Archive for May, 2009

Yma Sumac Grave Marked

Saturday, May 9th, 2009


Yma Sumac


Yma Sumac


Opera sensation, Yma Sumac, known as the “Peruvian Songbird,” who passed away on November 1, 2008 was laid to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Recently her crypt, in the new section of the Abbey of the Psalms and the Sanctuary of Memories corridor, was marked.


 Yma Sumac grave



Marlee Matlin Gets Her Star…

Friday, May 8th, 2009


Marlee Matlin receives Walk of Fame star in Hollywood


Marlee Matlin-star


Academy award-winning actress Marlee Matlin poses with her newly-unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood May 6, 2009. Matlin, who is deaf, won her best actress Oscar for her role in “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987 and has gone on to star in numerous television shows.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Mickey Carroll – Obit

Thursday, May 7th, 2009


‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin Town Crier dies at 89


 Image: Mickey Carroll


Mickey Carroll was 20 when he acted in famed film, earned $125 a week


The Associated Press
May 7, 2009

ST. LOUIS – One of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 classic film “The Wizard of Oz” has died.


St. Louis actor Mickey Carroll died Thursday at the age of 89.


His caretaker, Linda Dodge, made the announcement Thursday.


Carroll was born Michael Finocchiaro in July 1919 in St. Louis, the son of Italian immigrants.


He was one of more than 100 adults and children who were recruited for “Oz” to play the natives of what author L. Frank Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”


Carroll told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview that the Munchkins made only $125 a week while filming, followed by decades of recognition.



Howard Da Silva’s 100th Brithday…

Monday, May 4th, 2009


Howard Da Silva


Howard Da Silava



né Howard Silverblatt


  • BORN: May 4, 1909, Cleveland, Ohio
  • DIED: February 16, 1986, Ossining, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lymphoma
  • BURIAL: Cremated, ashes given to family



Dolores Del Rio’s Pecan Fudge…

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


Dolores Del Rio


 Dolores Del Rio




Dolores Del Rio




2 cups granulated sugar

¼ lb. bitter chocolate

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup cream

½ teaspoon salt

½ lb. pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix together the sugar, chocolate, cream and salt. Cook over a moderate flame until mixture will form a soft ball in water, or 236 degrees. Stir only to prevent burning. Remove from fire, add the butter, letting it melt without stirring. Let stand in a pan of cool (not cold) water until lukewarm. If it is allowed to cool too suddenly it will become “sugary.” Then beat until thick. Add chopped nuts and vanilla and pour out into a layer ½ inch thick.


If preferred, it may be poured first and the nut halves pressed into the surface at regular intervals to permit cutting. Makes about twenty-four squares.


— Dolores Del Rio