Archive for March 11th, 2010

Dorothy Janis Obituary

Thursday, March 11th, 2010


Actress Dorothy Janis dies: one of the last silent screen performers



(PHOTO: Chickeyonthego/flickr)


By Andre Soares
Alternative Film Guide
March 11, 2020


Dorothy Janis, who made a few film appearances at the dawn of the sound era and was the widow of bandleader Wayne King, died Wednesday morning in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, according to musician Lew Williams, who received the news from Janis’ granddaughter. Janis, one of the last surviving performers to have played at least one major role in silent films, was either 98 or 100, depending on the source.


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Seward Street origin

Thursday, March 11th, 2010


Seward Street



 By Allan R. Ellenberger


Seward Street is located in the southern part of Hollywood in an area that once was called Colegrove. A fairly short street, it runs north and south and is situated half-way between Las Palmas Avenue and Cahuenga Blvd., beginning at Melrose Avenue and ending at Sunset Boulevard.


In 1878, Senator Cornelius Cole arrived in what was then called the Cahuenga Valley and purchased a 500-acre ranch. For many years the area that had been his ranch was known as Colegrove, which was the maiden name of his wife, Olive. Cole also named several of the surrounding streets after family members. One of those streets was named for his eldest son, Seward Cole (1856-1927). 


Seward Cole was born in Sacramento, California on March 13, 1856. He moved to Los Angeles in 1879 after several years in business in San Francisco. One of the pioneer realty dealers of Los Angeles, he was one of the first to see the possibilities of Hollywood and had a large part in its development. He was a senior member of the realty firm of Cole and Brown (his brother-in-law), at the time of his death.


On April 15, 1899, he married Eleanor Brydges, a member of an old Canadian family. He had two sons, Edward Brydges Cole and Neil Cole and two daughters, Cornelia Cole and Mrs. James Brodero.


Cole died on New Year’s Eve, 1927 and was buried in the Cole family plot at Hollywood Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever).  





Merlin Olsen Obituary

Thursday, March 11th, 2010


Merlin Olsen dies at 69; Hall of Fame football star later became actor



Olsen was one-quarter of the Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome as well as a familiar face from ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ He also served for 15 seasons as football analyst for NBC and CBS.


By Keith Thursby
Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2010


Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman with the Los Angeles Rams who was a charter member of the team’s famed Fearsome Foursome, then made a remarkably smooth transition into careers in broadcasting and acting, has died. He was 69.


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