Archive for March, 2010

Hollywood Hotel site

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD LOST: THEN & NOW

Hollywood Hotel site

 

(Hollywood Hotel: LAPL) 

 

The above photo was taken from the northeast corner of Hollywood and Highland. The Hollywood Hotel was built in 1902 with another wing added in 1905. Not long after, the hotel was bought by Mira Hershey, an heir to an Iowa lumber and farming magnate. When the movies came to Hollywood this is where everyone stayed. By the 1950s it was a run down and faded remnant of its former splendor. The Hollywood Hotel was razed in August 1956.

 

(PHOTO: Allan R. Ellenberger) 

 

Here is the same spot today taken from the same corner. The block is now the Hollywood and Highland complex and further down is the Kodak Theatre, the current home of the Academy Awards.

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June Havoc Obituary

Monday, March 29th, 2010

OBITUARY

June Havoc, vaudeville star, is dead

 

 

By Anita Gates
New York Times
March 29, 2010

 

June Havoc, who appeared on vaudeville stages when she was 2 as Baby June and went on to a successful acting career — but saw her accomplishments overshadowed by the fictionalized portrayal of her in the 1959 musical “Gypsy” — died on Sunday at her home in Stamford, Conn. She was believed to be 97. The death was confirmed by her caregiver, Tana Sibilio.

 

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Rose Williams at Hollywood Forever

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Rose Williams, the little old lady in red

 

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger
March 27, 2010 

 

Rose Williams spent her life dusting other women’s homes so she could indulge in what her few acquaintances believed was her solitary love: wearing red – red dresses, red hats, red shoes, red nightclothes. Red, for Rose.

 

But after her death on December 30, 1964, her acquaintances learned she had another love. For money.

 

Since arriving in California in the early 1930s to work as a domestic, the tiny English-born spinster had amassed $133,638. When county officers opened her safety deposit box after her death, they found it contained that much in gilt-edged securities. “And there may be a lot more in other banks,” one officer said.

 

How “The Little Old Lady in Red,” as she was known in the community, had saved to buy the stocks was anyone’s guess since no one really knew her.

 

“I wish I knew who her financial adviser was,” said Dep. Public Administrator Glenn Coffey. “She didn’t have a bad stock in the bunch. What bugs me is that I don’t know what she did with her dividends.”

 

When Rose was entombed in the Abbey of the Psalms on January 13, 1965, about two dozen persons, mainly those curious about the tiny woman who dressed all in red, were present. Also attending were Rose’s stockbroker, representative of the public administrator’s office and another little old lady, this one in black.

 

Just before Rose’s red casket was placed in the crypt, the latter put three red roses at the foot of the coffin with a note which read, “To an English rose from an English lady.”

 

A year later, based on a vague will that was found in the safety box, a Superior Judge divided Rose William’s fortune between the American Cancer Society and CARE, Inc.

 

 

To Find Rose Williams, the little old lady in red, go to Clifton Webb’s crypt in the Abbey of the Psalms, walk past it several feet and look up about two crypts from the top and you will find Rose.

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Dennis Hopper gets a star on Hollywood Boulevard

Friday, March 26th, 2010

WALK OF FAME

Dennis Hopper receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

 

A frail Dennis Hopper received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanking the town that took in a Kansas ‘farm boy’. The 73-year-old, who is reportedly terminally ill with prostate cancer, shared the day with friends Viggo Mortenson and Jack Nicholson.

 

‘Everyone here today that I’ve invited and obviously some that I haven’t invited have enriched my life tremendously,’ Hopper told the crowd.

 

‘They’ve shown me a world that I would never have seen being a farm boy from Dodge City, Kansas, and learning things I would never have learned.’

 

It has been a long journey for the actor who was born in Kansas in May 1936. Raised in Kansas City, Missouri and San Diego, California, he was voted most likely to succeed by high school classmates.

 

Mortenson and Nicholson were just two friends who worked with him during his near 50-year career. Nicholson was his co-star in the Sixties classic Easy Rider. Mortenson appeared with Hopper in two films The Indian Runner and Boiling Point.

 

Marissa Charles – People/M&C

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Robert Culp Obituary

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

OBITUARY

Robert Culp, who starred in `I Spy,’ dead at 79

 

 

By Bob Thomas
Associated Press
March 24, 2010

 

LOS ANGELES — Robert Culp, the actor who teamed with Bill Cosby in the racially groundbreaking TV series “I Spy” and was Bob in the critically acclaimed sex comedy “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” died Wednesday after collapsing outside his Hollywood home, his manager said. Culp was 79.

 

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Richard Conte’s 100th Birthday

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

100th BIRTHDAY

Richard Conte

 

  

AMERICAN ACTOR

 

 

Click below for a scene from The Blue Gardenia (1953)

 

 

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Akira Kurosawa’s 100th Birthday

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

100th BIRTHDAY

Akira Kurosawa

 

 

JAPANESE DIRECTOR

 

 

Trailer for Ran

 

 

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Olivia de Havilland interview

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

INTERVIEWS

Hollywood’s sweetheart: Olivia de Havilland

 

 

  
Hermione Eyre
London Evening Standard

 

Olivia de Havilland, a star of Hollywood’s golden age, lives in Paris in a tall townhouse near the Bois de Boulogne. It is snowing when I arrive and I am so cold I can barely speak. The maid shows me into a drawing room where, outlined against a blazing fire, Miss de Havilland stands with welcoming arms outstretched. She is small in stature but her charm is enormous, overwhelming. It is exactly like being greeted by the character she created, Melanie in Gone With the Wind, as she takes my fur hat and clasps it to her bosom. ‘What a hat,’ she says, adding in a low voice resonant with sincerity, ‘It must be a great comfort to you.’

 

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Old Chaplin Studios get a drenching

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

TODAY IN HOLLYWOOD

Car accident at old Chaplin Studios (now Henson) creates huge waterspout

 

(PHOTOS: Allan R. Ellenberger

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
March 20, 2010

 

Today, around 2 p.m. Hollywood time, a two car accident in front of the old Chaplin Studios (now Jim Henson Studios), sheared off a fire hydrant sending a massive spray of water more than 100 feet into the air above the studio.

 

 

Above is one of the cars that landed across La Brea at De Longpre Avenue in front of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Students from the school were out with film cameras documenting the accident.

 

 

 

Firemen arrive to fix the broken hydrant. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt and it seems that only shaken nerves were at risk.

 

 

Fireman attempt to turn off the water spout but it takes nearly 30 minutes to bring it under control.

 

 

Finally the spout begins to diminish and within minutes it is just a trickle. The water spout was located in front of what used to be Charlie Chaplins personal office.

 

 

Just a half-block north on La Brea, traffic is bumper-to-bumper and pedestrians are on the street taking photos and just trying to maneuver through the streets.

 

 

 

Just a few more turns…

 

 

… and everything is back to normal. At the left you can see the car that snapped off the hydrant and its alleged owner, covered by a towel, looks through the trunks contents. The drivers side window was broken out so water filled the inside of the car.

 

Thanks again to the LAFD and LAPD

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Fess Parker Obituary

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

OBITUARY

Fess Parker dies at 85; actor played Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV

 

 

 

Parker became a sensation among young baby boomers as the ‘King of the Wild Frontier.’ He went on to become a hotel developer and Santa Ynez winery owner.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2010

 

Fess Parker, whose star-making portrayal of frontiersman Davy Crockett on television in the mid-1950s made him a hero to millions of young baby boomers and spurred a nationwide run on coonskin caps, died Thursday. He was 85.

 

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