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Hollywood’s First Scandal

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 30th, 2011
2011
Sep 30

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY

‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and Hollywood’s first scandal

 

 

By Jude Sheerin
BBC News, Washington

 

Guests to San Francisco’s Westin St Francis Hotel still ask to see the room where an infamous bootleg-booze-soused party took place 90 years ago.

 

The management are happy to show visitors the suite, if it’s unoccupied, but they don’t know exactly what happened in there on Labor Day in 1921 – no-one does.

 

One thing is clear: In Room 1219 that afternoon, an actress by the name of Virginia Rappe was screaming in agony on a bed.

 

Later that week she was dead.

 

And the man charged with her death was Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Hollywood’s first one-million-dollar star.

 

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Fay Wray’s Extortion Attempt

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 26th, 2011
2011
Sep 26

 FROM THE HEADLINES

Fay Wray, intended victim!

 

 

Los Angeles Examiner
July 15, 1928

 

Fay Wray, motion-picture actress, was the intended victim of a bold extortion plot, her mother was marked for death, and the suspected extortionist was captured, all within a the span of two hours yesterday.

 

The suspect was captured by Captain of Detectives Edward Slaughter and a squad of officers while in the act of recovering a packet of fake money at the rendezvous of the “pay-off.” He gave his name as Lyon I. Bernard, 35, of 521 South Cloverdale Street, and a friend of the Wray family.

 

To avoid arrest, he tried to “shoot it out” with his captors, but was overpowered. 

 

Miss Wray is the bride of John Monk Saunders, scenarist and author. They returned from their honeymoon a few days ago.

 

EXTORTION MESSAGE
Miss Wray, who resides at 7919 Thelma avenue, was handed a message at her home shortly after noon yesterday by a special delivery postal messenger. On the envelope was inscribed:

 

“12:15 p.m. Saturday.

 

“Quiet is necessary to save dear old mother at once today, Saturday the fourteenth. Mum!”

 

The envelope contained the following grim message, crudely printed in pencil:

 

“Say ­the life of your mother is in great danger and only the payment by you of $2,000 will save her life. She is being watched constantly. Don’t be foolish or call the police. In fact, don’t tell a soul of this. Follow instructions and she will not be harmed.

 

CURRENCY DEMANDED 

“Get money in assorted currency, wrapped in newspaper. Then get in your car and drive to a vacant lot at Sunset and Laurel Avenue.

 

“You will notice some tall weeds growing on the west side of Laurel avenue between the street and the sidewalk. Slow up as you pass these and throw money here. Then drive straight down Laurel to Santa Monica. Drive like hell!” As long as nothing happens to us your mother is safe. Don’t even tell your husband.

 

“If we are hunted­good-by Mother!”

 

The letter was unsigned.   

 

Miss Wray immediately notified Captain of Detectives Edward Slaughter at Hollywood station. Time was scarce–less then an hour to work before the appointed “delivery” of the money.

 

POLICE AT SCENE

Captain Slaughter, with several detectives, hastened to the rendezvous. He stationed Detective Lieutenant Jackson in a house across from the vacant lot. Captain Slaughter and Detective Lieutenant Page concealed themselves near the lot on Sunset boulevard. Detective Lieutenant Dwight was posted 500 feet north of the lot.

 

Miss Wray, alone in her car, drove to the appointed spot. Driving slowly past the lot she tossed the decoy packet into the weeds and drove rapidly toward Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

 

The officers waited. Half a block from the vacant lot they espied a man,without a coat, nervously sitting in a parked automobile. For almost an hour the suspect “stalled.” He stepped from his car, paced slowly back and forth in front of the lot, scanning the weeds. Several times he got back in his car and drove around the block.

 

GETS DECOY PACKAGE

Finally the suspect returned to the lot. He again alighted from his car and advanced into the weeds. He picked up the decoy package and returned to his car.

 

As he was climbing into his car, the detectives rushed him. He drew the pistol–aimed–and it misfired. The gun was knocked from his his hand and he was arrested.   

 

“I was broke,” Bernard told his captors. “I knew Miss Wray in her schooldays. I went to school with her brother and sister back in Bingham Canyon, Utah.

 

“I knew she deeply loved her mother, Mrs. Vina Wray. I knew Mrs. Wray lived at 1332 Sierra Bonita avenue. I thought I could get away with it.”

 

Bernard said he was married.

 

Miss Wray faced him in the station and asked him why he did it. Bernard broke down and wept. He is charged with suspicion of extortion.

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Jens Lekman at the Masonic Lodge

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 25th, 2011
2011
Sep 25

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Jens Lekman in the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

 

 

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

 

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER

The Masonic Lodge

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

Tickets are $25 

Tickets are ON SALE NOW at: http://hollywoodforever.ticketfly.com

 

PARKING IS FREE ON SITE 

Doors open: 8:00pm

Show:  9:00pm

 

Jens Lekman, born and reared in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee. Traveling our globe as a wide open receptor of all it has to offer, Lekman repurposes for his own oeuvre the world’s great, lost pop hooks of past and present. He breathes into them his droll senses of humor, romance and melody and gives them a newfound buoyancy. Since his 2004 trifecta of EPs (Maples Leaves, Rocky Dennis in Heaven, You Are the Light) and right on through his acclaimed 2007 full-length, Night Falls Over Kortedala, Lekman has made hopeless romantics of us all. In a musical language that has roots in the work of Arthur Russell, The Magnetic Fields, Calvin Johnson and Modern Lovers, Lekman’s songs serve as a reminder to look closer at the world around us, to appreciate the beauty when it’s both in and out of context; at its most heartbreaking, its most loving, and its most absurd.

 

For more information on Jens Lekman please visit: www.jenslekman.com

For more information on Hollywood Forever please visit: www.hollywoodforever.com

If you have any questions please e-mail: events@hollywoodforever.com

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Paulette Dubost Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 24th, 2011
2011
Sep 24

OBITUARY

Paulette Dubost, French actress who worked with Renoir, dies at 100

 

 

 

French actress Paulette Dubost, died on September 21. Dubost, born on October 8, 1910 in Paris, began her career at the age of 7 at the Paris Opera. She appeared in over 25o films and worked with such directors as Jean Renois, Jacques Tourneur, Marcel Carné, Julien Duvivier, Preston Sturges and Max Ophüls. Her 1934 film, Le Bonheur with Charles Boyer was recently screened at Cinecon 47 in Hollywood. One of her most famous roles was as Lisette in Renoir’s La Règle du jeu.

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Thurston Moore at the Masonic Lodge

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 24th, 2011
2011
Sep 24

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Thurston Moore in the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

 

  

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

 

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER

The Masonic Lodge

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

Tickets are $25

 

Tickets are ON SALE NOW at: http://hollywoodforever.ticketfly.com 

PARKING IS FREE ON SITE 

Doors open: 8:00pm

Show: 9:00pm

 

Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958) is an American musician best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth. He has also participated in many solo and group collaborations outside of Sonic Youth, as well as running the Ecstatic Peace! record label. Moore was ranked 34th in Rolling Stone’s 2004 edition of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

 

For more information on Thurston Moore visit: http://www.groundcontroltouring.com/artists/thurston-moore

http://www.ecstaticpeace.com/thurston

For more information on Hollywood Forever please visit: www.hollywoodforever.com

If you have any questions please e-mail: events@hollywoodforever.com

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Dolores Hope Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 19th, 2011
2011
Sep 19

OBITUARY

Dolores Hope, widow of Bob Hope, dies at 102

 

 

Dolores Hope oversaw the couple’s charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She was a singer when she met Bob Hope; their 69-year marriage ended with his death in 2003.

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2011

 

Dolores Hope, who throughout her 69-year marriage to comedian Bob Hope oversaw their charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, has died. She was 102.

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Dolores Hope

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Bright Eyes at Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 19th, 2011
2011
Sep 19

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Bright Eyes outdoors on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever

 

 

 

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER

Fairbanks Lawn

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

Tickets are $35

4 tickets per person / per household purchase limit. NO EXCEPTIONS!

(Any customers violating this policy will have their orders refunded automatically without notice)

 

Gates open at 6:00pm (PDT) – 09.23.2011

You are welcome to bring: blankets, pillows, food and drinks.

You may NOT bring: tents, coolers, chairs of any kind, dogs/pets.

There will be limited parking on site at $10 per car.

(Ticket purchasers will be notified via email when parking goes on sale)

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no overnight camping for this show and no one is permitted to line up before 5pm day of show.

*** This show is outdoors and is RAIN OR SHINE ***

 

Tickets available  at www.hollywoodforever.ticketfly.com

For more information on Bright Eyes please visit www.conoroberst.com

For more information on Hollywood Forever please visit www.hollywoodforever.com

If you have any questions please e-mail: events@hollywoodforever.com

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Frances Bay Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 17th, 2011
2011
Sep 17

OBITUARY

Frances Bay dies at 92; veteran character actress

 

 

Starting later in life, actress Frances Bay found success in a series of character parts, including roles on ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and in David Lynch’s films.

 

By Myrna Oliver
Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2011

 

Frances Bay, the sweet, gentle housewife who became a successful actress in middle age, appearing in more than 50 motion pictures and 100 television shows, including roles as the “marble rye lady” on “Seinfeld” and the grandmother in Adam Sandler’s “Happy Gilmore,” has died. She was 92.

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Frances Bay

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Troma-Time at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 17th, 2011
2011
Sep 17

BOOK SIGNINGS

Troma-Time at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

 

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

7:30 p.m.

LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP

6644 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Phone: (323)463-3273
info@larryedmunds.com
Store hours:
Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

It’s TROMA-TIME here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop with the one & only Lloyd Kaufman! Lloyd will be signing his latest book, “Sell Your Own Damn Movie” along with some of his past releases. Mr. Kaufman will also bring a D.I.Y. dvd to explain to all how you should & can produce, direct & sell your own damn movie! Aspiring filmmakers, don’t miss a chance to ask the man behind “The Toxic Avenger”, “Poultrygeist” & so many more how the movie in your head can end up on the screen. Find out how to sell your damn movie where? @ the LARE!

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Paul Henning’s 100th Birthday

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 16th, 2011
2011
Sep 16

100th BIRTHDAY

 

 

AMERICAN PRODUCER AND WRITER

 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR PAUL HENNING VIDEO

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