Archive for July, 2008

Shia LaBeouf Arrested for DUI…

Sunday, July 27th, 2008


‘Indiana Jones’ star Shia LaBeouf arrested for DUI



From the Associated Press
July 27, 2008


LOS ANGELESShia LaBeouf was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Sunday after an early morning wreck in which the Indiana Jones star injured his hand and knee, authorities said.


LaBeouf was trying to make a left turn at a West Hollywood intersection around 3 a.m. when his pickup collided with another vehicle, rolling the truck over, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Wolf said.


“It was immediately apparent to officers responding on the scene that LaBeouf was intoxicated and he was subsequently placed under arrest,” Wolf said.


Wolf said LaBeouf was booked then released for misdemeanor DUI. The 22-year-old actor was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was being treated for injuries to his left hand and a knee, as well as a minor head injury, Wolf said.


A woman passenger in LaBeouf’s truck and the driver of the other vehicle were not seriously injured. Wolf did not know the identities of the woman or the other driver.


The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Wolf said. Two attorneys listed for LaBeouf did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press on Sunday; neither did two publicists for the actor.


The accident occurred when LaBeouf, who was headed northbound on La Brea Avenue, tried to turn onto Fountain Avenue, Wolf said. The intersection is the location of “High Voltage,” the tattoo parlor where the TLC reality show LA Ink is filmed.


LaBeouf starred in last year’s summer smash hit Transformers, and this year appears opposite Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


LaBeouf has had previous brushes with the law, but until now they’d been relatively harmless — to the degree that they only served to reinforce his image as a Hollywood good guy with an edge.


A drunken confrontation with guards at a Walgreens in Chicago late last year led to misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges. Arresting police in that incident noted that LaBeouf was “very courteous and polite,” and the charge was dropped because the drug store didn’t want to pursue the matter.


In a lighthearted retelling of the incident to David Letterman on the Late Show, LaBeouf said: “Drinking and driving is one thing, but drinking and shopping … it’s just as bad.”


LaBeouf was separately cited in February for smoking where he shouldn’t in Burbank, but a judge later dismissed the charge.





The intersection of LaBrea and Fountain, by chance, is only a block from my home, so I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the scene. This intersection happens to be one of those dreaded “photo enforced” traffic lights so perhaps they were able to get photos of the accident. Below are two photos taken by me at 10 am this morning. (click on image to enlarge)


The intersection of LaBrea and Fountain, Hollywood


Residue from this mornings accident



‘Aunt Betty’ Rathbun at Hollywood Forever…

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

‘Aunt Betty’ Rathbun


BORN: Unknown

DIED: January 26, 1925, Los Angeles, California

BURIAL: Hollywood Forever Cemetery,

Section 12 (near the Otis-Chandler –Times memorial)


By Allan R. Ellenberger 


Her age was unknown, but it was believed that Betty Rathbun, a full-blooded Mound Valley Indian, was more than 100 years of age. On the death certificate her age is given as 80 but this was only an estimate. She must have been many years older since friends said that she remembered distinctly events that happened more than a hundred years earlier, and that she possessed all of her faculties until the end.


For many years ‘Indian Betty,’ as she was sometimes called, lived in a little house on West First Street that was furnished by the Dunkard Church. She was a deeply religious woman and though in need, would never accept a cent from the government.


Betty was a protege of the Sunshine Society, which took care of her for many years. Little is known of her history except that she was taken captive by a waring Indian tribe and later sold to the family of an Army officer for four head of live stock. She served the family for many years before coming to Los Angeles. Betty never married.


Neighbors told her that at her death she would be put in Potter’s Field. However, when that time came, on January 26, 1925, at the General Hospital, she was laid to rest at Hollywood Cemetery in a lot that was purchased for her by Bernice Johnson of the Sunshine Society.



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


Estelle Getty’s Funeral…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Estelle Getty remembered as funny, feisty, frugal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Estelle Getty always liked a bargain.


Despite her sitcom success with The Golden Girls, son Carl Gettleman told friends and family gathered at a private memorial service Thursday that his mother always chose frugal over flashy. He recounted a time when his Emmy-winning mother’s Toyota Tercel was towed out of her assigned parking space at The Golden Girls production lot because security thought someone else had parked there.


“The Great Depression left an indelible impression on mom,” Gettleman said.


Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home. She was 84.


The diminutive actress was best known for her role as wisecracking Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992 on NBC. When she auditioned for the show, Getty was appearing on stage as the carping Jewish mother in Harvey Fierstein’s play Torch Song Trilogy in Hollywood.


After her success in The Golden Girls, other roles came her way. She played Cher’s mother in Mask, Sylvester Stallone’s in Stop or My Mom Will Shoot and Barry Manilow’s in the TV film Copacabana. She also played the feisty department store owner in Mannequin and voiced the character Grandma Estelle in Stuart Little on the big screen.


“While the biographies of some celebrities are suffused with torrid love affairs, bouts of alcoholism and/or drug abuse, lavish lifestyles, epic battles with studio heads and co-stars, what had made mom so universally relatable is that she lived a life that people could completely identify with,” said Gettleman. “You can see it in the family photographs.”


Other speakers at the funeral included Getty’s other son Barry, her longtime assistant Richard and Golden Girls executive producer Tony Thomas. Her Golden Girls co-stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White were not in attendance at the intimate service inside the chapel at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.


“We loved her dearly,” said Thomas. “She made the so-so jokes good, the good jokes great and the great jokes out of this world.”



‘X-Files” Premiere at Grauman’s…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

‘X-Files: I Want to Believe’ Celebrating World Premiere in Hollywood




© David Gabber/PR Photos




The forthcoming sci-fi mystery movie has just rolled down its red carpet in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood on July 23 to mark its world premiere celebration.


Two days before The X-Files: I Want to Believe is debuting in the theaters across the U.S., the 20th Century Fox held a very special event celebrating the world premiere of the highly anticipated sci-fi movie of this summer. The first special screening event was held on Wednesday, July 23, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.


The celebration which is open for all X-Philes saw some of its star cast ensemble grazing the red carpet, including Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Xzibit and Amanda Peet. Aside from the cast, the movie’s two key people, director/writer Chris Carter and producer/writer Frank Spotnitz were also making an appearance at the red carpet. Other celebrities spotted coming for the event included Bai Ling and Madeline Zima.


Being the second film made in the spirit of the ’90s hit television series The X-Files, I Want to Believe picks up a stand alone story in the tradition of some of the show’s most acclaimed and beloved episodes. The movie will reunite FBI agents, Mulder and Scully, to investigate a new and inexplicable phenomena in which involving the disappearance a group of women. Coming to theaters this Friday, July 25, it is said to also put the complicated relationship between the two agents to an unexpected direction.



Christian Bale Update…

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008


Bale reportedly ‘flew off the handle’ at mother




British paper says ‘The Dark Knight’ star angered by comment about wife

Access Hollywood
Wed., July. 23, 2008


LONDON – New details are emerging in the arrest of The Dark Knight star Christian Bale.


The incident that led to the actor’s arrest reportedly occurred following a confrontation between the actor and his mother, Jenny Bale. She allegedly insulted Bale’s wife, Sandra ‘Sibi’ Blazic, according to Britain’s The Daily Mail.


A source close to Bale told the newspaper he “flew off the handle” at his London hotel when Jenny Bale said “some outrageous things” about her son and his wife.


Though The Dark Knight star was arrested and released on bail, the newspaper’s source claims Bale did nothing wrong.


“Christian was stressed, but he didn’t lay a finger on anyone. Instead, he flew off the handle and cussed his mother. He just got very loud because his mother was saying some very outrageous things about him, and his wife,” the source said.


Bale’s lawyers issued a statement Tuesday denying the allegations of assault.


The actor’s sister, Sharon Bale, told Britain’s Telegraph an “incident” had occurred but would not offer up any details surrounding the events that led to her brother’s arrest.


“OK, there was an incident but the police are dealing with it,” she said. “It is an extremely sensitive situation. There is nothing more I can say.”


Jenny Bale was also tight-lipped, but said they did not call the police.


“Yes, I was there, and yes there was a family situation, but the police are handling it and I cannot say anymore at the moment,” Jenny told the Telegraph. “We didn’t call the police to the scene. I can’t say anymore, but we didn’t call the police.”


Bale is expected to attend The Dark Knight premiere in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.



Obit…Estelle Getty

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Estelle Getty of ‘Golden Girls’ dies at age 84




By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press


Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV’s The Golden Girls, has died. She was 84.


Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.


“She was loved throughout the world in six continents, and if they loved sitcoms in Antarctica she would have been loved on seven continents,” her son said. “She was one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived.”


The Golden Girls, featuring four female retirees sharing a house in Miami, grew out of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff’s belief that television was ignoring its older viewers.


Three of its stars had already appeared in previous series: Bea Arthur in Maude, Betty White in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rue McClanahan in Mama’s Family. The last character to be cast was Sophia Petrillo, the feisty 80-something mother of Arthur’s character.




When she auditioned, Getty was appearing on stage in Hollywood as the carping Jewish mother in Harvey Fierstein’s play Torch Song Trilogy. In her early 60s, she flunked her Golden Girls test twice because it was believed she didn’t look old enough to play 80.


“I could understand that,” she told an interviewer a year after the show debuted. “I walk fast, I move fast, I talk fast.”


She came prepared for the third audition, however, wearing dowdy clothes and telling an NBC makeup artist, “To you this is just a job. To me it’s my entire career down the toilet unless you make me look 80.” The artist did, Getty got the job and won two Emmys.


It culminated a long struggle for success during which Getty worked low-paying office jobs to help support her family while she tried to make it as a stage actress.


“I knew I could be seduced by success in another field, so I’d say, ‘Don’t promote me, please,'” she recalled.


She also appeared in small parts in a handful of films and TV movies during that time, including Tootsie, Deadly Force and Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story.


After her success in The Golden Girls, other roles came her way. She played Cher’s mother in Mask, Sylvester Stallone’s in Stop or My Mom Will Shoot and Barry Manilow’s in the TV film Copacabana. Other credits included Mannequin and Stuart Little (as the voice of Grandma Estelle).


The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992, was an immediate hit, and Sophia, who began as a minor character, soon evolved into a major one.


Audiences particularly loved the verbal zingers Getty would hurl at the other three. When McClanahan’s libidinous character Blanche once complained that her life was an open book, Sophia shot back, “Your life’s an open blouse.”


Getty had gained a knack for one-liners in her late teens when she did standup comedy at a Catskills hotel. Female comedians were rare in those days, however, and she bombed.


Undeterred, she continued to pursue a career in entertainment, and while her parents were encouraging, her father also insisted that she learn office skills so she would have something to fall back on.


Born Estelle Scher to Polish immigrants in New York, Getty fell in love with theater when she saw a vaudeville show at age 4.


She married New York businessman Arthur Gettleman (the source of her stage name) in 1947, and they had two sons, Carl and Barry. The marriage prevailed despite her long absences on the road and in The Golden Girls.


Getty was evasive about her height, acknowledging only that she was “under 5 feet and under 100 pounds.”


In addition to her son Carl, Getty is survived by son Barry Gettleman, of Miami; a brother, David Scher of London; and a sister, Rosilyn Howard of Las Vegas.



Christian Bale Arrested…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008


‘Batman’ star allegedly assaulted mom, sister




British media report Christian Bale arrested over incident at London hotel


The Associated Press
July. 22, 2008

LONDONBatman star Christian Bale was arrested Tuesday over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister, police and British media said.


British media had reported that Bale’s mother and sister complained they were assaulted by the 34-year-old actor at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Sunday night, a day before the European premiere of his latest film, The Dark Knight.


The women made the allegation at a local police station in southern England on Monday, Britain’s Press Association news agency said. It later said Bale had been arrested, citing “police sources.”


Asked whether Bale was in custody, a police spokesman did not refer to him by name but said: “A 34-year-old man attended a central London police station this morning by appointment and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault.”


The spokesman spoke anonymously in line with force policy and refused to go into more detail. British police do not name suspects before they are formally charged.


U.S.-based representatives for Bale didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment. Repeated phone calls to Bale’s London representative went unanswered.


The Sun newspaper said police didn’t question the actor Monday because they didn’t want to interfere with the premiere of the movie.


Wales-born Bale first made a splash as the child star of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun in 1987. His screen credits also include American Psycho, The Machinist and Batman Begins.


In The Dark Knight, Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.


The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, took in a record $158.4 million at the box office in its opening weekend in the U.S. last week.




Bale’s London representative issued a statement on Tuesday. “Christian Bale attended a London Police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister. Mr. Bale, who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the Police.”



Walk of Fame Restoration…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Faded stars to shine again on Hollywood Walk of Fame



 (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)


Officials are set to unveil details of what is expected to be a two-year project to fix plaques that have become damaged.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 22, 2008



Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve is about to get another shot at Hollywood stardom.


That was the name of the lead character played by actor Willard Waterman in the hit 1950s radio comedy The Great Gildersleeve.


The show went off the air in 1957 and Waterman died in 1995. Since then, Waterman’s commemorative plaque with its bronze depiction of a microphone has slowly faded from the Hollywood Walk of Fame too.


Chunks of the pink terrazzo inside the outline of the bronze star have come out. One of the star’s five points has disappeared. An asphalt patch fills the hole.


Today, though, Waterman’s battered and broken sidewalk marker will be designated one of 778 bronze stars to be replaced as part of a wholesale Walk of Fame makeover. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)


Mary Astor in the 1930 Census…

Sunday, July 20th, 2008


Mary Astor


née Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke

Film actress

Sandra Kovak in The Great Lie (1941)





La Leyenda Apartments

1737 North Whitley Avenue

Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

Rent (no data given)

no Radio

Census taken on April 8, 1930



  1. Lucile L. Hawks (head), 23 / widowed / Illinois / Actress / Motion pictures.


NOTE: Astor is listed under her real name, Lucile L. and her married name Hawks. You may notice that she also is listed as widowed. Just three months prior, her husband, director Kenneth Hawks and nine other crewman were killed when two airplanes collided over the Pacific Ocean near Long Beach. Hawks, the brother of director Howard Hawks, was filming scenes for the Fox Studios feature, Such Men are Dangerous (1930).


Entrance to La Leyenda







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


The preceeding 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.


Walk of Fame Restoration…

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

to Announce Initiative to Fund the Restoration and Preservation of the Historic Hollywood Walk of Fame




Marks Countdown to the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the World-Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010


July 18, 2008


HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jul 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a global icon for the entertainment industry and Hollywood. As the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame in 2010, the organization is introducing a new initiative to be called the “Friends of the Walk of Fame,” to secure funds for the Walk’s refurbishment and maintenance. On Tuesday, July 22, at 11:00 a.m., the Chamber will unveil the Friends of the Walk of Fame and make a presentation to the first “Friend.”

  WHEN:    Tuesday, July 22
           11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  WHERE:   Hollywood Boulevard west of Highland
           In front of entrance to the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood &
            Highland Center

  WHO:     Leron Gubler, President, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
           Cynthia Ruiz, President, Board of Public Works, City of Los
           Roger Moliere, Chief, Real Property Management and
            Development, LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  CONTACT: Karen Diehl or Taylor Patterson, Casey Sayre & Williams
           310-396-2400 (representing the Hollywood Chamber of



SOURCE: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce