Archive for August, 2008

William Saroyan’s Birthday…

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

William Saroyan!

 

 

 

AMERICAN AUTHOR

 

BORN: August 31, 1908, Fresno, California

DIED: May 18, 1981, Fresno, California

CAUSE OF DEATH: Cancer

BURIAL: Ararat Cemetery, Fresno, California,

 

 

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Obit…Hazel Warp

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Vivian Leigh’s stunt double in ‘Gone With the Wind’

 

Chicago Sun-Times

August 30, 2008

 

 

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Hazel Warp, who was Vivien Leigh’s stunt double in Gone With the Wind, has died. She was 93.

 

A spokeswoman at Evergreen Healthcare in Livingston confirmed Friday that Ms. Warp died Tuesday at Livingston Memorial Hospital. A cause of death wasn’t released.

 

Ms. Warp, who rode and trained horses, was a stand-in for Leigh in all the horseback-riding scenes in the 1939 movie. She also took a fall for Leigh, tumbling down the stairs of Tara in the famous scene near the end of the film when Scarlett O’Hara reaches out to slap Rhett Butler, loses her balance and falls.

 

”I never will forget it,” she said of her Hollywood work in a 2005 interview with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. ”I liked it, everything about it. I just liked my work.”

 

Ms. Warp also appeared in Wuthering Heights, Ben-Hur and National Velvet, among other films. AP

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Fred MacMurray’s Birthday…

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Fred MacMurray!

 

 

 AMERICAN ACTOR

 

  •  BORN: August 30, 1908, Kankakee, Illinois
  • DIED: November 5, 1991, Santa Monica, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Pneumonia
  • PLACE OF DEATH: St. John’s Hospital
  • BURIAL: Holy Cross Cemetery, Mausoleum, Room 7, Crypt D1

 

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Cinecon 44 Schedule…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

 CINECON 44 Film Schedule

 

 

Attend the Cinecon 44 Classic Film Festival this Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2008, in Hollywood.

 

Here is the film schedule for Cinecon 44. Titles in all upper case are features and those with upper & lower case are short subjects. For more information about these films visit the Cinecon website: http://www.cinecon.org/.

 

All of these screenings will be at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Admission is by day pass or full festival pass which can be purchased in advance or at the door during the show.

 

This schedule is subject to change without notice. Some films are listed here pending final clearance.


Guests appearances are confirmed subject to unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Thursday August 28

7:00

  

Cartoon Centennials

7:45

 

Walter Mirisch Tribute Reel

8:00

 

Q&A w/ Walter Mirisch

8:30

 

MAN OF THE WEST (1958) Directed by Anthony Mann

10:20

 

TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE (1914) with Charlie Chaplin

 

 

Friday August 29

9:00

 

The Iron Claw, ch. 13 (1941)

9:20

 

ACQUITTED (1929)

10:35

 

The Sign of the Cucumber (L-Ko comedy) (1920)

10:55

 

THE BLOOD SHIP (1927)

12:05

  

Lunch Break

1:30

 

The Awful Goof (1937) with Charley Chase

1:50

 

MURDER IN TRINIDAD (1934)

3:15

 

THE HOME MAKER (1925)

4:50

 

THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN (1958)

6:10

 

Q&A w/ Warren Stevens

6:35

  

Dinner Break

8:10

 

Off Again, On Again (1945) with Shemp Howard

8:30

  

I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BABY (1940)

9:40

  

THE MOLLYCODDLE (1920) with Douglas Fairbanks

10:55

  

OUTLAWS OF THE ORIENT (1937)

 

 

Saturday August 30

9:00

  

Business Meeting

10:10

  

TRIUMPH (1917; incomplete) with Lon Chaney

11:10

  

THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK (uncut) (1933) with Cary Grant & Fredric March

12:25

  

Lunch Break

1:55

  

Rootin’ Tootin’ Tenderfoot (Baer & Rosenbloom) (1952)

2:15

  

MODERN LOVE (part-talkie) (1929) with Charley Chase

3:40

  

SKY HIGH (1922) starring Tom Mix

4:50

  

HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)

6:00

  

Q&A w/ Elena Verdugo

6:30

  

Dinner Break

8:15

  

Screen Snapshot (1942) with James Stewart

8:25

  

THE POOR NUT (1927) with Jack Mulhall and Jean Arthur

9:45

  

THE NINTH GUEST (1934)

11:00

  

OUTLAWS OF THE PRAIRIE (1938) with Charles Starrett

 

 

Sunday August 31

9:00

  

The Iron Claw, ch. 14 (1941)

9:20

  

Abie Kabibble Outwits His Rivals (LaCava cartoon)

9:30

  

THE DEVIL’S BAIT (1917)

10:35

  

CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR (1950)

12:15

  

Q&A w/ Celeste Holm

12:40

  

Lunch Break

2:10

  

The Iron Claw, final chapter! (1941)

2:30

  

CRAZY HOUSE (1943) with Olsen & Johnson

4:00

  

DAMON AND PYTHIAS (1914)

5:10

  

THE TEXAN (1930) starring Gary Cooper

7:15

  

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

8:00

  

BANQUET

 

 

Monday September 1

9:00

  

Hetty King (1970)

9:20

  

SING, BABY, SING (1936) with Alice Faye

11:00

  

RAIN OR SHINE (alt. silent version) (1930)

12:30

  

Lunch Break

1:55

  

Southern Exposure (Krazy Kat) (1934)

2:00

  

MAMMY (1930) starring Al Jolson in color

3:35

  

SPEEDY (1928) with Harold Lloyd

5:10

  

THE MENACE (1932) starring Bette Davis

 

 

The good people at Cinecon do their best to stick to the schedule, but changes and delays are inevitable.

 

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Celebrity Recipes…Ramon Novarro

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

CELEBRITY RECIPES

Ramon Novarro

 

 (Allan R. Ellenberger Collection)

 

 

Spanish Rice

 

1 cup rice
1 can tomatoes
2 onions
2 green peppers
Chili powder
Olive oil

 

Take 1 cup of rice and put it in a frying pan with enough olive oil to cover the pan a half an inch thick. Stir it until the grains are separated and brown. Add 1 can of tomatoes, 2 finely chopped onions and 2 chopped green peppers. Then season to taste with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Add enough water to make the mixture quite moist. Cover the pan and do not stir or remove the cover. Allow this to simmer slowly for half an hour.

 

— Ramon Novarro

 

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Obit…Fred Crane

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Fred Crane, 90; actor who wooed Scarlett in ‘Gone With the Wind’

 

 

Fred Crane (left) with Vivian Leigh and George Reeves in Gone With the Wind (1939)

 

He played Brent Tarleton in the 1939 film. Crane later became an announcer on L.A. classical music station KFAC.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 23, 2008

 

Fred Crane, a former longtime Los Angeles classical music radio announcer who achieved a slice of film immortality when he played one of the handsome Tarleton twins in the 1939 movie classic Gone With the Wind, has died. He was 90.  (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Estelle Getty at Hollywood Forever…

Monday, August 25th, 2008

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

 Estelle Getty

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: July 25, 1923, New York, New York
  • DIED: July 22, 2008, Hollywood, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lewy Body disease
  • BURIAL: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Plains of Abraham (Sec. 14), Row CC, Grave 88

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Getty’s temporary marker

 

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Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service…

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

  

 

The 81st Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service was held today in the foyer of the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Valentino Memorial Committee put together an exceptional service this year and should be congratulated. The committee members include: Chanell O’Farrill, Jay Boileau, Tracy Ryan Terhune, Stella Grace and Marvin Paige.

 

This year’s special guest speaker was actor Tim Considine, the son of John W. Considine, Jr., producer of the Valentino films, The Eagle (1925) and Son of the Sheik (1926). Considine spoke of his father and was surprised by a brief pictorial video of Considine and his relationship with Valentino as producer and friend.

 

Other participants in today’s program included 95 year-old Valentino perennial, organist Bob Mitchell, Vince Morton and Ian and Regina Whitcomb who handled the musical portion. Garrett Bryant read selections from Valentino’s book of poems, Daybreak and Woolsey Ackerman spoke about and displayed a rare Valentino doll which depicted the actor from The Eagle.

 

TODAYS PROGRAM

 

 Photos from todays service…

 

It was a full house at this years memorial service

 

 

Hollywood Forever Cemetery representative, Chanell O’Farrill opened the 81st Annual Valentino Memorial Service

 

 

Valentino author and emcee,

Tracy Ryan Terhune introduced the scheduled guests

 

Organist Bob Mitchell sang “You, My Love” and “He Love, He Danced, He Tangoed”

 

 

Garrett Bryant read a selection of poems from Valentino’s book, Daybreak

 

 

Special guest speaker, actor Tim Considine spoke about his father, John W. Considine, Jr., who produced two Valentino films, The Eagle (1925) and The Son of the Sheik (1926)

 

 

Woolsey Ackerman spoke about his rare Valentino doll from The Eagle (1925) that can be seen in the background

 

Ian and Regina Whitcomb sang popular Valentino

Songs, “New Star in Heaven Tonight” and “Sheik of Araby”

 

 

Stella Grace (center) of the Valentino Memorial Committee, closed the service with a reading of Psalm XXIII with audience participation

 

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Special guest speaker, Tim Considine speaks with committee member, Marvin Paige

 

 Close-up of a rare Valentino doll from The Eagle (courtesy Woolsey Ackerman)

 

 Floral tributes at Rudolph Valentino’s crypt

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Valentino Tributes…

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

 VALENTINO WEEK

Valentino Tributes

 

 

Today is the 82nd anniversary of the death of actor Rudolph Valentino. Dozens of fans will assemble at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 12:10 pm to celebrate the memory of the man.

 

Upon the death of Rudolph Valentino, more than 100 tributes were published from the efforts of the publicity team formed by S. George Ullman and United Artists Studios. Not before or since has such an outpouring of reaction to an actor’s death been collected. All were issued within 24 hours of Valentino’s death by newspapers around the world, which chose only select ones for publication. The following are seven tributes from friends and collegues, all of whom are also interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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NORMA TALMADGE

 

 

“Millions will mourn Rudolph Valentino but I know no spot in the world will feel his loss so keenly as here in Hollywood, where we knew and loved him.”

  

 

 

 

BEN LYON

 

 

“I am deeply shocked at his death. The motion picture industry has lost one of its most wonderful actors.”

 

 

  

 

 

 

MARION DAVIES

 

 

“The news of Rudolph Valentino’s death came as such a shock that I cannot yet believe it. I feel that with his passing the screen has lost a great actor and his associates have lost a great friend. He was a wonderful artist, a staunch friend, a fine, manly young man and a good loyal American.”

 

 

 

 

JESSE LASKY

 

 

“Please convey to Miss Negri and to Rudolph Valentino’s grieving friends my most sincere condolences. His death is an irreparable loss to screendom. His passing causes me to mourn the loss of a great artist, a true friend and an admirable man.”

 

 

 

 

ESTELLE TAYLOR

 

 

I cannot believe yet he is really gone. He was so young and strong looking. It is hard to associate him with death.”

  

 

 

 

CECIL B. DE MILLE

 

 

“In Mr. Valentino’s death we have lost a great artist. But fortunately we can look on death as progress and not as the finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE MATHIS

 

 

“My long association with Rudolph Valentino endeared him to me, as he has become endeared to everyone who knew him. My heart is too full of sorrow at this moment to enable me to speak coherently. I only know that his passing has left a void that nothing can ever fill and that the loss to our industry is too great to estimate at this time.”

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Valentino Memorial…

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

 Rudolph Valentino

 

 

May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926

 

 

IN MEMORIAM

by Margaret Sangster

 

His feet had carried him so very swiftly,

Into the lands of wonder and romance;

And yet, although they travelled far, they never

Forgot to dance.

 

His lips had learned to speak a stranger language,

His smile had warmed the wistful, lonely earth —

Yet fame had never taken, from his spirit,

The gift of mirth!

 

Although his eyes glimpsed bitterness and sadness,

They saw a dream that few folk ever see —

God grant the dream may tinge, with lovely color,

Death’s Mystery!

Photoplay, October 1926

 

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