Saturday, December 06, 2008

Endora the Witch and the nukes

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1900 Agnes Moorehead (d. April 30, 1974, US actress (Citizen Kane; Pollyanna; Endora in the TV series Bewitched). Nicknamed 'the Lavender Lady', she was a popular character actress, tending to be cast as puritanical, possessive and neurotic women.

She was the first woman to co-host the Academy Awards (with Dick Powell) in 1948.

Moorhead was one of the cast members of the ill fated film The Conquerer, which was filmed in 1954 (released 1956) in the Nevada desert near to where dozens of above-ground nuclear fission bombs had been detonated since 1951.

The film crew returned to Hollywood with 60 tons of local fallout-contaminated red sand for studio retakes.

In later years those tests were suspected to have caused the cancer deaths of several of the film's stars, including John Wayne, Dick Powell, Susan Hayward and Pedro Armendáriz ...

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