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Day 9: Steve McQueen

Thanks to those who contributed to yesterday’s tribute to Ramon Novarro. Please make sure you check out the excellent pieces dedicated to the silent film star.

For the next 24 hours we honor the great Steve McQueen.

Trivia on Steve McQueen:

  • McQueen had a troubled upbringing and had quite a wild streak. In 1947 he enlisted in the Marines. One weekend he was granted a pass, he decided to extend it to 2 weeks. Needless to say, McQueen spent some quality time in the brig for that stunt. (
  • McQueen briefly left the set of The Great Escape because he felt his part was not big enough. (IMDb)
  • Early on in his career, McQueen attended the Actors Studio and studied under Lee Strasberg. (IMDb)
  • McQueen became an icon to teenagers, the “King of Cool”, although he was in his 30s when he was at the height of his success.

On to the blogging:

Making her Blogathon debut, is my pal Raquel from the awesome classic film blog Out of the Past. Here’s her Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Watch Bullitt.

We are excited to have I Love Terrible Movies on board for the Blogathon with a look at the deliciously bad-it’s-so-good Sci-Fi flick The Blob.

The blogathon welcomes Travis from Cinemalacrum with his own unique take on The Blob.

Over at The Moviola (and here at The Fence!)  yours truly has reviewed the 20th Century Fox Blu-ray release of The Great Escape 

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.


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