Friday, 2 December 2011

Happy Birthday!

Finally the weekend is near - and some people were born this day... these gentlemen:

Ray Walston

*December 2, 1914 (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

† January 1, 2001 (Beverly Hills, California, USA)

I love him most in KISS ME, STUPID (1964) and SOUTH PACIFIC (1958). He was a wonderful actor - who most US followers will probably know best as MY FAVORITE MARTIAN..

~ HE could wear it.. ~


Brendan Coyle

* December 2, 1963 (Corby, Northamptonshire, England, UK)

I love him. He is very attractive.. He is also an amazing actor. I think most of my female followers will know him from several (magnificent!!) BBC series like NORTH & SOUTH, DOWNTON ABBEY, LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD ...

~ at this point I might warn you: Every december I fall in a completely BBC mania - so prepare for at least one review.. ~


And here some German ladies:

Sybille Schmitz

* December 2, 1909 (Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

† April 13, 1955 (Munich, Bavaria, Germany)

Very fascinating, glamourous actress - she was very successful during the 3rd Reich in various dramas - her most popular films might be TITANIC (1943) and the horror film VAMPYR (1932) (-> the US titles for that film are THE VAMPIRE (actually "Vampyr" is a dated way to write "Vampir" = engl. "vampire"), CASTLE OF DOOM and NOT AGAINST THE FLESH.)

Sadly she was kind of a self destructive persona who suffered from depression, alcoholism and drug abuse. After several attempts she took her life with an overdose of sleeping pills. - For those of you who are fond of such bits of information: Her last character in a film also died due to suicide..

The film VERONIKA VOSS (1982) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is (loosely) based on her life.


Rita Paul

*December 2, 1928 (Berlin, Germany)

She was more a singer than an actress - she appeared in about two US films: UNDER FIRE (1957) and FRÄULEIN (1958). I love her voice - and though you might not understand her - you could listen (if you like):

She is singing a song named DAS IST NICHTS FÜR KLEINE MÄDCHEN (= "That's not for little girls") - in this song her mother doesn't allow her to kiss/love boys .. the male voice is Bully Buhlan - he is singing that his mother forbid him to play with dolls and told him to be nice to girls - though he didn't like them.. ... well - you may take this song as you please..

I fell for Rita Paul's voice when I was about ten years old - back then I had no idea how she might look.. I was certain that she had to be very, very pretty.. and even if she would look like a barrel filled with porcupines I would love her. (..stubborn little me.. ... oh - and I like porcupines..) Well - look (and decide) for your own:

Here she is with Bully Buhlan - with whom she sang several songs during the 1950s - it's one of my favourite pictures..:

~ Mission of the day: give someone you like a hug! ~

Well.. that's about it for today.. Enough of obscure German actresses..

This obscure little German girl says:

Thank you all for listening!

Yours (very well and) truly



  1. Sad to say I only know Ray Walston. But thank you for letting us know all about brendan, Rita and Sybille. Always cool and fun to learn about new people and films.

  2. Great that you like it, Monty!

    Just by the way: Brendan Coyle had a small part in TOMORROW NEVER DIES.. nothing big - you'd hardly notice him if you don't know him.. ;")


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