Elvis in the Army

On this day 60 years ago in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army. Presley was originally scheduled to be inducted on January 20, 1958. However, due to commitments at Paramount and the filming schedule ofContinue reading “Elvis in the Army”

The entertaining Norma Jean-Marilyn Monroe & the troops.

In February 1954, actress Marilyn Monroe traveled to Korea to entertain the American troops. She performed a quickly thrown-together show titled Anything Goes to audiences which totaled over 100,000 troops over 4 days. Then tour was also a chance for the film star to overcome a degree of stage fright. She remarked that the KoreaContinue reading “The entertaining Norma Jean-Marilyn Monroe & the troops.”

Max Ehrlich-Told to be funny or be shot.

Max Ehrlich (1892-1944) was one of the most celebrated actors and directors on the German comedy and cabaret scene of the 1930s. But his brilliant career was brutally interrupted by the rise of Nazism and his resulting deportation in 1942 to Westerbork concentration camp in Holland. Amazingly, there behind the walls and barbed wire, MaxContinue reading “Max Ehrlich-Told to be funny or be shot.”