Heartbroken to learn that Ted V. Mikels has died. I loved his work, warts and all, and have written about my appreciation for the man in the past. He was an incredibly colorful character and one of Hollywood's last real showmen. I had the opportunity to exchange brief notes with him once and he was … Continue reading RIP Ted V. Mikels 1929-2016
I'm not in the Directors' Guild, not in any guild. I just don't want anyone telling me what to do, or what I can not do. - Ted V. Mikels I've expressed my admiration for B-movie maestro Ted. V. Mikels before when discussing the life of Mikels' starlet Tura Satana as well as Mikels' ode … Continue reading I Love You, Ted V. Mikels!
"It's all here! The happy fun times. And the crazy turned-on dangerous times." If the movies have taught me anything at all about life it is this: a lot of young women dream about becoming professional dancers. Some want to be celebrated ballet stars or high-kicking Rockettes. Others are eager to become trophy-winning ballroom dancers … Continue reading The Misadventures Of A Go-Go Girl
Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) Real bad girls who are beautiful as well as dangerous, are hard to come by. There are plenty of attractive and talented actresses who "play" action heroines in the movies but few seem like they can really hold their own off the set. They use stunt doubles … Continue reading Tura Satana – An American Icon