Archive for September, 2010

Tony Curtis Obituary

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

OBITUARY

Actor Tony Curtis, star of ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘Sweet Smell of Success,’ dies at 85

 

 Tony Curtis Picture Gallery

  

Curtis may be best known for his role in the Billy Wilder comedy ‘Hot,’ but he appeared in more than 100 films and was nominated for an Oscar for ‘The Defiant Ones.’

 

By Claudia Luther
Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2010

 

Tony Curtis, the dashingly handsome film star of the 1950s and ’60s best remembered for his hilarious turn in drag in Billy Wilder’s classic comedy “Some Like It Hot” and dramatic roles in “The Defiant Ones” and “Sweet Smell of Success,” died Wednesday night. He was 85.

 

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Arthur Penn Obituary

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

OBITUARY

Arthur Penn dies at 88; director of landmark film ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

 

  

The stage, film and TV director was a three-time Oscar nominee who won a Tony for ‘The Miracle Worker.’ His role in shaping the graphic violence in 1967’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ helped usher in a new era in American filmmaking.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2010

 

Arthur Penn, the three-time Oscar-nominated director best known for “Bonnie and Clyde,” the landmark 1967 film that stirred critical passions over its graphic violence and became a harbinger of a new era of American filmmaking, died Tuesday, a day after he turned 88.

 

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Gloria Stuart Obituary

Monday, September 27th, 2010

OBITUARY

Gloria Stuart, ‘Titanic’ actress, dies at 100

 

 Gloria Stuart Picture Gallery

 

Stuart was a leading lady in 1930s films, then gave up acting and turned to art. Her role in ‘Titanic’ earned her an Academy Award nomination.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2010

 

 

Gloria Stuart, a 1930s Hollywood leading lady who earned an Academy Award nomination for her first significant role in nearly 60 years — as Old Rose, the centenarian survivor of the Titanic in James Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winning film — has died. She was 100.

 

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Republic Pictures 75th

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Republic Pictures 75th anniversary celebration

 

 

The 75th anniversary of Republic Pictures was celebrated today on the studios old lot, now the CBS Studio Center. The historic lot, which opened in 1928 as Mack Sennett Studios, was Republic Pictures from 1935, when Mascot Pictures, Monogram Pictures and Consolidated Film Industries merged, until 1959. In 1962 CBS moved in and finally bought the lot in 1967.

 

Following are some photos from todays event:

 

 

 

 

 Gene Autry, John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans welcomed visitors to the screenings

 

 

 

 

 

 The memorabilia room

 

 Tracy Terhune, the grandson of character actor Max Terhune, brought memorabilia from his grandfathers career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the “back lot”

 

 

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Titanic sinking revisted

Friday, September 24th, 2010

BREAKING NEWS

Titanic sunk by steering mistake, author says

 

 

LONDON (Reuters) – The Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error, and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview published on Wednesday.

 

Louise Patten, a writer and granddaughter of Titanic second officer Charles Lightoller, said the truth about what happened nearly 100 years ago had been hidden for fear of tarnishing the reputation of her grandfather, who later became a war hero.

 

Lightoller, the most senior officer to have survived the disaster, covered up the error in two inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic because he was worried it would bankrupt the ill-fated liner’s owners and put his colleagues out of a job.

 

“They could easily have avoided the iceberg if it wasn’t for the blunder,” Patten told the Daily Telegraph.

 

“Instead of steering Titanic safely round to the left of the iceberg, once it had been spotted dead ahead, the steersman, Robert Hitchins, had panicked and turned it the wrong way.”

 

Patten, who made the revelations to coincide with the publication of her new novel “Good as Gold” into which her account of events are woven, said that the conversion from sail ships to steam meant there were two different steering systems.

 

Crucially, one system meant turning the wheel one way and the other in completely the opposite direction.

 

Once the mistake had been made, Patten added, “they only had four minutes to change course and by the time (first officer William) Murdoch spotted Hitchins’ mistake and then tried to rectify it, it was too late.”

 

Patten’s grandfather was not on watch at the time of the collision, but he was present at a final meeting of the ship’s officers before the Titanic went down.

 

There he heard not only about the fatal mistake but also the fact that J. Bruce Ismay, chairman of Titanic’s owner the White Star Line persuaded the captain to continue sailing, sinking the ship hours faster than would otherwise have happened.

 

“If Titanic had stood still, she would have survived at least until the rescue ship came and no one need have died,” Patten said.

 

The RMS Titanic was the world’s biggest passenger liner when it left Southampton, England, for New York on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. Four days into the trip, the ship hit an iceberg and sank, taking more than 1,500 passengers with it.

 

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 114th Birthday

Friday, September 24th, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

September 24, 1896, St. Paul, Minnesota

 

 

 

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Eddie Fisher Obituary

Friday, September 24th, 2010

OBITUARY

Eddie Fisher dies at 82; popular singer known for high-profile marriages

 

 

From 1950 to ’56, he recorded dozens of songs that made the top 40 and four that reached No. 1 on the pop charts. He wed Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens.

 

By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2010

 

Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s who made headlines with marriages to — and divorces from — some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of that era, has died. He was 82.

 

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Grace Bradley Boyd Obituary

Friday, September 24th, 2010

OBITUARY

Grace Bradley Boyd dies at 97; actress, widow of William ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ Boyd

 

 

Grace Bradley married William Boyd three weeks after they met in 1937, becoming the fifth — and last — Mrs. William Boyd. Despite the age difference — he was 42; she was 23 — she said, “We were absolutely right for each other.” (Richard W. Bann)

 

She appeared in 35 films, but her most enduring role was as the wife of the western movie hero, keeping the ‘Hoppy’ character alive.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2010

 

Grace Bradley Boyd, an actress who came to Hollywood as a Paramount contract player in the early 1930s but abandoned her career after marrying the love of her life, William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd, has died. She was 97.

 

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Celebrate Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary Event

 

 

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Hollywood’s first Mayor

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD PIONEERS

Sanford Rich, the first Mayor of Hollywood

 

 Sanford Rich (far left, standing) at the dedication of the Hollywood Post Office, October 30, 1925 (LAPL)

  

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Over the past fifty years, Hollywood has had its share of honorary mayors, the last being the ever-popular Johnny Grant. However, not many know that Hollywood had two official elected mayors between the years 1903 and 1910 when it merged with Los Angeles in order to obtain an adequate water supply. The first of those two mayors was Sanford Rich.

 

Sanford Rich was born at Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 30, 1840, one of five children raised on a farm. He was educated at regional pioneer schools with no other formal learning and would forever regret hi s lack of higher education. He ran away from home at age 16 to escape his stepmother and worked on a relative’s farm. He started a small meat business in Fort Wayne, sold it and moved to Chicago where he again opened a butcher shop.

 

In 1878 he returned to Fort Wayne where he built the Rich Hotel and managed the retail store of the Swift Packing Company. Soon he moved to San Jose, California, to manage the Swift plant there, and then returned to Chicago. In 1900 he retired, came to Los Angeles and rented a house on Jefferson Street.

 

 

Looking east at the intersection of Hollywood and Gower. The Rich home is at the far right. (LAPL)

 

Above is the same intersection today. The Rich home once stood on the far right corner below the tall billboard.

 

In 1901, Rich bought the Goode property which was east of Gower Street and south of Hollywood Boulevard (then Prospect Avenue), where he built his home at 6048 Hollywood Boulevard. The ambitious home he built for his wife Elizabeth was furnished in such regal style that it became one of the town’s showplaces. Though the house was too large for two people (one child was born to them but died in infancy), eventually 35 relatives arrived in Hollywood beginning with his brother Edwin and his family. The home was planned for their hospitality and enjoyment.

 

At this point, Rich who was in his 60s, was a man of medium height, firm build, gray hair and eyes, serious in demeanor, retiring disposition, a sincere Christian gentleman, definite in his opinions though reticent in expression. He looked the efficient business man – mature and experienced, quick and alert always well groomed, meeting everyone with a friendly smile and handshake.

 

Although never a politician, Rich was part of the successful effort to incorporate Hollywood as a sixth class city on November 14, 1903, and was elected as a trustee for the new corporation. On November 25, after several more bond issues were hammered out, Sanford Rich was elected by popular vote to be Hollywood’s first mayor. The following April, Rich was reelected  by a unanimous vote. Rich presided over approximately 1,000 citizens during his term as mayor. Hollywood had only one other mayor, George H. Dunlop, before the community was annexed to the city of Los Angeles in 1910.

 

Rich soon recognized real property values and during his thirty years of real estate activity subdivided twenty-three separate tracts in Hollywood, among which were: northeast corner of Bronson and Franklin. Southeast corner of Bronson and Franklin, northeast Hollywood and Vine to Franklin; northeast corner Sunset and Gower, except the corner lot; southeast corner Vine and Sunset; south of Fountain east of Gower; west of Argyle near Selma; the tracts ranging in size from two acres in the last to sixty acres north of Los Feliz.

 

Besides being Hollywood’s first mayor, Rich was one of the organizers of the Board of Trade, chairman of the first Board of Trustees of the City of Hollywood, Director of the Hollywood National Bank and Citizens’ Savings Bank, and deacon of the Hollywood Christian Church where he made considerable gifts.

 

Many times over the years Rich would attend official Hollywood functions as Hollywood’s first mayor, including the dedication of the new Post Office, the occasional ground breaking ceremony and Hollywood’s annual birthday celebration which was held at Plummer Park.

 

Sanford Rich home at 6048 Hollywood Boulevard (demolished) (Courtesy of Felicia Korengel)

 

Family members recalled the Rich home – as the Mayor’s residence – was splendid with lovely satin divans and drapes and elegant furniture. “Uncle San and Aunt Lizzie” were favorites and the children recalled Aunt Lizzie in her black satin dresses and tiny black satin shoes. Her eyes were so blue and seemed to be always smiling. Lizzie died on May 25, 1926 and was buried in the family plot at Hollywood Cemetery. Within a year, Rich was remarried to Sarah Miller, who was also recently widowed.

 

On June 9, 1930, Sanford Rich died at the age of 89, after being diagnosed with pneumonia a few days earlier. The funeral was held at the Hollywood Christian Church, 1717 N. Gramercy Place. A deeply religious man, Rich left his valuable home and other property on Hollywood Boulevard to the church, of which he was a member for 31 years, with the stipulation:

 

“We want it to be clearly understood by the present and succeeding Official Boards that none of the proceeds of the above described property be used as salary or compensation for any minister or missionary who while so employed in his teachings or practices opposes or fails to advocate the pleas of the people known as Christians or Disciples of Christ…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanford Rich was buried next to his first wife Elizabeth at Hollywood Cemetery.

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