Category Archives: Memory Lane

‘Titanic’ Oscar-winner James Horner saw music in colour

By Ray Bennett LONDON – ‘Composing is so much like painting,’ the late James Horner told me. ‘I patch colour into certain things until I hear the sounds and then I know how much of the magenta or how much of … Continue reading

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Lyricist Sammy Cahn had a song for all occasions

By Ray Bennett LONDON – American lyricist Sammy Cahn, who was born on this day in 1913, wrote scores of songs that everyone remembers but he told me that what kept him busy was penning lyrics for special occasions. 

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‘Knots Landing’ star Joan Van Ark preferred voice-overs

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Joan Van Ark was among the most popular TV stars of the Eighties in the ‘Dallas’ spinoff ‘Knots Landing’ but she told me she made more money doing voice-overs for commercials and cartoons. ‘It’s as … Continue reading

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That time I was way-laid by the Happy Hooker

By Ray Bennett LONDON – I went to London to see the Queen and met the Happy Hooker, who led me astray. Fifty years ago this month, Queen Elizabeth II was touring Canada and The Windsor Star newspaper sent me … Continue reading

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Robert Lansing, intense and unhappy with television

By Ray Bennett LONDON – ‘Television is just awful,’ Robert Lansing told me. ‘I’ve done a lot of it but not from choice. I’ve done an awful lot of garbage; an awful lot of lousy things. I’m not saying I’m … Continue reading

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That time on the ‘Hill Street Blues’ set with Charles Haid

By Ray Bennett LONDON – ‘You don’t say Hill and you don’t say Renko. You say Hill and Renko’. Charles Haid (above right) stated the case for one of the most durable partnerships on television in the 1980s on the … Continue reading

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How Tina Turner dealt with her troubled past

By Ray Bennett LONDON – ‘As crazy as it was,’ said Tina Turner, ‘I laugh about it. ’ The queen of rock’n’roll, who has died aged 83, was talking about her difficult childhood in Tennessee and her abusive marriage to … Continue reading

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When Joan Collins kicked me off the set of ‘Dynasty’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Joan Collins was pointing at me. I was on the set of the hit primetime soap opera ’Dynasty’. It’s important to make yourself as invisible as possible on a busy TV soundstage so I stood … Continue reading

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Why British comic Eric Sykes didn’t become a movie star

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Eric Sykes, who was born on May 4 one hundred years ago, was one of Britain’s most treasured comedians on radio and television but he might have become a leading actor in movies too as … Continue reading

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That time Michelle Pfeiffer thought she’d sworn on live TV

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Michelle Pfeiffer was worried that she’d dropped an f-bomb on live television. The actress, who turns 65 today, came to meet me right after she appeared on CNN to talk about the John Landis black … Continue reading

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