DEATH IN TECHNICOLOUR
Actress Rhonda Fleming has died aged 97. Fleming got her big break in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Spellbound, where she plays Mary, one of the patints at Green Manors mental hospital. A swift role as a doomed friend in early slasher The Spiral Suitcase followed, as Rhonda was cast in controversial (for the time) roles she revelled in adding a human touch to. She swiftly became leading lady against Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, and was nicknamed The Queen of Technicolor. A nickname she disliked as it focused less on her actual acting. She became known for noir (Cry Danger) and westerns (Pony Express, Gunfight at the OK Corral). However, becoming disilluisoned with the lot for women in Hollywood, Fleming made money in real estate and retired from full time acting in 1960. She went on to support several cancer charities and promote the need for mandatory prayer sessions in schools (!).
She was picked by 5 teams, including All Quiet on the Westerns Front, Moldy Oldies, and Blueberry Crumble. At this point you get the impression that if the Crumbles could just judge the right people for the one team, they could easily make the top 20 with their knowledge of slightly forgotten but frail stars. (Although of course with 5 picks, Fleming is positively Drop 40 by their usual standards!)
10 August 1923 – 14 October 2020