Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

PHOTO EXTRA

Happy Halloween!

 

Joan Crawford Halloween

 

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August Coppola Obituary

Friday, October 30th, 2009

OBITUARY

August Coppola dies at 75; professor was father of Nicolas Cage and brother of Francis Ford Coppola

 

 August Coppola

 

The educator taught comparative literature at Cal State Long Beach and was a California State University system trustee before moving to San Francisco State.

 

By Claire Noland
Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2009

 

August Coppola, a former literature professor who was the father of actor Nicolas Cage and brother of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, has died. He was 75.

 

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Lou Jacobi Obituary

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

OBITUARY

Lou Jacobi dies at 95; character actor

 

 Lou Jacobi

 

Toronto native had a long career on Broadway and TV and in film, including a memorable cross-dressing scene in Woody Allen’s ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.’

 

Associated Press
October 27, 2009

 

Lou Jacobi, an actor who was known for comic roles and won praise in dramatic ones over a long career in the theater and movies, including Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex” and Barry Levinson’s “Avalon,” has died. He was 95.

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Lou Jacobi

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Hollywood Bohemians

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

BOOKS

Hollywood Bohemians:

Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream

 

by Brett L. Abrams

 

Hollywood Bohemians

 

Between 1917 and 1941, Hollywood studios, gossip columnists and novelist featured an unprecedented number of homosexuals, cross-dressers, and adulterers in their depictions of the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle.

 

Actress Greta Garbo defined herself as the ultimate serial bachelorette. Screenwriter Mercedes De Acosta engaged in numerous lesbian relationships with the Hollywood elite. And countless homosexual designers brazenly picked up men in the hottest Hollywood nightclubs. Hollywood’s image grew as a place of sexual abandon.

 

This book demonstrates how studios and the media used images of these sexaully adventurous characters to promote the industry and appeal to the prurient interests of their audiences.  (from the book jacket)

 

  • “an insightful and intriguing read” — Philadelphia Gay News

 

  • “In Hollywood Bohemians, Brett Abrams has provided all film historians with a brand new take on Hollywood. This social study should be must reading for all scholars. Rather than simplistic assertions, Abrams offers documents that will be new to all.” — Douglas Gomery, Professor of Journalism and Film Studies Emeritus, University of Maryland and author of Shared Pleases: A History of Movie Presentation In the United States and the Hollywood Studio System: A History.

 

Brett L. Abrams is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration.

 

Click here to purchase Hollywood Bohemians

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Hollywood Wilshire YMCA

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD ARCHITECTURE

Hollywood Branch YMCA

 

Hollywood YMCA

 

 Hollywood Wilshire YMCA

1553 N. Schrader Blvd.

Hollywood, California

 

 

YMCA groundbreaking - LAPL

 Groundbreaking for the Hollywood Branch YMCA May 15, 1923 (LAPL)

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

 The Young Mens Christian  Association in Hollywood broke ground at 1 pm on May 15, 1923 for the first unit of the Hollywood Branch YMCA building at Selma and Hudson Streets (now Schrader Blvd.).

 

Chairman W. J. Palmer assigned the honor of turning the first shovelful of earth to Dr. William H. Snyder, principal of Hollywood High School, and member of the committee of management of the Hollywood YMCA. He was followed by A. J. Walllace, ex-Lieutenant-Governor: W. S. Hunkins, chairman of the building committee, and F. E. Eckhart, president of the Los Angeles YMCA.

 

Rev. Samuel J. Skevington of Hollywood Baptist Church, expressed sentiments of solicitation and thankfulness in the invocation. He was followed by General Secretary Harry F. Henderson, who voice the hope that this spot would mark the rallying place for the boyhood of Hollywood, “in whose hands is the future of this community.”

 

The first phase of the building was officially dedicated on February 19, 1923 at 8 pm. F. E. Eckhart presided and Willsie Martin, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Hollywood, delivered the address and the Hollywood High School Orchestra provided the music.

 

 

YMCA 1930s

 Hollywood YMCA (1928 addition) in the early 1930s (LAPL)

 

 

 Hollywood YMCA - today

 Hollywood Wilshire YMCA as it looks today

 

 

Hollywood YMCA entrance

 

 

 

Hollywood YMCA

 

 

 

Hollywood YMCA-balcony

 

 

Hollywood YMCA 1928 cornerstone

The cornerstone for the 1928 addition of the Hollywood YMCA

 

 

Hollywood YMCA

 

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Soupy Sales Obituary

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

OBITUARY

Soupy Sales dies at 83; slapstick comic had hit TV show in 1960s

 

Soupy Sales

George Washington (KABC-TV Channel 7In this undated photo, Soupy Sales does his best George Washington act for a KABC-TV Channel 7 show in Los Angeles broadcast around Washington’s birthday.

 

The comedian acquired a cult-like following among adults with a show ostensibly meant for children. His signature routine, which he elevated to an art form, was pie-throwing.

 

By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2009

 

Soupy Sales, a comic with a gift for slapstick who attained cult-like popularity in the 1960s with a pie-throwing routine that became his signature, has died. He was 83.

 

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Joan Crawford’s Charcoal Broiled Steak

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

CELEBRITY RECIPES

Joan Crawford

 

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JOAN CRAWFORD’s

Charcoal Broiled Steak

 

First of all be sure that the steak is a thick one, and that the coals are glowing red before starting to cook it. In case you oven broil the steak the secret is to have the oven at just the right temperature — say pre-heated to 450 to 500 degrees. To prepart the steak for broiling, first wipe it with a damp cloth. Then salt and pepper and rub with a clove of garlic. When this is complete, brush with butter. Arrange the steak on the pan at least one and a half inches from the flame. (For thick steaks at least two inches) broil it first on one side, and then on the other. I have discoved that twelve to fifteen minutes is sufficient for a rare steak, fifteen to eighteen minutes for medium well-done and twenty to thirty for well-done. Here is a tip for oven broiling, try leaving the oven door ajar while cooking and see what a difference it makes.

 

ROQUEFORT CHEESE AND MUSTARD SAUCE

 

Broil steak as above. The sauce is made as follows: mix together the beaten roquefort chesse, mustard and melted butter. After turning, and just before the steak is done, spread on the sauce and let broil until brown. This is delicious. Sauce: 4 tablespoons butter, 1 square roquefort cheese, 1 tablespoon prepared mustard.

 

— Joan Crawford

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Vic Mizzy Obituary

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

OBITUARY

Vic Mizzy dies at 93; film and TV composer wrote ‘Addams Family’ theme song

 

Vic Mizzy

 

He also composed the theme music for the 1965-71 rural comedy ‘Green Acres.’

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2009

 

Vic Mizzy, a film and television composer best known for writing the memorable theme songs for the 1960s sit-coms “Green Acres” and “The Addams Family,” has died. He was 93.

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Vic Mizzy

 

Green Acres theme

 

 

 

The Addams Family theme

 

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Carla Laemmle’s 100th Birthday

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Carla Laemmle

 

Carla Laemmle

  

By Allan R. Ellenberger 

 

Today is the 100th birthday of actress and dancer Carla Laemmle, who is also the niece of Universal Studios founder, Carl Laemmle.

 

Carla Laemmle was born Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle on October 20, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. According to the 1910 census, when Carla was 6 months old, she was living with her family at 4244 Vincennes Avenue, and may have been born there.

 

Carla was the daughter of Joseph Laemmle, who was Carl’s older brother. Joseph was 76 when died in March 1929. Her mother, Carrie Belle Norton Laemmle, was born in Connecticut and died in March 1962 at age 91. Carla also had a half-brother, Universal director, Edward Laemmle who died in 1937.

  

 

Carla Laemmle in Dracula

 Carla Laemmle is thrown onto the laps of fellow passsengers in the opening sequence of Dracula (1931)

 

Carla had an uncredited role as a ballerina in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and continued in smaller parts in Universal films. In 1931 she had the opportunity to speak the first line of dialogue in the horror classic, Dracula. She plays a bookish young girl who reads to her fellow passengers while riding in a coach. Today she is the only surviving cast member of the film.

 

Click below to watch Carla Laemmle in Dracula. She appears at one minute and 19 seconds into the film.

 

 

Besides Dracula, Carla had small roles in several films of the 1920s and 30s such as Topsy and Eva (1927), The Broadway Melody (1929), King of Jazz (1930) and the Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935). Also a dancer, she appeared in many venues including the one below at the Shrine Auditorium on June 11, 1931.

 

 Carla Laemmle ad

 

In 1936 she played Princess Quan Mui Mai in Her Majesty The Prince at the Music Box Theater. In 2001 Carla appeared in The Vampire Hunters Cluband this year co-authored a book about growing up on the Universa lot from 1921  to 1937 called Growing Up With Monsters: My Times at Universal Studios in Rhymes. Still active at 100, she recently attended the Cinecon banquet this past September. Happy Birthday Carla!

 

Carla Laemmle

Carla Laemmle at the recent Cinecon banquet in September (Photo by Allan R. Ellenberger)

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Day of the Dead

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

The 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

 

 Day of the Dead

 

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Hollywood Forever

will be presenting its

10th annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration.

Admission $10.00 – 12 years & under are free.

 

The celebration features:

 

  • The procession will begin with an Aztec Ritual Blessing and will continue with a traditional “Oaxacan Burial” that represents the suffering of death and it concludes on stage welcoming the spirits to celebrate.
  • The community honors their beloved that have passed away by creating altars as offerings throughout the cemetery.
  • The 150+ Altars are entered in a contest.  1st prize $3,000, 2nd prize $2,000 and 3rd prize $1,000
  • Art exhibit in the Cathedral Mausoleum featuring work by the Linares Family and many more.
  • The world premier of the film “La Fiesta Eterna”, a film about the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos.
  • Children’s Area where kids can learn about this  ancient celebration though art, including traditional face painting.
  • Expected attendance of 20,000+ people. (based on 2008 attendance of 20,000)
  • Artists performing throughout the grounds such as Xavier Quijas, La Santa Cecilia, La Cafeteras and many more.
  • Concluding with a concert under the stars given by world renowned singer/songwriter and Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs.

  

Gates open at 4:00 PM

Gates Close at 11:00 PM

Lila Downs at 9:00 PM

The public can call 323.447.0999

for more information.

 

Dav of the Dead

 

Location Address:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90038

323.469.1181

 

Contact: Liliana Rosas – 323.821.0785

 liliana@ladayofthedead.com

 

Background:

 

Dia De Los Muertos is a 3,000 year old Aztec tradition, alternately referred to as “All Souls Day”, where it is believed the spirits of our ancestors and we, the living, can meet face to face for one day a year.

 

For more info on the festival at Hollywood Forever please visit

 www.ladayofthedead.com.

 

For more historical context visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

 

Lila Downs is a world renowned singer and songwriter and Latin Grammy winner from Oaxaca, Mexico. For more information please visit www.liladowns.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Hollywood Forever, resting place of Hollywood’s Immortals, has made national headlines with its innovative approach, including digital biographies, summer film series, concert series and more. For more info see www.hollywoodforever.com

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