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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 29, 2010 / 14 Shvat 5770

Forgotten Stars, Part II

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Fame is fleeting." I don't know who first said that, but how very true it is. And it applies to almost anyone who was ever famous at any time. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, to paraphrase Dean Martin, "everybody gets forgotten sometime." History-changing figures such as Edison, Confucius, Marx, and Lindbergh go on and on, world leaders such as Napoleon, Washington and Winston Churchill maintain their fame, as do sports giants like Knute Rockne and Babe Ruth, but you gotta be REALLY big to be a member of those clubs.


A small number of entertainers (Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean, to name three) have been elevated to what seems to be eternal fame, but by and large the majority of celebrities fade away. It seems to me some should not be forgotten so soon and that is why I've begun spotlighting several of my favorites. Continuing my series on golden age movie stars that have all but been forgotten, I'd like to focus on a leading man who was also a leading patriot, namely Robert Montgomery.


He was born Henry Montgomery Jr. on May 21, 1904 in Beacon, New York, the son of a rubber company president. He attended exclusive private schools but this ended when his father died in 1920 leaving the family penniless. Robert was forced to work at a number of jobs including railroad mechanic and oil tanker deckhand. He later went to New York to be a writer but after repeated rejections he tried acting on the advice of a friend. He made his stage debut in 1924.


By 1929 he had become an established Broadway actor and had appeared in five films that year. He became an MGM contract player usually cast in debonair sophisticated roles and when Norma Shearer chose him to be her leading man in "Private Lives" he was set. Throughout the 30's he played opposite such glamour gals as Myrna Loy, Greta Garbo, and Joan Crawford. He played mostly likable characters in his pictures, running the gamut from very poor to very rich. Every now and then he did get a chance to step out of character and attempt something a bit darker like "The Big House" and "Night Must fall," receiving his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in the latter.

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In 1935, he became President of the Screen Actors Guild, his first of what would become four terms as SAG head. In 1941 he received an Academy Award for his classic performance in the original "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." All in all he stayed with MGM for 16 years, up until World War II when he joined the navy as a commissioned lieutenant. He then became assistant naval attaché at the U.S. embassy in London and then assigned to set up a naval operations room in the White House.


Later he commanded a PT boat in the Pacific and was an operations officer aboard a destroyer during the D-Day invasion of France. By then he was a lieutenant commander and was awarded the Bronze Star and later decorated as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.


He returned to Hollywood in 1945 as both an actor and director, filling in for John Ford during Ford's illness on the set of "They Were Expendable." His first director's credit was for the Raymond Chandler mystery, "Lady in the Lake." He left MGM to become an independent director, preferring work behind the camera instead of in front. He was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities in 1947 during the McCarthy era and then spent most of his time on television and stage.


It was on his popular 1950's TV show, "Robert Montgomery Presents" that his daughter Elizabeth got her very first acting job. She later came into her own starring as the delightful witch Samantha on "Bewitched."


Robert Montgomery led an extraordinary life and served his country with honor. As an actor he always turned in an interesting and believable performance. In addition to "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," and "Night Must Fall," check him out in the Alfred Hitchcock comedy, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" opposite Carol Lombard and in "Ride the Pink Horse," an interesting and unusual little film noir picture. He died in New York City in 1981.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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