Troy Donahue
Actor, singer
Troy Donahue
Troy Donahue was an American actor, who was extremely popular from the late 1950s to early 1960s, though continued acting into the late 1990s.
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ARTINFO: Sotheby's Scores Its Biggest Night Ever With a Smashing $375-Million Auction
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- Rich in world-class offerings of Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art, Sotheby's contemporary evening roared to the tune of $375,205,000, the highest total for any evening sale in its long history. It eclipsed the mark set in May 2008's $362-million contemporary art sale and also clobbered last November's $315.8-million evening. Courtesy Sotheby's Only eleven of the 69 lots failed to sell for a buy-in rate by lot of 16 percent and five percent by value. Seventeen works made over five million, seven over $15 million, and 43 of the 58 lots sold for over a million dollars. Five artist records were set including for a small but sublime Jackson Pollock oil-, enamel-, and aluminum paint-on-canvas, "Number 4, 1951," which sold to a telephone bidder for a record $40,402,500 (est. $25-35 million). The drip painting has a rather long sales history, including the time in November 1963 when it sold through the Leo Castelli Gallery for $22,500. It was one of eight prime ...
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Kevin Sessums: 'The Paperboy' Delivers
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I went to a screening The Paperboy at the screening room at 500 Park Avenue last night. It's director Lee Daniels' down-and-dirty version of Pete Dexter's 1995 book. Both Dexter and Daniels are credited with the screenplay. I have three words for it. Lord. Have. Mercy. This boy ain't never seen nothing quite like it -- pulpy, perverse, pulsating with libido and bile and often a noxious combination of the two. It's as if a Douglas Sirk movie had been directed by John Waters. It's The Help on crystal meth. There are images in it that will stay with me for a long time. I was not a fan of Daniels film Precious. Indeed, I came close to hating it. But I came just as close to loving this. The odd thing is that the place where I came close-to-hating one film and close-to-loving the other is the same place. Daniels is the most disorienting of directors, and that's where his genius lies, I've come to realize. He is also African-American and I could not help but think this i ...
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1959: Local Beauty Was A Cutee
Lemon Grove Patch - almost 5 years
A look back at Lemon Grove, 53 years ago this week. Sit, Stay: Also shop, work, play. This issue of the Review featured 12 pages of ads and the exhortation, "It Pays to Shop at Home!" This message cited free parking, a variety of shops, competitive prices and "nice people who want your trade" as prime  reasons to buy locally. Editor Max Goodwin noted, "We have more wealth tied up in our schools than in any other single possession in our community." The combination of retail prosperity, homegrown businesses and generous volunteerism made for healthy schools with a plethora of award-winning science, music, journalism and math programs, and high-achieving students. Goodwin covered it all with more the four dozen articles on school activities in this issue alone. Historical footnote: The Lemon Grove School District is still the biggest employer in town, albeit one facing tough times. But the Historical Society can attest to the herculean efforts of teachers and administratio ...
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Today in History - The Hour
Google News - over 5 years
Ten years ago: South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard, who'd performed the first successful human heart transplant in 1967, died in Paphos, Cyprus, at age 78. Actor Troy Donahue, a one-time teen movie idol, died in Santa Monica, Calif., at
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Los mexicanos Ramón Valdés y Salma Hayek nacieron un 2 de setiembre - Andina
Google News - over 5 years
Muere el actor estadunidense Troy Donahue. Un ídolo adolescente de finales de la década de 1950 e inicios de la de 1960. Nace el 27 de enero de 1936. 2002.- Muere el actor español Tomás Zori. En 1942 interpreta "Don Quintín el amargado", junto a Manuel
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OPINION: Cow Catcher Collection - Spring Grove Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Theme from a "Summer Place" haunts through memory, the kissy-kissy-faced movie with Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. As a boy, I revolted from my peers and actually liked this movie of summer romance. I clipped pictures of pretty Sandra Dee out of "Look
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EXCERPT; Excerpt - Rebels in Paradise - By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
NYTimes - over 5 years
Chapter One 1963: Andy and Marcel The seven-foot Elvis in the Ferus Gallery window was startling, even by Los Angeles standards. In the gallery's back room, paintings of Elizabeth Taylor, with her outsized red lips and slashes of bright blue eye shadow, greeted visitors. Andy Warhol was fixated on celebrities and it wouldn't be long before he would
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Teenager in the era of the jukebox - countylive.ca (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
A series of romantic teen movies featuring Troy Donahue, Sandra Dee, Pat Boone, Debbie Reynolds and Bobbie Darin were playing at Picton's Regent Theatre. Among them were A Summer Place, Diamond Head, Blue Denim, Gidget, Where The Boys Are and Tammy and
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Claudette Colbert on TCM: BOOM TOWN, PARRISH, MIDNIGHT, OUTPOST IN MALAYA - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In Parrish (1961), he once again directed that film's young lead, handsome Troy Donahue, but the box-office results weren't nearly as strong. Colbert is fine in what amounts to a supporting role as the troubled Donahue's mother; Karl Malden, as usual,
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The Tobacco Movie Made In Connecticut - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Well, one of the early scenes of the movie shows one of their prop-jets landing at Bradley Field in Windsor Locks, carrying both Hollywood hunk Troy Donahue, who plays title character Parrish MacClean, and his mother, Ellen, played by Claudette Colbert
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Indictments issued in city - Martinsville Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Troy Donahue Sydnor, 45, 303 E. Church St., Martinsville, grand larceny, Jan. 1 through April 15. • Susan Ella Harris Smithers, 30, Henry County Jail, utter counterfeit money, April 27. • Jeannine Lawson Shipe, 31, 43 Foley Road, Bassett,
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Kirk Douglas: in 'pretty good shape' at 94 - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
But back then Rock Hudson, John Wayne, Troy Donahue, they'd all changed their names.” I'm surprised Schwarzenegger didn't change his. “Yeah, I admire Schwarzenegger for sticking with it. What a story. I gave him his first job. He fascinated me
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Review: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are winning team, but their 'Benefits ... - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Even if you haven't seen a romantic comedy since the days when Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue were headlining more sanitized versions of this story, you won't die of shock at how it all plays out. Gluck's previous film, last fall's sleeper hit “Easy A
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John Waters Newbie Screens a Waters Marathon - San Diego Reader (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Forbidden Zone) and countless other examples of “stunt casting” (a term and practice Waters claims to have invented, which I suspect is true); Iggy Pop, Patty Hearst, and even actual former-juvie Hollywood stars like Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton,
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Kniha „My New York: Andy Warhol“ - Literární noviny v síti
Google News - over 5 years
Velmi známé jsou jeho portréty známých osobností, jakými byli například Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Troy Donahue nebo Elizabeth Taylor. Mimo jiné vypracoval návrh na dnes již proslulou láhev Coca-Coly. V této době A. Warhol založil
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Newport Police Log: Newport Man Allegedly Stole Open Car Window, 3 Arrested in ... - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Jeremiah B. Woodenlegs, 35, of 90 Girard Ave., Newport, Troy Donahue, 45, of 60 Warner St., Newport, and William M. Lee, 53, of 969 W. Main Road, Middletown, were arrested around 10:12 am Wednesday, July 13. Woodenlegs and Lee were arrested for
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Traveling back through the Door County Advocate archives: July 13 - Green Bay Press Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
At the movies: "The Last Time I Saw Archie" starring Robert Mitchum and Jack Webb, and "Parrish" with Troy Donahue and Claudette Colbert. At the Skylight Drive-In: "Ocean's Eleven" starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Peter Lawford
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Music Matters for July 8th 2011: My Favourite Summer Songs and Why I Love Them. - Cashbox Magazine Canada
Google News - over 5 years
Originally written by Mack Discant and Max Steiner and recorded by Hugo Winterhalter (he of 'Canadian Sunset' fame), it was the love theme for Molly and Johnny (played by Sandra Dee (A blonde Megan Fox) and Troy Donahue (Also a blonde Megan Fox) in the
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Dvojitý problém - TVNOVINY.sk
Google News - over 5 years
Hrajú: David Paul, Peter Paul, Roddy McDowall, David Carradine, Steve Kanaly, Troy Donahue, AJ Johnson, Bill Mumy, James Doohan, Collin Bernsen, Timothy Stack, Bob Evan Collins, Lewis Arquette, Phil H. Fravel, Lynne Marie Stewart David (David Paul) a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Troy Donahue
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 65
    On August 30, 2001, Donahue suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica.
    More Details Hide Details He died there two days later on September 2 at the age of 65.
  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 48
    As he recalled in 1984:
    More Details Hide Details She walked over and introduced herself and I remembered that we had been together four or five times in L.A. in 1969. Nothing serious. Just fun and games. She said, "I'm glad I saw you. I've always wanted to tell you about something. Look over there, Troy." I looked and across the room I saw a 13-year-old spitting image of what I looked like when I was young. "This is your son, Sean," she said. "He's known all his life that you are his father." I see him every couple of weeks now. In 1958, Donahue was jailed for 15 days for speeding. In 1961 his one-time fiancée Lili Kardell sued him for damages, claiming he had hit her without provocation.
  • 1982
    Age 46
    In May 1982, he joined Alcoholics Anonymous which he credited for helping him achieve and maintain sobriety. "I look upon my sobriety as a miracle," he says. "I simply do it one day at a time.
    More Details Hide Details The obsession to not drink has become as big as the obsession to drink. I was very fortunate." Donahue continued to act in films throughout the 1980s and into the late 1990s. He appeared in the feature Grandview USA shot in Pontiac, Illinois. "Crowds of teenage girls would swarm around C. Thomas Howell, and teenage boys around Jamie Lee Curtis. But the major celebrity was Donahue," recalls director Randall Kleiser. "These women who had grown up with him as their heartthrob followed him everywhere." However he never obtained the recognition that he had in the earlier years of his career. Donahue's final film role was in the 2000 comedy film The Boys Behind the Desk, directed by Sally Kirkland.
  • 1981
    Age 45
    After his fourth marriage ended in 1981, Donahue decided to seek help for his drinking and drug use.
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  • 1978
    Age 42
    Donahue moved back to Los Angeles where he married for a fourth time. He acted in occasional television guest spots and appeared in whiskey commercials for the Japanese television market. Donahue said in 1978:
    More Details Hide Details After eight years at Warners I did a few independent pictures that never went any place. I travelled, played stickball, had a few marriages and many affairs. I just totally enjoyed myself and did the things I didn't get to do when I was a kid. Now I've decided I wanna go back to work again and I've been encouraged by a lot of people who feel that I have the talent and everything that goes with it. There was even some talk of a TV movie, Return to a Summer Place, but it was never made.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 33
    Donahue had a son, Sean, by a woman with whom he had a brief relationship in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details He only found out about the son in the early 1980s when he ran into the woman again.
    Donahue's third marriage was to executive secretary Alma Sharpe. They married on November 15, 1969 in Roanoke, Virginia. "I couldn't take care of myself, and I knew this friend would take me under her wing," he says. They divorced in 1972. Donahue's fourth and final marriage was to land developer Vicki Taylor. They were married in 1979 and divorced in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details In his final years, Donahue was in a long-term relationship with mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao, to whom he was engaged and with whom he lived in Santa Monica, California.
    In 1969, Donahue moved from Los Angeles to New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He said a few years later: It took guts to walk out of Hollywood, but it would have been worse to stay. I had a house, seven black Cadillac convertibles, and two wrecked marriages. I already had my head turned; turning back was easy. It doesn't matter if I have a beard or a crewcut. People respond to me because I have a human quality. I know I'll be put down by Hollywood but I don't speak to anybody out there anyway... I smoke grass and ride cycles, my lifestyle is casual, but I'm not a dope fiend or a hippie freak. I've found strength in Jesus Christ and he's easier to follow than Zen Buddhism. I'm not strung out. I'm a very reasonable, professional actor. While in New York Donahue appeared in the daytime CBS drama The Secret Storm for six months. He later called the role "the best part I ever had". By this time, Donahue's drug addiction and alcoholism had ruined him financially. One summer, he was homeless and lived in Central Park. "There was always somebody who could be amused by Troy Donahue," he says. "I'd meet them anywhere, in a park, street, party, in bed. I lived in a bush in Central Park for one summer. I kept everything I had in a backpack."
  • 1968
    Age 32
    The following year Donahue signed a long term contract with Universal Studios for films and TV. This lasted a year and saw him guest on a number of shows. He declared bankruptcy in 1968 and eventually lost his home. "I was living like a movie star but wasn't being paid like one," he says. "I lived way over my head and got into great trouble and lost everything.
    More Details Hide Details I went from a beautiful home, garden, swimming pool to living in shabby apartments." Donahue later admitted that he began abusing drugs and alcohol at the peak of his career and increased use after his career began to wane: I was loaded all the time... I'd wake up about 6:30 in the morning, take three aspirins mixed with codeine, slug down half a pint of vodka and then do four lines of cocaine. That was just so I could get the front door open to peek out and see if I could face the day... I would lie, steal and cheat, all those wonderful things that drunks do. I was crafty. Nobody knew how much I drank then. If a bottle was out on the counter, I'd take a swig when I passed it and quickly put it back.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    In 1967 he said Parrish had been the most satisfactory of his movies. "I had the best script and the best opportunity as an actor.
    More Details Hide Details Not too many of those came my way. But I did get great exposure at Warners. Now I'm free to call my own shots. I've made more money in two years on my own than the whole time I was under contract." That year Donahue walked out of a contract to appear in a play Poor Richard at the Pheasant Run Playhouse. He was sued for $200,000.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 30
    On October 21, 1966, Donahue married actress Valerie Allen in Dublin, Ireland. They separated in April 1967, and she filed for divorce in April 1968, charging him with cruelty, divorcing in November 1968.
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  • 1965
    Age 29
    In 1965, Donahue was cast as a psychopathic killer opposite Joey Heatherton in My Blood Runs Cold.
    More Details Hide Details While Donahue was happy to break type and play a different type of role, it was not well received by the public. His contract with Warner Bros. ended shortly thereafter—although it ran until early 1968, Donahue asked to be released from it in January 1966. Donahue later claimed: Jack Warner called every studio I used to work for and used his muscle to keep me busted. I was blackballed and everyone in the business knew it. Please print that. I made one film in Europe playing a Victorian astronaut but no one ever saw it. Then by the time I could get work again it was too late because my type was already out of fashion. He later reflected on this period, "They pumped me til the well went dry. My image came out of Warner Bros and it was one that was on its way out. I think I'm a little deeper than the roles I was given to play."
  • 1964
    Age 28
    Donahue was married four times and had one child. His first marriage was to actress Suzanne Pleshette, with whom he had twice co-starred in films. They wed on January 5, 1964 in Beverly Hills.
    More Details Hide Details They divorced nine months later, that same year.
  • 1962
    Age 26
    After Surfside 6 was canceled, Donahue joined the cast of another ABC/WB detective series, Hawaiian Eye for its last season from 1962 to 1963 in the role of hotel director Philip Barton, with Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens in the series lead.
    More Details Hide Details Donahue also had a brief tenure as a recording artist at the height of his fame in the early 1960s, releasing a handful of singles for Warner Bros. records, including "Live Young" and "Somebody Loves Me". However, none of his recordings entered the Billboard Hot 100 list.
  • 1960
    Age 24
    From 1960 to 1962, Donahue starred with Van Williams, Lee Patterson, Diane McBain, and Margarita Sierra in the ABC/WB series, Surfside 6, set in Miami Beach, Florida.
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    In 1960 he was named by Film Daily as one of the five "finds" of the year.
    More Details Hide Details He signed a contract with Warner Bros. and played several successive leading roles in films such as Parrish, Susan Slade, Rome Adventure, Palm Springs Weekend, and A Distant Trumpet. He was reportedly going to be cast in Splendor in the Grass but missed out to Warren Beatty. "I guess because I was blond, blue-eyed and tanned, people associated me with all those beach movies that were around then, even though I never did one," he later said. "I was always the goody-goody, the guy who did what he was supposed to." In 1962 he claimed he received 5,000–7,500 fan letters a week. The following year, exhibitors voted him the 20th most popular star in the USA. He was also very popular in Japan.
  • 1959
    Age 23
    The big break of Donahue's career came when he was cast opposite Sandra Dee in A Summer Place, made by Warner Bros in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details This role made him a major star, especially among teenage audiences.
  • 1958
    Age 22
    Donahue starred in Monster on the Campus, Live Fast, Die Young, and The Tarnished Angels, all in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details He won praise in a small role in Imitation of Life.
  • 1957
    Age 21
    He established himself with uncredited roles in The Monolith Monsters and Man Afraid in 1957, leading to larger parts in several films and on TV shows.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 20
    Donahue signed with Universal Studios in 1956.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1936.
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