Movie lovers have seen him countless times, even if they didn't know his name. Johnny Grant was known as "The Honorary Mayor of Hollywood" and was a ubiquitous presence in Tinseltown as he hosted over 500 ceremonies in which actors and actresses received their stars on the Walk of Fame. Grant, who parlayed bit acting roles into being the ultimate Hollywood insider, died Wednesday at age 84 of natural causes at his apartment in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. In a town filled with backstabbing and scandal, Grant was beloved by all for his ceaseless attempts to retain the kind of grandeur the film industry was once known for. He interviewed thousands of celebrities, traveled into war zones with Bob Hope's USO tours and ultimately had his own star on the Walk of Fame. For more on his fascinating life and career click here
The Cinema Retro archive has yielded another rarity: an advert for the London premiere showings of Tony Richardson's underrated 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade. Wonder if we can still get good seats?
You know we live in liberated times when porn queens write their autobiographies in the same type of breathless prose generally reserved for Hollywood legends. Yet, the porn industry has provided it's own hierarchy of royalty and one of the superstars of years gone by was Christy Canyon, who was voluptuous in an era that frowned upon store-bought bodies and the kind of plastic sex symbols that dominate the industry today. (Not that we ever watched any of her movies, of course!) Canyon's story is a familiar one: down-on-her-luck actress who fell into the industry out of desperation and emerged on top (so to speak). Her autobiography bears the witty title of Lights, Cameras, Sex! and pulls no punches in exploring the ups and downs of surviving in an industry that requires a good many ups and downs. Here is the description from Amazon:
Every which way and loose: Christy Canyon in her prime.
Christy Canyon's flamboyant debut into the world of adult video in
1984 rocked the porn industry like never before. Selling millions of
copies, her videos quickly established her as the world's leading porn
star. Take a ride on the wild side with her in this new, explosive tell
all autobiography. Loaded with juicy behind the scenes details, Canyon
describes her adventures and misadventures with other porn stars such
as Traci Lords, Ginger Lynn, Ron Jeremy and Peter North, just to name a
few. She also blows the lid off of her encounters with mainstream
Go behind the scenes in this explosive autobiography!!
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