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Rides a Bike Blog Now a Book

FishbowlLA was the first media outlet to report about the wonderful Tumblr blog powered by Philadelphia Inquirer film critic Steven Rea. Under the self-explanatory title Rides a Bike, he posts vintage shots of Tinseltown movie stars on two wheels.

Much media coverage followed and now there is a companion book from Angel City Press, publishing in the third week of February. The 160-page tome–which has added the word “Hollywood” to the title–contains 125 different images, some of which were generously provided by collector Howie Cohen, whose family used to run a group of bike shops that serviced the studios.

Rea will be signing copies at Vroman’s in Pasadena and Book Soup in West Hollywood during his upcoming media tour. He tells FishbowlLA that although it’s hard for him to pick favorites from the book, a couple of images immediately come to mind. One of Rita Hayworth with Glenn Ford, and another that is more tragically tinged.

“The photo of Susan Peters is beautiful,” he says. “She’s stopped on her bike on the Palisades in Santa Monica. She was Oscar-nominated for Random Harvest and being groomed by MGM for stardom, but then had a terrible accident.”

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New Book Exposes Glenn Ford-Rita Hayworth Love Child

Fans of classic cinema have a reliable media friend in LA Times reporter Susan King. Her Calendar section column “Classic Hollywood” regularly regales readers with interviews, news of retrospectives, and more.

Her topic today is actor Glenn Ford. Son Peter has written a biography of dad titled, simply, Glenn Ford: A Life (May 12th, University of Wisconsin Press). But behind that deceptively neutral moniker is actually a very frank tale of a Hollywood icon’s serial womanizing, alcoholism, and sputtering paternal affection. Writes King:

Perhaps one of the most shocking revelations is that Ford and Rita Hayworth became lovers during 1948′s The Loves of Carmen, and in fact, Hayworth became pregnant with Ford’s child and had an abortion at a hospital in France. “Nobody knows that,” he said. “I have his diaries.”

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Critic Collects Movie Stars on Bikes

This past Thanksgiving, Philadelphia Inquirer movie critic Steven Rea launched a whimsical blog at Tumblr. Titled “Rides a Bike,” it honors those halcyon days when movie stars rode around Hollywood backlots on bicycles.

Many of the photos depict timeless pairings, such as Audrey Hepburn with her dog Mr. Famous or Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth riding tandem. There’s also the somewhat incongruous two-wheeled taming of men of action like Sean Connery and Steve McQueen.

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