Archive for December, 2008

Oscar Ballots Sent Out…

Friday, December 26th, 2008


New Oscar voters excited to receive ballots




Academy mailed 5,810 official ballots on Friday; there are 105 new voters

The Associated Press
Dec. 26, 2008

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The holidays may be winding down, but for Oscar fans, the season of celebration has just begun.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed 5,810 official Oscar nominations ballots to voting members Friday, and perhaps no one was more excited — or more daunted — to cast votes than its 105 newest members.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



“Migrant Mother”…

Friday, December 26th, 2008


Iconic image brought shame to family


Florence Owens Thompson


By Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne Drash


MODESTO, California (Dec. 3) — The photograph became an icon of the Great Depression: a migrant mother with her children burying their faces in her shoulder. Katherine McIntosh was 4 years old when the photo was snapped. She said it brought shame — and determination — to her family.


“I wanted to make sure I never lived like that again,” says McIntosh, who turns 77 on Saturday. “We all worked hard and we all had good jobs and we all stayed with it. When we got a home, we stayed with it.”


McIntosh is the girl to the left of her mother when you look at the photograph. The picture is best known as “Migrant Mother,” a black-and-white photo taken in February or March 1936 by Dorothea Lange of Florence Owens Thompson, then 32, and her children.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Obit…John Costelloe

Thursday, December 25th, 2008


‘Sopranos’ actor ‘Johnny Cakes’ dead in suicide


Joe Gannascoli and John Costelloe

Joe Gannascoli and John Costelloe


Former firefighter John Costelloe joined HBO cast in 2006


The Associated Press
Dec. 25, 2008

NEW YORK – The actor who portrayed the gay lover of a closeted mobster on The Sopranos has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in New York, police said.


Police spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said John Costelloe was found dead in an apparent suicide at his Brooklyn home on Dec. 18.


Police were called to his residence after family members were unable to reach him.


The 47-year-old former New York City firefighter gained fame in 2006 when he was cast as short-order cook Jim “Johnny Cakes” Witowski opposite Joseph Gannascoli, who played gay mobster Vito Spatafore on the hit HBO show.


Costelloe was performing as a hustler in a theater production of Gang of Seven at the time of his death.



Happy Holidays…

Thursday, December 25th, 2008







Christmas Greetings from Hollywood, California


Everyone in our

Rose covered shack,

Sends Christmas greetings

To everyone in your

Snow covered shack…



Obit…Eartha Kitt

Thursday, December 25th, 2008


Eartha Kitt dies at 81; TV’s Catwoman, sultry singer of ‘Santa Baby’


Eartha Kitt

 Brad Oscar, dressed as Santa Claus, watching Eartha Kitt perform during the Christmas Pageant of Peace Opening Ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington.


Gerald Herbert
Associated Press
December 25, 2008


NEW YORK — Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Helen Twelvetrees’ Birthday…

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Helen Twelvetrees!




née Helen Marie Jurgens


  • BORN: December 25, 1908, Brooklyn, New York
  • DIED: February 13, 1958, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Suicide by sleeping pills
  • BURIAL: MIddletown Cemetery, Middletown, Pennsylvania (unmarked grave)



Quentin Crisp’s Birthday…

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Quentin Crisp!


Quentin Crisp



né Denis Pratt


  • BORN: December 25, 1908, Carshalton, England, UK

  • DIED: November 21, 1999, Machester, England, UK

  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural causes

  • BURIAL: Ashes spread down Broadway in New York City



“It’s a Wonderful Life”…

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


It’s a Wonderful Life: Tragic story of the girl who starred in the classic Christmas movie


It's a Wonderful Life

Wonderful life? I was orphaned, my son died and I lost a fortune


For millions of people, Christmas just isn’t Christmas until they’ve curled up in front of feelgood classic It’s a Wonderful Life.


As the film’s cute child star, Karolyn Grimes has touched the hearts of three generations.


But for the actress, reality has never lived up to the film’s title.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Obit…Page Cavanaugh

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


Page Cavanaugh dies at 86; pianist-singer led Southland jazz trio


Pge Cavanaugh

Page in front of the Click Bar, Philadelphia, ’48


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2008


Page Cavanaugh, a veteran pianist-singer whose trio was a popular nightclub and recording group in the late 1940s and ’50s and who became one of Southern California’s most enduring lounge jazz artists, has died. He was 86.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Tyrone Power Meeting…

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Film fanatic Colin meets the son of Zorro!


Tyrone Power Jr. and Colin Watling


20 December 2008
The Shields Gazette

A JARROW film fan mingled with Hollywood stars during a special US movie pilgrimage. Colin Watling was a VIP guest at a 50th anniversary event marking the death of movie legend Tyrone Power.

Mr Watling, 49, of Hedworth, Jarrow, has been a devoted fan of the handsome screen idol since he was five years old.


In recent years, he has befriended many of the stars who knew and worked with Power, who died of a heart attack in November 1958, aged just 44.


Mr. Watling and his girlfriend, Gwen Harvey, were special guests at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, during the 50th anniversary movie celebration.


The event included screenings of some of Tyrone Power’s most acclaimed movies, including The Mark of Zorro and Nightmare Alley.


Mr Watling said: “Gwen and I spent a fortnight in Hollywood and the anniversary event was absolutely tremendous.


“I met actor Tyrone Power Jnr for the first time – and he looked exactly like his father.


“Plus, I was one of the speakers at a special ceremony at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Tyrone Power is buried.


“I told the story of when I was a child, living opposite Simonside Social Club, South Shields, in the mid-60s and saw the movie Jesse James, in which Tyrone Power is shot, and how I burst into tears as a five-year-old boy.


“I’ve been a fan ever since and have met most of Tyrone’s family in recent years, in four visits to Hollywood.”


Maria CiaCia, a New York-based friend of Mr Watling, who organised the celebration, has expressed an interest in staging a Tyrone Power film retrospective on Tyneside.


Mr Watling also met Judy Lewis, daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young, during his Hollywood trip.