Archive for July 30th, 2009

The Directors and the Closet

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Todd Holland, Don Roos, gay actors, and the closet

 

Todd Holland

 

Blogger and entertainment writer, Andre Soares of the Alternative Film Guide, writes about the recent Outfest statements by directors Todd Holland and Don Roos, on whether gay actors should stay “in the closet.” A brief snippet is included here. To read the entire article, please click on the link below.

 

“First, openly gay film director Todd Holland (right) is accused of telling non-100% hetero performers to keep their sexuality hidden in the closet. Several days later, another openly gay film director, Don Roos, was reportedly even more blatant about the idea of keeping actors hanging in the closet. Adding insult to injury, those statements were made at a film festival named Outfest, Los Angeles’ annual gay & lesbian cinema smorgasbord.”

 

Click here to continue reading the article at the Alternative Film Guide

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Virginia Carroll Obituary

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

OBITUARY

Virginia Carroll; Character actress and leading lady, dies at 95

 

Virginia Carroll

 

Virginia Carroll (above) starred with Bill Elliott, who played U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok, in the 1942 film “Prairie Gunsmoke.” She was an L.A. department store model when she launched her acting career with a bit part in a 1935 movie.

 

Virginia Carroll, 95, a movie character actress and B-western leading lady who appeared opposite cowboy stars such as Don “Red” Barry and Tex Ritter, died of natural causes July 23 in a Santa Barbara retirement community, said her daughter, Carroll Byrd Evangeline.

 

A Los Angeles department store model when she launched her film career with a bit part as a fashion model in the 1935 movie “Roberta,” Carroll appeared in her first western in 1936 opposite Jack La Rue in “A Tenderfoot Goes West.”

 

Mixing leads with supporting and character roles, Carroll appeared in westerns with Gene Autry, Johnny Mack Brown, Bill Elliott, Roy Rogers, Whip Wilson and other stars. She later appeared on TV shows such as “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok,” “The Roy Rogers Show,” “Dragnet” and “Perry Mason.”

 

Carroll was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 1913. She was married to actor Ralph Byrd, who starred as Dick Tracy in movie serials and on early television, from 1936 until his death in 1952. She was married to her second husband, Lloyd McLean, a projectionist at 20th Century Fox, from 1957 until his death in 1969.

 

Click here for the Los Angeles Times link

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