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October 19, 2013

ONE MORE TIME…

Screen actress Loretta Young had become a huge TV hit in the 1950s, swinging through those french doors with a flourish! She worked very little after that; she didn't need the money. But she was coaxed out of retirement for a couple of TV-movies in the 1980's. Here she is from the 1986 holiday tearjerker, Christmas Eve. She's flanked on her right by Trevor Howard, and left by Arthur Hill. c) NBC

Once a Legend, always a Legend…Many a screen superstar were content to rest on their laurels and enjoy retirement. But many TV producers saw the value of adding many of these iconic players to dress up their TV movies and series. Aaron Spelling built an empire out of incorporating Tinseltown’s finest into his cheesy programs.

Many of these stars were happy to be working again, in the type of flashy roles they could not have portrayed during the more puritan environment of their heyday. Others were simply grateful for another paycheck; remember, they did not make the astronomical salaries of today.

Stars like Crawford and Davis had done this for years, but as the 1980’s rolled on, a number of popular players stepped before the cameras for another go. Here’s a sampling of some of these classic Hollywood players giving us another performance.

Screen actress Loretta Young had become a huge TV hit in the 1950s, swinging through those french doors with a flourish! She worked very little after that; she didn't need the money. But she was coaxed out of retirement for a couple of TV-movies in the 1980's. Here she is from the 1986 holiday tearjerker, Christmas Eve. She's flanked on her right by Trevor Howard, and left by Arthur Hill. c) NBC

Screen actress Loretta Young had become a huge TV hit in the 1950s, swinging through those french doors with a flourish! She worked very little after that; she didn’t need the money. But she was coaxed out of retirement for a couple of TV-movies in the 1980’s. Here she is from the 1986 holiday tearjerker, Christmas Eve. She’s flanked on her right by Trevor Howard, and left by Arthur Hill. c) NBC

 

 

The great Claudette Colbert took a stab at the TV movie game in 1987's The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, based on author Dominic Dunne's best-selling novel. Colbert co-starred with another icon, Ann Margaret, in the four-hour mini-series. Here she is with fellow-player Stephen Collins. c) NBC

The great Claudette Colbert took a stab at the TV movie game in 1987’s The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, based on author Dominic Dunne’s best-selling novel. Colbert co-starred with another icon, Ann Margaret, in the four-hour mini-series. Here she is with fellow-player Stephen Collins. c) NBC

 

 

Cranky Kate Hepburn made several telefilms in the 70's and 80's. This one, Laura Lansing Slept Here, was not one of her best. Joel Higgins, at the time starring in the network's Silver Spoons series, was the Irascible One's co-star. I bet he could write a book about the experience. c) NBC

Cranky Kate Hepburn made several telefilms in the 70’s and 80’s. This one, Laura Lansing Slept Here, was not one of her best. Joel Higgins, at the time starring in the network’s Silver Spoons series, was the Irascible One’s co-star. I bet he could write a book about the experience. c) NBC

 

 

Here's a two-for-one. Another classic movie star who turned to the small-screen with success in not one, but two series. Robert Young, star of Father Knows Best and also Marcus Welby, M.D. poses with big-screen icon Alexis Smith. The occassion for this teaming was a 1988 TV movie, Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair. c) NBC

Here’s a two-for-one. Another classic movie star who turned to the small-screen with success in not one, but two series. Robert Young, star of Father Knows Best and also Marcus Welby, M.D. poses with big-screen icon Alexis Smith. The occassion for this teaming was a 1988 TV movie, Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair. c) NBC

 

 

Two sterling examples of Hollywood class: Maureen O'Sullivan and Don Ameche. They are alongside Richard Crenna in a 1991 episode of his series, Pros and Cons. O'Sullivan had a long and varied big-screen career, as did Ameche; she for her portrayal of Tarzan's Jane and Ameche as Alexander Graham Bell and the co-star of many Fox musicals. c) ABC

Two sterling examples of Hollywood class: Maureen O’Sullivan and Don Ameche. They are alongside Richard Crenna in a 1991 episode of his series, Pros and Cons. O’Sullivan had a long and varied big-screen career, as did Ameche; she for her portrayal of Tarzan’s Jane and Ameche as Alexander Graham Bell and the co-star of many Fox musicals. c) ABC

 

 

 

 

 






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