Also thanks to Joan Prato.
Mostly thanks to David Selby for being such a great guy and doing the show again. He really is the sweetest man. I am so looking forward to talking to him again. He is a doll.
I want to share something David wrote to me on Easter.
"Grace, Bless you, and your listeners....bless the fans- they gave me a life."
Bless you DAVID for bringing much joy into our lives!
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WE TALK TO RACHEL STAVIS AUTHOR OF SISTER OF DARKNESS:CHRONICLES OF A MODERN DAY EXORCIST AND STEPHANS SZUCS OF SUSTAINABLE JOES.
We talk to Non Secular Exorcist Rachel Stavis about her Memoir Sister Of Satan:Chronicles Of A Modern Day Exorcist. If you've seen the exorcist it isn't like that. No pea soup spewing. Rachel has seen what she calls entities since she was a child. She tried to not see them but eventually she could not avoid them. She can see these entities attached to people. She also gives these entities different names based on the level of malevolence. I saw a Clive attached to Donnies shoulder trying to get him to stop eating pretzels during the show....didnt work. Rachel's is quite a fascinating story. I read her book and it was very good. she writes like she speaks. Very relatable and fun. She was a great guest. Whether you believe it or not is up to you. All I know is Rachel makes people feel better, she does not charge for exorcism but will accept donations.
Then we had a humongous change of pace when we talked to the adorable Stephan Szuchs
He is doing an admirable project to clean up the land and seas. It's called Sustainable Joes. He was adorable, he liked my voice HA!! He also called me Miss Grace. Did he mean I was old??? Anyhow whatever he thought he is doing great stuff.
Thanks so much to Rachel for coming on the show. She was a great guest and it was a very fascinating interview.
Also thanks to Stephan Szucs for liking my voice..HA! He was adorable.
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I TALK TO FILM HISTORIAN AND EX NEW YORK POST FILM CRITIC LOU LUMENICK ABOUT THE MGM PROPAGANDA FILM MISSION TO MOSCOW……PLUS SOME FUN OLD HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP..
I had the honor, once again to sit and talk with film historian and ex New York Post Film critic Lou Lumenick about the film MISSION TO MOSCOW. I gave Lou his choice on what he wanted to talk about and he chose this film. I had never heard of it. Its got to be seen to be believed. FDR asked personally for Warner Brothers to make the book into a film to help the war effort.It was one a the first of a few propaganda films put out to sweeten Russias image to the American people. It was directed by Michael Curtiz fresh off his stint of director of Casablanca. The movie was based on a memoir by former Ambassador to Russia Joseph E Davies.You will meet him because he is on smack dab on the screen talking about the movie before the film starts. He was upset they cast Walter Huston because he did not look like him. Guess he had to show us just how much better looking he was. HA! You will get a neck ache from shaking your head as you watch this film. the Ambassador upon hearing that the Russians were spying on them through listening devices just fluffs it off and says "Let them listen. We have nothing to hide." !!!!!! I have to watch it again because the first time it was like a daze, a bunch of Huhhhhss..See Stalin as warm and fuzzy as a cuddly stuffed bear. Hear FDR do his best imitation of God talking to Moses in The Ten Commandments. Learn Cavier and champagne is for everybody!! There really is so much to talk about with this film. I will link you to two articles Lou wrote on this film. I'm so glad he turned me onto it. We end our chat with a few classic Hollywood tidbits. I had a great time with Lou. He will be on again soon to discuss screwball comedies. YAY!!!
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WE HAD TWO GREAT WOMEN ON OUR SHOW TODAY...FIRST UP AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER JUDY GAMAN WHO TALKED ABOUT LIVING TO BE A HEALTHY, HAPPY 100. THEN ALEXIS HUNTER ABOUT HER BOOK JOI LANSING A BODY TO DIE FOR...A LOVE STORY..
Donnie I had a double threat. Two really great women. First up was best selling author Judy Gaman. We discussed her book Age To Perfection: How To Thrive To 100, Happy, Healthy And Wise. She told us stories about the basic path to get there, eat healthy, keep sharp and many other tips We talked about her dear friend Lucille that was a centenarian. Lucille was a hoot and more active then the three of us. She was sharp and funny and still did the bicycle exercise before she went to bed. She traveled all over with Judy and had such a joy of living. She became one of Judy's dearest friends. Her next book that will be out soon is Love, Life and Lucille...A memoir about a centenarian that changed my life forever. As a tribute to her pal. I know I'm going to read it. How lucky we all would be to have a Lucille in our lives. Judy is a warm, positive person with a great sense of humor. We loved her and want her back on when her next book is released.
Next was my pal Alexis Hunter talking about her book Joi Lansing..A Body To Die For. Donnie kept looking at Alex's picture and muttering she is totally my type. She was open and fun. Of course we both loved her as well. When the podcast was finished I called Alex and found out new scoops. I asked about the ring Joi gave her. She still wears it to this day. She sent me a pic, so beautiful. Also Stan, Jois husband in name only did not know that Joi and Alex were a couple. Two years after Jois death from cancer they met up again and Stan asked her the question. Donnie and I both agreed that Alex's book should be a movie. A sex symbol that dated Sinatra, Sid Caeser and lots of others was then in a same sex relationship wouldn't fly. She'd have been a pariah, this is the late 60's and early 70's. Alex was called Rachel Hunter and passed off as Jois baby sister. Its a great read. A beautiful love story with a heartbreaking ending. Its a must read, must be a movie..
I want to thank Judy and Alexis for coming on the show and being positive, warm and very endearing . WE LOVED YOU BOTH!!
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TRUE STORIES OF TINSELTOWN: I SPEAK TO AUTHOR MICHAEL DRUXMAN ABOUT IDA LUPINO, HIS MANY BOOKS AND THREE ACT PLAYS, KATE SMITH VERSUS DINAH SHORE AND MUCH MORE....
I had fun talking to Author Michael Druxman, We talked about so many things. He has authored numerous books and three act plays on true Hollywood stories and people. Michael was also a publicist to the stars. He is written about in a book about the Oscars because of his amazing campaign to get a song nominated for best song. He talks of lots of Hollywood Scoops, what was on Barbara Paytons ceiling? We talked his three act three person play about Barbara Payton, Tom Neal and Franchot Tone. His latest is on Ida Lupino whom he met more then a few times. The story about Kate Smith versus Dinah Shore is a good one. It was a fun chat.
Thanks so much to Michael for being a wonderful guest.
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I TALK TO THE ADORABLE JESSICA RAINS, DAUGHTER OF ACTOR/FARMER CLAUDE RAINS. SHE WAS A LOT OF FUN....
I talked to Jessica Rains, she is the daughter of one my fave actors Claude Rains. She was a joy. We talked about being the daughter of an actor/farmer. How Claude brought his wife and baby Jessica to the set to ease Bette Davis's ardor. We talked her interesting run in with Joan Crawford at Christinas Birthday Party. Jessica never went back! She told us about her farmer dad, her two stepmoms, how her dad felt about her going into acting. One of the funniest stories is Jessica going to a website devoted to her father with people talking about having sex with him. It grossed her out. Who could blame her. We hear about her trips to Morocco and Key West for the annual Humphrey Bogart fest hosted by his son Steven. Much fun was had by all. Ironically I had just watched a movie on youtube before Jessica came on, not knowing she was in the film. Its called Scream Pretty Peggy. Bette Davis was in the film but they never saw each other. I highly recommend it. Its a hoot!! Check to Jessicas eyeballing scene right in the beginning of the film. She's the office worker helping the college kids with getting jobs. Its an Emmy performance! We chatted for an hour and I had a fabulous time. Jessica is a doll. You'll love her too.
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I want to thank Jessica for coming on. She is really a wonderful woman. I had a lot of fun. I'm having a rolly made for her for best eye rolls in a seventies television movie!! Bravo Jessica!!
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WE TALK TO THE FABULOUS DAVID SELBY ABOUT DARK SHADOWS, THE TRUTH OF MANIACAL LAUGHS, WORKING WITH BARBRA STREISAND, MEETING THE OBAMAS AND SO MUCH MORE....
What better day then Valentines Day to post my Dark Shadows crush (my crush in general) David Selby's interview. He was so great. He was charming, funny, honest and a total delight, can you tell I love him..HA!! We talked Dark Shadows and his pals, being married as a sex symbol, the truth behind maniacal laughs and lots more. WE also talked about the movies he did and what is was like working with Barbra Streisand, legendary director George Cukor on the film Rich And Famous and how great Candace Bergan and Jaqueline Bissett were to work with. We got to Falcon Crest and discussed the wonderful Jane Wyman. We also talked about the guest stars that were on the show..Mel Ferrer, Cesar Romero, and a bevy of classic movie goddesses. Kim Novack was a sweetie, his character had an affair with Gina Lolabrigida..OOH LAH LAH...Lana Turner was not Jane Wymans favorite gal, I don't think they ran with the same crowd and lots more. We talked about him being on The Waltons and being the ONLY man other then John Walton to give Livvy a romantic kiss. Check Davids IMDB page if you want to be impressed. He's done so many great things and is still working. Lots of Theatre as well. He talked about how delightful President Obama and Michelle were when he met them. I could have talked to David for hours. I want to do a ten episode podcast titled David Selby Speaks. He is endlessly fascinating and would never be boring..
Thanks so much to David for kindly agreeing to come on our show. Truly if you love him already, you'll love him more.
Thanks so much to our listeners. We really appreciate you so much.
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