Archive for April, 2009

Marlee Matlin’s Star on Walk of Fame…

Thursday, April 30th, 2009


Marlee Matlin to receive Walk of Fame star


Marlee Matlin


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HOLLYWOOD — Marlee Matlin will receive the 2,383rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame May 6, honoring an extensive television and movie career, including being the youngest winner of the best actress Academy Award.


Actor-producer Henry Winkler and Anne Sweeney, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, will join Matlin in speaking in the ceremony in front of the Musso & Frank Grill on Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, announced Monday.


The ceremony will also include children from the Northbrook, Ill.-based International Center of Deafness & the Arts performing a song.


Matlin, who lost all hearing in her right ear and 80 percent of the hearing in her left ear at the age of 18 months because of roseola infantum, made her stage debut in the 1974 at the age of seven in the center’s production of “The Wizard of Oz,’’ as Dorothy. She continued to appear with its children’s theatre group throughout her childhood.


The 43-year-old Matlin will receive the star three weeks after the publication of her autobiography, “I’ll Scream Later” and a day before she will receive the Mary Pickford Award at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation’s 16th annual Women of Distinction luncheon.


Born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove, Matlin was discovered in a Chicago stage production of the Tony Award-winning play, “Children of a Lesser God.”


Matlin was then cast in the film version, which premiered in 1986, winning the best actress Oscar at the age of 21, the youngest to win the award and one of the few performers to win an Oscar in a film debut.


Matlin’s other film credits include “Walker,’’ “The Man in the Golden Mask,” “The Player,’’ “It’s My Party,’’ “Hear No Evil,’’ “The Linguini Incident,” “What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?’’ and its sequel, “What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole.’’


Matlin also has an extensive list of television credits, including starring in the 1991-93 NBC crime drama, “Reasonable Doubts” and was a cast member of Showtime’s “The L Word’’ for its final three seasons.


Matlin is a four-time Emmy nominee, three for outstanding guest actress in a drama for appearances on “Picket Fences,’’ “The Practice’’ and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’’ The fourth was for outstanding guest actress in a comedy for the 1993 episode of “Seinfeld,’’ “The Lip Reader.’’


Matlin also starred in the made-for-television movies, “Bridge to Silence,” her first speaking role, “Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story,’’ “Dead Silence,’’ “Freak City,’’ “Where the Truth Lies,’’ and “Sweet Nothing in My Ear.’’



Bea Arthur Obituary

Saturday, April 25th, 2009


Bea Arthur, star of ‘Golden Girls’ and ‘Maude,’ dies at 86


 Bea Arthur

 (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)


The noted Broadway actress and TV star known for her sharp-tongued characters died of cancer at her home in Los Angeles.


By Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2009


Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear’s sitcom “Maude” and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running “The Golden Girls,” died today. She was 86.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Don Adams Grave Marked…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009


Don Adams


Don Adams


After almost four years, the grave of actor Don Adams has been marked. Best known as Maxwell Smart in the television comedy Get Smart, Adams unusual marker was placed on his grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery earlier this week.


Don Adams grave



 Close-up of marker





Pond Cleaning at Hollywood Forever…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Today in Hollywood…


Hollywood Forever pond


Seen today in Hollywood… the pond at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is drained for cleaning.



Marion Davies Beach House…

Friday, April 24th, 2009


Santa Monica beach mansion returns to glory


 Marion Davies Beach House


The compound where magnate William Randolph Hearst lived in grand style with mistress Marion Davies is being reopened as the Annenberg Community Beach House. Oh, if only the sand and sea could talk.


By Martha Groves
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2009


With its stately colonnade and sweeping staircases, the three-story U-shaped beach mansion in Santa Monica exuded grandeur.


Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst lived there in grand style with his mistress, silent-film star Marion Davies, and in the 1920s and ’30s they entertained such bright lights as Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Cary Grant and Gloria Swanson.


On Saturday, where entertainment royalty cavorted during Hollywood’s Golden Age, commoners are expected to turn out in force for the opening of a new public beach facility featuring volleyball courts, rooms for community and private events, a playground and the same elaborately tiled swimming pool where Davies splashed with Charlie Chaplin.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Hugh Jackman at Grauman’s…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


Hugh Jackman immortalized in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese


Hugh Jackman at Grauman's Chines


Hugh Jackman at Grauman's Chinese



Harry Warner Estate…

Monday, April 20th, 2009


Harry Warner


Harry Warner estate


Harry Warner Hanock Park Estate Now A Short Sale


By Dakota
Curbed LA
Monday, April 20, 2009


Even the hallowed hood of Hancock Park is not immune to short sales. This weekend, Harry Warner’s seven-bedroom five and-bath estate came back on the market after originally being priced at $4.75 million. Built in 1923 by Warner Bros studio co-founder Warner, the estate was designed by architect Burnside Sturges, according to Here’s what the LA Times said about the place last fall: “In 1923, Harry Warner, the eldest of the four brothers who established Warner Bros. studios, commissioned this 14-room Georgian Colonial-style house in Hancock Park, which was becoming the address for many of Los Angeles’ moneyed denizens. Warner didn’t keep the place too long, however. He sold it after a few years to help finance one of the industry’s first talking pictures, “The Jazz Singer” (1927), starring Al Jolson.” Now offered at a “hugely reduced” $3.675 million, the sprawling 5,555 square foot Georgian Colonial mansion was initially listed in September 2008 and underwent two price changes before being taken off the market in January. Besides the typical great estate amenities (large over-sized pool, tennis court, and detached guest house), this mansion still boasts the original screening room in the basement where Harry and his many Hollywood friends used to hang out. — 501 S. Rossmore Avenue



Paving on Sunset…

Saturday, April 18th, 2009


Sunset Boulevard gets a face-lift


Sunset Blvd paving


By Allan R. Ellenberger
April 18, 2009


FINALLY! The well-travelled strip of Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard — between La Brea and Highland — is getting a much needed repaving. For as many years as I can remember, this section of the boulevard, in the heart of Hollywood, has been a disaster.


For some reason, travelling on this two-city-blocks of roadway was like maneuvering through land-mines. Years of patching created un-even bumps and the pot holes were large enough to swallow a Volkswagen.


Hollywood High on Sunset


For those not familiar with this area, the one landmark here is Hollywood High School (above) at the corner of Sunset and Highland.


Even though I live one block from this section, I’ve always tried to avoid it — now I can drive freely though the traffic jams just like other Angelenos. However, be warned that Susent Boulevard will be closed between these two intersections most of the weekend. So, as Bette Davis always advised, “Take Fountain!”


Sunrise over Hollywood

Sunrise over Hollywood



George Harrison’s Star…

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


George Harrison



Paul McCartney dusts off George Harrison’s star on the Walk of Fame in front of Capitol Records last Tuesday.  Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani look on.



Grey Gardens…

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009


The long move into ‘Grey Gardens’


Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore

 Jessica Lange, left, and Drew Barrymore star in “Grey Gardens.”
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)


 By Choire Sicha
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2009


Reporting from New York — Drew Barrymore, facing a window onto Central Park, held up a mirror. She took a long time reapplying her lipstick.


“Most of my best friends are gay and they all act like her, talk like her, dress like her at certain moments — they all quote her all the time,” she said, in her somewhat spooky way.


Gay men — well, not all of them, but many — do revere and constantly talk about Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, the crazy-fabulous younger half of the East Hampton mother and daughter recluse-team made famous by the 1975 Maysles brothers (and company) documentary “Grey Gardens.” The family had been flush in the Depression — but, as revealed in the documentary, once left to their own devices, Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt and cousin rapidly became crazy cat ladies and a town scandal. The last signs of their class were the house itself and their starchy, grating half-mid-Atlantic, half- Long Island accents.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



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