F is for Fonda

For better or worse, in the public’s mind he got stuck in the mould of well-meaning liberal, the guy who’ll always fight for the underdog, the guy who’ll buck the system and cause trouble no matter the cost

Read more "F is for Fonda"

Diasporational Part Fourteen: Una O’Connor, Lovable Screamer!

She had a nice line in busybodies: spinsters, gossips and maids (often Irish). She was described as having “the stare of a detective, the voice of an air raid siren, and the body of a scarecrow.” In an age when there was an awful lot of stage-Irishness in Hollywood films (Abby’s Irish Rose, Mother Machree), it must have grated on her ears to hear so many Oirish brogues.

Read more "Diasporational Part Fourteen: Una O’Connor, Lovable Screamer!"