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Have you developed a huge interest in an actor/actress long after they have died?

Asked by Kardamom (28475points) April 28th, 2014

Last night, I saw Singing in the Rain for the very first time, not on TV, but at a real movie theater. It was magnificent and I’m still all tingly just thinking about it.

I’ve known about Gene Kelly my entire life, so 50 years now, and I’ve seen a lot of his dance numbers on TV over the years. I’ve always known he was a wonderful dancer, but seeing that movie last night, on the big screen simply mesmerized me.

I realized that I had never seen an entire Gene Kelly movie until last night, and now I’m feeling rather obsessed, and kind of sad that I didn’t get “into him” until now. Now I want to watch every single movie of his. Tonight I will watch An American in Paris on Netflix.

It would be great to see all of his movies on the big screen, but alas, last night was a rare treat, so everything else will have to be viewed on a computer screen.

I think Gene Kelly has entered the realm of Alan Rickman and Fran Drescher for me. I’m feeling a wee bit obsessed and am feeling excited to search for photos online and watch all of his movies and read any biographies about him. I know, I know, I’m a total geek fan girl with a big fat L on my forehead.

Have any of you guys ever developed a crush on a dead actor/actress? If so, what sparked your interest?

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GloPro's avatar

I love looking at Paul Walker now just as much as I did before November, but I’m more interested in watching his movies now that there aren’t new pictures to look at.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Sure. I love me some James Dean.

johnpowell's avatar

Seth Rogen.. Not dead yet, but it can’t be that long.

marinelife's avatar

William Holden. Flawed but sexy.

ucme's avatar

Marilyn Monroe, as the film suggests, Some (me) Like it Hot…hubba, hubba!

Blondesjon's avatar

Cary Grant, from the moment I first saw North By Northwest.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Probably Humphrey Bogart is the only actor who I became interested in after his death. There are plenty of actors, now dead, whose films I’ve enjoyed – but in most cases they were still living when I discovered them. Perhaps not active, but still living.

ucme's avatar
^^ Inspired me to adopt this as a prelude to foreplay…my hero.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes, definitely.

I’m fascinated by the sexual ambiguity and fierce fuck-‘em-all-if-they-don’t-like-it lifestyle and escapades of gorgeous silent film star Louise Brooks, especially during her time spent in 1920’s Berlin. A true libertine at a time when women were castigated for smoking cigarettes in public.

The white hot flash of wild silent film star Mabel Normand, her strange involvement in the 1922 murder of the mysterious Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor and the 1924 shooting of millionaire Denver playboy Courtland S. Dines, her morphine addiction and early death at 37. She wasn’t an especially gifted actress, but neither was she just a flash in the pan. She was like a supernova recorded on high speed film. She even freaked out 1920’s Hollywood—a feat of near impossibility.

The life and amazing survival-after-Hollywood of genius cutie pie and silent film superstar Clara Bow.

Barbara Stanwyck. Yeah, she was a great film actress and definitely one helluva survivor, but, to be honest, it took me a long time to find this out because I could never take my eyes off her amazing ass.

The incredibly prolific Hollywood writer, ultimate flapper and clothes hound, and cutest little thing ever in a four-foot-eleven package, Anita Loos: her amazing output, her lifestyle, the circle of friends she chose to hang with, and the fact she never took Hollywood seriously. She wrote the book Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in the ‘20’s, then adapted it to the big screen in the 1950’s. She gave us the determined, ambitious, liberated Lorelei Lee. She said that Marilyn Monroe was the perfect Lorelei, that she was made for the part.

Brian1946's avatar

Yes I have.

Mr. Ed, who passed away about 46 years ago, at the age of 19.

ibstubro's avatar

Judy Garland was dead by the time I became aware or her, and I obsessed on her when I was a young adult, but that was pre-internet. Hours then are minutes now, information wise.

LornaLove's avatar

Oh yes, definitely. That is how their memory and fame keeps on going.

For me though, lately it has been people who are alive. Cesar Milan. He has the best energy in a person. I’m totally obsessed and Ty Pennington for the same reason. Although I am not sure I’d read a book on them. I’m sorry if I sort of went off topic on your question. I think the point is though, that sometimes people ‘grab’ at us, when we are missing something in our lives in that moment. (In a nice way). Whether they are alive or dead.

flip86's avatar

Not really. I did take a liking to The 3 Stooges(the Curly years) as a child and still do as an adult. I don’t really consider them actors though. More like entertainers.

I’ve had people try to get me into John Wayne but he’s just not for me. His movies are boring.

ibstubro's avatar

Long after Goucho was gone I was introduced to “You Bet Your Life” and laughed my ass off. Of course, back then, it was a re-run on a cable service, nothing you could re-run or record.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Danny Kaye. He was an all around performer; dancing, acting, performing various acts of comedy and acrobatic acts made to look incidental.
He used a lot of hard work to deliver whimsical fun, romance, fantasy.
I find him quite attractive, but all the more so for his happiness deliveries.
I love people who consistently deliver happiness. The UPS guy is scared of my door. (snicker)

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