Archive for March, 2009

Obit: Monte Hale

Monday, March 30th, 2009

OBITUARY

Monte Hale dies at 89; cowboy actor helped found Autry museum in L.A.

 

 Monte Hale

 

Hale was a top B-western box office draw in the 1940s. He had his own series of action- and song-packed films, and later had a memorable role as Rock Hudson’s lawyer in ‘Giant.’

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By Myrna Oliver
Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2009

 

Monte Hale, one of the last of Hollywood’s celluloid “singing cowboys” and a founder of what is now the Autry National Center of the American West, has died. He was 89.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar…

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

FILM HISTORY

Hattie McDaniel: Equality 41 Years in the Mud

 

Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter

 Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter

 

By Tom Gregory
The Huffington Post

 

The article that follows is a rerun of a piece I wrote in HuffPo over a year ago. The Academy is still unwavering in its choice not to reissue Howard University McDaniel’s statuette. At this historic time, I hope the Academy will finally do the right thing. — Tom Gregory



Today, more than any day ever before, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is poised on the brink of a crisis of conscience.

 

Hattie McDaniel is best known for her portrayal of “Mammy” in 1939’s Gone with the Wind. She was born in Kansas in 1895, the same year Booker T. Washington delivered his famous “Atlanta Compromise” address. One hundred and thirteen African Americans were officially reported lynched in 1895.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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LA’s Graveside Companion…

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

BOOK SIGNING

  

 

PRESENTS

Steve Goldstein discusses and signs…

 LA's Graveside Companion

 LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P.

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BOOK SOUP

8818 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood

310.659.3110

Saturday, March 28, 2009

7 PM

 

Ten years in the making, this informative guide to a dozen Los Angeles cemeteries locates the 400 most interesting gravesites in Southern California. Over 270 color photos, informative text, and driving directions guide readers to the graves of L.A.’s most famous and influential citizens. Included are early film stars Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Florence Lawrence; along with Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse Lasky. It includes the graves of former slave turned philanthropist Biddy Mason and comic legends Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, and George Jessel; even the area’s most visited grave, Marilyn Monroe’s, is featured. The text includes biographies for each star and where bodies are buried that are not in cemeteries! All who are passionate about history and the movies will treasure this book.

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Richardson Honor on Broadway…

Friday, March 20th, 2009

CELEBRITY NEWS

Broadway dims lights to honor Natasha Richardson

 

The usually brilliant lights of Broadway dim for one minute Thursday in honor of Natasha Richardson.

 

NEW YORK (CNN) — Broadway dimmed its lights Thursday night to honor actress Natasha Richardson, who died after suffering a brain injury while skiing at a Canadian resort.

 

Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the legendary Redgrave acting family — died in a New York hospital after she fell down a ski slope Monday in Quebec.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Betsy Blair

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

OBITUARY

Actress Betsy Blair, of ‘Marty,’ at age 85

 

 Betsy Blair

 

Ernest Borgnine remembers once-blacklisted, Oscar-nominated co-star as the ‘nicest person you could ever want to meet.’

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2009

 

Betsy Blair, an actress best remembered for playing the shy, plain-Jane school teacher who meets Ernest Borgnine’s lonely Bronx butcher at the Stardust Ballroom in the 1955 movie “Marty,” has died. She was 85.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Natasha Richardson

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

OBITUARY

Actress Natasha Richardson dies after skiing accident

 

Natasha Richardson

 

The wife of actor Liam Neeson and member of the Redgrave theatrical family was 45.

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By John Horn
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2009

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Natasha Richardson, the luminous British actress from one of the world’s great acting families, whose performances ranged from the highbrow drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” to the lightweight comedy “The Parent Trap” and the Tony-winning Broadway production of “Cabaret,” died Wednesday. She was 45.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Natasha Richardson Dies…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

BREAKING NEWS

Actress Natasha Richardson dies at 45

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From the Associated Press
March 18, 2009

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NEW YORK — A spokesman for the family of Natasha Richardson says the actress has died.

 

Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film “Patty Hearst” and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of “Cabaret,” died after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident. She was 45.

 

Alan Nierob of Rogers & Cowan said in a statement Wednesday night: “Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

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Jessica Lange Falls…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

CELEBRITY NEWS

Report: Jessica Lange falls in Minn. cabin, goes to hospital

 

 

By Paul Walsh
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 18, 2009

 

A month shy of her 60th birthday, Minnesota-born actress Jessica Lange reportedly took a tumble at her cabin near the town where she was born and suffered a host of injuries.

 

According to the gossip website tmz.com, Lange grabbed for a railing that was not secure and fell, breaking her shoulder and collarbone and dislocating her arm. She also suffered cuts and needed stitches at a nearby hospital, the website said. TMZ did not report when the fall occurred.

 

In recent months, she and longtime mate Sam Shepard sold their home in Stillwater.

 

A representative for Lange told People magazine, “She will be completely fine and expects to be released from the hospital imminently.”

 

In a 2004 interview with AARP magazine, Lange said of her cabin, south of Cloquet: “”There is no place I’d rather be. The cabin is in the deep woods, on a hill overlooking a small lake.

 

“There is no sound except nature, which can be amazingly loud when you really listen. We can hear coyote, timber wolves, bear. I get up at 6:30 a.m., take my coffee, and sit on the dock and watch the hawks, eagles, loons, and blue heron.”

 

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Obit: Coy Watson, Jr.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

OBITUARY

James Caughey “Coy” Watson, Jr., 96   

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Child Movie Star, News Photographer, Inventor, Television Pioneer, Author

 

By Pattie Watson Price
(Daughter of Coy Watson Jr._
The Daily Mirror / Los Angeles Times

 

James Caughey “Coy” Watson, Jr., 96, went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, March 14, near his home in Alpine, CA, a mountain community in San Diego County.  He died from complications of stomach cancer.     (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Ron Silver

Monday, March 16th, 2009

OBITUARY

Ron Silver dies at 62; Tony-winning actor and political activist

 

 Ron Silver

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2009

 

Ron Silver, the Tony Award-winning actor who amassed an impressive list of roles based on real-life figures in movies including “Reversal of Fortune” and “Ali,” died Sunday. He was 62.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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