Monday, July 29, 2019

"The Competition" Screenwriter & Director Joel Oliansky 2002 Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Joel Oliansky (October 11, 1935 – July 29, 2002) was an Emmy-winning screenwriter and director known for Bird, the 1988 biographic film about Charlie Parker, as well as writing and directing episodes of TV series including The Law, and Kojak.[1]

Early life

Oliansky was born in Brooklyn, New York[2] and attended Hofstra University, graduating in 1959.[3] In his last year, he wrote the book for Inertia with music by Steve Lawrence[4] and starring fellow-student Lainie Kazan; a drama scholarship at Hofstra is named in his memory. He pursued a master's degree at Yale, during which course his 1962 play Here Comes Santa Claus was written and produced.[5] He remained until 1964 as playwright-in-residence at Yale, and also directed two of the four plays comprising the initial season of the Hartford Stage Company.[6] During this period he also wrote his 1965 humorous novel Shame, Shame On the Johnson Boys about the folk-singing scene.[7]


Late in 1964, he removed to California at the urging of fellow Hofstra alumnus Francis Ford Coppola[8] to work as a screenwriter at Seven Arts.[9] While his efforts early in his L.A. stay were mostly directed toward publishing his novel, he was able to establish industry connections. By 1967 he was being credited as a writer and director for the Daniel Boone TV series.[10] He also wrote screenplays for films, including 1968's Counterpoint and The Todd Killings in 1971. He continued to work in both film and television, directing the 1990 TV movie In Defense of a Married Man,[11] and writing his final work in 1996, the poorly-received: Abducted: A Father's Love.[12]


In 1971, Oliansky won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama,[13] won the Writers Guild Award (Long Form: Multi-part) for the 1981 series Masada, and was nominated for these awards several other times. 

He wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated 1980 film The Competition,[14] and wrote the screenplay for Bird which was directed by Clint Eastwood and won an Oscar, and a Golden Globe.[15]

Personal life

He married Patricia Godfrey the year after graduating from Hofstra; they were later divorced. He died from complications of Guillain–BarrĂ© syndrome, leaving two adult children, and is interred in the Cathedral Mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[16]


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Saturday, July 27, 2019

"40 Carats" Actress Binnie Barnes- Johnny Carson 1973 TV Interview

Binnie Barnes (March 25, 1903 – July 27, 1998) was an English actress whose career in films spanned 50 years, from 1923 to 1973.

Binnie Barnes made this rare TV interview appearance, promoting her return to the screen as Liv Ullman's mother in the 1973 film 40 Carats. Also on the panel are Sandy Duncan and Steve Martin.

"In Old California" Actress Binnie Barnes 1998 Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery

Gertrude Maud Barnes (March 25, 1903 – July 27, 1998[2]), known professionally as Binnie Barnes, was an English actress whose career in films spanned 50 years, from 1923 to 1973.

Life and career

Barnes was born in Islington, London, the daughter of Rosa Enoyce and George Barnes, a policeman.[3] There were 16 children in her family. Before moving to Hollywood to become an actress, Barnes worked a series of jobs, such as chorus girl, nurse, and dance hostess.

She began her acting career in films in 1923, appearing in a short film made by Lee De Forest in his Phonofilm sound-on-film process. Her film career continued in Great Britain, most notably in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) as Katherine Howard, Henry's fifth wife.

Barnes' main qualm in accepting roles as an actress was that she not play submissive roles. Barnes once remarked "One picture is just like another to me, as long as I don't have to be a sweet woman".[4] Later, her career continued in Hollywood, until 1973, when she appeared in the comedy 40 Carats, her last acting role.


She was married, secondly, to film producer Mike Frankovich, and later became a naturalized United States citizen. The couple adopted three children.[5]


Binnie Barnes died in 1998 of natural causes, aged 95, in Beverly Hills, California. She was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.[6]

Hollywood Walk of Fame

For her contributions to the film industry, Barnes received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Her star is located at 1501 Vine Street.[7]


Phonofilm (1923)
Night in Montmartre (1931) - Therese
Love Lies (1931) - Junetta
Doctor Josser K.C. (1931) - Rosa Wopp
Murder at Covent Garden (1932) - Girl
The Innocents of Chicago (1932) - Peg Guinan
Partners Please (1932, Short) - Billie
Strip! Strip! Hooray!!! (1932, Short) - Spanish Lady
Down Our Street (1932) - Tessie Bernstein
The Last Coupon (1932) - Mrs. Meredith
Old Spanish Customers (1932) - Carmen
Taxi to Paradise (1933, Short) - Joan Melhuish
Counsel's Opinion (1933) - Leslie
Heads We Go (1933) - Lil Pickering

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) - Katherine Howard - The Fifth Wife

The Silver Spoon (1933) - Lady Perivale
Their Night Out (1933) - Lola
Nine Forty-Five (1934) - Ruth Jordan
No Escape (1934) - Myra Fengler
The Lady Is Willing (1934) - Helene Dupont

One Exciting Adventure (1934) - Rena Sorel

Gift of Gab (1934) - Maid
The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) - Rosita, a Maid Pure and Simple
Forbidden Territory (1934) - Valerie Petrovna
There's Always Tomorrow (1934) - Alice Vail

Diamond Jim (1935) - Lillian Russell

Rendezvous (1935) - Olivia Kerloff
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935, Short) - Herself

Sutter's Gold (1936) - Countess Elizabeth Bartoffski

Small Town Girl (1936) - Priscilla Hyde

The Last of the Mohicans (1936) - Alice Munro

Magnificent Brute (1936) - Della Lane

Three Smart Girls (1936) - Donna Lyons

Breezing Home (1937) - Henrietta Fairfax

Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) - Caroline Whipple
Out of the Blue (1937) - Rosa

The Divorce of Lady X (1938) - Lady Mere

The First Hundred Years (1938) - Claudia Weston

The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) - Nazama

Holiday (1938) - Mrs. Laura Cram

Three Blind Mice (1938) - Miriam Harrington

Always Goodbye (1938) - Harriet Martin

Tropic Holiday (1938) - Marilyn Joyce

Gateway (1938) - Mrs. Fay Sims

Thanks for Everything (1938) - Kay Swift

The Three Musketeers (1939) - Milady De Winter

Wife, Husband and Friend (1939) - Cecil Carver

Man About Town (1939) - Lady Arlington

Frontier Marshal (1939) - Jerry

Day-Time Wife (1939) - Blanche
'Til We Meet Again (1940) - Comtesse de Bresac
This Thing Called Love (1940) - Charlotte Campbell

Angels with Broken Wings (1941) - Sybil Barton

Tight Shoes (1941) - Sybil Ash

The Great Awakening (1941, aka New Wine) - Countess Marie Duvarre

Three Girls About Town (1941) - Faith Banner

Skylark (1941) - Myrtle Vantine

Call Out the Marines (1942) - Violet 'Vi' Hall

In Old California (1942) - Lacey Miller

I Married an Angel (1942) - Peggy

The Man from Down Under (1943) - Aggie Dawlins

Up in Mabel's Room (1944) - Alicia Larchmont
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944) - May Heatherton

Barbary Coast Gent (1944) - Lil Damish

It's in the Bag! (1945) - Eve Floogle
The Spanish Main (1945) - Anne Bonney
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) - Barbara

The Time of Their Lives (1946) - Mildred Dean

If Winter Comes (1947) - Natalie Bagshaw

The Dude Goes West (1948) - Kiki Kelly

My Own True Love (1948) - Geraldine
The Pirates of Capri (1949, aka The Masked Pirate) - Queen Maria Carolina

Fugitive Lady (1950) - Esther Clementi

Shadow of the Eagle (1950) - Catherine - Empress of Russia
Decameron Nights (1953) - Contessa di Firenze / Nerina the Chambermaid / The Old Witch
Malaga (1954) - Frisco
The Trouble with Angels (1966) - Sister Celestine

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1969) - Sister Celestine

40 Carats (1973) - Maud Ericson (final film role)


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3. American Jews: Their Lives and Achievements ; a Contemporary Biographical Record. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
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