Archive for December, 2008

Carmel Myers in the 1930 Census…

Sunday, December 21st, 2008


Carmel Myers


Film actress

Iras in Ben-Hur (1925)


Carmel Myers


Carmel Myers home 1930


621 Arden Drive

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California


Owned, $50,000


Census taken on April 23, 1930




  1. Ralph Blum (head), 35 / United States / no data.
  2. Carmel Blum (wife), 25 / California / Actress / Motion pictures.
  3. Lillian Lang (servant), 24 / New York / Maid / Private family.
  4. Arthur Lang (servant), 39 / Louisianna / Butler / Private family.


NOTE: If biographical records are correct and Ms Myers was born in 1899, she fibbed to the government and subtracted seven years from her age. She would actually be 31 years old at this time.



* 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.



Dennis Morgan’s Birthday…

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Dennis Morgan!


 Dennis Morgan



né Earl Stanley Morner


  • BORN: December 20, 1908, Prentice, Wisconsin
  • DIED: September 7, 1994, Fresno, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Respiratory failure
  • BURIAL: Oak Hill District Cemetery, Oakhurst, California


Dennis Morgan's grave

( / Fran)



Pickford’s Oscars Not For Sale…

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Jury bars auction of Mary Pickford’s Oscar


Mary Pickford Oscar


If heirs want to sell the actress’ 1930 award, they must give the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the first chance to buy it, for $10, jurors decide.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times


And the Oscar for best Hollywood courtroom drama goes to . . . the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


The golden statuette was awarded Monday by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, which ruled that if Mary Pickford’s heirs want to sell it, they have to offer it to academy officials for $10 instead of auctioning it off for as much as $800,000.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Obit…Majel Barrett Roddenbery

Friday, December 19th, 2008


Majel B. Roddenberry dies at 76; wife of ‘Star Trek’ creator was voice of the Enterprise


Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry

Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2008


Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and an actress whose longtime association with the Star Trek franchise included playing Nurse Christine Chapel in the original series, died early Thursday morning. She was 76.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Obit…Sam Bottoms

Thursday, December 18th, 2008


Sam Bottoms dies at 53; actor appeared in ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Last Picture Show’


Sam Bottoms

In 1976, Francis Ford Coppola cast Bottoms in the role of California surfer turned GI Lance Johnson in the Vietnam War epic “Apocalypse Now.” (Times file photo)


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2008


Sam Bottoms, a film and television actor who played the role of California surfer-turned-GI Lance Johnson in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now, has died. He was 53.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Funeral For Bettie Page…

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008


Bidding Bettie Page farewell


Bettie Page funeral


The pinup queen, who died Thursday at 85, was remembered at a private service conducted by the Rev. Robert Schuller.


By Louis Sahagun
Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2008


Legendary pinup queen Bettie Page was remembered at a private memorial service Tuesday as a taboo-breaking model who later gave it all up to become a devout Christian — only to reenter the public eye as a sexy trendsetter.


“So it is only fitting that her final resting place be here, not far from Marilyn Monroe’s final resting place,” said Mark Roesler, chairman of Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide, which markets Page’s image, during the rite held at the Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Memorial Park.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Victor Fleming Bio Review…

Monday, December 15th, 2008


‘Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master’ by Michael Sragow


Victor Fleming and Vivian Leigh

Victor Fleming directing Vivian Leigh in “Gone With the Wind”


By Wendy Smith
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2008


Victor Fleming strides through Michael Sragow’s eponymous biography with the panache of Rhett Butler — and no wonder, since the director helped forge Clark Gable’s onscreen persona with “Red Dust” and “Test Pilot” years before they reunited for “Gone With the Wind.”


Appreciatively chronicling Fleming’s work on these and other classic films, including “The Virginian,” “Treasure Island,” “Captains Courageous” and “The Wizard of Oz,” Sragow — who is a film critic at the Baltimore Sun — portrays his subject as a man’s man who enjoyed fishing, hunting, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles, driving fast cars and making love to beautiful actresses.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Classic Movie Posters Saved…

Sunday, December 14th, 2008


Former Loew’s usher rescues hand-painted movie posters


 Movie posters saved

An usher back in the glory days of Atlanta’s Loew’s Grand, Herb Bridges knew the value of hand-painted posters found abandoned in a metro storage facility.


Promos from the 1930s and ’40s found in abandoned storage facility


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, December 14, 2008


They’re stacked against walls inside a century-old house in Sharpsburg like some fanboy’s oversize trading cards: hand-painted movie posters depicting bygone Hollywood royalty.


Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Mickey Rooney when he was a fresh-faced, hayseed kid.


Titles from the ’30s and ’40s are lined up like a Turner Classic Movies grid: “The Outlaw,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “Angel on My Shoulder.”


Yet their vivid green and orange backgrounds, ruby-red lips and blue-black hair glow with eternal youth in the weak light scattered under the rooms’ 14-foot ceilings.


“I’m just glad they were saved,” said Herb Bridges, 79, a retired rural mail carrier raised in the same house he now uses as a kind of seven-room storage unit for his various collections. “They’ve given me a lot of pleasure for more than a year. Now I’d like to share them.”    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Morey Amsterdam’s Birthday…

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Morey Amsterdam!


Morey Amsterdam




 BORN: December 14, 1908, Chicago, Illinois

DIED: October 27, 1996, Los Angeles, California

CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart attack

BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Court of Remembrance


Morey Amsterdam's grave

( / A.J. Marik)



Obit…Van Johnson

Friday, December 12th, 2008


Van Johnson, MGM’s boy- next-door, dies at 92


Janet Leigh and Van Johnson

Van Johnson with Janet Leigh during the filming of Wives and Lovers in 1963.


Johnson rose to stardom in ‘A Guy Named Joe’ and ‘Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.’ His World War II-era films drew such a huge bobby-soxer following that columnists dubbed him ‘The Voiceless Sinatra.’

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2008


Van Johnson, who soared to stardom during World War II as MGM’s boy-next-door in films such as A Guy Named Joe and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and became one of the era’s top box-office draws, died today. He was 92.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)