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The entertainment section of the July 23 1963 Toronto Daily Star contained this article about four young British actresses:

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I’m not sure when newspapers and magazines stopped using the term “starlet”, but I don’t think I miss it.

As for the people mentioned in the story, all had successful careers, and almost all were actually older than this article claimed that they were. I have no idea whether the article writer or the actresses’ publicists decided to adjust their ages; I guess that was standard practice then (and maybe now).

  • Samantha Eggar (who was actually 24 when this story came out) became famous in 1965 when she starred in The Collector. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. She relocated to the United States in 1972, and has remained a working actor, with a variety of film, TV, and stage credits. She turned 80 last month.
  • Susan Hampshire was actually 26, not 23. She went on to win three Emmy Awards in the early 1970s. Sadly, she gave up almost all of her acting roles after 2009 to take care of her husband, who had developed dementia and type 2 diabetes. She turns 82 in May.
  • Susannah York (1939-2011) did not have her age mentioned in the article. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the movie They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? She also won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for the movie Images. She was a trouper to the end: after being diagnosed with cancer, she refused chemotherapy to honour a contractual obligation.
  • Julie Christie was actually 23, not 21. She has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Her last significant role was in 2012, and she turned 78 last week.
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Arlene Francis

The July 23 1963 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained an article about game show panelist Arlene Francis, who was being sued for a million dollars after getting into a car accident that caused the death of a passenger in the other car:

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According to the Useless Information web site, the accident happened on a rainy day: the car in front of her skidded, she slammed on her car’s brakes, and her car skidded, crossed the divider, and collided with Mr. Arcos’s car. The case went to trial, and was settled for $210,000, not $1 million (or $1.8 million, as the article states).

Astonishingly, this was not the only fatal accident inadvertently caused by Ms. Francis around that time. On June 23, 1960, a dumbbell fell out of Ms. Francis’s apartment on the eighth floor of the Ritz Tower in Manhattan and struck Alvin Rodecker, killing him instantly. The dumbbell had been used to prop a screen in place; when a maid cleaned the screen, the dumbbell fell out of the window. Mr. Rodecker’s widow sued for $500,000, and settled for $175,000.

Ms. Francis passed away in 2001, at the age of 93.