Jack ‘Gulkula’ Thompson & the Yolngu people.

Unless you experience their world it doesn’t really exist’: Jack Thompson at the 2014 Garma festival. Photograph: Monica Tan by Monica Tan Why a festival celebrating Yolngu culture features tai chi classes with the Australian acting legend Dr Jack Thompson AM is not immediately clear. But Thompson – also known as Gulkula by the Yunupingu […]

Hollywood Star “Louise Lovely” was an Aussie.

Born Nellie Louise Alberti in 1895, Louise Lovely was an Australian who started acting at the age of nine. In 1914 she moved to America in and in the following year starred opposite the famous Lon Chaney Snr. in “Father and the Boys”, receiving strong reviews, As legend has it, Universal Studios head Carl Laemmle […]

How Izzy Demsky became Kirk Douglas.

The scrawny son of Jewish immigrants transformed himself into an icon of US manhood. Yet a darker side lurked too. by Andrew Pulver Kirk Douglas in 1946. The actor was notorious for his aggressive personality as his career took off. Photograph: AL ’Whitey’ Schafer/Paramount/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock Handsome, muscular, noble – not words that would automatically have been […]

Bugs Bunny was born in Brooklyn under Dodgers Stadium in 1940.

Photo: Bugs Bunny – Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny is a fictional main character who starred in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, which became Warner Bros Cartoons in 1944. Bugs starred in 167 shorts during the Golden Age of American animation, and made cameos in three […]

Mick Jagger, the world’s least likely wallflower.

Dafydd Jones’s photograph, taken at Vanity Fair’s 1997 Oscars party shows Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tony Curtis, Morton’s, Los Angeles, Dafydd Jones got his break as a photographer by capturing the excesses of the “bright young things” at Oxford in the 1980s – a decadent cast that included Hugh Grant and Nigella Lawson and prime […]

Behind the scenes of Python’s Holy Grail.

Behind The Scenes’ Photos of Monty Python’s Holy Grail Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (which consisted of  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin). The film was directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry […]

Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Monty Python (1970) Terry Jones (front) with, from left, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Michael Palin. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock. Monty Python stars have led the tributes to their co-star Terry Jones, who has died at the age of 77. The Welsh actor and writer played a variety of characters in the iconic comedy group’s […]

Renée Adorée.

Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France on 30 September 1898. Renee had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in acting surfaced during her […]

Disney and the Myth of Lemming Suicide 1958.

Lemmings do not commit mass suicide. It’s a myth, but it’s remarkable how many people believe it. Ask a few. “It’s a complete urban legend,” said state wildlife biologist Thomas McDonough. “I think it blew out of proportion based on a Disney documentary in the ’50s, and that brought it to the mainstream.” Lemmings are […]