Thursday, June 01, 2017

Thursday Reads

A couple of obituaries to note:

Actress Elena Verdugo of Marcus Welby, M.D. fame has died at the age of 92:

Verdugo replaced Audrey Totter as the star of the CBS Radio comedy Meet Millie and continued to play the wisecracking Brooklyn secretary Millie Bronson on the CBS television version — one of the first shows to be broadcast live from Hollywood — that ran for four seasons, from 1952 through 1956.

On the big screen, Verdugo appeared opposite Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1945 Universal horror films House of Frankenstein (as the sympathetic gypsy girl Ilonka) and The Frozen Ghost and in the adventure tale Thief of Damascus (1952).

Verdugo also was a singer and dancer. She performed in the 1940s with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra and handled the vocals on his hit "Tico Tico," which was used in the finale of the 1945 Sonja Henie film It's a Pleasure!.

James Bond actress Molly Peters, 75, died on May 30:

Peters, who stood 5 feet 6 inches tall, was born March 15, 1942, in Suffolk, England. Her acting career was preceded by work as a model. She was cast as Bond girl and nurse Patricia Fearing by the director of "Thunderball," Terence Young.

In an interview that is included with the DVD release of "Thunderball," Peters said the film "was very exciting for me, and I was very nervous since I'd never actually been on a sound stage before."

Dan Rather notes more nuttiness has come from Trump from no doubt big oil interests and others:


The GOP puts their own political agenda in front of the good of the country, so why should they take responsibility for Trump?


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