Marmar: Jane Fonda- 1976 Interview

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Source: Marmar– Hollywood Goddess Jane Fonda, in 1976

Source: The New Democrat

You can’t sum Jane Fonda up as a Hollywood actress or a left-wing ( to be kind ) political activist. She’s both of those things. She’s one of the best actresses of her generation at least and I would put her in the top of her generation with women like Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and many others. But she’s also one of the most famous political activists ever and one of those people from the New-Left ( socialist movement of the late 60s and 1970s ) who actually survived that period and went on to have a very successful life. Not ending up in prison doing long stretches because she attempted to rob a bank and give all that money to poor people or blow up a bank.

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Source: Phil Roach– Hollywood Goddess Jane Fonda, in 1976

Things that The Weather Underground and Students For a Democratic Society, the Symbionese Liberation Army, did. She managed to stay away political criminal activity and instead just use her free speech rights to express her own political views and campaign for people who think like her and want the same things in society. And whatever you think of her politics and I’m not a fan of her Far-Left socialist politics, I believe in free speech that free speech applies to everyone including to radical on the Far-Left and radicals on the Far-Right. One of my core beliefs as a Liberal.

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Source: Rolling Stone– Left-Wing political activist, Jane Fonda 

That free speech isn’t just for centrists who don’t know what they believe, or Center-Right Conservatives or Center-Left Liberals. But when I think of Jane Fonda, I prefer to look at her as the great Hollywood actress that she’s always been really since the late 1950s or early 1960s. And not as someone who has argued that America are the real murderers, the real evil empire. And that we’re not just a racist, selfish society.

Marmar: Jane Fonda- 1976 Interview

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Marmar: Ava Gardner Documentary- From a Southern Belle To a Hollywood Goddess

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Source: Marmar– Hollywood Goddess Ava Gardner

Source: The New Democrat

The way I feel about Ava Gardner is similar to how I feel about Lauren Bacall. And I put both Ava and Lauren in the top class of both Hollywood actresses and Hollywood Goddesses of all-time and I’ll explain what I mean about Hollywood Goddess later.

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Source: Reporter At Large– Hollywood Goddess Ava Gardner

But there are actresses in Hollywood that become famous simply because they’re famous. They’ve overly sexual and perhaps overly attractive as well and seem to need to be to be successful in life. Who are known for their personality and doing wild things, for using catch phrases that become famous and popular. Who fit imperfectly with the current pop culture scene and how people are acting and communicating. But aren’t in Hollywood either on TV or in the movies because they’re great actresses and highly intelligent. They get seen because of their appearance and their personality and become popular for those reasons.

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Source: Philly Voice– Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner, in The Killers

With agents, producers, directors, and executives, thinking we can make a stars of these women simply because they’re popular, even though they can’t remember their lines and struggle at just showing up for work. But directors in Hollywood thinking they’re worth the extra work and trouble, because of their popularity and makes shows and films that are passable as far as material and the work, but are known for the lead actresses appearance and personality. Not because of the work that was put into the production or professionalism of it. Lindsay Lohan comes to mind and you can probably name other actresses and actors light that yourself from every era.

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Source: Classic Movie Chat– Ava Gardner & Artie Shaw

And then there are Hollywood Goddesses. Gorgeous women, who can be both little girl adorable and highly sexual but without overdoing it, but the most important thing once and if you can get pass their Goddess appearance is they’re great entertainers. They have great personalities, but they’re great actresses and entertainers as well. And they’re all very funny and interesting and are just women you want to hang out with and get to know, because you’ll never have a boring time with them. You can’t stop looking at them or wanting to talk to them. That is where both Lauren Bacall and Ava Gardner come in and fit into. Great looking women, but also great entertainers as well.

They’re prettier actresses than Ava Gardner. They’re even cuter actresses than Ava Gardner. And they’re sexier actresses than Ava Gardner. They’re might even be better actresses than Ava Gardner. Extremely short list on the last two points when you’re talking about a women with both great comedic timing and a great comedic wit in Ava Gardner, as well as great dramatic appeal and affect as well as Ava Gardner.

But similar to Sophia Loren, you’ll have a hell of a time finding an actress who is prettier, cuter, sexier, more entertaining, smarter, and more honest, and funnier than Ava Gardner. She wasn’t a total package, she was the total package, at least of her generation. Sophia Loren is better looking, sexier and prettier, but Ava, Lauren Bacall, and Rita Hayworth, are the Hollywood Goddesses of their generation. Incredibly stunning and adorable women, who are all great actresses. And it’s just a damn shame that we couldn’t get another 10-15 years of the great Ava Gardner.

Marmar: Ava Gardner Documentary

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American International Pictures: Glory Stompers 1967- Outlaw Biker Film: Featuring Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bettin, Chis Noel & Jody McCrea

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Source: Alchetron– Dennis Hopper & Sandra Bettin

Source: Action

I’m a big fan of films from the 1960s and 1970s including b-movies or movies that seem like b-movies at the time ( like Glory Stompers ) and movies that become cult classics and cult favorites. Like Glory Stompers, because these are movies that take a lot of risks and chances. They take risks by using actors and actresses that people probably have never even seen before, let alone heard of. Dennis Hopper ( one of my favorite actors ) was not a rookie at this point, but he wasn’t a star either. Easy Rider is the movie that gave him a name and made him a star.

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Source: Rock Shop Pop– Sandra Bettin

What I talked about last week with Broken Badges is that movies and shows like this take a lot of chances. A lot of that having to do with the fact that they almost have too, because they’re low budget and underfunded. So they have to work with people who don’t have deep resumes, but they have to find people without the names who are talented and could become stars at some point. Glory Stompers has a lot of people who aren’t names in it and never became names, but who play big roles.

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Source: DVD Talk– Chino’s Outlaws, with Dennis Hopper & Sandra Bettin

Like Chis Noel who plays the kidnap victim in the movie. Sandra Bettin who plays Chino’s ( played by Dennis Hopper ) mamma in the movie. Jody McCrea plays Chris’s ( played by Chris Noel ) boyfriend who naturally comes back and saves his girlfriend from this biker gang. The fact is Chris was never in any real danger in this movie. Other than by one guy who came close to committing sexual assault against her, before Chino of all people rescued her from that guy.

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Source: Greasy Culture– Dennis Hopper & Sandra Bettin

But then this movie has key players in it that did become stars later on. Dennis Hopper who I believe is one of the best actors of his generation at least. Robert Tessier who played tough guys generally bad guys on TV a lot of the 1970s and 1980s, but was also in Burt Reynold’s The Longest Yard from 1974. Casey Kasem ( the famous disk jockey ) has a small role in the movie.

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Source: Chop Cult– Chino’s Gang, featuring Sandra Bettin & Dennis Hopper 

The movie has a creative plot. It’s basically about two rival biker gangs with one gang led by Chino, which is an outlaw gang who makes their money in narcotics trade and other illegal enterprises. And the other gang led by Darryl ( Chris’s boyfriend ) that I guess are the good guys at least in this battle. Bikers who are basically just looking to have a good time. That go to a lot of parties, get drunk a lot, do a lot riding, but aren’t criminals for the most part.

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Source: Angel Morrow– Dennis Hopper & Sandra Bettin

Chino doesn’t like Darryl and has his gang attack him when they find Darryl away from his gang and they attack him and think they killed him after they beat him up. Which is why they kidnapped Chris because they didn’t want to leave any witnesses. If any of them knew anything about just basic CPR and paramedics, they would’ve seen that Darryl was beat up and unconscious but not dead. And wakes up shortly after Chino’s gang takes off with Chris.

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Source: Chop Cult– Dennis Hopper, kicking ass

As I mentioned before Chris was never in any real danger when she was being held by the Outlaws ( for lack of a better term ) other than that one guy who tried to sexually assault her, but she was rescued almost as soon as Magoo ( played by Robert Tessier ) tried to attack her. The Outlaws were simply looking to get out of dodge and haul ass down to Mexico to collect money from a score. And then release Chris in Mexico. There really isn’t a dull scene in Glory Stompers, it does have some cheesy writing, which can come from having cheap writers. And is a very entertaining look at life in outlaw biker culture from the late 1960s.

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Source: Angel Morrow: The Glory Stompers 1967- Full Movie– Dennis Hopper & Sandra Bettin

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CBS: Broken Badges- Featuring Miguel Ferrer & Eileen Davidson

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Source: IOffer– The cast of Broken Badges, including Ernie Hudson, Charlotte Lewis, Eileen Davidson & Miguel Ferrer

Source: Action

This just in: Broken Badges, wasn’t a very good show. Which might explain why it only lasted a little more than a month in late 1990. But it did have four great actors in it with Miguel Ferrer, Eileen Davidson, Charlotte Lewis and Ernie Hudson. Who’ve all had long successful acting careers in Hollywood.

Eileen Davidson being one of the top soap opera actresses/actors, ever really. With her roles on both The Young and The Restless on CBS where she currently works and also on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

Miguel Ferrer ( the son of Jose Ferrer, RIP the father and son ) had a long successful career mostly as a character actor doing a lot of action/comedy, as well as dramatic comedy. Crossing Jordan on NBC was his last major role.

Ernie Hudson, if you’re familiar with the HBO tense drama about a maximum security prison OZ in the late 1990s and early 2000s, played the warden of that prison. He also did Ghostbusters, Law & Order and several other things.

Charlotte Lewis has mostly guest starred on TV shows and has been a character actress in several movies.

Just the whole premise of the show and series, if you want to call seven episodes a series explains why the show didn’t even make it through a season. It’s basically about four outsider cops, who’ve all has their issues with their police department and have struggled to follow the rules there and end up getting released or demoted from their positions. Who get discovered by a police detective sergeant ( played by Miguel Ferrer ) who is looking to put together a new undercover police unit. That sort of works in and outside of LAPD. One of the characters ( Toby Baker ) is a kleptomaniac. This show just doesn’t make sense and is not believable. CBS after being the number one network in America for like forever, started going downhill and losing to both ABC and NBC in the ratings starting in the mid 1990s and Broken Badges might have been the start of that.

But it did have a good cast and some of the episodes are fairly entertaining. And besides, I can watch Eileen Davidson in basically anything, because she’s hot and she’s adorable, and funny. Miguel Ferrer should be in the character actor Hall of Fame ( if there is one ) with great comedic timing as well. Reminds me a little of Don Johnson from Miami Vice with his serious tough guy demeanor, but with a great ability to crack jokes about anything anywhere with a real wiseass streak. And he along with Eileen, are very good on this show that has a weak premise and some very cheesy writing and cheesy characters and some episodes that are fairly entertaining.

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Sydney Urshan: Easy Wheels 1989- Featuring Eileen Davidson

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Source: Sydney Urshan– Actor Paul LeMat & Hollywood Goddess Eileen Davidson 

Source: Action

Easy Wheels, is not a very good movie and if I had to guess Eileen Davidson ( from The Young and Restless fame ) who is not only the star of this movie, but the only star in this movie and perhaps the only recognizable face in the movie, would be one of the first to tell you that. The movie at best is a satire about outlaw biker films from the late 1960s and 1970s. It’s about two biker gangs, one led by a man Paul LeMat ( who is this guy? ) and the other is a female biker gang led by Eileen Davidson.

Eileen plays a woman who was literally raised by wolves. real life wolves, we’re talking about a woman who was actually raised by dogs. Paul LeMat plays a guy with a steel plate in his head who has all these weird visions in his head. And someone you don’t want to head-butt you. (Ha, ha) In one way at least this movie is interesting at least Eileen’s character, because she plays a feminist who wants to raise a new generation of powerful women, but it then it goes Twilight Zone ( without the great writing, cast, plot, or Rod Serling ) because this female biker gang led by their fearless independent leader, decided to kidnap female babies and take them to the woods to be raised by the wolves that raised their fearless, independent, feminist leader, She Wolf ( no kidding ) played by Eileen Davidson.

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Source: Gitblp via Flickr– Hollywood Goddess Eileen Davidson & Paul LeMat 

If you believe in the notion that movies by themselves don’t have to be good to be watchable and entertaining, if there is a hot sexy actress in it wearing a sexy outfit looking great in it and from a woman’s perspective a hot sexy man wearing a sexy outfit in it, if the actress or actor can also act and does a great job even with the limited material in it, then Easy Wheels at least from that perspective is worth watching, because Eileen Davidson is a Hollywood Goddess in the best sense of the word. She takes a football team that on paper should probably win maybe 2 games all year and gets them to a 6-10 or 8-8 record, by herself.

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Source: Ravepad– Hollywood Goddess Eileen Davidson 

Barb Wire from 1996 with Pamela Anderson, where she plays a part-time biker chick/rebel warrior who takes on people who are trying to destroy or kill people she’s close to, but generally only takes jobs if it involves people she’s personally connected to and doesn’t go out of her way to help people and runs a nightclub as her main job, is a much better movie than Easy Wheels ( which isn’t saying much ) but I if you asked 100 guys without Pamela Anderson as the lead actress and replace her with an average looking woman in it would they still watch the movie and I’m guess 95-100 would say no to that. That is what Eileen Davidson represents in Easy Wheels, the eye candy who kicks ass.

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Source: Ravepad– Hollywood Goddess Eileen Davidson 

Eileen Davidson is a great actress, she’s funny, she hot, she’s sexy, she’s adorable in this movie, even when she’s kicking ass, she kicks ass in it taking on biker dudes and beating them. And she wears full sexy outlaw biker chick outfit in the movie. All leathered up with a black leather jacket, skin-tight black leather jeans, black leather boots. Great shots of her in this outfit on and off her bike. I’ve watched her in this movie several times just to check her out and hear her adorable sexy voice in it, that she still has and see her adorable gorgeous smile, which she still has. And Eileen makes a peanut butter sandwich into one of the best tasting sandwiches in the world in this movie. Working with very weak material and turning it into something worth watching.

Sydney Urshan: Easy Wheels 1989- Featuring Eileen Davidson

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The Daily Beast: Gore Vidal’s- Fighting Words

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Source: Google– Writer & political humorist Gore Vidal, on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971

Source: FRS Daily Journal

What I respect probably most about both Gore Vidal when it came to debating and their senses of humor was the way he was able to make points without stating the obvious. He could say things similar to Margaret Thatcher on the right. Where she said that the problem with socialism, is that you eventually run out of other people’s money, when a lot of other anti-Socialists would say things like, the problems with socialism is that it spends, taxes and controls too much, that sort of thing.

Whereas someone like a Margaret Thatcher would use humor and get right to the point of it. Gore Vidal and Bill Buckley had similar styles when it came to debating, even though they came from the opposite side of the political spectrum. They could put someone down or crack a joke at their expense, not to destroy them or hurt their feelings but even make them laugh as they were doing it. They could punch their opponents without calling them names. Ron Reagan same thing. He didn’t call his political opponents as he called them, not political enemies which is different. He didn’t call them idiots, he just said that they know so much that isn’t actually true. They believe their own hype and rhetoric and actually take it seriously, which can be a problem in politics.

That’s the style of humor and debate that I prefer and practice even though I’m not perfect at it. I try to stay as close to facts as possible, especially when I’m critiquing the opposition, which for me would be right-wingers, whether they are Republican or not. And lately when I’m critiquing the Right, it’s been Neoconservatives for the most part unfortunately. Classical Conservatives the Bill Buckely’s of the World, seem to be MIA in the Republican Party, which is unfortunate.

But it’s not just the right that I critique but I write satires about the, lets say farther left, ( to not offend any of my oversensitive Socialist friends ) while right-wingers have a tendency to call Progressives Communists or Islamic Fascists or any of these labels that aren’t true. When it comes to so-called Progressives, ( locked in the closet Socialists, in actuality ) Socialist is accurate except for the Barack Obama’s of the world who actually is a Progressive and not a Socialist. ( Newsflash for the Tea Party ) More of a RFK or FDR classical Progressive than anything. I say things like Socialists want to take care of people by spending their money for them.

I try not to make it personal, especially when I’m critiquing the opposition and you can do that by staying as close to the facts as possible. By not name calling, not making it personal, instead of calling someone and idiot or ignorant, try saying something like they would make a great fiction writer. Which is a great way to describe most of the speeches of Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann, rather than trying to insult them by name calling.

The Daily Beast: Gore Vidal’s- Fighting Words

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The Hollywood Reporter: Susan Lacy & Jane Fonda in Five Acts- From Hedonism To Activism

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter– Hollywood Goddess Jane Fonda

Source: The New Democrat

Jane Fonda is a bit of an enigma for me because on one side she’s one of my favorite actresses. She’s not just one of the best actresses of her generation and in the same class as Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and many others, but she’s one of the best actresses ever. I believe people who hate her politics would probably give her that.

But then on the other side she’s one of the most famous political activists that the New-Left in America ( Far-Left Socialists and Communists ) that America has. People who see America as the real evil empire in the world, as a racist, selfish, militarist, corporate fascist dictatorship, country that should be put down and overthrown. At least in the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was as Far-Left ideologically as The Weather Underground, Students For a Democratic Society and other New-Left political action groups of the late 1960s and 1970s.

The early 1970s is where Jane Fonda got the nickname Hanoi Jane, because she essentially labeled America as the bad guys in the Vietnam War. She toured in North Vietnam with people that America was fighting in that war. She labeled President Richard Nixon as a war criminal. Her early political activism of the early and mid 1960s was in support of the American civil rights movement. Which I give her credit for as a supporter of that movement as well. But by the late 1960s it became about the Vietnam War and as someone who is opposed to that war myself and if I was alive back then I would’ve been writing against the war and doing other things, it’s not being against the Vietnam War where I differ with Jane Fonda. But how she opposed the war.

Robert Kennedy was opposed to the war at least when he was in the U.S. Senate and one of the strongest opponents of the war while in Congress, but he was never an opponent of the American military and our service personal. Or saw America as some bad country and part of some evil empire. He opposed the war based on facts and didn’t use hyperbolic rhetoric to make his case against the war. But always stayed with the facts that it was a cvil war and wasn’t the job of America to fight other countries wars for them.

Jane Fonda is a very bright, beautiful, adorable, sexy, great actress, who has always viewed herself as more than an actress as she always has been. Several of her movies are some of my favorite movies like The China Syndrome from 1979, California Suite from 1978, The Chapman Report from 1962, and perhaps a few others. But I don’t believe you can talk about Jane Fonda at least when you’re talking about her career and just focus on the positive aspects of her life. She’s still one of the most controversial people in America because of her radical political activism especially as it relates to the Vietnam War.

The Hollywood Reporter: Susan Lacy & Jane Fonda in Five Acts- From Hedonism To Activism

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