The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
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Movies of 1961
Academy Awards 1961
Best Picture: West Side Story beats "Fanny", "The Guns of Navarone", "The Hustler" and "Judgment at Nuremberg"
Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno - West Side Story beats Fay Bainter in "The Children's Hour", Judy Garland in "Judgment at Nuremberg", Lotte Lenya in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" and Una Merkel in "Summer and Smoke".
Best Actress: Sophia Loren - Two Women (Italian).
Daughter raped during World War 2. Beats Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at
Tiffany's", Piper Laurie in "The Hustler",
Geraldine Page in "Summer and Smoke" and Natalie
Wood in "Splendor in the Grass"
Best Actor: Maximilian Schell - Judgment at Nuremberg, first movie to bring footage of the Holocaust to the masses, beats Charles Boyer in "Fanny", Paul Newman in "The Hustler", Spencer Tracy in "Judgment at Nuremberg" and Stuart Whitman in "The Mark".
Top Box Office 1961
Elvis Presley's first movie since returning from the army. His biggest box-office success setting the tone for his last 16 years.
Action Adventure beating the Nazis.
New Movies 1961
The Absent-Minded Professor
Breakfast at Tiffany's
King of Kings
Babes in Toyland
Entertainment News 1961
In Italy 1961, a total Solar Eclipse was captured
on the set of the movie Barabbas while filming the crucifixion scene. Taken by photographer Augusto Di
George Washington Vanderbilt
III is found dead at the base of a San Francisco skyscraper.
Ernest Hemingway, suicide.
commits suicide with a 12 gauge shotgun.
Not only was he suffering from high blood pressure,
alcoholism, heart disease, liver
failure, skin infections, depression and insomnia;
he had recently spent a year in the
hospital receiving electric shocks
treatments for depression. He was 62.
Gail Russell, suicide by alcohol induced heart attack. Found in her Brentwood apartment surrounded by liquor bottles. She was 36.
The Misfits Starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark
Gable, Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach. Burned
out cowboys rounding up wild horses to sell for
a pittance for dog food does not set well with
the blonde free spirit. The last movie by Gable
The Hustler. Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott give stunning performances but get no awards.
B Movies 1961
The Pit and the Pendulum Roger Corman and Vincent Price team up for the second, and most acclaimed of the ten stylistic Edgar Allen Poe series.
Atlantis, the Lost Continent Geroge Pal's worst movie with lots of footage taken from Quo Vadis and the Naked Jungle.
Mothra - Toho Studios, gives us the first of ten starring the friendly monster (non larval stage).
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