Not even his great success could obscure the gambler's insolence in the Spiegel legend. He was the picture producer who carried himself like a prince and a con man -- leaving us to judge the…
Icons of the Century: As a 24-year-old, Pickford portrayed a 12-year-old in 1917's "The Poor Little Rich Girl." The thesp, always willing to gamble artistically, had hit the jackpot with a worldwide…
Icons of the Century: When Harvey Keitel accepted his artistic achievement award from the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic in 2004, he recalled signing a petition to get a Czech…
Icons of the Century: Spaniard Pedro Almodovar films from the gut, directly, about large issues: unrequited passion, maternal love. But his feminist, radically tolerant cinema could only flower in a…
Look up "brassy" in the dictionary, and you should find a picture of Merman, the indefatigable queen of the Broadway musical for much of the 20th century. Though she made movies, some of which sent…
If bigscreen screenwriters don't get the respect they deserve, then TV sitcom directors are afforded even less. Unless your name is James Burrows.
Max Fleischer's "queen of the animated screen" started her career as a canine jazz crooner in a delightfully bizarre cartoon, "Dizzy Dishes," first animated by Grim Natwick in 1930.
Icons of the Century: Without West, Hollywood would not have the model for an independent, smart, sexy bombshell.
Icons of the Century: Her polished, stylish videos of dance-influenced, catchy pop propelled Madonna -- who understood the importance of fashion in the video age and how to marry musical trends into…
Icons of the Century: The legend goes that folk icon Woody Guthrie said of the young Bob Dylan, "I don't know about the songs, but the guy's got a great voice."
Icons of the Century: In 1963, the Beatles rocked the U.K. and soon the rest of the world would follow suit.