Archive for March, 2010

Corey Haim laid to rest

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010


Hundreds pack Thornhill chapel for Corey Haim’s funeral



Friends and family gather at Steeles Memorial Chapel for the
funeral for actor Corey Haim. (Andrew Wallace/Toronto Star)


Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
March 16, 2010


Toronto-born teen heartthrob Corey Haim, 38, was laid to rest Tuesday in a private ceremony attended by about 200 relatives and close friends.


The actor, who shot to stardom in the 1980’s with films such as The Lost Boys and Lucas, watched his movie career falter in the aftermath and openly struggled with addiction.


Haim, 38, died last Wednesday at the suburban Los Angeles home he shared with his mother, Judy. An autopsy has yet to confirm the cause of death but a police spokesperson openly speculated it may have been the result of a drug overdose.


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Olive Thomas’ Breast of Chicken a la Follies

Monday, March 15th, 2010


Olive Thomas




Breast of Chicken a la Follies


Take a breast of chicken and place in a casserole with a large piece of butter, add a very little flour, pint of cream and season. Serve with a slice of Virginia ham and broiled fresh mushrooms.


“This is my own invention and my favorite dish.” — Olive Thomas



Peter Graves Obituary

Sunday, March 14th, 2010


Peter Graves, Spymaster and Host, Is Dead at 83



By Michael Pollak
New York Times
March 15, 2010


Peter Graves, the cool spymaster of television’s “Mission Impossible” and the dignified host of the “Biography” series, who successfully spoofed his own gravitas in the “Airplane” movie farces, died Sunday. He was 83.


He died of a heart attack at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., said Fred Barman, his business manager.


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Stroll Down Hollywood Boulevard…

Saturday, March 13th, 2010


A stroll down Hollywood Boulevard reveals movie history



by Mark Dawidziak
Plain Dealer Television Critic


LOS ANGELES — You can find the history of Hollywood in the decades worth of film gems available on DVD. You can find it between the covers of countless books written by cinema scholars.


Or you can find it by simply taking a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



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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Corey Haim Obituary

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010


Actor Corey Haim dies at age 38 Former ’80s teen heartthrob had struggled with drug addiction


. news services
March 10, 2010


LOS ANGELES – Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob for his roles in “Lucas” and “The Lost Boys” whose career was blighted by drug abuse, has died. He was 38.


Haim died at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.


An autopsy will determine the cause of death and there were no other details, she said. Police Sgt. Michael Kammert said there’s no evidence of foul play.


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Farrah Fawcett’s memory

Monday, March 8th, 2010


Farrah Fawcett’s memorial omitted by the Academy



 By Allan R. Ellenberger


My mother taught me that if you make a mistake, own up to it, make it right if you can, and then move on. Obviously the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes otherwise. However they admit that the omission of Farrah Fawcett in their memorial at this years Oscar ceremonies was not an error.


“I would not say that it was an oversight,” Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told E! News. “No matter how carefully and how conscientiously people address who is included, there are people who just simply can’t be.”


I agree, it is impossible to include every entertainment personality that has passed on during the previous year. But some inclussions to me seem to be a no-brainer — and Farrah Fawcett is one of them.


I’m the first to admit that I was not a huge fan of Charlie’s Angels — but I get it. But once Farrah left and moved into television and film, I became an admirer — The Burning Bed (1984), Extremities (1986), Poor Little Rich Girl (1987) all cemented her place in film history. And her fight to beat the cancer that finally took her life earned her the admiration of people around the world.


The Academy can’t be shocked by today’s reaction to their oversight —  they had to know some kind of response would be forthcoming. Farrah’s longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal said of the omission:


“Farrah was a member of the Academy for over 40 years and we could not believe she did not get a mention. It was a terrible decision and very hurtful,” he said. O’Neal added that he and his daughter Tatum O’Neal plan to write to the Academy asking for an explanation. 


Others shared the disappointment. Oscar winner, Jane Fonda wrote, “Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included.”


Film critic Roger Ebert wrote via Twitter: “Major fail. … No Farrah in the memorial. They have a whole lot of ‘splaining to do.”


But according to Ms. Unger, no apology or explanation is forthcoming. That’s okay. I have a feeling that by the end of the week, Ms. Unger will be forgotten, but Farrah will endure in the memories of her fans for years to come. In any case, click below for a brief photo tribute. Rest in peace, Angel!






Claire Trevor’s 100th Birthday

Monday, March 8th, 2010


Claire Trevor





  • BORN: March 8, 1910, New York City, New York
  • DIED: April 8, 2000, Newport Beach, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Respiratory ailments
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered at sea


Click below to watch Claire Trevor in a scene from Dead End (1937)