Archive for April 12th, 2010

Russell Crowe gets his star

Monday, April 12th, 2010


Crowe cements star on Walk of Fame



 (Russel Crowe at his star)


Russell Crowe’s star shone bright despite dark rain clouds threatening his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The New Zealand-born, Australian-raised actor has been honoured with the 2404th star outside the Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars.


Fellow Aussie Sam Worthington, US talk-show host Jay Leno, director-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazier and Crowe’s wife Danielle and sons Tennyson, three, and Charles, six, attended the ceremony.


Many in the crowd of more than 500 were spotted wearing Crowe’s beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs jumpers and caps.


“Thanks for the privilege. I’ll always be grateful for it,” Crowe said.


With rain threatening, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to hold the ceremony under a tent. But Los Angeles’ famed sunshine tried to break through as the star was unveiled. Leno joked that Crowe had sought divine intervention.


“It was pouring rain this morning and Russell Crowe made one phone call. The sun has come out,” Leno said.


Crowe’s star sits next to those belonging to Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese.




Myrna Loy returns

Monday, April 12th, 2010


A star is reborn at Venice High



'Inspiration' at Venice High

Before she changed her name and rose to fame as an actress in the 1930s and ’40s, Myrna Williams was a shy dance student at Venice High School who posed for the art teacher’s lawn sculpture. (Christina House / For The Times / April 10, 2010)


A group of alumni and students unveil a bronze, and vandalism-resistant, re-creation of the famed lawn sculpture of alumna Myrna Loy before she rose to fame as a leading actress of the ’30s and ’40s.



By Tony Barboza
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2010


Venice High School welcomed back some Old Hollywood royalty Saturday as hundreds gathered for the unveiling of a new statue of alumna and movie star Myrna Loy.


The bronze work is a re-creation of the beloved concrete sculpture of Loy that graced the front lawn of Venice High for more than seven decades but suffered years of corrosion and vandalism.


Students and alumni crowded around the veiled statue at noon Saturday as a contingent of the marching band and cheerleaders kicked off the celebration. Among the speakers was actor and Venice High graduate Beau Bridges, who as a boy appeared with Loy in the 1949 film “The Red Pony.”


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