Archive for September, 2008

Heather Locklear Arrested…

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

Heather Locklear arrested on DUI charge

 

 

Heather Locklear is seen here in the mug shot taken when she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance Saturday night.

 

Actress stopped after ‘driving erratically’ in wealthy area of Santa Barbara

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Access Hollywood
Sept. 28, 2008
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MONTECITO, Calif. – Heather Locklear was arrested and held in Santa Barbara County on Saturday, Access Hollywood has confirmed. A spokesman for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department told Access that the actress was arrested by the California Highway Patrol and released on Sunday.

 

According to The Associated Press, the actress, 47, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in Montecito, a wealthy area of Santa Barbara that’s home to celebs including Oprah and Rob Lowe.

 

The former Melrose Place star was reportedly pulled over by a CHP officer on Saturday afternoon after she was witnessed “driving erratically” upon leaving a parking lot, a CHP spokesman told the AP.

 

Locklear was taken into custody, where she was reportedly tested for alcohol and drugs. She was reportedly booked at 7 p.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription medication.

 

According to People, two months ago, Locklear was released from an Arizona facility where she spent four weeks receiving treatment for anxiety and depression.

 

“Heather’s feeling really great,” a friend told the mag at the time. “And she looks beautiful, just radiant.”

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Stars Struggle with Coming Out…

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Hollywood stars still struggle with coming out

 

 

Days of Rock Hudson-style facades over, but discrimination still an issue

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By Michael Ventre
MSNBC contributor
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Even though, as Simon Cowell pointed out, discovering that Clay Aiken is gay is like “being told Santa Claus isn’t real,” apparently there are a few adults out there who still sit home on Christmas Eve hoping that St. Nick can navigate his way in foul weather.

 

Message boards devoted to the former American Idol runner-up included comments like, “This is really shocking news, as I had no idea he was gay” and “I feel numb I’m so upset; this can’t be real!”    (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Paul Newman

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

OBITUARY

Paul Newman Dies at 83

 

 

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) – Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as Hud, Cool Hand Luke and The Color of Money, has died. He was 83.    (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Theater Review…Equus

Friday, September 26th, 2008

THEATER REVIEW

In the Darkness of the Stable

 

 

 

The young wizard has chosen wisely. Making his Broadway debut in Thea Sharrock’s oddly arid revival of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus,” which opened Thursday night at the Broadhurst Theater, the 19-year-old film star Daniel Radcliffe steps into a mothball-preserved, off-the-rack part and wears it like a tailor’s delight — that is, a natural fit that allows room to stretch. Would that the production around him, first presented in London, showed off Mr. Shaffer’s 1973 psychodrama as flatteringly as it does its stage-virgin star.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Connie Haines

Friday, September 26th, 2008

OBITUARY

Connie Haines dies at 87; big band singer co-starred with Sinatra

 

 

Connie Haines teamed with Frank Sinatra as lead vocalists for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Many of her hit songs were the product of her warm musical partnership with Sinatra. She sang on his 89th birthday television tribute in 1995.

 

By Don Heckman
Special to The Times
September 26, 2008

 

Connie Haines, a petite and dynamic big band singer who performed alongside Frank Sinatra in the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey orchestras, died Monday in Clearwater, Fla. The cause of death was myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease. She was 87.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Bessie Love in the 1930 Census…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

THE 1930 CENSUS

Bessie Love

(1898-1986)

 née Juanita Horton

Film Actress

Hank Mahoney in Broadway Melody (1929)

 

 

 

  

 

Havenhurst Apartments

1861 Whitley Avenue

Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

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Rent, $125

no Radio

Census taken on April 11, 1930

 

 

HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTS:*
  1. William B. Hawks (head), 29 / Wisconsin / Broker / Stocks & banking.
  2. Bessie L. Hawks [Bessie Love] (wife), 28 / Texas / Actress / Motion pictures.

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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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Shia LaBeouf Update…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

DA: LaBeouf won’t be charged in crash

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shia LaBeouf will not be charged with drunken driving for his involvement in a traffic accident that badly injured his hand, but could have his license suspended because sheriff’s officials said he refused a breathalyzer test.

 

There was “insufficient evidence” to charge LaBeouf with drunken driving, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said Thursday. She said prosecutors are mulling charges against two other people involved in the July collision, but could not provide further details.

 

“Shia is most happy that he will not have to go to court,” said his attorney, Michael Norris.

 

LaBeouf was arrested July 27 after an early morning crash that injured his hand and sent him to a hospital for several days. Sheriff’s deputies said later that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident, which occurred in West Hollywood.

 

The “Transformers” actor faces a traffic hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles that could see his driver’s license suspended for up to nine months, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday.

 

That hearing was scheduled for Friday. But Norris said he doubts the hearing will take place then, and doesn’t think the actor will lose his license.

 

“I anticipate that once we do have the opportunity to litigate the matter at the DMV that his license will not be suspended,” Norris said. The DMV hearing is not a court hearing and is not open to the public, Norris said.

 

Whitmore reiterated what police said the day after the crash: that LaBeouf showed signs of being impaired the morning of the crash, but refused a breathalyzer test.

 

“The physical signs led to the arrest,” Whitmore said, adding that the department respects the district attorney’s decision.

 

A spokeswoman for LaBeouf had no comment Thursday.

 

The crash occurred during a busy summer for LaBeouf, who costarred in the fourth installment of the “Indiana Jones” films and was filming a “Transformers” sequel.

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Stars Paid to Smoke…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

FILM HISTORY

Hollywood ‘paid fortune to smoke’

 

 

Tobacco firms paid huge amounts for endorsements from the stars of Hollywood’s “Golden Age”.

 

BBC News
September 25, 2008

 

Industry documents released following anti-smoking lawsuits reveal the extent of the relationship between tobacco and movie studios.

 

One firm paid more than $3m in today’s money in one year to stars.

 

Researchers writing in the Tobacco Control journal said “classic” films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s still helped promote smoking today.

  

Virtually all of the biggest names of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were involved in paid cigarette promotion, according to the University of California at San Francisco researchers.

 

They obtained endorsement contracts signed at the times to help them calculate just how much money was involved.

 

According to the research, stars prepared to endorse tobacco included Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Bette Davis and Betty Grable.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Clay Aiken Comes Out!…

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

Clay Aiken comes out: ‘Yes, I’m gay’

 

 

‘Idol’ runner-up says ‘I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things’

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The Associated Press
Sept. 24, 2008
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NEW YORKClay Aiken appears on the cover of the latest People magazine holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: “Yes, I’m Gay.”

 

The 29-year-old former American Idol runner-up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star credits his son, conceived by in-vitro fertilization with friend and producer Jaymes Foster, with making him realize that he could no longer hide his homosexuality from the world.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Samuel Goldwyn Estate on Market…

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE

Samuel Goldwyn Estate Hits Market For First Time

 

 

First noted by Real Estalker, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. is selling his family’s estate on Laurel Lane in Beverly Hills. Built in 1934, and described as a Georgian-style mansion, the estate was frequented by stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Marlene Dietrich and the “property was often used as collateral to finance films produced by the senior Goldwyn.” There are no real interior photos, so you’ll have to make due with an excerpt off the listing:

 

“First time on market. Exquisite classic traditional architecture set on two beautiful Beverly Hills acres, nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac just behind the Beverly Hills Hotel. This superb residence has an ideal floor plan including fabulous patio loggias and wonderful yard, exceptional solar heated pool, patio and pool house. Sunken lighted professional tennis court is adjacent to lush fruit orchard.”

 

 

All that Hollywood history and glamour can be yours for $24 million. —  1200 Laurel Lane

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