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    How the real ‘Popeye’ Doyle failed to catch French Connection mastermind https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1535132/The-French-Connection-Popeye-Doyle
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    <div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Gene-Hackman-as-Detective-Jimmy-Popeye-Doyle-in-The-French-Connection-1535132.webp?r=1639336924908″ data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Gene-Hackman-as-Detective-Jimmy-Popeye-Doyle-in-The-French-Connection-1535132.webp?r=1639336924908″> <img src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Gene-Hackman-as-Detective-Jimmy-Popeye-Doyle-in-The-French-Connection-1535132.jpg?r=1639336924908″ data-src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Gene-Hackman-as-Detective-Jimmy-Popeye-Doyle-in-The-French-Connection-1535132.jpg?r=1639336924908″ alt=”Gene Hackman as Detective Jimmy ” popeye doyle in the french connection width=”590″ height=”350″></picture><meta itemprop=”image” content=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Gene-Hackman-as-Detective-Jimmy-Popeye-Doyle-in-The-French-Connection-1535132.jpg?r=1639336924908″></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Gene Hackman as Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection. <span class=”caption”>(Image: 20th Century Fox/Getty Images)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”37″><p>Released in UK cinemas 50 years ago, The French Connection starred Gene Hackman as the ragged, racist, profanity-spewing Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle. In the movie’s most famous scene he drives a souped-up Pontiac across Brooklyn to chase an elevated subway train.</p></div><div class=”box two-related-articles clear”> <header><h3>Related articles</h3> </header></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”56″><p>It contains Pierre Nicoli, personal hitman for the urbane Marseille shipyard owner and trans-Atlantic heroin smuggler Alain Charnier.</p><p>The movie won five Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and ushered in a new era of movie making for the 1970s.</p><p>A grittier, more chaotic, more hard-boiled portrayal of US cities and police forces came to the fore – steeped in decline and immersed in grime, decay and corruption.</p><p>As borderline fantastical as the narrative of the movie may seem, the plot was based on a real heroin smuggling ring.</p><p>The film is based on Robin Moore’s 1969 book of the same name, which follows the work of NYPD Detective Eddie Egan, inspiration for Gene Hackman’s “Popeye”.</p><p>Egan had a similar reputation for a short temper and a long arrest record. It’s said he put nearly 10,000 people in handcuffs during 15 years on the force.</p></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Bill-Hickman-with-Eddie-Egan-3806304.webp?r=1639336925042″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Bill-Hickman-with-Eddie-Egan-3806304.jpg?r=1639336925042″ alt=”Bill Hickman with Eddie Egan” title=”Bill Hickman with Eddie Egan” width=”590″ height=”393″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Bill Hickman with Eddie Egan <span class=”caption”>(Image: 20th Century Fox/Courtesy of Getty Images)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”60″><p>Egan himself made a cameo in the movie as Popeye Doyle’s boss while Doyle’s sidekick Buddy Russo (played by Roy Scheider) is an almost carbon copy of Egan’s real life partner, Sonny Grosso.</p><p>It was back in 1962, almost a decade before the film was released, that detectives Egan and Grosso began work in tracking down Jean Jehan – a Corsican upon whom the suave Charnier character was based.</p><p>Marseille had long been a processing centre for heroin, brought in from the former French territories that encompass what today are Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.</p><p>Corsicans who stayed on after the Second World War became involved in the drug trade. Few were more successful at the racket than Jehan.</p><p>He was one of the Corsican mobsters who rebuilt the “French Connection”, the alias for the heroin trade between France and the American mafia families. The link had been destroyed by Nazis during their occupation of Vichy France.</p><p>Incredibly, much of the money for the connection between Asia, Marseille and the US came from French intelligence and the CIA, who would use the muscle of the Corsican mafia to rid Marseille of Communist influence.</p></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Sonny-Grosso-shooting-scene-3806307.webp?r=1639336925089″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Sonny-Grosso-shooting-scene-3806307.jpg?r=1639336925089″ alt=”Sonny Grosso shooting scene” title=”Sonny Grosso shooting scene” width=”590″ height=”393″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Sonny Grosso had small role in movie <span class=”caption”>(Image: 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”58″><p>The legitimate profits from this were, naturally, poured back into the heroin trade.</p><p>For the connection to work it relied on co-operation between the Corsicans in Marseille and the Italian mafia families of New York. The deal appears to have been that if the Corsicans agreed to only sell their drugs to Italian families in the States, then the Italian mafia in New York would insure that the European-based Italian mafia would not muscle into the market and attempt to take it for themselves from the French.</p><p>By the 1960s it was thought this re-established connection between the States and France was responsible for as much as 80 per cent of the heroin coming into the US, with Jehan at the heart of operations.</p><p>His taste for the high life was transposed on to Charnier’s character in the movie, where we see him lingering over fine restaurant lunches while Popeye eats cold pizza outside. But despite adoring the trappings of the rich, Jehan never got complacent.As far back as 1953 he was said to be the ringleader of a heroin shipment smuggled from Le Havre to New York via Canada.</p><p>Mounties from Canada reported, six years later, that Jehan was the co-owner of a nightclub in Montreal that was “of bad reputation”. This scant information was all the Canadian and American police had on Jehan until the French Connection bust of 1962.</p></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Marcel-Bozzuffi-and-Fernando-Rey-in-movie-3806354.webp?r=1639336925165″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Marcel-Bozzuffi-and-Fernando-Rey-in-movie-3806354.jpg?r=1639336925165″ alt=”Marcel Bozzuffi and Fernando Rey in movie” title=”Marcel Bozzuffi and Fernando Rey in movie” width=”590″ height=”393″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Marcel Bozzuffi and Fernando Rey in movie <span class=”caption”>(Image: 20th Century Fox/Courtesy of Getty Images)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”56″><p>It was in that year, perhaps the peak of a veritable golden age for the Corsican heroin kingpins, that Jehan coerced a TV actor named Jacques Angelvin to smuggle 97lbs of heroin into Manhattan, hidden in his 1960 Buick Invicta, which arrived in the Big Apple aboard an ocean liner.</p><p>The plan was for the heroin to be handed over to low level mafia members Anthony and Pasquale Fuca. Yet a telephone call from Jehan to the brothers was tapped and Egan and Grosso were on their trail.</p><p>Arriving into the Hudson aboard the liner on January 10, it took barely a week for Egan and Grosso to get their hands on the narcotics buried in the Buick.</p><p>Two busts, one in Brooklyn on January 18 and another a month later in the Bronx, recovered 97lbs of heroin in total.</p><p>It was one of the largest drug busts in American history .</p><p>But Jehan, whom Egan and Grosso called Frog One, would never see justice.</p></div><div class=”p402_hide htmlappend” readability=”4.8837209302326″><div class=”text-description” readability=”26.046511627907″><p><b><i><span>What is happening where you live? Find out by adding your postcode or <a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” rel=”nofollow” href=”https://www.inyourarea.co.uk”>visit InYourArea</a></span></i></b></p> </div></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”61″><p>While the Fuca brothers spent over a decade in jail and the hapless French actor Angelivin also went to prison, Jehan hot-footed it to Canada and back to France.</p><p>It was only five years later in 1967 that the French authorities finally caught up with Jehan.</p><p>Then in his mid-70s, the police decided not to extradite him to the States to face trial due to his age. The last sighting of Frog One was believed to be in 1977 when he was spotted sipping wine on a restaurant terrace in the Cote d’Azur.</p><p>”We kept outstanding warrants for him, and we had different tips that he was spotted all over Europe, but we never found him,” Grosso later said. While Jehan enjoyed his retirement, the real life French Connection crumbled.</p><p>By 1973, a concerted effort by international law enforcement broke the association, only for Mexican crime syndicates to enter the new power vacuum.</p><p>Despite having succeeded in pulling off one of the greatest drug busts in history, Egan left the NYPD shortly after the release of the movie that retold his exploits from a decade before. Irritated with his newfound fame, the department dismissed him hours before he would have been eligible for early retirement.</p></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”48″><p>After failed attempts to run a bar and a private detective agency, Egan had his house repossessed and, with no alternatives, decided to capitalise on his cameo role In the movie’s.</p><p>The Hollywood connection paid off with Egan becoming an indemand actor with roles in TV show’s such as TJ Hooker and Police Story throughout the 1970s and 80s.</p><p>Egan died in 1995, his real life uniform long since hung up and with Jehan believed to have died many years before.</p><p>Interviews from his latter days suggest Egan never quite got over his unceremonious exit from being a New York super cop. “All those years I was a cop and had to act like a civilian,” he told one interviewer in the late 1970s. “Now I’m a civilian and have to act like a cop.”</p></div><div class=”box related-articles clear”> <header><h3>Related articles</h3> </header></div> Sun, 12 Dec 2021 18:16:00 +0000 Rob Crossan
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    Next James Bond: Timothy Dalton wanted to make more – so why did he quit? https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1535085/Next-James-Bond-Timothy-Dalton-Moore-Connery-Living-Daylights-why-did-Dalton-quit
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    <div><img src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/750×445/1535085.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><div readability=”39″><p>After seven films, Moore bowed out with 1985’s A View To A Kill. Whatever the various views on his more light-hearted approach to the role, everyone agreed it was time for a fresh start. Incredibly, Dalton had actually been considered alongside Moore, when Connery’s originally stepped away from the franchise after 1971s Diamonds Are Forever. The actor later revealed what had happened and then why he himself was forced to retire as Bond earlier than he had wanted.</p></div><div readability=”50.814506539834″><p>During a promotional interview for The Living Daylights, Dalton revealed that he had originally been approached many years earlier: “The first time must have been around 14, 15 years ago when Connery stopped doing them. I was very flattered to be asked but I was much too young. I was 24, 25 years old, and Connery was far too good to follow.”</p><p>He also added: “The stories themselves are imaginative, action packed, exciting… well, certainly this one is, The Living Daylights.”</p><p>Whether or not there is any implied shade towards Moore is open to interpretation, you can watch the full interview below. The actor also, more than once, makes it a point to refer to the Bond films as “populist.” Did the Royal Shakespeare Company star think he was too good for the role?</p><p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1527972/Next-James-Bond-odds-Henry-Cavill-replace-Daniel-Craig-Tom-Hardy-Hopper-Madden-Elba” data-name=”Next James Bond: Henry Cavill smashes past favourites” target=”_blank”>Next James Bond: ‘Honoured’ Henry Cavill smashes past favourites</a></strong></p></div><div readability=”12.635155096012″><div class=”text-description” readability=”48″><p>Dalton had enjoyed a long and successful stage career before he took on the Bond role, notably in Shakespeare and Noel Coward.</p><p>Even his early screen roles were typically classic projects like playing Heathcliff in a 1970 film of Wuthering Heights or Mr. Rochester in the BBC’s 1983 Jane Eyre.</p><p>However, he had also already dipped into more “populist” entertainment with 1980’s Flash Gordon and the 1986 Joan Collins mini series, Sins.</p><p>In fact, he appeared to take his role as James Bond seriously, and has publicly explained he was eager to make more, until factors beyond his control changed everything.</p></div></div><div readability=”60″><p>The Living Daylights was followed by 1989’s Licence To Kill and the producers and leading man were also keen to continue the partnership.</p><p>A script was already in production for the final film in Dalton’s original three-movie contract. However, a protracted four-year legal battle between MGM and Bond producers Eon put everything on hold. Although Dalton’s contract had now expired, he was approached to start work on Goldeneye in 1994.</p><p>The actor later said: “Albert Broccoli asked if I would come back, and I said, ‘Well, I’ve actually changed my mind a little bit. I think that I’d love to do one. Try and take the best of the two that I have done, and consolidate them into a third.’”</p><p>”He said, quite rightly, ‘Look, Tim. You can’t do one. There’s no way, after a five-year gap between movies that you can come back and just do one. You’d have to plan on four or five.’</p><p>”And I thought, ‘Oh, no, that would be the rest of my life. Too much. Too long.’ So I respectfully declined.”</p></div> Sun, 12 Dec 2021 15:50:00 +0000 Stefan Kyriazis
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    Bond girl Maryam d’Abo: Life after Bond and a terrifying near-death collapse https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1535046/James-Bond-girl-Maryam-dAbo-Timothy-Dalton-Living-Daylights-007-cello
    https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1535046/James-Bond-girl-Maryam-dAbo-Timothy-Dalton-Living-Daylights-007-cello
    <div><img src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/750×445/1535046.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>d’Abo was born in London but raised in Paris and Geneva, and had worked on French television and stage before starring in The Living Daylights.</p><p>Afterward, she took roles in various sci-fi and horror shows and films like Something Is Out There, Timelock and Tales From The Crypt. More mainstream roles included 2002’s Doctor Zhivago with Keira Knightley and 2003 mini-series Helen of Troy.</p><p>But in 2007, her whole life was changed after she collapsed in Los Angeles with terrible pains in her head, “like an electrical thunderstorm… I was drifting in and out of consciousness. I was diagnosed with a subarachnoid bleed from an aneurysm and was within a few hours of death.”</p> Sun, 12 Dec 2021 17:35:00 +0000 Stefan Kyriazis
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    ‘I love him’ Elvis and West Side Story star Natalie Wood’s passionate affair https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1534808/Elvis-Presley-West-Side-Story-Natalie-Wood-girlfriend-affair
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    <div class=”jw-player-container”><h3 class=”jw-player-title”>West Side Story: Trailer for Stephen Sondheim adaptation</h3></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”37″><p>They were two of the hottest stars in the world in 1956. Elvis was already a major recording artist and was about to launch a film career with his debut in Love Me Tender. Natalie had already received her first Oscar nomination the year before for Rebel Without A Cause, alongside James Dean. Although The King was already developing a reputation for being a ladykiller, it was the teenage girl who pursued him and set up their first date.</p></div><div class=”box two-related-articles clear”> <header><h3>Related articles</h3> </header></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”40.310304449649″><p>Natalie asked her Rebel Without A Cause co-star Dennis Hopper to introduce her to the 21-year-old rock and roll star.</p><p>She told the San Francisco News: “I saw his picture in the paper before he got very popular and I liked his eyes. I thought then I just had to go out with him. He’s really great and the most totally real boy I’ve ever met. He’s a real pixie and has a wonderful little boy quality. He’s very courteous and polite and so sweet! He’s the nicest boy I know. A wonderful dancer – and he sings all the time to me. All the girls in the country are in love with him – so why should I be any different?”</p><p>Elvis dazzled the teenager by buying out an entire cinema on a date, something he would continue to do for the rest of his life.</p><p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1523142/Elvis-Presley-Girlfriend-Linda-Thompson-The-King-fans-grave-at-Graceland-Elvis-alive” data-name=”Elvis Girlfriend on where The King is now and how he could ‘come back'” target=”_blank”>Elvis’ girlfriend Linda new interview: Where The King is now and how he could ‘come back'</a></strong></p></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Elvis-and-Natalie-Wood-dated-1534808.webp?r=1639325517816″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Elvis-and-Natalie-Wood-dated-1534808.jpg?r=1639325517816″ alt=”Elvis and Natalie Wood dated” width=”590″ height=”350″></picture><meta itemprop=”image” content=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Elvis-and-Natalie-Wood-dated-1534808.jpg?r=1639325517816″></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Elvis and Natalie Wood dated <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Natalie-Wood-with-her-Most-Popular-New-Star-award-in1956-3805222.webp?r=1639325523303″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Natalie-Wood-with-her-Most-Popular-New-Star-award-in1956-3805222.jpg?r=1639325523303″ alt=”Natalie Wood with her Most Popular New Star award in1956″ title=”Natalie Wood with her Most Popular New Star award in1956″ width=”590″ height=”492″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Natalie Wood with her Most Popular New Star award in1956 <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”40.659574468085″><p>Love Me Tender was filmed in late summer 1956 and a besotted Natalie had two hand-made shirts sent to Elvis on-set. They were a matching pair, one in red velvet, one in dark blue velvet. The King can be seen wearing the latter in iconic images from his historic concert at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show on September 26, 1956.</p><p>Ten years after leaving his hometown as a boy, Elvis had returned as a huge star and gave two concerts, wearing the blue shirt for the afternoon show and the red one in the evening. Natalie had Hollywood costume seamstresses make them and both shirts bore labels marked the Warner Brothers Studio wardrobe department label, Natalie’s name and the date they were made, September 1, 1956.</p><p>DON’T MISS<br><a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1514350/Elvis-Presley-erection-in-Girls-Girls-film-scene-with-Laurel-Goodwin-Elvis-penis-visible” data-name=”Elvis was so turned on in classic scene you can see ‘Little Elvis’ ” target=”_blank”>Elvis was so turned on in classic scene you can see ‘Little Elvis’&nbsp;<br></a><a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1510606/Elvis-Presley-costar-Dolores-Hart-became-a-nun-King-Creole-Elvis-girlfriend” data-name=”Elvis: King Creole co-star said The King had ‘serious sexual appeal’” target=”_blank”>Elvis: King Creole co-star said The King had ‘serious sexual appeal’<br></a><a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1484085/Elvis-met-The-Beatles-John-Lennon-The-King-wanted-them-banned-from-America” data-name=”Elvis was so angry after he met The Beatles he wanted them deported” target=”_blank”>Elvis was so angry after he met The Beatles he wanted them deported</a></p></div><div class=”jw-player-container”><h3 class=”jw-player-title”>Elvis Presley stars in trailer for 1956 film Love Me Tender</h3></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-wearing-Natalie-Wood-s-shirt-1956-3805224.webp?r=1639325523420″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-wearing-Natalie-Wood-s-shirt-1956-3805224.jpg?r=1639325523420″ alt=”Elvis wearing Natalie Wood’s shirt 1956″ title=”Elvis wearing Natalie Wood’s shirt 1956″ width=”590″ height=”688″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Elvis wearing Natalie Wood’s shirt 1956 <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-and-Natalie-Wood-in-1956-3805223.webp?r=1639325523508″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-and-Natalie-Wood-in-1956-3805223.jpg?r=1639325523508″ alt=”Elvis and Natalie Wood in 1956″ title=”Elvis and Natalie Wood in 1956″ width=”590″ height=”492″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Elvis and Natalie Wood in 1956 <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”clear rma” readability=”12.31041388518″><div class=”text-description” readability=”47″><p>On November 1, Elvis flew home to Memphis after filming the Ed Sullivan TV show in New York.</p><p>Natalie travelled to meet him there. Apart from his apparent singing and dancing for her, The King shared one of his other great loves and took her riding on his new Harley-Davidson motorbike.</p><p>In the evening they were pictured together at a glamorous party at the Hotel Chisca. One publication ran a shot of the smiling pair saying it<b>&nbsp;</b>”is almost certain to fracture the hearts of countless teenage American girls.”</p><p>Natalie planned to spend some days with Elvis and his family as the start of a new and potentially serious relationship.</p><p>Unfortunately, one woman stood in their way.&nbsp;</p></div></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-mother-was-not-happy-with-Natalie-Wood-3805226.webp?r=1639325523613″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-mother-was-not-happy-with-Natalie-Wood-3805226.jpg?r=1639325523613″ alt=”Elvis’ mother was not happy with Natalie Wood” title=”Elvis’ mother was not happy with Natalie Wood” width=”590″ height=”492″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Elvis’ mother was not happy with Natalie Wood <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Natalie-Wood-in-West-Side-Story-3805228.webp?r=1639325523713″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Natalie-Wood-in-West-Side-Story-3805228.jpg?r=1639325523713″ alt=”Natalie Wood in West Side Story” title=”Natalie Wood in West Side Story” width=”590″ height=”688″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Natalie Wood in West Side Story <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”50″><p>Natalie’s sister Lana recalled in her book Natalie: A Memoir&nbsp;by Her Sister: “They met, and Elvis flew Natalie to his family in&nbsp;Memphis. They were to be gone almost a week, but just two days into the&nbsp;great adventure, Natalie called. ‘Gladys has wrecked everything,’ Natalie said, referring to Elvis’ domineering, jealous mother. ‘I don’t have a chance. Get me out of this, and fast.'</p><p>”It was agreed that Mother would call Natalie back and ask her to come home because of some family emergency. Natalie’s romance with the king of rock fizzled out.</p><p>”‘God, it was awful,’ she told me later. “He can sing, but he can’t do much else.'”</p></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-and-his-mother-Gladys-3805233.webp?r=1639325523795″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Elvis-and-his-mother-Gladys-3805233.jpg?r=1639325523795″ alt=”Elvis and his mother Gladys” title=”Elvis and his mother Gladys” width=”590″ height=”350″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Elvis and his mother Gladys <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”50″><p>A different side of the picture was painted by Ray Connolly, author of&nbsp;Being Elvis: A Lonely Life: “Natalie wore a very flimsy nightgown around the house. Gladys was like, ‘Not in my house!'”</p><p>Lana also remembered Natalie describing how Elvis, who had a notoriously close relationship with Gladys, would sit on his mother’s lap: “They were very affectionate, and it bothered Natalie. She called and asked our mom to make up a story about why she had to come home.”</p><p>Gladys was also pressuring Elvis to drop Natalie, believing she was a “gold-digger.”</p><p>It was all over, and the next time Natalie was asked by the press if things were serious with Elvis, she said: “Not right now.”</p></div><div class=”photo changeSpace”><p class=”withoutCaption”><picture> <source type=”image/webp” srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/theme/Mobile/img/page/placeholder-horizontal.gif” data-srcset=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Rita-Moreno-and-Marlon-Brando-3805240.webp?r=1639325523904″> <img class=”lazy” src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Rita-Moreno-and-Marlon-Brando-3805240.jpg?r=1639325523904″ alt=”Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando” title=”Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando” width=”590″ height=”590″></picture></p><span class=”newsCaption”>Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando <span class=”caption”>(Image: GETTY)</span></span></div><div class=”text-description” readability=”50″><p>Their paths almost crossed a few years later when Elvis was offered the lead role of Tony in West Side Story. Apparently, his manager Colonel Parker was not happy about a story based on street gangs and so the star politely declined.</p><p>Years later, Natalie’s co-star Rita Moreno revealed her own affair with Elvis in Rita Moreno: A Memoir: “My delight in dating Elvis hinged entirely on one fact “I knew that no one could possibly make Marlon Brando more jealous.”</p><p>The actress had discovered women’s underwear at her then-boyfriend’s house and engineered public dates with Elvis to get her revenge. Brando apparently “threw three chairs.”</p><p>Moreno said in 2011: “I wanted to get even, so I went from one kind of king to another. I dated Elvis, who was absolutely gorgeous and had a perfect kind of face, but was not interesting. It lasted for three days.”</p></div><div class=”box related-articles clear”> <header><h3>Related articles</h3> </header></div> Sun, 12 Dec 2021 16:11:00 +0000 Stefan Kyriazis
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    <div><img src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/750×445/1534450.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><div readability=”39″><p>As it’s for a cheap family film starring a CGI dog and, ahem, Jack Whitehall, this feels about as trustworthy as that Vote Leave bus ad promising the NHS £350m a week. A scramble for seats is unlikely. Still, pet-loving tots should lap up this big-hearted adventure based on Norman Bridwell’s children’s books. Clifford is an alarmingly red and unusually big puppy sent to teach a bullied girl and her feckless uncle the power of love.</p></div><div readability=”44″><div readability=”33″><p>Twelve-year-old Emily Elizabeth Howard (Darby Camp) is branded “Food Stamp” when she lands a scholarship to a fancy school frequented by spoilt rich kids. The misfit faces another challenge when she is left in the care of her unemployed man-child Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) while her single mum Maggie (Sienna Guillory) leaves town on business.</p><p>Whitehall, affecting a grating American accent, starts off his babysitting stint with a trip to an animal shelter run by a mysterious Englishman called Mr Bridwell (John Cleese). There, Emily falls in love with a tiny, bright red, cheaply animated CGI golden retriever pup.</p><p>”How big is he gonna get?” she asks. “That depends… on how much you love him,” responds Mr Bridwell, cryptically. It turns out that Emily loves him a great deal. Within hours of sneaking him into her cramped apartment, the pooch has grown to the size of an elephant.</p><p>When footage of Clifford goes viral, evil biotech boss Zac Tieran (Tony Hale) tries to capture the mutt to harvest its growthspurting DNA. As parents are confronted with yet another E.T. rip-off, kids are hit with pratfalls, along with lessons about the importance of kindness.</p></div></div> Fri, 10 Dec 2021 17:08:41 +0000 en
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