Archive for January, 2012

Head found in Hollywood Hills

Thursday, January 19th, 2012


More body parts found near man’s head in Hollywood Hills park



Police discover a hand, then another, and, as they are about to end their search for the day, they find two feet below the Hollywood sign.


By Alan Zarembo and Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2012


As the sun set over the Hollywood Hills park where police spent Wednesday searching for human body parts, they still didn’t have a name to go with the man’s head discovered there a day earlier.


What they did have were two hands and two feet. Authorities were optimistic that the hands were in good enough condition to obtain fingerprints.


The homicide investigation began Tuesday afternoon after two dog walkers in Bronson Canyon Park noticed their dogs playing with a plastic bag and went to inspect it.


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Betty White’s 90th Birthday

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012




Born January 17, 1922, Oak Park, Illinois



Betty White in the 1930 Census

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012


Betty White

(b. 1922)

Television actress

Rose Nylan on The Golden Girls (1985-1992)



Betty White home


454 N. Harper Avenue

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California


 Owned, $10,000


Census taken on April 17, 1930




  1. Horace L. White (head), 36 / Michigan / Salesman / Electrical.
  2. Tess White (wife), 30 / Illinois / None.
  3. Betty White (daughter), 8 / Illinois / None.



NOTE: This is a private residence. Please DO NOT disturb the occupants.



* Information includes relationship to head of household, age / place of birth (year of arrival in this country, if applicable) / occupation / industry.


The preceeding text is taken from my book, Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008). This directory provides an extensive listing of household information collected for over 2,265 famous or notorious individuals who were alive during the 1930 United States Census. Please note: The above photographs do not appear in the book.



“Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine” at Hollywood Heritage

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012


Hollywood Heritage


Evening @ the Barn




On Wednesday, February 8th at 7:30 pm



Anthony Slide


Acclaimed author Anthony Slide will go “inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine” with a heavily illustrated, Power Point presentation about this fascinating and indispensable chapter in journalism and popular culture.  Hear how the fan magazines dealt with gossip and innuendo and how they handled nationwide issues such as Hollywood scandals of the 1920s, World War II and the blacklist.  At the end of the program, there will be a book signing.


“For anyone who equates ‘fan magazines’ with supermarket tabloids, this book should come as a revelation.  Tony Slide has one a formidable job of research to chart the birth, rise and fall of Hollywood fan magazines in the twentieth century, their relationship to the industry they covered and the readers they served.  It’s a colorful, well-told history thats full of surprises.” – Leonard Maltin


Advance tickets via the internet are recommended through Brown Paper Tickets: click here: Brown Paper Tickets Inside The Hollywood Fan Magazine


Brown Paper Tickets call (800) 838-3006 to reserve over the phone. Event 217814

A nominal service fee will be added. 


An Evening @ the Barn will be presented in the HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM in the Lasky-DeMille Barn (Across from the Hollywood Bowl), 2100 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA90068.


Ample FREE PARKING as usual in “Lot D.”

Doors open 7:00 p.m.; program starts 7:30 p.m.

Admission: $5.00 for Hollywood Heritage Members

$10.00 for non-members



Faye Dunaway’s 71st Birthday

Saturday, January 14th, 2012




Born January 14, 1941



Valentino home for rent

Friday, January 13th, 2012


A chance to step back into Hollywood’s golden age as silent film star Rudy Valentino’s house is on the rental market




By Mike Larkin
London Mail


He was the Robert Pattinson of the 1920s and was known as the ‘Latin Lover’.


So perhaps the English hunk could be someone who is keen to live on the last remained house of legendary silent film star Rudy Valentino.


His death at the age of just 31 in 1926 caused mass hysteria among his strong female fanbase, and he is an icon of the silent era.


Now a Spanish-style home that once sat on the Italian’s Falcon Lair estate has hit the rental market.


 The house sits above Beverly Hills, and is listed at rates of $1,000 for the night, or $14,000 for the month on real estate website

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Jose Ferrer’s 100th Birthday

Sunday, January 8th, 2012








Click here to watch Jose Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac



Frederica Sagor Maas Obituary

Sunday, January 8th, 2012


Frederica Sagor Maas dies at 111; silent film screenwriter



One of Frederica Sagor Maas’ scripts launched Clara Bow. Maas eventually quit the movie business in disgust and much later wrote a scathing book about the industry.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2012


One of the last links to the silent film era, Frederica Sagor Maas wrote the script for 1925’s “The Plastic Age,” which launched actress Clara Bow. But she watched in horror as her serious treatment on women and work was turned into a frivolous 1947 musical, “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim,” starring Betty Grable.


It was Maas’ final Hollywood credit.


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