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  • Stamp honors James Stewart [decorated World War II bomber pilot ]

    08/16/2007 2:35:19 PM PDT · by Dubya · 44 replies · 2,158+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 16, 2007 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    Lots of actors play war heroes on the screen. James Stewart was one in real life. A decorated World War II bomber pilot who returned from battle to star in "It's A Wonderful Life," Stewart will be commemorated on a new 41-cent postage stamp being released Friday. Stewart flew 20 bombing missions over Germany, including one over Berlin, after wrangling combat duty when commanders would have preferred to use a movie star for morale building work at home. As a squadron commander, Stewart flew many dangerous missions when he could have sent others instead, recalled Robbie Robinson, a sergeant who...
  • Hollywood's Long Fascination With Tall, Handsome, Swarthy Lovers

    05/09/2002 2:28:24 AM PDT · by 2Trievers · 21 replies · 153+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 9 2002 | DEBORAH HORNBLOW
    Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but when Hollywood wants to cast a seducer of women, the archetype remains tall, handsome and swarthy - wiz an accent. (That last bit, Eeet iz virry importan, babee. The country of origin can be mysterious - one part south of the border, another French or Italian, but the voice must sound foreign, exotic, at home in the romance languages, and just a weensie bit inarticulate. All zee better to speak wiz zee eyes ant hands.) These derivatives of Casanova and Don Juan have appeared on screen since the silent era. Think Valentino. Think Douglas Fairbanks...