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Well, this is Ronnie Barker doing one of his single sketches and anyone who are familiar with The Two Ronnies (Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett) knows how that can turn out.

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Jeanne Elizabeth Crain (May 25, 1925 – December 14, 2003) was an American actress whose career spanned from 1943 to 1975. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in the 1949 film Pinky, in which she played the leading role. She was also noted for her ability in ice skating.

Career

a12116_craig_05In 1944, Crain starred in Home in Indiana and In the Meantime, Darling. Her acting was critically panned, but she gained nationwide attention. It resulted in landing the leading role in The Shocking Miss Pilgrim in October 1944, a musical film which was eventually made with Betty Grable as the star.

Crain first received critical acclaim when she starred in Winged Victory (1944). She co-starred in 1945 with Dana Andrewsin the musical film State Fair, in which Louanne Hogan dubbed Crain’s singing numbers. After that, Crain often had singing parts in films, and they were invariably dubbed, in most cases by Hogan. Also in 1945, Crain starred in Leave Her to Heaven with Gene Tierney. Her ice skating ability was on display in the 1946 film, Margie, in which she and Conrad Janis danced around the ice rink as her boyfriend, Alan Young, slipped and stumbled his way along the ice.

a12116_craig_02In 1949, Crain appeared in three films — A Letter to Three Wives, The Fan, and Pinky, the latter earning her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Pinky was controversial, since it told the story of a light-skinned African American woman who passes for white in the Northern United States. Although Lena Horne and other black actresses were considered, producer Darryl F. Zanuckchose to cast a white actress for fear of racial backlash.

Crain starred opposite Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb in the 1950 biographical film Cheaper by the Dozen. Next, Crain paired with Cary Grant in the Joseph L. Mankiewicz film of the offbeat drama People Will Talk (1951). Despite Jeanne heavily campaigning for the female lead, Anne Baxter was initially cast in the part, but when she had to forfeit due to pregnancy, Crain was given the role after all. Shortly after, she starred in Charles Brackett‘s production The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951). Cast in May 1951, Crain was Brackett’s first choice for the role. Crain was reunited with Loy for Belles on Their Toes (1952), the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen.

a12116_craig_03While still at 20th Century Fox, Crain played a young wife quickly losing her mind amidst high-seas intrigue in Dangerous Crossing(1953), co-starring Michael Rennie. Crain then starred in a string of films for Universal Pictures, including a notable pairing with Kirk Douglas in Man Without a Star(1955).

Crain showed her dancing skills in 1955’s Gentlemen Marry Brunettes co-starring Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Rudy Vallee. The production was filmed on location inParis. The film was based on the Anita Loos sequel to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Gentlemen Marry Brunettes was popular throughout Europe at the time and was released in France as A Paris Pour les Quatre (To Paris for the Four), and in Belgium as Cevieren Te Parijs. Later in the 1950s, Crain, Russell, and another actress formed a short-lived singing and dancing lounge act on the Strip in Las Vegas.

a12116_craig_04In 1956, Crain starred opposite Glenn Ford, Russ Tamblyn, and Broderick Crawford in the Western film The Fastest Gun Alive directed by Russell Rouse. In 1957, she played a socialite who helps a floundering singer and comedian (Frank Sinatra) redeem himself in The Joker Is Wild.

In 1959, Crain appeared in a CBS special television production of Meet Me in St. Louis. Also starring in the broadcast were Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Jane Powell, and Ed Wynn, with top billing going to Tab Hunter. Film roles became fewer in the 1960s as Crain went into semiretirement. She appeared as Nefertiti in the Italian production of Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile (1961) with Edmund Purdom and Vincent Price. During this period, Crain appeared – for the second time – as one of the mystery guests on the CBS game show, What’s My Line?, and made guest appearances on the NBC Western series, Riverboat, with Darren McGavin, and the ABC detective a12116_craig_01series,Burke’s Law, starring Gene Barry.

She starred again with Dana Andrews in Hot Rods To Hell (1967). Her last films were Skyjacked (1972) and The Night God Screamed (1975).

Legacy

Crain’s career is fully documented by a collection of memorabilia about her assembled by Charles J. Finlay, a longtime publicist at 20th Century Fox. The Jeanne Crain Collection resides at the Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. These archives also hold the papers of Ingrid Bergman, Frank Capra,Clint Eastwood, and others.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes

1943

The Gang’s All Here

Chorus Girl/Pool Party Guest

uncredited

1944

Home in Indiana

‘Char’ Bruce

 

In the Meantime, Darling

Margaret ‘Maggie’ Preston

 

Winged Victory

Helen

 

1945

State Fair

Margy Frake

a.k.a. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair
also Soundtrack

Leave Her to Heaven

Ruth Berent

 

1946

Centennial Summer

Julia Rogers

also Soundtrack

Margie

Marjorie ‘Margie’ MacDuff

also Soundtrack

1948

You Were Meant for Me

Peggy Mayhew

 

Apartment for Peggy

Peggy Taylor

also Soundtrack

1949

A Letter to Three Wives

Deborah Bishop

 

The Fan

Lady Margaret ‘Meg’ Windermere

a.k.a. Lady Windermere’s Fan

Pinky

Patricia ‘Pinky’ Johnson

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress

1950

Cheaper by the Dozen

Ann Gilbreth

 

I’ll Get By

Jeanne Crain

uncredited
Cameo appearance

1951

Take Care of My Little Girl

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Erickson

 

People Will Talk

Deborah Higgins

 

The Model and the Marriage Broker

Kitty Bennett

 

1952

Belles on Their Toes

Ann Gilbreth

a.k.a. Belles on Their Toes: The Further Adventures of the Gilbreth Family

O. Henry’s Full House

Della Young

Segment The Gift of the Magi

1953

Dangerous Crossing

Ruth Stanton Bowman

 

Vicki

Jill Lynn

 

City of Bad Men

Linda Culligan

 

1954

Duel in the Jungle

Marian Taylor

 

1955

Man Without a Star

Reed Bowman

 

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes

Connie Jones/Mitzi Jones

also Soundtrack

The Second Greatest Sex

Liza McClure

also Soundtrack

1956

The Fastest Gun Alive

Dora Temple

 

1957

The Tattered Dress

Diane Blane

 

The Joker Is Wild

Letty Page

a.k.a. All the Way

1960

Guns of the Timberland

Laura Riley

 

1961

Twenty Plus Two

Linda Foster

a.k.a. It Started in Tokyo

Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile

Tenet/Nefertiti

Original title: Nefertiti, regina del Nilo

1962

Madison Avenue

Peggy Shannon

 

Pontius Pilate

Claudia Procula

Original title: Ponzio Pilato

1963

Invasion 1700

Helen

Original title: Col ferro e col fuoco
a.k.a. Daggers of Blood
a.k.a. With Fire and Sword

1967

Hot Rods to Hell

Peg Phillips

a.k.a. 52 Miles to Terror

1971

The Night God Screamed

Fanny Pierce

a.k.a. Scream

1972

Skyjacked

Mrs. Clara Shaw

a.k.a. Sky Terror

Television
Year Title Role Notes

1955

Star Stage

Nancy

1 episode

1956

The Ford Television Theatre

Joyce Randall

1 episode

1958

Playhouse 90

Daisy Buchanan

1 episode

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

Ruth Elliot

1 episode

1959

Meet Me in St. Louis

Rose Smith

TV movie

Goodyear Theatre

Lila Babrek Barnes

1 episode

Riverboat

Laura Sutton

1 episode

1960-62

G.E. True Theater

Hope/Marion Miller

3 episodes

1963

The Dick Powell Theatre

Elsie

1 episode

1964-65

Burke’s Law

Amy Booth / Lorraine Turner / Polly Martin

3 episodes

1968

The Danny Thomas Hour

Frances Merrill

1 episode

The Name of the Game

Mrs. McKendricks

1 episode

1972

Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law

Lily MacMurdy

1 episode

Text and filmography table from Wikipedia

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Origins of the project

In the 70s, the Brazilian market was closed for imports. The only sports car officially made there was the aging (and by then retired) Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, and its failed successor, the Karmann Ghia TC. Only independent car makers were able to fill the gap, notably Puma, Santa Matilde and Miura.

"Project X"

The Volkswagen subsidiary in Brazil always had some degree of independence from Wolfsburg, so in 1969 they decided to start a new project of their own. A team led by Mr. Schiemann and supported by Rudolf Leiding (the CEO of the subsidiary and later of the entire company) started work on a so-called "Project X", and presented a prototype in a 1971 fair. But it would take another year before the car reached the streets.

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Production models

The SP, the final name of the car, was built on the frame of a Variant, with the same Volkswagen air-cooled engine, but upgraded to 1700 cc, it developed 75 hp (56 kW), 160 km/h (100 mph) and made 10 L/100 km (28 mpg-imp; 24 mpg-US).

When the car was presented, it quickly drew media attention, with its many improvements over the local "air cooled" VW line, an impressive interior, its many extra features and its superb finishing.

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Decline

A car named SP1 was also built, similar in almost every aspects but the engine, logo and a few trim items. However, due to its very poor performance (only 65 hp (48 kW) with a 1600 cc engine), it was soon discontinued, after 88 units. The same problem plagued the SP2. In fact, a malicious joke at that time was to relate the "SP2" name with "Sem Potência" ("Without Power", in Portuguese)

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Despite its revolutionary look, the car failed to beat the Puma in performance. Although they used similar engines, the fiberglass Puma was much lighter. This resulted in low sales, and the SP was discontinued in February 1976.

With a total of 10,205 units made (670 of them exported, the majority 155 went to Nigeria with only one going to Europe, Portugal), the car is now sought-after as a valuable collector’s item. One of them, in white, is in the VW museum on public display. While prices during the production time frame were roughly the same as the Beetle, the price of a well-preserved example today is considerably higher than contemporary VW models.

P3

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An attempt to resolve SP’s main problem, lack of engine power, was called "SP3 project". It would be basically an SP2, but with a 1.8L EA-827 (AP in Brazil) engine, water-cooled, 8,5:1, 100 cv SAE at 6000 rpm and twin carburetors, all "borrowed" from the Brazilian version of the Passat TS. Although nothing came of the factory project, a prototype was made by Dacon who also offered a (prohibitively expensive) conversion kit.

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A little-known group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) has said its members are responsible for kidnapping the 19-year-old newspaper heiress, Patty Hearst, in California two days ago. The group sent a letter to a radio station in Berkeley, California, saying it was holding Miss Hearst in "protective custody".

The letter included a petrol credit card issued to Miss Hearst’s father, Randolph Hearst, president of the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.

For their sake and ours, and especially for Patricia, we plead with them not to make it any worse.

Randolph and Catherine Hearst

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Miss Hearst stands to inherit the vast Hearst publishing empire, founded by her grandfather, the flamboyant media tycoon, William Randolph Hearst. The letter went on to say it was "an arrest warrant issued by the Court of the People," and ransom demands would be made in later communications. It warned that Miss Hearst would be executed "should any attempt be made by authorities to rescue the prisoner".

a12058_Symbionese Liberation Army_05The SLA is a shadowy, violent underground organisation with radical political views.It emerged for the first time only last November, when it said it had carried out the murder of the popular black school administrator, Marcus Foster. He was shot dead, and a colleague wounded, as he left his school in Oakland, California.

Patricia Hearst was taken from her flat in Berkeley two days ago, by a group of two men and a woman. Her fiancé, Steven Weed, and a neighbour, Peter Benenson, were badly beaten in the struggle.

Police helicopters have been searching the hills near the University of California for the white estate car which they believe was used in her kidnapping.

Police now say they suspect at least five people, including two women, were involved in the kidnapping, after evidence from the owner of one of the two getaway cars. He was left bound and blindfolded in a back seat after the car was abandoned.

Miss Hearst’s parents issued a plea to the kidnappers in a statement yesterday, saying, "At this point, their only crime is abduction. For their sake and ours, and especially for Patricia, we plead with them not to make it any worse."

In Context:

The SLA held Patty Hearst hooded and tied up in a cupboard.

Over the following weeks, the group apparently brainwashed her into accepting their ideas, until in April 1974 she was caught on closed circuit television helping them to rob a bank.

She went on the run, but was caught by the FBI. After a sensational trial, she was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, but was released after three years. She was pardoned in January 2001 by President Clinton.

Hearst married her police bodyguard, Bernard Shaw, and now lives in Connecticut with two daughters.

The SLA is thought to have only ever had about 12 members. Six, including the group’s leader, Donald DeFreeze, were killed in a police shootout two months after the kidnapping.

The remaining five members lived quietly under assumed names for over 20 years, until the FBI tracked them down. The last SLA fugitive, James Kilgore, was arrested in Cape Town in South Africa in 2002. All are now in jail.

Text from BBC’s OnThisDay

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Filiz Akın
(born Suna Filiz Akın, 2 January 1943 in Ankara, Turkey) is a Turkish film actress. She is one of the famous actresses in the history of Turkish cinema with more than 120 films, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Biography

She graduated from TED Ankara College and then studied archeology at the Faculty of Arts at Ankara University. In 1962 she won a competition held by the "film star" magazine and made debut the same year in Akasyalar Açarken. Then she acted with Ajda Pekkan in the film “Kadın Berberi (Ladies’ Hairdresser) and established herself with roles in Kadın Terzisi (The Tailor) and Yankesici Kız (The Snatcher Girl) in 1964 where she successfully played characters in different genres. A year later in 1965, she acted in Kolejli Kızın Aşkı (The Love of the Young Girl) opposite Ayhan Işık.

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Then Akın appeared in Çıtkırıldım (Softy) opposite Cuneyt Arkin where she played a rebellious girl to Arkin’s character of a strict teacher. The same year, she acted as a rich girl in Tamirci Parçası (The Penniless Repairman) with Ayhan Işık. Akın’s next films included Hindistan Cevizi (Coconut) and Gül ve Şeker (Rose and Candy) withZeki Müren and Efkarlı Sosyete (Blue Riches) with Sadri Alışık.In 1967, Akın acted in a film adaptation of Peyami Safa’s Sözde Kızlar (So-called Girls). Then she appeared in a series of films opposite Cuneyt Arkin such as Seni Seviyorum (I Love You), Silahlı Paşazade (Armed Pasha), Hüzünlü Aşk (Sad Love), Lekeli Melek(Stained Angel) and Affedilmeyen (The Unforgiven).

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She married director Türker İnanoğlu and they had a son İlker İnanoğlu who would go on to become a prominent child actor, appearing with Akın in the Yumurcak film series. In 1969, she starred opposite Kartal Tibet in Reyhan and opposite Ayhan Işık in Karlı Dağın Eteği (Foot of the Snowy Mountain). Then Akın played twins inAğlıyorum (I am Crying) with Ediz Hun. She performed songs on the films ‘Cilveli Bir Kız (The Demure Girl), Oyun Bitti (Game Over), Cambazhane Gülü Fadime(Fadime: The Rose of the Circus) ve Oyun Bitti (Game Over). Other prominent films in this period were Aşka Tövbe (Remorse of Love), Acı Hatıralar (Bitter Memories) and Seni Sevmek Kaderim (Doomed to Love You).

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In 1971, she won the Golden Orange for best actress for her performance in Ankara Ekspresi (Train to Ankara) where she starred opposite Ediz Hun. Then she acted in Tatlı Dillim (Sweet Honey) and Memleketim (Homeland) with Tarık Akan and Beyaz Gül (White Rose) with Kartal Tibet

After her divorce from Türker İnanoğlu (who went on to marry Gülşen Bubikoğlu), she married former MİT director and diplomat Sönmez Köksal. After her retirement from acting in 1975, she appeared in television in the TRT series Geçmiş Bahar Mimozaları.

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…… of music can this be

Finish polkas played on accordions? Swedish folk music? Disco? Or simply rhythmic slapping with birch branches with the occasional softly whispered “Oh yes”?

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