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Meet Major Donnie Dunagan, who was the youngest Marine Drill Instructor ever. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was wounded several times. During the Tet offensive, Dunagan was shot in the back of the head and in the stomach (among other places), and by the time he retired from the Marines in 1977, he’d been awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.
But as a child, Maj. Dunagan had a brief career as a child actor in films like Son of Frankenstein and The Tower of London, which ended after his most famous role as the voice and physical model for the lead character in Walt Disney’s 1944 classic Bambi.
Yeah. Bambi was in the shit. Smoke an ounce to that.
Scottish singer and icon Annie Lennox has only appeared on the movie screen a handful of times, but those appearances are usually quite memorable – like her debut appearance as the fierce, flame-haired Liberty Woman in the 1985 Al Pacino period drama Revolution. Despite an all-star cast that also included Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, and Joan Plowright, the would-be historical epic was a critical and financial disaster that chilled Pacino’s career for over four years, and the experience was so personally unpleasant for Lennox that she lost enthusiasm for appearing in any other films (though ultimately she would make the occasional cameo here and there, usually as a singer). There is a scene towards the end of the film in which the Liberty Woman is called on to perform a song, but for reasons that are lost to time, Lennox’s magnificent contralto was dubbed over by someone with a rather less impressive voice – a testament (as if this multiple Razzie-winner needed another) to the astonishingly bad judgment of the producers.
Brash, beautiful Patsy Kelly, Hollywood’s Queen of Wisecracks, was born under the name Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly on January 12th, 1910 in Brooklyn. One of my all-time favorite comediennes, she had a rapid-fire delivery and street-smart working-class personality that made her the perfect foil for the blonde bombshell Thelma Todd; the pair made 35 comedy shorts for Hal Roach as his female Laurel and Hardy team before Todd’s untimely death in 1935.
She eventually made the leap to feature-length films, and although she rarely had a starring role, she easily stole the scene whenever she appeared in a film, usually with saucy double entendres and sardonic one-liners delivered out of the side of her mouth.
Despite a seventeen-year hiatus from film after her career began to decline in the 1940s, Patsy found steady work in her later years as a perennial guest-star on TV shows like “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” “The Wild Wild West,” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and as a supporting player in 70’s hits like Rosemary’s Baby and Freaky Friday. Patsy was one of the few openly-gay actors in early Hollywood, and made absolutely no secret of the fact that she was a “dyke” and frankly discussed her relationship with actress Wilma Cox, and later, her affair with Tallulah Bankhead.
Happy birthday, Patsy, and thanks for all the laughs!
Publicity photos for Out of the Past (1947): “I never told you I was anything but what I am. You just wanted to imagine I was.”