Archive for June 4th, 2011

Missing Hollywoodland plaques finally reported stolen

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Theft of historic ‘Hollywoodland’ signs is finally under investigation

 

Two plaques were pried off the stone gateway to the residential neighborhood below the Hollywood sign in April. The bronze markers said “Hollywoodland Est. 1923.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times) 

 

Residents tried to report the plaques missing in April, but police are only now launching an investigation. Why? The signs were city property, and the city hadn’t filed a formal crime report.

 

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2011

 

Six weeks after two historic plaques were stolen from the entrance to one of Hollywood’s most famous neighborhoods, Los Angeles police are launching an investigation.

 

The delay was because no one had yet filed a formal crime report about the missing bronze “Hollywoodland Est. 1923” markers, which were pried from the stone gateway to the historic residential area beneath the Hollywood sign.

 

Residents say they attempted to file a theft report on April 16 after they noticed the plaques’ disappearance but were not allowed to because the markers are considered Los Angeles city property.

 

No one from the city filed a report, either.

 

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Yvette Vickers memorial

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

 FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

Alone in life, Yvette Vickers is somewhat less alone in death

 

 

 Flowers and a photo are seen before the Beverly Hills memorial service for Yvette Vickers on Friday. (Stefano Paltera / For the Los Angeles Times / June 3, 2011)

 

 

At a memorial service for the former Playboy model and horror-film actress who lay undiscovered for nearly a year after her death, her half brother shares what little he knows of her mysterious life.

 

By Mike Anton
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2011

 

If she hadn’t starred in the 1950s cult horror films “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches,” if she hadn’t posed nude for Playboy, few would have asked how 82-year-old Yvette Vickers could have died in her Benedict Canyon home and remained there undiscovered for nearly a year.

 

But Vickers did that and more. The voluptuous blond with bedroom eyes appeared on television and Broadway and in minor movie roles until her career petered out in the 1970s.

 

And so when her mummified body was discovered by a neighbor in April in a home overgrown with ivy and littered with clothes, junk mail and letters, it rated a couple of newspaper stories and an obituary that listed no immediate survivors.

 

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