Friday, May 24, 2013

Miscellaneous Reads and News

Of course Jodi Arias shouldn't plea bargain for life in prison (with or without parole) in exchange for the death penalty.

Especially when it is extremely likely she will prevail on appeal anyway.

Obituary: Actor Steve Forrest, one of those people who was seen everywhere on movies and television from the fifties onward, has died at the age of 87. Among other things, he was a younger brother of actor Dana Andrews:

Freed from his MGM contract, Forrest portrayed a New York reporter falling for a rural Doris Day in It Happened to Jane (1959), and in Heller in Pink Tights (1960) he played a gunfighter who wins blonde dancer Sophia Loren in a poker game, but loses her to Anthony Quinn. The latter role gave the often stolid Forrest an opportunity to show more ebullience.

In the meantime, he had established a parallel career on television, appearing notably in westerns such as Bonanza, Death Valley Days, The Virginian and Rawhide. In 1965, he and his family moved to London, where he starred in 30 episodes of the ATV series The Baron. Forrest was rugged and charming in the title role, the nickname given to John Mannering, a Texas-born, London-based antique dealer who is really a secret agent.

On the big screen, Forrest would have a key role as the lawyer boyfriend of Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) in Mommie Dearest (1981), a rather trashy melodrama in which he looked plainly uncomfortable, nor was he in his element as a heavy in the unfunny spoof Spies Like Us (1985).

He then returned to television, notably with 15 episodes of Dallas in 1986, playing Wes Parmalee, an impostor pretending to be Jock Ewing, and in several episodes of Murder She Wrote.

Here is a Twilight Zone episode where he was the star. It is called The Parallel.

Another familiar face on television, actress Christine White, 86, died in a nursing home on April 14.

She is best known for co-starring with William Shatner in the classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

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