Archive for January 18th, 2009

Obit: Bob May

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

OBITUARY

‘Lost in Space’ actor Bob May dies at 69

 

Cast of Lost in Space

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The crew from the original cast of the television series “Lost in Space” pose with the show’s robot in in a 1995 file photo. From left in the back row are: Bob May, Bill Mumy, Mark Goddard, Jonathan Harris; in the front row from left: June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright.

 

From The Associated Press
Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2009

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Bob May, who donned The Robot’s suit in the hit 1960s television show “Lost in Space,” has died. He was 69.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Allie & Mike’s Wedding…

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

MY FRIENDS

Allie & Mike’s Wedding

 

 Allison & Michael Francis

Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Francis

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
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On Friday, January 16, 2009, I had the immense pleasure to attend the wedding of two of my dearest friends, Allison Berntsen and Michael Francis. The site of their nuptials was the legendary R.M.S. Queen Mary which is docked at Long Beach, California.

 

I first met Mike and Allie almost ten years ago (wow where did the years go) at the Paramount Ranch where I spoke and had a book signing for my biography on Ramon Novarro. The event was the “Silents Under the Stars” where they showed the 1922 silent classic, The Prisoner of Zenda starring Novarro and the tragic and  “too beautiful” Barbara La Marr. Allie is a huge La Marr fan and they were there to see the actress on the big screen. I was a bonus (at least I hope so).

 

Let’s see if I can remember who was there that night – our good friend Jimmy Bangley, the talented playwright, Kevin McCauley; the Irish legend, Deborah Fullam and another person I no longer remember. Jimmy was being quite boisterous about his love of La Marr (imagine that) and I believe Allie overheard him – from that point we were drawn to one another like a magnet and became very good friends. The rest is glorious and loving history.

 

The service was held in the Royal Wedding Chapel on the Promenade Deck, which at one time was the first-class smoking room for the Queen Mary. Afterward, the reception was held in an adjoining room. A good time was had by all.

 

Mike and Allie are a great couple and both have great families. I’ve had some good times with them over the last decade (almost) and I hope for a couple more. I wish them the best of luck and much happiness – if anyone deserves it, they do. Shalom guys!

 

Here are a few photos from the event…

  

 

 

 

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Allie & Mike's engagement photo

 Wedding invitation photo

 

The RMS Queen Mary

R.M.S. Queen Mary

 

Queen Mary Royal Wedding Chapel

Royal Wedding Chapel

 

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

 

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party: Eric Berntsen, Allie, Mike, Brandon Francis

 

The Berntsen and Francis families

The Berntsen and Francis families

 

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

 

Mike & Allie

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Actor or Actress?…

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

FILM HISTORY

From actor to actress and back again

 

 Gene Tierney

 

Breaking the gender barrier wasn’t the end of the struggle for females who act. It was only the beginning . . .

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By Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2009

 

“The word ‘actress’ has always seemed less a job description to me than a title,” Gene Tierney once observed. If she were still among us, the star of stage and screen might be surprised to find tarnished whatever cachet, in the glamour-gilded 1940s and ’50s, was attached to the word. If “actress” is indeed a title, in many quarters it is no longer considered one of distinction.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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