Archive for July 10th, 2008

Madame Tussauds Hollywood…

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

 Madame Tussauds Hollywood 

 

 

(Los Angeles Times)  

 

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is coming to Hollywood sometime next spring and is presently under construction next to Grauman’s Chinese Theater (northeast corner of Hollywood and Orange). Today, the first two wax figures arrived – Jaime Foxx and Beyoncé – and were met in a ceremony attended by Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, on the new museum’s site.

 

 

 Beyoncé in the Mayor’s embrace? (Los Angeles Times)

 

 

Artists rendering of the new Madame Tussauds Hollywood

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“Breezy” Eason, Jr. at Hollywood Forever…

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The Children of

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

“Breezy” Eason, Jr.

 

 

 

 AMERICAN SILENT FILM CHILD ACTOR

né Barnes Reaves Eason 

 

BORN: November 19, 1914, Los Angeles, California

DIED: October 25, 1921, Los Angeles, California

CAUSE OF DEATH: Automobile accident

BURIAL: Hollywood Forever Cemetery,

Garden of Legends (Section 8), Lot 107

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

“Breezy” Eason, Jr. was the son of director B. Reaves Eason and actress Jimsy Maye. Eason, Sr., sometimes referred to as B. Reeves Eason, is known for directing B action films, mostly westerns. He also served as second unit director in charge of action sequences on such classic films as Ben-Hur (1926), Gone With the Wind (1939) and They Died with Their Boots On (1941). Jimsy Maye (née Charlotte Barnes) was a Universal contract player, sometimes appearing in her husbands films.

 

Breezy was born Barnes Reaves Eason on November 19, 1914 — reportedly in California (according to the census). However, there is no record of his actual birth in the California birth records. Eason Sr. put his son in films when he was barely able to toddle. Known as the “Wonderchild of the Screen,” and “Universal’s Littlest Cowboy,” young Breezy grinned and laughed his way to screen fame at Universal Studios, appearing in a dozen films with such actors as Theda Bara, Thomas Meighan, Hoot Gibson, and Harry Carey.

 

In the film, Nine-Tenths of the Law (1918), Breezy was directed by his father and appeared along side his mother and grandmother, Mollie Shafer. Breezy also had the chance to be the star of his own film, The Big Adventure (1921) – which was directed by his father.

  

Beezy Eason, Jr. lived here with his parents at the time of death 

 

On Friday, October 21, 1921, Breezy, who had recently finished filming The Fox (1921) with Harry Carey, was playing like any six year-old at his home at 1130 North Orange Street in Hollywood. At some point, Breezy ran out into the street in front of a truck; the driver was unable to avoid hitting him. The boy was taken to the California Hospital where surgeons worked to try and save his life.

 

 

 The street in front of his home where Breezy was playing when hit by a truck.

 

Harry Carey was notified about the accident shortly after it happened. He was at the Agoura ranch in Calabasas, about 25 miles northwest of Hollywood, working with 1,000 long-horns for the film, Man to Man (1922). Carey and Breezy had appeared in two films together and the actor had become very attached to the youngster. When he heard about the accident, Carey left the filming and raced to the hospital to be with Breezy.

 

For the next four days, Carey never left the hospital or Breezy’s side, holding his hand until the end. Despite the surgeons attempt, little Breezy died from his injuries on Tuesday, October 25, 1921, less than a month before his seventh birthday. Breezy was taken to the Strother and Dayton mortuary where services were held. On the day of his funeral, all operations at Universal were suspended. “Breezy” was interred at Hollywood Cemetery and was one of the first actors to be buried there.

 

The Los Angeles Times said of Breezy:

 

“Breezy was just a kid. He was all freckled and usually dirty but somehow his passing upset the big industry that grinds out motion pictures.”

  

 Breezy’s grave marker at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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NOTE: After his son’s death, Reaves Eason took the nickname of “Breezy” in his son’s memory. At some point Reaves and Jimsy divorced and she remarried Clarence Rowley of Oregon. Jimsy’s mother Mollie Barnes Shafer no longer acted in films after her grandsons death and later became a wardrobe mistress at 20th Century-Fox. Interred next to Breezy at Hollywood Forever is his grandmother, Mollie (1872-1940), his mother Charlotte Rowley (1893-1968) and his father Wm Reaves Eason (1886-1956).

 

The preceding is one in a series of biographical sketches of
Hollywood Forever Cemetery residents.

 

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Larry King Square…

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Larry King’s a square and on the streets in Hollywood

 

 

 

L.A. will name an intersection in honor of the longtime CNN broadcaster as part of Hollywood’s ‘second golden era.’

 

 

By Joanna Lin
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 10, 2008

 

Coming soon to Hollywood: Larry King Square.

 

Courtesy of Los Angeles City Hall, the intersection of Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards will be named in honor of the longtime CNN talk show host today.

 

Julie Wong, communications director for City Council President Eric Garcetti, said her boss sees the designation as “yet another sign of Hollywood’s second golden era,” with “entertainment and news programming such as Larry King Live shooting right out of Hollywood.”

 

Wong said it is relatively rare to name squares in honor of people. The last one she could recall was naming East 3rd Street and Traction Avenue for Joel Bloom, the unofficial mayor of the downtown Arts District. Bloom’s square was approved shortly before he died of cancer last summer.

 

King’s square, she said, honors the television host’s 50th anniversary in broadcast journalism.

 

King, 74, also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his 40th anniversary in television (see above photo). Larry King Live debuted in 1985 and is among CNN’s most viewed shows.

 

King and Garcetti are scheduled to attend the square’s dedication today at 2 p.m., Wong said.

 

joanna.lin@latimes.com

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