Archive for April, 2009

Obit: Maxine Cooper

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

OBITUARY

Maxine Cooper Gomberg dies at 84; actress in the film noir classic ‘Kiss Me Deadly’

 

Maxine Cooper Gomberg

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2009

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Maxine Cooper Gomberg, an actress best known for playing the secretary in the 1955 film noir classic “Kiss Me Deadly,” has died. She was 84.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Jody McCrea

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

OBITUARY

Jody McCrea, actor and son of Joel McCrea and Frances Dee, dies at 74

 

 

Roswell Daily Record

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On April 4, 2009, Joel Dee “Jody” McCrea passed away from a storied and fulfilled life of Hollywood fame, worldly adventures, and ultimately peaceful tranquility found on the plains of New Mexico.

 

Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 1934, Jody was the oldest of three sons to film actors Joel McCrea and Frances Dee. Upon the advice of their father’s mentor, Western entertainer Will Rogers, the McCreas purchased a ranch about an hour north of Los Angeles where Jody and his brothers were fortunate to be raised out of the spotlight. Jody’s rural upbringing, however, would not keep him out of the spotlight for long.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Marilyn Chambers

Monday, April 13th, 2009

OBITUARY

Adult film star Marilyn Chambers dies at 56

 

Image: Marilyn Chambers

 

One-time Ivory Snow model became famous for ‘Behind the Green Door’

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The Associated Press
April 13, 2009
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LOS ANGELES – Marilyn Chambers, the pretty Ivory Snow soap girl who helped bring hard-core adult films into the mainstream consciousness when she starred in the explicit 1972 movie “Behind the Green Door,” has died at 56.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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George Harrison to get Star…

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

 WALK OF FAME

George Harrison to get Hollywood Walk of Fame star

 

 

Paul McCartney may have a knighthood, but it is George Harrison who is receiving the royal treatment from the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month.

 

Telegraph.co.uk

 

The Beatles’ former guitarist will receive a star on the fabled walk on April 14, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Friday. His widow, Olivia Harrison, and his son, Dhani, are expected to attend the unveiling.

 

Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001, already shares a Walk of Fame star with all four of the Beatles, but only he and John Lennon, who died in 1980, will have their own stars.

 

Harrison’s, to be unveiled in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building, will be the 2,382nd on the Walk.

 

Although once known as “the quiet Beatle” for his shy, retiring nature, Harrison was one of the group’s most powerful forces.

 

His rockabilly-influenced playing gave the Beatles’ early recordings their distinctive guitar-driven sound and his voice provided many of the group’s most arresting vocal harmonies. His fascination with Eastern music also helped broaden the band’s sound on such classic albums as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album.

 

Although overshadowed by the more prolific songwriters Lennon and McCartney, Harrison composed several of the Beatles’ finest songs, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Something” and “Within You, Without You”.

 

Following the group’s break-up in 1970, he enjoyed a successful solo career that included such albums as All Things Must Pass.

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Obit: Jane Bryan

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

OBITUARY

Jane O’Brien Dart dies at 90; actress and her husband were in Reagan’s inner circle

 

Jane O'Brien

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2009

 

Jane O’Brien Dart, an actress who gave up her career to marry Justin Dart, the kingmaker who helped persuade Ronald Reagan to enter politics, has died. She was 90.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Hollywood Convent in Danger…

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Supporters band together to save Hollywood convent famous for pumpkin bread

 

Hollywood Convent

Sister Mary Raymond, left, monastery prioress, laughs with Sister Mary Raphael as they join visitors. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times) April 3, 2009

 

Monastery of the Angels has seen declines in its donations, gift shop revenue and investment income. A five-member panel of finance experts is helping it create a rescue plan.

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By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2009

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They’re being forced to live on crumbs, so nuns at a Hollywood convent famous for its pumpkin bread are warning that they may have to slice up the place for development.

 

The threat of a shutdown of the 75-year-old Monastery of the Angels below the Hollywood sign has prompted neighbors and supporters to mount a campaign to save the four-acre religious retreat.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Jack Wrangler

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

OBITUARY

Jack Wrangler, ’70s gay porn star, dies at 62

 

 

 

The openly homosexual actor, who also carried on a decades-long relationship with singer Margaret Whiting, began in adult films but went on to a career in theater and cabaret.

 

Associated Press
April 9, 2009

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Jack Wrangler, a ruggedly handsome 1970s-era porn star whose openness about his homosexuality made him a symbol of self-confidence for many gay men, has died. He was 62.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Lucy’s First Hollywood Home…

Monday, April 6th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY

Lucy the Red?

 

Lucille Ball

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

  

Lucille Ball bought this house (below) at 1344 N. Ogden Drive for her family shortly after arriving in Hollywood in the 1930s. Lucy lived here with her family for a couple of years before moving out on her own. The family remained and it was here that her grandfather held Communist Party meetings and where he talked her, and her mother and brother into registering as Communists. This information surfaced in 1953 during the Red Scare and Lucy was forced to testify before HUAAC, who believed her explanation.

  

Lucille Ball's home

 1344 N. Ogden Drive, Hollywood

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Lucille Ball's voter registration

 

Lucille Ball’s voter registration card (UCLA Libary Digital Collection)

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Farrah Fawcett Hospitalized…

Monday, April 6th, 2009

CELEBRITY NEWS

Farrah Fawcett hospitalized in Los Angeles

 

 

 

Former ‘Charlie’s Angels’ star, 62, has been battling cancer since 2006

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The Associated Press
April. 6, 2009
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NEW YORK – Farrah Fawcett, who has struggled with cancer since 2006, has checked into a Los Angeles hospital but is “not on death’s door,” a producer who has worked with the actress said on Monday.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Hollywood Wax Figures for Sale…

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Hollywood Wax Museum to auction 200 celebs

 

 

Bring Marilyn Monroe home, help preserve historic Walk of Fame

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The Associated Press
Thurs., April. 2, 2009
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LOS ANGELES – Want to permanently share your home with James Dean, Marilyn Monroe or all four Beatles?

 

The Hollywood Wax Museum is offering wax representations of these and nearly 200 other celebrities at the first auction in its 44-year history, set for May 1.

 

Fans can bid on political figures, such as George Washington and Bill Clinton, and athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. Musicians such as Cher, Stevie Wonder and the Fab Four will be available, along with TV and film stars including Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Will Smith and Charlie Chaplin.

 

The auction will be administered by Profiles in History and a portion of the profits will support efforts to preserve Hollywood’s historic Walk of Fame.

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