Archive for December, 2010

Lillian Roth’s 100th Birthday

Monday, December 13th, 2010


Lillian Roth










Van Heflin’s 100th Birthday

Monday, December 13th, 2010


Van Heflin





  • BORN: December 13, 1910, Walters, Oklahoma
  • DIED: July 23, 1971, Hollywood, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart attack
  • BURIAL: Cremated, ashes scattered at sea







Eunice Woodruff’s 100th Birthday

Sunday, December 12th, 2010


Eunice Elenor Woodruff



By Allan R. Ellenberger


Today would be the 100th birthday of Eunice Woodruff – not a name that is well-known or remembered. There are no photographs or extensive biographies that are known to exist of her. Eunice was a child actress in silent films and was born on December 12, 1910 (not on November 10 as is listed on the oldest of four children of George and Florence Woodruff and as far as we know, the only actress in the family.


George made his living as a landscape artist and Florence owned a used clothing store. From what is known about Eunice, she got her start with D. W. Griffith in what was probably a small uncredited role in Intolerance (1916). That led to parts in Ashes (1916) with Corinne Griffith and in Virtuous Sinners (1919) which is best known as featuring the not-yet famous Rudolph Valentino in a bit part. Other films included Street Wolf and appearances in two Dorothy Dalton films. Her last appearance was in the Arline Pretty starring film, Crossed Currents (1921).


At some point in early 1921, Eunice was stricken with an undisclosed illness and died on July 12, 1921 at her home at 1331 Fleming Street in Hollywood, near the corner where Sunset and Fountain intersect. She was ten years old. The imdb states that Eunice died in Pomona, California which is incorrect. The confusion probably comes from the fact that Fleming Street no longer exists in Hollywood, however, there is a street by that name in Pomona. At some point before 1930, those few blocks of Fleming Street north of Sunset, were renamed Hoover.


Eunice’s funeral was held at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood; burial was in Hollywood Cemetery. Eunice was survived by her parents and her siblings, Dolores, 8; Maurice, 5 and Thelma, 3.








 Eunice’s mother Florence is the only family member buried near her



Marian Gibbons Obituary

Thursday, December 9th, 2010


Marian Gibbons; Hollywood preservationist and author, dies at 89



Marian Gibbons, Hollywood preservationist, actress, singer, author and a founder of Hollywood Heritage, passed away December 8 from lung cancer. She was 89.


Gibbons was born in1921 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and lived in Wisconsin and Arizona. She fell in love with Hollywood during a brief stay here in 1949 but her husband Jim’s business took them back to the Midwest.


Marian returned to Hollywood in the late 1970’s when she worked as a publicist with her daughter, Jane, an anchor for KNBC. Hollywood’s run-down appearance at the time inspired her, along with Christy Johnson McAvoy, Frances Offenhauser McKeal, Mildred Heredeen and Susan Peterson St. Francis to start Hollywood Heritage, Inc. Through the inspiration and hard work of these founders, Hollywood Heritage became the success story it is today.


A memorial is planned and more information will be released as soon as it is available. She will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.



Elizabeth Edwards Obituary

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010


Elizabeth Edwards dies at 61; wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards



Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, when her husband was running for vice president with John Kerry. The couple’s marriage unraveled years later when it was revealed that John Edwards was having an affair with a campaign videographer.


By Keith Thursby
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2010


Elizabeth Edwards, whose marriage to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards unraveled after he admitted fathering the child of a campaign videographer, died Tuesday. She was 61.


Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Elizabeth Edwards



Louis Prima’s 100th Birthday

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010


Louis Prima











Will Rogers at Hollywood Heritage

Monday, December 6th, 2010


Evening @ the Barn



Hollywood Heritage Presents

an “Evening @ the Barn”

Tribute to Will Rogers

(with Rogers’ great-granddaughter Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry in-person)   


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

at 7:30 PM

at the Hollywood Heritage Museum



2100 North Highland Avenue (across from the Hollywood Bowl).

General admission is $10 ($5 for Hollywood Heritage members). 

Free parking. Refreshments available


William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s. This tribute to the cowboy humorist — who starred in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and became Hollywood’s biggest box-office star — will commemorate Rogers’ passing with an evening of film clips and recollections. Rogers perished in an Alaska plane crash 75 years ago.


Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, Will Rogers’ great-granddaughter, will be on hand to discuss the legacy of her famous relative. Jennifer has been involved in the Rogers family business since 1991 and now serves as the family spokesperson and media contact. She travels throughout the year to promote the legacy of Will Rogers, including riding in the Rose Parade with Sons and Daughters of the Reel West.


“The tribute to Will Rogers is a wonderful event to celebrate the life of one of the greatest Americans to ever live”, says Rogers-Etcheverry. “Will’s wisdom and quotes are timeless and we applaud the Hollywood Heritage Museum for helping to keep his memory alive.” Jennifer will be joined by Todd  Vradenburg, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and Board President of the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation.


Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has graciously allowed the museum to host the first public screening of several documentaries that were produced expressly for their popular Will Rogers DVD Collection. The first is entitled “Back to the Ranch” and features personal interviews with Rogers’ family members at the re-dedication of the Will Rogers Ranch in Pacific Palisades. The second, “Jane Withers Remembers…” features heartfelt stories from the beloved child star who was befriended by Rogers when they were both making films at Fox Studios.


In addition, Hollywood Heritage board member and film historian Stan Taffel will offer rarely-seen Rogers movie clips from his personal film collection.


A raffle for gift baskets filled with unusual Will Rogers – related memorabilia will also be held.


The Tribute to Will Rogers is being produced by Hollywood Heritage Board member Bryan Cooper and Barn Committee member Dave Greim.


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Tallulah Bankhead’s Sweetbreads a la Root recipe

Sunday, December 5th, 2010


Tallulah Bankhead





Sweetbreads a la Root


Parboil 3 pair sweetbreads, drain, then cool and insert strips of truffles, using a larding needle. Put in a pan 6 slices of carrot, 1/2 small onion, sliced. One stalk of celery, cut in pieces, 1 sprig of parsley, a bit of bay leaf and a 2-inch cube fat, salt pork, cut in pieces. Place sweetbreads over vegetables, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook on range 10 minutes. Pour over 1 cup white stock, 1/4 cup white wine and 2 tablespoons port wine. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Arrange around platter a puree of French chestnuts, forced through a pastry bag and tube. Place sweetbreads in center. Strain sauce, remove fat and add 1/3 cup chopped mushroom caps, cooked in 1/2 tablespoon butter for 2 minutes. Pour sauce over sweetbreads and garnish with sprigs of watercress.



Thelma White’s 100th Birthday

Saturday, December 4th, 2010


Thelma White






  • BORN: December 4, 1910, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • DIED: January 11, 2005, Woodland Hills, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Pneumonia
  • BURIAL: Unknown








Reese Witherspoon gets her star

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010


Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon gets Hollywood star


Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, are shown with her children Ava, left, and Deacon after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has been saluted with a star on Hollywood Boulevard. The “Walk the Line” and “Legally Blonde” actress unveiled her Hollywood Walk of Fame honor on Wednesday outside the W Hollywood Hotel. It’s the 2,425th star dedicated on the celebrated avenue of dreams.


The ceremony was designed to coincide with the Dec. 17 release of her latest movie, “How Do You Know,” co-starring Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson and written and directed by James L. Brooks.


In 2006, Witherspoon won the best-actress Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line.” Her credits also include “Pleasantville,” ”Cruel Intentions” ”Sweet Home Alabama” and “Just Like Heaven.”