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Michelle and I talk about the Showtime docuseries Murder In The Bayou. It is based on The New York Times Best selling book of the same name. It's about 8 unsolved murders in Jefferson Parish Louisiana. The Women are called The Jefferson 8.  The women were literally from the wrong side of the tracks. The train tracks split the poor and the upper middle class. It's like two different worlds. Each woman was a drug addict, sold their bodies for drugs and knew a man you'll get to know and be sickened by, Frankie Richard. He was a pimp, a crack addict and  real vile piece of human excrement.

 

Part 1 introduces us to the life of the first four victims and their deaths. WE see the poverty, the devastating toll of drug abuse and it is not an easy watch. These women came from horrible poverty and the majority of their parents were also addicted to drugs. A very vicious cycle. Stay with us as we recap the episodes and comment on the basic feeling that these women were dregs of society and who cares if they were murdered 

 

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Michelle and I talk about the 2 part HBO documentary Who Killed Garrett Phillips. It focuses on the main suspect Nick Hillary. Nick was black and he lived with 12 year old Garretts mom Tandy for a year, her other son and three of Nicks children lived with them as well. They broke up after a year because her kids did not like Nick, especially Garrett. He was getting a lot of teasing about his white mom living with a black man. Nick was one of the very few black people in the town of Potsdam, New York. He was a respected soccer coach at one of the universities. Garrett was murdered sometime between 440 and 520 pm. He was playing basketball and his mom called to tell him to come home.  The neighbors heard what sounded like a "No" or "Help" They called the police. When the cop got there he found Garrett barely breathing in his moms room. He died later that night. He was strangled. At first they thought it might have been an accidental strangling with other kids involved. The knock out game was popular then. Its when you strangle yourself to the point of near unconsciousness . Soon we meet Tandy's ex boyfriend cop John Jones, that she dumped for Nick. Tandy had a restraining order against Jones for fear he could hurt her or her children, he had also pushed her. He was also furious for being dumped by Tandy for a black man. It's a true whodunnit, it is still not known. We go over the theories, was Nick singled out because he was black. Or did he get away with murder.  We take you through the documentary. There is a chilling video you see in part 2. 

 

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My Blonde Bombshell expert April VeVea and I take on our 6th Blondeshell the gorgeous and very tragic Carole Landis. I did a podcast over a year ago with Caroles biographer Eric Gans, and we covered Caroles whole short life. April and I discuss her career, her marriages, Rex Harrison and ultimately her suicide. Some people, even Caroles relatives think Rex had a hand in her death. WE discuss it all. 

 

Thanks to April for joining me in the summer series of the history of blonde bombshells. She is such a great guest and has a treasure trove of knowledge about classic movie blondes. 

 

Mostly, thanks to the listeners. You are the best. Lots of great stuff coming up. 

 

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I interviewed Rick last year. This episode is scoopy. We talk his big break starring in the original Broadway play Cactus Flower,Doing the movie Cactus Flower. Working with Lauren Bacall, Goldie Hawn (he stalked her), Ingrid Bergman, The Gabor sisters (hoot and a half) meeting his onetime father in law Claude Rains, his peeping Tomming Jaqueline Bissett and so much more. Very honest and fun interview. 

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I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

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I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You are the best.
Grace
xoxo

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Author Sara Jordan-Heintz is back to talk about one of the subjects in her book Going Hollywood:Midwesterners In Movieland, actress Jean Seberg. Jean was from Sara's hometown. Jean was discovered in a countrywide search to star in Otto Premingers Saint Joan. She was chosen a month before her eighteenth birthday. She had only acted in High School plays prior to her discovery. She got bad notices for her portrayal of Joan. She did another film Bonjour Tristesse where she got pretty bad notices. She really broke out when she was cast in  Jean-Luc Godard's landmark film Breathless. It started new wave cinema in France. 

Jean had a stormy life. Was married three time. She fell in love with Clint Eastwood while they were filming Paint Your Wagon. He dumped her when filming was over.  For him it was just a film fling. 

Jean caught the eye of J Edgar Hoover when she donated to The Black Panthers for feeding underprivileged  children in a breakfast program. He then set out to destroy Jean. He tapped her phones, had huge files on her, and when she got pregnant he coordinated with some publishers to tell the masses Jean was having a Black Panthers baby. He advised waiting until Jean was showing, then L.A. times gossip columnist Joyce Haber published the article as did Newsweek. Soon after Jean lost the baby prematurely. She, feeling the pressure took her daughter in a glass casket to an Iowa church and had a showing for two days so people could see the baby was white. Jean tried to kill herself every year on the baby's birthday. It's a fascinating story and shows how much power J Edgar Hoover had in destroying lives. Jeans was truly tragic.

Thanks so much to Sara for coming on the show to discuss Jean.

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I talk to my friend Leah Williams from the blog Cary Grant Won't Eat You. We discuss two performers that worked together and changed their personas and lived it. Cary Grant was quoted as saying "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant...I want to be Cary Grant." The little sad boy Archie Leach disappeared into this cool, suave, handsome and incredibly gifted actor. 
Mae was born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn New York. She was in vaudeville and found her persona. The wisecracking dame that wants to know is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me. Mae ate, drank, talked, walked Mae West until her death at the age of 87. We talk about a documentary we both saw on her. Mae really believed that she was the tomato with the mostest. When she did the awful Myra Breckinridge, Mae noted that Raquel Welch was pretty and asked one of her muscle men what he personally thought of Mae, he said Raquel was very pretty but couldn't hold a candle to the 77 year old Mae. Mae was very satisfied with his answer. In her last film Sextette Mae was 84 but playing a 27 year old. You gotta love her. Her love interest was Timothy Dalton was 31. 
We also talk Cary's jaunts into the world of LSD. He took many trips and we wonder how he came out unscathed. 

We both love these two wonderful performers. Fun show.

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I had author and ex tabloid reporter Barbara Sternig on the show. Let me tell you, you can't be a wuss and work for The Enquirer. Her books are Secrets Of A Tabloid Reporter and Celebrity Secrets Of A National Enquirer Reporter. I read them in a weekend. Easy and fun reads. What celebrity and sex symbol slugged Barbara on set, I wanna Know, Who did Barbara peep at through hole in fence to get her story, she got it. She tells us stories about Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun, Robert Culp, Richard Burton, a very sweet Tammy Wynette and many more. The National Enquirer was very hated, and the reporters were as well. This is before everyone and his mother has a gossip blog or social media. Give a listen. Lots of good scoops..
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We talk to Lauren Wellbank about her Huffington Post Article, I Went Back To My Abuser After A Week. :This Is Why Its So Hard To Get Out For Good. Lauren talks openly about her relationship with her abuser. They were friends first, then they fell in love with each other. Hear how it went from a smack in the face while in a car, to being strangled. Prior to leaving him, no one knew she was being abused which is not unusual. You want to protect the abuser because you love them, its gonna get better, it'll never happen again. There is also the embarrassment of people knowing you stay with your abuser. It could never happen to someone like her, or you.  Yes it could. After 7 days of his pleading and promises she went back to him. It was all Daisys and rainbows for a while, then boom. She was lucky to get out. She never went back. She told us the average number of times it takes a woman to get out of a relationship...7 times. Did she get a restraining order. The answer to this question was not what we expected. Give a listen. Lots to learn and beware of men who want to cut you off from friends and families, criticize what you wear because he thinks its too sexy and is all around controlling.
Thanks so much to Lauren for coming onto the show. We want to thank her for her honesty.  Lauren is now writing a book about her experience.
We most of all want to thank our listeners. You are the best.
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