Archive for November 11th, 2008

Raquel Torres’ Birthday…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Raquel Torres!




 née Wilhemina von Osterman


  • BORN: November 11, 1908, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • DIED: Los Angeles, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications following a stroke
  • BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Glendale, Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Celestial Peace


(findagrave / A.J. Marik)


Okay, here’s another “date of birth” controversy. Many biographies state 1908 as the year of Raquel Torres’ birth, yet her grave marker is engraved with the year 1915. When MGM signed Torres in May 1928, they published her birthdate in the newspapers (“MGM Signs Mexican Beauty,” Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1928) as November 11, 1908! That year she also starred in her first film, White Shadows in the South Seas. With all due respect to Ms. Torres, do we really believe she was 13 years old when she made that film? Happy 100th Birthday Raquel!



A Message on Proposition 8…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

A Message on the Passage of Proposition 8
From the Executive Director of Outfest


One week later, the passage of Proposition 8 still resonates in our community. We were poised to join the “more perfect union” envisioned by the Bill of Rights – the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, blatant discrimination was written into the California state constitution leaving many of us frustrated and angry. That anger and frustration is now a catalyst for working together even harder to continue the fight for equal recognition and protection under the law.


For the past 27 years, Outfest has represented and served our community by fostering and screening images that reflect and document the LGBTQ experience. Now more than ever our mission to nurture, showcase, and protect LGBTQ culture has a profoundly relevant purpose in helping to change the hearts and minds of our foes and achieving our equality.


I believe in what President-elect Barack Obama said on Tuesday night: “For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected.”


Outfest, with your help as an audience and as supporters, will continue to showcase our struggle and our triumph. Together we will help to change the discussion, support LGBT artistic expression and ultimately achieve equality.




Todd Heustess, Executive Director



Obit…Joe Hyams

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008


Joe Hyams dies at 85; former Hollywood columnist, best-selling author


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2008


Joe Hyams, a former Hollywood columnist and best-selling author of books ranging from biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Dean to a popular tome on Eastern philosophy, has died. He was 85.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)