Category Archives: Recalling …

When Dar Robinson leapt from Toronto’s CN Tower

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The perfect word to describe legendary movie stuntman Dar Robinson, who was killed 30 years ago today: unfuckwithable. It allowed him to create thrilling stunts in films such as “Sharkey’s Machine” (above), “Papillon” and “Magnum … Continue reading

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Memories of Gregory Peck, born 100 years ago today

By Ray Bennett LONDON – “It all goes by so quickly,” Gregory Peck told me. “It’s like a flash. Suddenly, one is in the home stretch and where did it all go? How did it flash by so fast?” That … Continue reading

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Why Frank Sinatra was called The Voice

By Ray Bennett There were several reasons why Frank Sinatra, who was born 100 years ago today, was known as The Voice. In 1992, Daily Variety gave me the chance to research just how he earned the sobriquet.

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Going back to ‘Back To The Future’ with Michael J. Fox

By Ray Bennett LONDON – As “Back to the Future” marks its 30th anniversary, here’s a version of a story I wrote in 1985 for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. In 1984, Canadian actor Michael J. Fox (pictured with Christopher … Continue reading

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When Topol stood me up to go off to war

By Ray Bennett LONDON – “Fiddler on the Roof’ star Chaim Topol cancelled my interview with him in June 1967 but he had a very good reason. He left his starring role of Tevye in the West End hit production … Continue reading

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When Sean Connery offered me a Scotch …

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Sean Connery nudged my arm as a waiter hovered with a tray of champagne, and said, “They have Scotch, you know.” We were on the terrace on Elton John’s house on the cornish that overlooks Nice … Continue reading

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How James Horner came to write the ‘Titanic’ song

By Ray Bennett LONDON – American composer James Horner, who has died in a plane crash aged 61, won an Academy Award along with lyricist Will Jennings for “My Heart Will Go On” sung by Celine Dion in “Titanic”, and … Continue reading

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The look on Anne Murray’s face was one of sheer terror

By Ray Bennett LONDON – One of Canada’s most successful singers, Anne Murray, who turns 70 today, became a huge international entertainer but she told me two things had made her nervous – performing in Las Vegas and at the … Continue reading

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Ready with a zippo for Elizabeth Hurley

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Happy birthday to Elizabeth Hurley, who turns 50 today. I met her at a party during the Festival de Cannes several years ago. I turned on the terrace and there she was in a white dress … Continue reading

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When US TV censored hip-swinging Tom Jones

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Fans of “The Voice” might not suspect that the venerable Sir Tom Jones, who turns 75 today, was censored on American television when he was younger. His show “This is Tom Jones” aired on the … Continue reading

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