Archive for February, 2009

Celebrity Recipes – Abraham Lincoln

Monday, February 16th, 2009


Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln


A celebrity? Perhaps, but it’s President’s Day and who better than everyone’s favorite, Honest Abe himself. Mrs. Lincoln told intimates that although the President never really thought about food, and his eating habits were spartan, he did have a sweet tooth.




Abraham Lincoln’s




1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

1 ½ cups broken pecan meats

1 cup dark corn syrup

¾ cup sugar

½ cup butter, softened

3 large eggs, stirred

1 tsp. vanilla


Cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the dark corn syrup and the lightly beaten eggs. Add the pecans and the vanilla. Blend together well and pour into pie shell. (May put foil in shell and fill with dried beans, baking 5 to 7 minutes at 400 degrees if desired, before adding filling) Bake at 400 degrees 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in filling comes out clean.    


— Abraham Lincoln




Jeffrey Lynn’s 100th Birthday…

Monday, February 16th, 2009


Jeffrey Lynn


Jeffrey Lynn



né Ragnar Godfrey Lind



  • BORN: February 16, 1909, Auburn, Massachusetts
  • DIED: November 24, 1995, Burbank, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Stroke
  • BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Murmuring Trees, Lot 6642, Grave 1


Jeffrey Lynn's-grave

( / A. J. Marik)



Review: ‘Joseph P. Kennedy Presents…’

Sunday, February 15th, 2009


Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years


Joseph P. Kennedy Presents...


By Cari Beauchamp

(Knopf: 506 pages; $35)


By Martin Rubin
San Francisco Chronicle
February 15, 2009


You can’t beat the Kennedy dynasty when it comes to enduring fascination. The Bush clan might have pulled ahead of them by putting two presidents into the White House. But even during inauguration week, when you might have thought all eyes would be on the Obama family, up popped not one but two Kennedys (Edward and Caroline) to grab some of the spotlight.


And when it comes to progenitors, how can the worthy Sen. Prescott Bush compete with Joseph P. Kennedy: tycoon, bootlegger extraordinaire, ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and world-class philanderer? Now, along comes this immensely detailed and equally immensely enjoyable book to tell us that he was a player in the film business as well:


“This is the man who took Hollywood by storm, at one point running four companies simultaneously when no one before or since ran more than one. … He was the architect of the mergers that laid the groundwork for today’s Hollywood. While he might be surprised to find that United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Columbia are now all partially owned by the same multinational conglomerate, he was the one who designed that very blueprint. Kennedy was the first financier to simply buy a studio.”    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Who is Cheeta?…

Saturday, February 14th, 2009


Just who is Cheeta the chimp, anyway?





Marilyn Chung / The Desert Sun
Cheeta sips soda at a 75th birthday held in April 2007. An author who researched the ape believes he is considerably younger


The story is that the ape starred with Weissmuller in Tarzan flicks and Reagan in ‘Bonzo’ and is retired at age 76 in Palm Springs. But an author’s research led him to far different conclusions.


By Scott Gold
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2009


The story does not begin in Hollywood, where it’s possible, though by no means certain, that Cheeta became famous. It does not begin in Palm Springs, where Cheeta lives like so many other retirees, soaking in sunshine, bickering with relatives and, on occasion, treating himself to a drive-through hamburger despite his diabetes and advancing age.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Obit: Shirley Jean Rickert

Thursday, February 12th, 2009


Shirley Jean Rickert dies at 82; child star of ‘Our Gang’ comedies


Shirley Jean Rickert

Shirley Jean Rickert, right, poses with her “Our Gang” co-stars. She left the “Our Gang” troupe to work on the competing Mickey McGuire comedy series starring Mickey Rooney. (AP)


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2009


Shirley Jean Rickert, a former child actress who was the cute little blond with the spit curls in “Our Gang” comedies in the early 1930s and later became a long-haired burlesque stripper known as Gilda and Her Crowning Glory, has died. She was 82.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



‘The Caller’ Opens in New York…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


The Caller


The Caller


The past catches up with the present in Richard Ledes’ riveting neo-noir. A quiet cat-and-mouse thriller, THE CALLER is led by the captivating Frank Langella and stellar Elliott Gould. Langella plays Jimmy Stevens, an executive at an international energy firm. When he decides to blow the whistle on his company’s corrupt practices in Latin America, he knows his fate-he will be killed for treason, so he anonymously hires private detective Frank Turlotte (Gould) to stay on his tail. Turlotte reluctantly accepts the job, but unbeknownst to him, the man he was hired to investigate and the man who hired him are one and the same. As Stevens’ and Turlotte’s lives continue to intertwine, puzzle pieces fall together, and the secrets of the past start to explain the future. Ledes-whose first feature, A Hole in One, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004-displays an assured growth and versatility with The Caller. With A Hole in One, he showed a flare for using a strong, somewhat surreal visual style, but The Caller employs a more restrained and muted grace that heightens the underlying tension throughout. Frank Langella delivers an understated performance that subtly evokes all the complexities of his character. Gould is a natural complement to Langella, and along with Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) as an exquisite femme fatale, the trio brings a natural sophistication to Ledes’ and Alain Didier-Weill’s sharp, labyrinthine script. –David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival


Opens Friday, February 13, 2009

Quad Cinema

34 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011




A Job for Superman?…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Costumed characters on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame allege attacks by music vendors, seek officials’ help


Hollywood Blvd. characters


Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Actors dressed as Cleopatra, Tinker Bell and Batman hang out on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland shopping complex. Dozens of costumed characters work a short stretch of the street, charging passersby who want to snap photos. There is said to be increasing tensions between the characters and music vendors who work the same area.

A series of assaults near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has led to a plea for a city licensing system that costumed actors who pose for photos hope will protect them.

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2009


Holy Hollywood ending, Batman! Maybe this is a job for Superman!


That’s what Robin was probably thinking after the superhero sidekick was attacked and pummeled as he strolled in his mask, cape and tights among tourists on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.


A series of assaults near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has led to a plea for a city licensing system that costumed characters who pose for visitors’ photos hope will protect them.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 100th Birthday…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Joseph L. Mankiewicz





  • BORN: February 11, 1909, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • DIED: February 5, 1993, Bedford, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart failure
  • BURIAL: Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Churchyard, Bedford, New York


Joseph L. Mankiewicz-grave

( / Rob Leverett)



Hugh Beaumont’s 100th Birthday…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Hugh Beaumont


Hugh Beaumont with Jerry Mathers





  • BORN: February 11, 1909, Lawrence, Kansas
  • DIED: May 14, 1982, Munich, Germany
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart attack
  • BURIAL:  Ashes scattered at his summer retreat, not far from the Twin Cities in Minnesota.



Obit: Philip Carey

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009


Philip Carey dies at 83; costarred in ‘Laredo’ and had long-running role on ‘One Life to Live’


 Philip Carey


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2009


Philip Carey, the ruggedly handsome veteran actor who costarred in the 1960s TV western “Laredo” and more recently played the long-running role of a bigger-than-life Texas tycoon on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” has died. He was 83.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)