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Rhonda Fleming, ‘Queen of Technicolor,’ Dead at 97

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Golden Age of Hollywood leading lady Rhonda Fleming died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California, Variety reports. She was 97.

Fleming’s death was confirmed by her secretary.



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Born Marilyn Louis on August 10, 1923, in Los Angeles, her mother and grandfather were actors, but she was taken aback when she was discovered as a 16-year-old at Beverly Hills High by agent Henry Willson, who had a flair for renaming potential superstars — Arthur Gelien became Tab Hunter, Roy Scherer became Rock Hudson, and Marilyn Louis became Rhonda Fleming.

After uncredited bit parts in several films, including the classic “Since You Went Away” (1944), she made her credited debut working for the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, in 1945’s “Spellbound.” Told she would play a nymphomaniac, she had to look up the word, and blushed.

She continued to light up the screen in such films as “The Spiral Staircase” (1946) and the landmark noir film “Out of the Past” (1947) with Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas, of which she had been the last surviving cast member.

Another of her big hits of the era was in the color comedy “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (1949). The camera loved Fleming’s green eyes and flame-red hair, and she (like Maureen O’Hara) was dubbed the “Queen of Technicolor.”

Among her other films, some in 3-D, few as distinguished as her earlier work, were “The Great Lover” (1949) with Bob Hope, “The Last Outpost” (1951) with Ronald Reagan, “The Redhead and the Cowboy” (1951) with Glenn Ford, a turn as Cleopatra in “Serpent of the Nile” (1953), “Slightly Scarlet” (1956) with John Payne, and an important starring role in “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957) with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.

By 1957, Fleming had debuted a wildly successful Las Vegas revue that emphasized her glamour and her curves, and cut a sultry album in 1958. After 1960, Fleming, financially secure thanks to savvy investments, mostly made untaxing TV guest spots on such series as “Follow the Sun” (1962), “McMillan & Wife” (1974), and “The Love Boat” (1978).

Fleming’s final film roles were in the celeb-packed “Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood” (1976), spoofing herself as “Rhonda Flaming,” and in the “Get Smart” film “The Nude Bomb” (1980).

Coming out of retirement, the deeply religious Fleming gave her final performance in the Christian-themed short “Waiting for the Wind” in 1990, reuniting with Robert Mitchum.

For the past 60 years, Fleming had been an activist on behalf of prayer in schools and in support of women’s health, abused children (Childhelp), battered women, cancer causes, the homeless (P.A.T.H.), and other charities. She established the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Comprehensive Care for Women with Cancer at UCLA, the Rhonda Fleming Mann Resource Center at UCLA, and the Rhonda Fleming Inspiration Garden at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Fleming also contributed to various film restoration projects, including her own “Cry Danger” (1951), appearing at a screening for the film in 2010 in her late 80s looking decades younger.

Married six times, Fleming was widowed in 2017. She is survived by her son, Kent Lane, four stepchildren, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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