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So, You Want To Be In Pictures
By: Tommy Garrett
Why is it that the classic stars were more fascinating than the current
of A-Stars? Surely they were addicts, they also went to jail and got
trouble. But maybe the bygone era of Old Hollywood would be a welcomed
Bette Davis used her talent to make herself the strongest
actress on the
silver screen. Lindsay Lohan uses hers to find every party and club to
showcase her bad behavior. Bette Davis didn't lack discipline. She
forgot what she was in Hollywood for. It's not all Lindsay's fault.
spends more time hanging out and partying with the young starlet than she
being a mother and raising her two other underage children, Bette also
Jack Warner keeping her in line, whereas Lindsay misbehaves with one
never to have to work with him again. She didn't listen to friends like
Fonda and Meryl Streep who warned her to get her life in order and now
faces jail time and an almost certain end to her once bright and shining
Then there is Lane Garrison's conviction for vehicular manslaughter.
star of "Prison Break" is heading to the pokey for at least three months,
though I have a source in the Beverly Hills Court System that says he'll
likely be out next week. At least he took the blame and responsibility
behavior. But what is it about such a young handsome man that makes me
think of the great legendary actor Charlton Heston? They both have the
acting style, I think, but don't compare in character. Heston was a
society and is now suffering from dementia, while Garrison spent his
career time partying and driving drunk. These stars don't seem to
today that stardom is fleeting. So they never take advantage of the time
have on screen to shine. Heston on the other hand lived his life and
career to the fullest, and never put parties before his craft. Maybe
up with Joe Simpson, the manager of father of Ashlee and Jessica as his
minister explains a lot.
Nicole Ritchie goes on ABC's "Good Morning America" to proclaim she's
and admit her drug and alcohol use on that fateful day when she was
driving under the influence and going down the wrong side of an LA
Though she claims to now know better and to have grown from this
her interview came across as glib and a bit arrogant to me. It's my job
an entertainment publicist to watch body language.
My friend Loretta
was with child out of wedlock once. But in 1935 she not only continued
working, but hid her pregnancy and spent never a day in Jail. Where as
Richie will have to spend at least four of her days pregnant behind bars.
Surely she'll get sprung like costar and gal pal Paris Hilton did. But
difference? One, Loretta Young had dignity and self-respect, and raised
daughter with love and discipline; Nicole, the pregnant daughter of a
pop star, lacked any real love and support, or she wouldn't be such a
Why the comparison of stars of Today and Yesterday? Maybe because the
of today are so less interesting, so less talented and would have
from the old Hollywood Studio System which would have put them in ship
An actress the caliber of Lindsay Lohan would have been forced into
behavior and taking better care of herself by a Jack Warner or Louis B.
Mayer. Instead they are free agents on the market with no one
could be incredible careers for all the young stars who really have
My recent book, "So, You Want To Be In Pictures" is a biographical piece
work that chronicles the lives and careers of 55 stars of yesteryear and
road map for those who long to become stars today. I hope you'll check
out ! Click on the picture above to buy it from Amazon.com
A review of the book
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