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Oscars flashback: Best Original Songs of the 1930s, including ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘The Way You Look Tonight’

Oscars flashback: Best Original Songs of the 1930s, including ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘The Way You Look Tonight’
This article marks Part 1 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the Academy Awards winners.

The 1934 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Carioca” from “Flying Down to Rio

The Continental” from “The Gay Divorcee

“Love in Bloom” from “She Loves Me Not”

Won: “The Continental” from “The Gay Divorcee

Should’ve won: “Love in Bloom” from “She Loves Me Not”

The inaugural Best Original Song showdown included a mere three nominees – a far cry from the 10 nominations that would crowd this category a few years later, in 1938. Nominated were tracks from two Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicles and then one, “Love in Bloom,” from an early Bing Crosby picture. None of the three songs are terribly memorable.
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Zsa Zsa Gabor Passes Away at 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor Passes Away at 99
As 2016 winds down, the entertainment community has lost yet another beloved icon. Zsa Zsa Gabor, who became more famous for her "darling" catch phrase and her multiple marriages than her actual film career, passed away at the age of 99. Early reports reveal that the celebrity suffered from an apparent heart attack, and was rushed to an unspecified hospital where she was pronounced dead. Zsa Zsa Gabor's death comes just two months before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday.

TMZ was the first to report on the actress' death, which comes after suffering from a number of ailments over the past few years. Her husband Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt would reportedly throw annual birthday parties for his wife over the past few years, but his wife was so sick during these parties that visitors weren't even allowed in her bedroom to see her. In 2011, she had her right leg
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Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99 by Jennie Kermode - 2016-12-18 23:16:57

Zsa Zsa Gabor on set with cameraman Heinz Ritter

Zsa Zsa Gabor, one of the most celebrated celebrities the world has ever known, died today from a massive heart attack. She had been ill for some years but had been looking forward to her 100th birthday in February, with a party planned even though she did not expect to attend it.

The Hungarian legend, who first broke into Hollywood in the musical Lovely To Look At and is best known to younger audiences for her turn in A Very Brady Sequel, was rarely out of the society columns in her younger years and always had a new ballgown or a new quip for the press. On the silver screen she made notable appearances in the original Moulin Rouge, Touch Of Evil and Queen Of Outer Space, and she also found her way into cult TV series like Bonanza! and Batman.
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Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99
Zsa Zsa Gabor, one of the brightest stars of Hollywood's golden age, died on Sunday, Et can confirm. She was 99.

Her husband, Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt, tells Et that Gabor was home with him by her side, and "her heart just stopped."

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In February of this year, the ailing star was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after she reportedly had difficulty breathing.

The film actress and socialite, perhaps best known for her roles in films such as 1952's Moulin Rouge and 1991's The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, was born in Budapest, Hungary, to father Vilmos Gabor, a soldier, and mother Jolie Gabor, the heiress to a European jewelry business.

In 1941, Gabor headed to the U.S. with her mother and made her first film appearance in 1952's Lovely to Look At, co-starring Kathryn Grayson and Red Skelton.

As her name grew in Hollywood, Gabor became
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Zsa Zsa Gabor dies aged 99

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Zsa Zsa Gabor dies aged 99
The Hungarian-born socialite and celebrity has died at her Bel Air home after reportedly suffering a heart attack. She was 99.

Gabor was born Sari Gabor in Budapest in February 1917. She won the Miss Hungary beauty pageant at the age of 19 and took off to find fame and fortune in Hollywood.

She found it, appearing without much acclaim in dozens of films such as her 1952 debut Lovely To Look At, Moulin Rouge and Orson Welles’s Touch Of Evil.

There were a few stage roles and there were frequent tongue-in-cheek television appearances as herself, by which time Gabor had recognised that her wit and glamour would become her legacy.

In one of many witticisms, she declared, “I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep the house.”

She was renowned for frequent and heavily accented pronunciation of the word “darling” and offered this explanation for that term of endearment: “I call everyone ‘darling’ because
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Why Forgotten? Remembering Five-Time Best Actress Nominee

Irene Dunne movies: Five-time Best Actress Academy Award nominee starred in now-forgotten originals of well-remembered remakes In his August 2007 Bright Lights article "The Elusive Pleasures of Irene Dunne," Dan Callahan explained that "the reasons for Irene Dunne’s continuing, undeserved obscurity are fairly well known. Nearly all of her best films from the thirties and forties were remade and the originals were suppressed and didn’t play on television. She did some of her most distinctive work for John Stahl at Universal, and non-horror Universal films are rarely shown now. Practically all of her movies need to be restored; even her most popular effort, The Awful Truth (1937), looks grainy and blotchy on its DVD transfer, to say nothing of things like Stahl’s When Tomorrow Comes (1939), or Rouben Mamoulian’s High, Wide, and Handsome (1937), two key Dunne films that have languished and deteriorated in a sort of television/video purgatory.
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Howard Keel Movie Schedule: Kismet, Lovely To Look At, Floods Of Fear

Howard Keel on TCM Pt.2: Rose Marie, Pagan Love Song, Callaway Went Thataway Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am Desperate Search (1953) A man fights to find his children after their plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. Dir: Joseph Lewis. Cast: Howard Keel, Jane Greer, Patricia Medina. Bw-71 mins. 7:15 Am Fast Company (1953) The heiress to a racing stable uncovers underhanded dealings. Dir: John Sturges. Cast: Howard Keel, Polly Bergen, Marjorie Main. Bw-68 mins. 8:30 Am Kismet (1955) In this Arabian Nights musical "king of the beggars" infiltrates high society when his daughter is wooed by a handsome prince. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray. C-113 mins, Letterbox Format. 10:30 Am Rose Marie (1954) A trapper's daughter is torn between the Mountie who wants to civilize her and a dashing prospector. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Ann Blyth, Howard Keel, Fernando Lamas, Bert Lahr, Marjorie Main.
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Howard Keel on TCM Pt.2: Rose Marie, Pagan Love Song, Callaway Went Thataway

Howard Keel on TCM: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Show Boat, Kiss Me Kate Callaway Went Thataway is a pleasant comedy in which Keel has two roles: that of a cowboy star who spends most of his time wasted and a naive hick hired to impersonate said cowboy star. Keel is fine in both comedic roles, and so is Dorothy McGuire as the Hollywood slicker who falls for him. Fred MacMurray, as usual, is just there; also there are Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, and Esther Williams playing themselves in brief cameos. Charles Walters' Texas Carnival (1951) is a disappointingly flat Esther Williams musical. Not even Ann Miller manages to save this one. Robert Alton's Pagan Love Song (1950) uses the song and the setting — but not the story — of the 1929 Ramon Novarro blockbuster The Pagan. Nacio Herb Brown and future producer of MGM musicals Arthur Freed wrote the hit song "Pagan Love Song,
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Zsa Zsa Gabor to Have Partial Leg Amputation

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 93, is back at Los Angeles' Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to have part of her leg amputated, according to various reports. Gabor, who broke her hip in July and was read her last rites the following month, has been readmitted at the UCLA Medical Center for surgery. She has been in and out of the hospital since falling out of bed while watching the television show Jeopardy. Gabor's film appearances include the MGM musical Lovely to Look At (1952), Charles Walters' romantic drama Lili (1953), Orson Welles' crime thriller Touch of Evil (1958), and Bert I. Gordon's cult classic Picture Mommy Dead (1966).
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Zsa Zsa Gabor “Doing Better”; Husband Frederic von Anhalt Collapsed from Exhaustion

Zsa Zsa Gabor, who received the last rites last Sunday, is reportedly "doing better and has been able to eat and is talking a little" at her Bel Air home (some sources place the Gabor residence in Beverly Hills). The 93-year-old multi-married celebrity and part-time actress has also been "sleeping a lot," according to her spokesperson. A few days ago, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, Gabor’s husband, collapsed from exhaustion at the couple’s home. He was ordered to rest for a couple of days. Last weekend, Gabor lay in critical condition at Los Angeles’ Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center following the removal of two blood clots and other complications resulting from hip surgery. She had been initially hospitalized after breaking her hip on July 17. Among the Hungarian-born Gabor’s film appearances are those in MGM’s Lovely to Look At (1952) and Lili (1953), Death of a Scoundrel (1956), The Girl in
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Kathryn Grayson Dies at 88

Kathryn Grayson, the lilting soprano who starred in the classic MGM musicals "Show Boat," "Kiss Me Kate" and "Anchors Aweigh," died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home. She turned 88 last week.Grayson's longtime companion and secretary, Sally Sherman, said Thursday that the actress died of natural causes.Grayson also was professionally linked with Howard Keel, with whom she co-starred in three movies. With him, Grayson sang and acted as the riverboat belle Magnolia in "Show Boat" (1951); as a Parisian dress shop owner in "Lovely to Look At" (1952) -- in which she sang Jerome Kern's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" -- and as a high-strung actress in "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). Later in their careers, Grayson and Keel performed together in nightclubs -- she was a coloratura soprano, he was a baritone -- and toured in summer stock.Born as Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick on Feb. 9, 1922, in Winston-Salem, N.C., she
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