Monthly Archives: April 2015

Why Carolyn Jones did not want to kiss Elvis Presley

By Ray Bennett LONDON – When I interviewed Carolyn Jones, who would have turned 85 today, she told me she had been sick but she did not tell me she was dying. Famous as Morticia in the 1960s TV series … Continue reading

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15 Peter Ustinov films you should watch

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Playwright, filmmaker, actor and raconteur Peter Ustinov, who was born 95 years ago today and died on March 28, 2004, was a wonderful mimic and so when I met him in Toronto in the mid-’80s, … Continue reading

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The serious side of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner

By Ray Bennett LONDON – At the Festival de Cannes in 1999, the Croisette was filled with promotions for “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and the buzzword was “shagadelic”. When The Hollywood Reporter Cannes Daily ran a picture … Continue reading

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When electronic darts machines made me weep

By Ray Bennett A long time ago in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the local taverns began to sprout loud and offensive machines that, for a price, offered electronic darts. As a player of real darts, I took immediate offence and expressed … Continue reading

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A birthday card from Paris from Gregory Peck

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Gregory Peck and I were born on April 5 and when he turned 80 he sent me a card from Paris on which he wrote, “This French graffiti describes perfectly how it feels to be 80 … Continue reading

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