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Cecil B. DeMille on Wallace Reid…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 29th, 2008
2008
Jun 29

Cecil B. DeMille Talks About…

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Wallace Reid

 

 

  

Wallace Reid, one of  the outstanding stars of his time, was first brought to DeMille’s  attention in D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915).

 

“He [Reid] played the part of blacksmith in the picture, and I was very impressed with the marvelous fight he put up. He was probably on the screen not more than seventy-five feet, but his magnificent physical strength and appearance was striking.

 

“However, Wally wasn’t very much of an actor in those days. He was stiff and rather wooden, and it was difficult to make him unbend. I sent for him and we had a chat. He was very much a kid, but I put him under contract fro a small amount, something like $60 or $75 a week. I gave him important leads to do and later public opinion made a star out of him.

 

“The first thing he did for me was with Geraldine Farrar in Maria Rosa (1916), then with Farrar in Carmen (1915), and later with the same star in Joan the Woman (1917). Then I decided to allow him to carry a picture, without starring in it, and I called the picture The Golden Chance (1915). Cleo Ridgely played opposite him in it, and it proved indeed to be Wally’s golden chance. It was a big success and Wally was a very big success in it.”

— Cecil B. DeMille

 

NOTE: I think DeMille had some problems with his chronology

 

The preceding is taken from an interview that DeMille gave the Los Angeles Times on August 21, 1932.

 

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Marion Telva at Hollywood Forever…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 26th, 2008
2008
Jun 26

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Marion Telva

 

 

   

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

American opera singer, Marion Telva was born on December 6, 1897  in St. Louis, Missouri to German immigrants, Herman and Elsa Toucke. There she received her vocal training and sang with the St. Louis Symphony. She went to New York in 1918 and sang in various churches and synagogues before being engaged by the Metropolitan Opera. She made her debut there as the Singer in Manon Lescaut on December 31, 1920.

 

Telva’s opera career was a versatile one, including such favorites as Faust, Aida and La Gioconda. Some of Telva’s regular roles at the Met included Mary in The Flying Dutchman; Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Brangane in Tristan and Isolde.  Many lesser known contralto roles included Tote Stadt, Snow Maiden, Don Quichotte, Bartered Bride, Jewels of Madonna, Louise, and Luisa Miller. The highlight of her career, however, was the 1927 revival of Norma, in which she sang “Adalgisa.” Others in that cast were Rosa Ponselle, Ciacomo Lauri-Volpi and Enzio Pinza, and the conductor was Tullio Serafin.

 

Telva left the Metropolitan Opera in 1931 after the last performance of Deems Taylor’s Peter Ibbetson the premiere of which she had sung in that year. In 1930 she was married to Elmer Ray Jones, president of the Wells Fargo Company (more about him in a future posting) at St. George’s Church, Stuyvesant Square. She was to have retired (at her new husbands urging), however, she returned to the Met in the 1932-1933 season to sing in a concert that was her final appearance there.

 

Her last major New York appearance was in the Missa Solemnis of Beethoven with Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic in 1935. She also appeared in Los Angeles operas under the auspices of the Grand Opera Association.

 

Telva and her husband made their home in the Silvermine section of Norwalk, Connecticut and also had residences in Mexico City and Taxco, Mexico. The Taxco residence was a Wells Fargo property named Rancho Telva. Her husband died in 1961 and she passed away a little over a year later. She was 64 years old.

  

 Marion Telva’s grave marker in Section 6 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Hollywood Memorabilia…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 26th, 2008
2008
Jun 26

Last act for Hollywood memorabilia

 

Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times
Movie magazines, including a 1918 edition of Motion Picture with silent film star Norma Talmadge on the cover, are part of a 3-million-piece collection of memorabilia at the Collector’s Book Store in Hollywood that are moving to storage in Newbury Park before being auctioned six months from now

 

The 3-million piece collection of movie posters, magazines, photos and other items will be stored in Newbury Park and auctioned off in December.

 

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 26, 2008

 

They are packing up Old Hollywood and moving it to Newbury Park.

 

That’s where about 3 million film studio publicity stills, 50,000 original movie posters and 20,000 vintage fan magazines will be stored until they are auctioned off six months from now.  READ MORE

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Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon in the 1930 Census…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 23rd, 2008
2008
Jun 23

THE 1930 CENSUS

Milton Sills & Doris Kenyon

(1882-1930) —————- (1897-1979)

 

Film Actors

Nifty Miller in The Barker (1928)

Lady Mary in Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)

 

sills-m1.jpg kenyon-d21.jpg

 

A view of the Sills/Kenyon home as it looks today

 

315 N. Saltair Avenue

Brentwood Heights

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Owned, $300,000

Radio

Census recorded on April 18, 1930

 

 

HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTS:*

 

  1. Milton Sills (head), 43 / Illinois / Actor / Moving pictures
  2. Doris K. Sills [Doris Kenyon] (wife), 29 / New York / Actress / Moving pictures
  3. Kenyon Sills (son), 3 yrs., 11 mos. / New York / None
  4. Margaret Kenyon (mother-in-law), 68 / widowed / New York / None
  5. Arina Taylor (servant), 59 / Illinois / Secretary / Private family
  6. Alex Lasclo (servant), 41 / Hungary (1905) / Butler /Private family
  7. Marta Peterman (servant), 31 / Finland (1924) / Cook / Private family
  8. Jose Lonana (servant), 42 / Mexico (1916) / Gardener / Private family
  9. Petri Nalder (servant), 49 / Mexico (1918) / Gardener / Private family

 

 

Note: Milton Sills died in this house five months after this enumeration took place

 

 

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* Information includes relationship to head of household, age / place of birth (year of arrival in this country, if applicable) / occupation / industry.

 

 

The preceeding text is taken from my recent book, Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008). This directory provides an extensive listing of household information collected for over 2,265 famous or notorious individuals who were alive during the 1930 United States Census. Please note: The above photographs do not appear in the book.

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Obit…Dody Goodman

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 23rd, 2008
2008
Jun 23

Dody Goodman, stage and TV comedian, dies

 

 

Actress made mark on ‘Tonight Show,’ had role in ‘Grease’ films

 

The Associated Press
June 23, 2008

 

NEW YORKDody Goodman, the delightfully daffy comedian known for her television appearances on Jack Paar’s late-night talk show and as the mother on the soap-opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, has died at 93.  READ MORE

 

Obit…George Carlin

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 23rd, 2008
2008
Jun 23

George Carlin, 71; comedian tested limits of speech and society

 

 (Robert Sebree / HBO)

 

He gained notoriety for his ‘seven dirty words,’ but his incisive commentaries were as clever as they were vulgar

 

By Rich Connell and Jason Song
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
June 23, 2008

 

George Carlin, the acerbic, Grammy-winning comedian whose career spanned more than 50 years, died of heart failure Sunday evening after being admitted to the hospital complaining of chest pains, his spokesman said. He was 71.  READ MORE

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Hollywood Bowl’s 87th Season…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 23rd, 2008
2008
Jun 23

  B.B. King, Liza Minnelli at Hollywood Bowl

(Ken Hively, Los Angeles Times)

The three performers, newly inducted into the venue’s Hall of Fame, give the season an all-star start.

 

By Don Heckman
Special to The Times
June 23, 2008

 

HOLLYWOOD – As the summer heat and a sense of nostalgia permeated the air, the Hollywood Bowl kicked off its 87th season Friday night with a stirring, fireworks-enlivened tribute to three new inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. All — flutist James Galway, singer-guitarist B.B. King and singer-dancer-actress Liza Minnelli — were present and ready to perform.  READ MORE

 

Read Story at USA TODAY

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H. J. Whitley

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 20th, 2008
2008
Jun 20

HOLLYWOOD PIONEERS

H. J. Whitley

 

 

 Father of Hollywood

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Hobart Johnstone Whitley was born in Toronto, Canada on October 7, 1847, of Scotish-English parentage. As a child he moved to Flint, Michigan, where he was educated in the public schools and later at Toronto Business College.

 

Whitley engaged in banking and land development in Kansas City and Minneapolis, establishing banks and townsites along the Northern Pacific Railroad, and for a time managed the H. J. Whitley Land and Mortgage Company. He platted the towns and built brick and stone business buildings in Oklahoma City, El Reno, Chickasha, Enid, Medfore, and other cities on the Rock Island Railroad.

 

In 1887 he married Margaret Virginia Ross and had two children, Grace Virginia and Ross Emmet. Because of bad health, Whitley came to California in 1893 and the following year established the H. J. Whitley Jewelry Store, for many years the largest in the city. In 1900 he bought the Hurd property north of Hollywood Boulevard, between Wilcox and Whitley, south of Yucca Street, which he later subdivided into what became known as Whitley Home Tract. As a result of the success of this subdivision, one of the first in Hollywood, Whitley became known as the “Father of Hollywood.”

 

In 1905, Whitley and a group of Los Angeles investors undertook the development of 47,000 acres in the San Joaquin Valley and carried through a similar project involving nearly 50,000 acres in the San Fernando Valley.

 

 

 

Whitley continued his activities in Southern California property until 1922, when he completed the development of Whitley Heights, which was one of the first hillside subdivisions in Hollywood. The opening of the tract in 1920 was the scene of a public barbeque, with city officials and business men of the city as guests. Whitley Heights would become the first celebrity neighborhood and home to such film stars as Francis X. Bushman, Eugene O’Brien, Barbara La Marr and Rudolph Valentino.

 

In addition to his real estate development, Whitley was one of the founders of the Home Savings Bank and was identified with the organization of the First National Bank of Hollywood, the First National Bank of Van Nuys and State banks in Canoga Park, Reseda and Corcoran.

 

On June 3, 1931, while staying as a guest of his son at the Whitley Park Country Club in Van Nuys, H. J. Whitley died in his sleep at the age of 83. Whitley was survived by his wife Margaret, his daughter Grace, son Ross and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Strother Funeral Chapel at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard with interment at Hollywood Cemetery.

 

 H. J. Whitley’s cremation niche at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Walk of Fame Ceremony…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 20th, 2008
2008
Jun 20

Los Angeles Dodgers

 HONORED WITH

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Hollywood & Highland

 

June 20, 2008

 

HOLLYWOOD — In celebration of the Dodgers’ 50th anniversary in Los Angeles, the team received an Award of Excellence today from the Hollywood Historic Trust and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, and his wife, team President Jamie McCourt, accepted the award at a late-morning ceremony in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex. Former manager Tommy Lasorda, manager Joe Torre and broadcasters Vin Scully and Jaime Jarin also participated in the ceremony.

 

The Dodgers received the award in recognition of the team’s significant contributions to Los Angeles and world culture and entertainment, according to Ana Martinez-Holler, vice president of media relations for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

 

The ceremony came one day before the Dodgers’ 50th annual Hollywood Stars Game, a softball game matching teams of entertainment industry celebrities.

 

The Hollywood Historic Trust and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began presenting Awards of Excellence in 2005 to various organizations and places. The Dodgers are the seventh recipient of the award.

 

The others were Daily Variety, Disneyland, The Hollywood Reporter, KTLA- TV Channel 5, the Los Angeles Times and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which presents the Grammy Awards. They differ from stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which honor individuals, performing groups and fictional characters.

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UPCOMING WALK OF FAME STAR CEREMONY

 

 

THE LATE BRIAN KEITH TO BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Star was sponsored by fans

WHO:             The Late Brian Keith
                      Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
                      Guest speakers: Kathy Garver and Daniel Hugh Kelly
                      Accepting the award will be Victoria Y. Keith
WHAT:            2,365th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
WHERE:         7021 Hollywood Boulevard near Sycamore.
WHEN:           Thursday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m.

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Cyd Charisse Funeral Services…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 20th, 2008
2008
Jun 20

Services for Cyd Charisse scheduled Sunday

 

June 20, 2008

 

Funeral services for Hollywood dancer and actress Cyd Charisse are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, publicist Gene Schwam said. Charisse died Tuesday at age 86.

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