Thank you so much to the lovely Gil from Realweegiemidget Reviews who nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, the first blogging award I’ve ever received! You may see her post here. It was a wonderful surprise and I had great fun answering the 11 questions she posed. Gil is a prolific blogger, lover of films, and one of my favorite online folk. Thanks Gil!


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers.
  4. Create eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.


My answers to Gil’s questions can be read here:


1. Which actor or actress who hasn’t received an Oscar do you think deserves one? And for what film?

Vincent Price. He was absolutely incredible in everything, but specifically Dragonwyck. The way he straddled the line between matinee idol and villain in that film was superb. The fact that he was never truly acknowledged as a fantastic actor in addition to being a cult icon I think is a travesty.

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Price in Dragonwyck

2. Who is your favourite child actor who is still acting and now an adult?

Christina Ricci. I adored her in Mermaids…and really everything she’s been in since.

A ridiculously adorable Christina in Mermaids

3. If you are on Twitter, have you any celebrity followers?

No, but actress Indira Varma once liked a post I made about Indira Varma. I fangirled out for a full day. It was just a like, but it sort of blew my mind that my sphere of existence crossed with Indira Varma’s even for a second. The internet is weird that way.

Indira Varma

4. Who or what do you think needs to have a blogathon tribute?

Gail Patrick. She did the posh, ice queen thing so well in films like My Man Godfrey and Stage Door, but she was such an interesting person as well. She was instrumental in getting the iconic Perry Mason show on TV and broke barriers in terms of females in positions of power (she was one of the first female producers and the first woman in a leadership role in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences).

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Gail Patrick

5. Who would you cast as you in a biopic.

Zoe Lister-Jones. She blew me away when I first saw her in Arranged and just keeps going. She’s a heck of an actress who deservesto be more widely known. I think she does both comedy and drama well and there’s been plenty of both in my life so there you go!

Zoe Lister-Jones

6. Who would you like to see a biopic made about, and who would you cast in this role.

William Desmond Taylor. What a fascinating guy! I’m pretty shocked that a film about his murder has never been made because the story is more intriguing than fiction. One of the biggest directors of the 1910s was killed in his home, his unsolved death bringing to light a secret past and bringing down the careers of the biggest comedienne of the time (Mabel Normand) and an up and coming ingenue (Mary Miles Minter), who were also pegged as suspects. Add to that studio cover ups, aliases, deathbed confessions, and an unbelievable cast of suspects including Minter’s overbearing mother and Taylor’s thieving former assistant who disappeared following the murder and was never seen again. And that’s just scratching the surface!

7. What film has had the greatest impact on you?

Amelie blew me away when I first saw it in the theatre and continues to do so today. It really understands what makes life special and worth living (+ the casting, the score, the cinematography…)


8. If you could rename your blog what would you change it to?

Probably its original name: Fading, But Not Forgotten. I think it’s still applicable, but it sort of naturally evolved into Hollywood Genes.

9. Which famous starry couple (of any time and place) would you want as neighbours?

Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks…in the hopes my mere proximity would warrant an invitation to Pickfair!

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10. First actor / actress crush and your latest one.

First actor crush = One of the first was Michael Anderson Jr. in In Search of the Castaways. I’m pretty sure that paved the way for my love of guys with naughty grins.


Latest actor crush = I’ve really been feeling James Cagney these days. I’m absolutely convinced that he was the best onscreen kisser (and almost kisser) in classic films. See?




11. Who would you most like to interview for your blog in a one off exclusive interview and what three questions would you ask.

David Lynch, but I’d spend most of my time gushing about Isabella Rossellini and Twin Peaks.


My 11 Nominated Bloggers and Questions for Them:

  1. Tokens of Companionship
  2. Hollywood Yesterday
  3. Watch More Movies
  4. Elizabeth Gauffreau
  5. Queen of the Lot
  6. Pale Writer
  7. Myricopia
  8. 4 Star Films
  9. Silver Screen Classics 
  10. Vinnieh
  11. Chiddicks Family Tree


1). Whose biography would you want to write and why would you pick that person?

2). What is a film that people would be shocked to find out you haven’t seen?

3). Which favorite book of yours has never been made (or made properly) into a movie? If it were, who would you cast in the lead roles?

4). Which blog post did you spend the most time researching and/or writing and what was it about? (feel free to link it in)

5). When and why did you start blogging?

6). You’re hosting a themed Halloween party. Which book or film would you use as the theme and in what ways?

7). What was the last film you saw that really blew you away and why?

8). Marry, Kiss, or Kill: Which film character would you marry, which would you share a hot, pre-code kiss with, and which would you kill like a noir anti-rhero or villain(ess) with a score to settle? (And why did you pick these 3?)

9). Which film character’s closet would you love to raid?

10). Recast Star Wars using early Hollywood (silent to 1940s) actors and actresses then recast Casablanca with modern actors and actresses (1990s to today).

11). You were working in the lab, late one night, when your eyes beheld an eerie sight. What was it and what did you do?

I decided to run with Gil’s movie themed questions and did the same. With that in mind and without repeating those who Gil already nominated, I selected folk who were either part of the film blogger community or who I thought might be interested enough in film to participate. However, if the questions aren’t your cup of tea and/or if time won’t allow for your participation, I understand and no worries! 😊

Follow up posts here from:

Silver Screen Classics