Category: 1950s

The Other Nixon (1930-2016)

Marni Nixon was a name that Hollywood did its best to keep out of the credits, even as she found herself in one after another cinematic blockbuster of Hollywood’s Golden Age that featured the likes of Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and a young Natalie Wood.

The Age of Television

PROLOGUE   I’m hardly the first guy to ponder the end of television, merely the last. The epiphany came at a Berkeley cafe in Fall 2011, when I overheard one college freshman say to another, “I can’t wait to go…

Joyce Brothers (1927-2013)

In another indicator of the subtle but steady changing of the times, the death of Joyce Brothers earlier this week went by largely unnoticed. To anyone who watched a respectable amount of television in the Seventies, Joyce Brothers was instantly…

TV Invented the Rock Star (Part 2)

(In Part I of this essay, the origins of the rock star figure in Western culture were examined, beginning with Elvis and leaving off with the Beatles’ triumphal debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.) To be sure, America’s youth…

TV Invented the Rock Star (Part I)

Rock stars. Is there even such a thing anymore? The answer seems to be no, at least not in the traditional sense. There are YouTube sensations and American Idol winners, but they’re more like karaoke performers with choreography. Beyond that,…