Star talk

Hollywood legend Debbie Dash (born Helga Zoegge-Potzlanziev) was best known for her petulant pout and pixie profile, which she used to great effect in Sun on the Carpet (1956), Goodbye, Mr Fries (1958), and Summer Steam (1960).

Her big break came in 1952 when she was spotted in a Los Angeles cathouse by MGM’s Dick Dipp, who cast her in a minor role in Twelve Toes and a Handbag (1953). From then on, Debbie’s star was in the ascendant, reaching its perihelion, perhaps, in 1960, when she signed a disastrous three-year contract with Warner Bros. She got burned.

Geddit? ‘Burned’. Hence the term ‘perihelion’, see? Jeez, do I have to spell everything out? If you’re gonna cover the stars, you might at least learn some of the relevant vocabulary.

You — Norman Mailer — take over! I’m outta here.


 

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