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Hollywood Hotel site

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 30th, 2010
Mar 30


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.



June Havoc Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 29th, 2010
Mar 29


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

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 27th, 2010
Mar 27


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.



Dennis Hopper gets a star on Hollywood Boulevard

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 26th, 2010
Mar 26


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



Get Mondo at Larry Edmunds

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 25th, 2010
Mar 25


Get Mondo @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood!



Join us on FRIDAY,MARCH 26th @ 7:30 p.m. for a trip to the Sunset Strip in the 1960’s. Author Domenic Priore will bring a  1960’s Hollywood slideshow and sign his book “RIOT on the SUNSET STRIP”. We’ll show clips from  the film”MONDO MOD” featuring our evening’s special guest Charles Lange, of the Belinda Boutique, who appears in the film ! This scene will swing for sure !




At the Masonic Lodge

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 25th, 2010
Mar 25


O’Halloran and Hauschka at the Masonic Lodge



Composers and pianists Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka to perform in the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Friday, March 26th, 2010

Hollywood Forever presents composers and pianists: Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka.

Tickets are $25 at Ticketweb.com


The double header concert features:

• Los Angeles-born, Berlin-based composer Dustin O’Halloran performing his compositions for piano.

• The inventive Düsseldorf pianist and composer Hauschka performing works for prepared piano.

• The Magik*Magik String Quintet to accompany both artists.


Doors Open : 8:00 PM

Hauschka : 9:00 PM

Dustin O’Halloran : 10:00 PM


The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90038




Robert Culp Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 24th, 2010
Mar 24


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

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 24th, 2010
Mar 24


Richard Conte






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





Akira Kurosawa’s 100th Birthday

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 23rd, 2010
Mar 23


Akira Kurosawa






Trailer for Ran





Olivia de Havilland interview

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 23rd, 2010
Mar 23


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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