Archive for November, 2008

Obit…William Gibson

Friday, November 28th, 2008


William Gibson dies at 94; Tony Award-winning playwright was best known for ‘The Miracle Worker’


William Gibson sits in on a reading of his play “Golda,” an autobiography of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The playwright was known for the demanding roles he wrote for women.


By Adam Bernstein
November 28, 2008


Reporting from WashingtonWilliam Gibson, 94, a Tony Award-winning playwright best known for The Miracle Worker, the inspirational story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan, died Tuesday at his home in Stockbridge, Mass. The family did not disclose the cause of death.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Happy Thanksgiving…

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!




I’ll be taking the next few days off to celebrate the holiday.

Look for a new original posting on Monday.



Celebrity Recipes…Tyrone Power

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008


Tyrone Power










1 quart chestnuts

1 pint breadcrumbs

¼ cup butter, chicken fat or lard

1 tsp. salt

1 egg, well beaten

¼ cup chopped celery

2 tsp. poultry seasoning


Make a gash in each chestnut. Place in an iron skillet with 1 tablespoon butter, and shake over hot flame for a few minutes. Place chestnuts in oven for 10 minutes. Then remove shells and skins. Cover the blanched chestnuts with boiling salt water and cook until tender. Strain and put through a ricer. Add rest of ingredients and mix well.


— Tyrone Power






Photo Extra…

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008


Tyrone Power & Miriam Hopkins


(Allan R. Ellenberger Collection)


Yes, that’s actor Tyrone Power (left) at a costume party hosted by Edgar Bergen, with actress Miriam Hopkins and her husband, director Anatole Litvak circa 1939



Movie Star Mystery…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Movie Star Mystery Photo


Los Angeles Times file photo




This photo is from the “Larry Harnisch Reflects on Los Angeles History” blog in the Los Angeles Times.


CLUE: The mystery guest on the left has more than 80 credits on imdb and more than 20 credits on on ibdb. The mystery woman has less than 25 credits on imdb and more than 20 credits on ibdb.


If you think you know who the mystery couple are, post your guess here and then go to the LOS ANGELES TIMES site and officially post it there if you want. I’ll let you know the answer when its revealed.



Highland Price at Hollywood Forever…

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008


Highland Price



  • BORN: August 27, 1865, Illinois
  • DIED: April 10, 1901, Hollywood, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Unknown
  • Burial: Highland, Section 7, Lot 104


She never appeared in a film. She never held political office and has no known accomplishments that can be credited to her. In a town where images are so important, there are no photographs of her that have survived. Yet in Hollywood, her name is spoken every day; a multi-million dollar shopping and entertainment complex bears her name, and that name is posted on multiple street corners.


Her name is Highland Mary Price, born in Illinois and the wife of Hollywood’s first blacksmith, Thomas W. Price, whom she married in 1887. When she died of unknown causes in 1901, Highland became the first permanent resident of the newly christened, Hollywood Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever). Besides her husband, she was survived by her 9 year-old adopted daughter, Francis and her sister, Kate Mosby.


After her death, the founding fathers of Hollywood named one of the major thoroughfares Highland Avenue, in her honor. They chose that street because her home was on the corner of Highland at Fountain Avenue.


Today, we not only have Highland Avenue, but there is the Hollywood and Highland Center, home of the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards are held. Each week people party at The Highlands, a popular restaurant and night club. And Hollywood Forever is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world.


Not a bad legacy for a smithee’s wife.


 The Hollywood and Highland Center


Grave monument for Highland Price, the very first interment at Hollywood Forever



 The original marker for Highland Price – the first grave marker to be laid in Hollywood Cemetery


The grave marker of Thomas W. Price, “The Village Blacksmith of Hollywood”



Mary Pickford Auction…

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008



Featuring the Collection of Mary Pickford Fine & Decorative Art, Furnishings,
Jewelry & Memorabilia


November 22nd and 23rd, 2008 at The Beverly Hilton

Public Exhibition:
Beverly Hills, California
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Monday, November 17 – Friday, November 21
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Live and Online Televised Auction:
Beverly Hills, California
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Saturday, November 22
Session I, 10:00 a.m. (P.S.T.)
Session II, 2:00 p.m. (P.S.T.)


Sunday, November 23
Session III, 10:00 a.m. (P.S.T.)
Session IV, 2:00 p.m. (P.S.T.)




This historic Hollywood auction features more than 700 lots of fine & decorative art, furnishings, jewelry and memorabilia that graced the home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks known as “Pickfair”. These remaining items of their estate will be sold without reserve during a live televised and real-time online auction broadcast by Auction Network on November 22nd and 23rd at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The Pickfair Auction features many furnishings that can be seen in vintage Hollywood press releases and magazine pictorials in publications such as Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and the Los Angeles Times.


Some of the fabled and exotic items coming to the block include a partial Capo Di Monte Napoleon à Josephine dinnerware service (est. $8,000-$10,000), a pair of fine Chinese carved rhinoceros tusks (est. $6,000-$8,000), a Continental silver, gold, enameled and garnet encrusted small coffer which was a gift to Mary Pickford from Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (est. $3,000-$4,000), a Thai damascene silver lotus form covered urn which was a gift to Mary Pickford from the King of Siam (est. $1,000-2,000),and a pair of Adam style paint decorated armchairs (est. $1,500-$2,500).


Highlighting fine art selections in the sale are two oil on canvas still life paintings by Paul de Longpré (est. $20,000-$30,000each), a Philip Mercier painting of children in a pastoral setting (est. $25,000-$35,000) and a landscape attributed to Asher Durand (est. $15,000-$25,000). Among the many personal effects to be sold are two handmade leather bound Pickfair guest books signed by dignitaries and guests between the years of 1926-1962 (est. $8,000-$10,000), a set of Moser gilt and acid etched vanity containers (est. $1,000-$2,000), and a 14k yellow gold compact by Cartier (est. $1,200-$1,800). Pickford jewelry featured in this sale include a 14k yellow gold five charm bracelet with personal engraved messages from Buddy Rogers to Mary Pickford, (est. $1,500-$2,000), a platinum, yellow gold and white diamond ring (est. $800-$1,200), and a 14k yellow gold and diamond covered Moviga wristwatch (est. $800-$1,200).


This auction will present a special opportunity for collectors to purchase property once belonging to America’s Sweetheart from Hollywood’s Golden Era.


Walk of Fame Star for Tim Rice…

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Sir Tim Rice gets Walk of Fame star


Sir Tim Rice was keen to see where his new star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame was in comparison to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s.


After the world-renowned lyricist was given the prestigious honour in LA, he joked: “I’ve seen his star but I can’t remember where it is. It’s in a much less prominent position is it?”


Sir Tim is the 2,375th person to receive the honour, with his star appropriately positioned in front of the historic Pantages Theatre.


During the ceremony he told the crowd gathered on Hollywood Boulevard: “I’m honoured to be here and I look forward to many more happy days in Los Angeles, but there won’t be many as happy as this one.”


“It’s fantastic,” he said later. “I’ve often walked up and down this street and seen so many great names and it’s never really crossed my mind that somebody who was not originally in the film business or in Hollywood would ever get here.”



But after winning three Oscars for his work on the music for Evita, The Lion King and Aladdin, Sir Tim has he’d become much more familiar with working across the pond.


“The second half of my career so far has been very much based around Hollywood and Los Angeles and I greatly appreciate that the city has done this,” he said.



14th Amendment to the Constitution…

Friday, November 21st, 2008


14th Amendment

Citizenship Rights.

Ratified July 9, 1868



1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.



Alistair Cooke’s Birthday…

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Alistair Cooke!





  • BORN: November 20, 1908, Salford, Lancashire, England
  • DIED: March 30, 2004, New York, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lung and bone cancer
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered (bones stolen before cremation)