Archive for June, 2012

Doris Singleton Obituary

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


Doris Singleton, Neighbor of Lucy and Ricky on ‘I Love Lucy,’ Dies at 92



The actress appeared in 10 episodes of the classic sitcom and guest-starred on such shows as “All in the Family,” “My Three Sons” and “The Munsters.”


By Mike Barnes
Hollywood Reporter


Actress Doris Singleton, best known as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor and occasional nemesis Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 92. 


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Don Grady Obituary

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


Don Grady dies at 68; Mouseketeer, ‘My Three Sons’ star



Don Grady appeared on ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ before playing Robbie on the popular family sitcom ‘My Three Sons.’ He later became a composer and songwriter.


By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2012


Don Grady, who sang and danced as a Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” played son Robbie on the long-running family sitcom “My Three Sons,” and later became a composer and songwriter, died Wednesday. He was 68.


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George Randolph Hearst Jr. Obituary

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


George Randolph Hearst Jr. dies at 84; L.A. Herald-Examiner publisher



Hearst oversaw the merger of the morning Examiner with the afternoon Herald-Express in 1962. The paper folded in 1989. He later became chairman of Hearst Corp.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2012


The demise of the Hearst newspaper empire in Los Angeles began in 1962 when publisher George Randolph Hearst Jr. abandoned the morning newspaper market. Hearst and the company that owned the Los Angeles Times made what some viewed as a back-room deal: At almost the same time, they folded editions that directly competed with each other.


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Kardashians at Hollywood Forever

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


The Kardashian family go shopping for a burial plot




There are reports that the Kardashian family visited Hollywood Forever Cemetery in search of a family plot or possibly “a giant mausoleum” (I don’t know where that would be at H4E unless they would build their own). Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Rob; step-dad Bruce Jenner and  mother Kris were all spotted at the cemetery. Their father/OJ defense lawyer Robert Kardashian (who died in 2003) is buried in the Park Terrace Section of the Inglewood Park Cemetery. 



Nora Ephron Obituary

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


Nora Ephron dies at 71; writer of sharp-edged romances



An author and the screenwriter of the smart, romantic comedies ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ Nora Ephron drew upon her marriage to Carl Bernstein for the novel ‘Heartburn.’


By John Horn and Rebecca Keegan
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2012


Nora Ephron, who cast an acerbic eye on relationships, metropolitan living and aging in essays, books, plays and hit movies including “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “Julie & Julia,” died Tuesday in New York. She was 71.


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Valentino at the Smithsonian

Sunday, June 24th, 2012


Past Imperfect: The “Latin Lover” and his enemies




Check out the attached article from the Smithsonian Magazine which used my book, The Valentino Mystique as a source.


Smithsonian Magazine

June 13, 2012


With the Roaring Twenties in full swing and the first talkies on the horizon, Hollywood’s booming film industry already had its share of bankable stars—Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton. But in the summer of 1926, an Italian immigrant named Rodolfo Alfonso Rafaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina D’Antonguolla would join them. Known as the “Latin Lover,” Rudolph Valentino would, by summer’s end, single-handedly change the way generations of men and women thought about sex and seduction.


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Harold H. Sayre at Hollywood Forever

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012


Harold H. Sayre; no desire but to serve




The following was edited from the book, Memorial Volume of the American Field Service in France, “Friends of France” 1914—1917, published in 1921 by James William Davenport Seymour.



Lieutenant Harold Holden Sayre possessed in no small degree the finest qualities of young American manhood. Clean-cut and manly are perhaps the adjectives which best describe his personality, and underneath an attractive exterior was a sturdy would upheld by the highest of principles. As one of intimate friends has said: “He had principles and stuck to them regardless of all and I loved him for his straightforward ways.”


Harold Sayre was born on February 7, 1895, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, the son of A. Judson and Harriet H. Sayre. Sayre lived in Harvey, North Dakota; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and Hollywood, California. He was educated at Western Canada College, Calgary, Harvard Military School, Los Angeles, California; Hollywood High School, and Leland Stanford University, Class of 1919.


A student of Leland Stanford, Jr., University, he enlisted toward the end of his sophomore year, in the American Field Service (June 9, 1917), and with the second Stanford Unit landed at Bordeaux on June 28, 1917. From July to October he was with Section ten in the Balkans, and under the particularly trying conditions of the eastern front he received his initiation into active warfare. The summer of 1917 was spent carrying wounded over the difficult passes and rough roads of the Albanian mountains and in September the Section took part in the successful Albanian offensive.


Returning to Paris on November 18, 1917, he resigned from the Field Service, then being taken over by the American Army, and on December 5th enlisted in aviation. He was trained at Clermont-Ferrand in various schools in southern France, received his commission (June 1, 1918), and was attached to the 11th Aero Bombing Squadron. It was while attending the bombing school at Clermont-Ferrand that he first met Lieutenant Shidler, later his pilot and friend, who has written of him:


“It was not hard after arriving at this field to pick out the most efficient bombers. All records were accessible and Lieutenant Sayre’s was easily among the best. His strong personal character, his clean mode of living, and the high code he set as a standard to live by, make him a prominent figure among the officers at that place, and his good sense of humor made companionship with him most agreeable. He was fond of outdoor exercise and I shall never forget the long walks through the vineyards of southern France and the swimming in the warm rivers while he and I were together. While visiting the cities and resorts he found his pleasure rather in the ancient architecture and the beautiful drives than in the bright lights of the town. His constant desire to learn and his devotion to duty were such that he would often sit under the most adverse circumstances and finish a map of some particular objective, when it was a common habit to let such things slip by as easily as possible and let the responsibility rest upon the one in command.”


As a member of the 11th Aero Bombing Squad, Lieutenant Sayre took part in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel early in September, 1918, and on the morning of September 14th was sent out with his pilot, Lieutenant Shidler, in company with a formation of several planes, to bomb certain objectives near the city of Conflans. The mission accomplished, they were attacked by a superior number of German planes and in the ensuing combat Lieutenant Sayre was killed, although he kept his guns going until life left his body. His pilot, who was severely wounded, was able to land the plane at Rezonville in the German lines, where he was taken prisoner. It was here that Lieutenant Sayre was first buried, but his body was later removed to the American Cemetery at Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, ultimately to be buried in Hollywood, California.


He met death as bravely and squarely as he had faced life, with no thought but for the cause stake and no desire but to serve this cause with the best which he had, even to the final sacrifice.




Harold Sayre’s grave is located in Section 8 not far from the grave of Janet Gayner and near the pond. For a landmark, there is a six-foot flag pole erected on his grave.



Ann Rutherford Obituary

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012


Ann Rutherford dies at 94; actress was in ‘Gone With the Wind’



She also portrayed Mickey Rooney’s teenage girlfriend in the Andy Hardy movies, but it was her small part in ‘Wind’ that turned her ‘golden years into platinum.’


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2012


Ann Rutherford, an actress whose small role as Scarlett’s younger sister Carreen in the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” was her most enduring, has died. She was 94.


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Goodbye Kodak Theatre…Hello Dolby

Saturday, June 9th, 2012


Kodak Theatre is no more



The former Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland has a new name and the Oscars will be staying there. According to a press release from H&H Center owners CIM Group, they’ve signed a 20 year deal with Dolby Laboratories, Inc. to rename the Kodak to the Dolby Theatre; “Kodak” was stripped off the building earlier this year after that company declared bankruptcy. They’ve also struck a new 20 year deal with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to keep the Oscars at the 3,400 seat theater: “Under the new contract with the Academy, the Dolby Theatre will host the Academy Awards through 2033.” The name will official be unveiled Monday evening. (Curbed Los Angeles)



 The former Kodak Theatre as it looking this morning with the name above the entrance covered, reportedly waiting for Monday evening’s unveiling.


 The side sign already reveals the new name of the former Kodak Theatre.



The hotel that could have been…

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012


The Hollywood-California, the hotel that could have been




By Allan R. Ellenberger


Sometimes building projects get no farther than the drawing board—maybe even more so in Hollywood, the land of big dreams. In 1922, the Davenport Corporation announced the construction of a grand building enterprise for the film capitol—The Hollywood-California, a Class A hotel-apartment building to cost in the neighborhood of $3.5 million—a grand neighborhood for 1922.


Architect Harry H. Whitely was hired to complete the design. The site where the hotel would be constructed was comprised of an entire block of frontage on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard, between Bronson Avenue and Gower Street, which at the time was known as the Brokaw property. Today the historically significant, former nightclub, the Florentine Gardens, is located on part of that block.


The Hollywood-California Hotel was designed to contain 717 rooms and it was to be built in the shape of a cross, with four wings radiating from a central, octagonal shaped unit. The wings were so designed that each succeeding floor would be stepped back from the floor below, an arrangement which would provide roof-gardens for a number of the apartments occupying ends of the wings.


Whiteley’s design provided single rooms, a single apartment or a double apartment. The studio apartments on the top floor would have two-story living rooms, with balconies, which opened to the bedrooms.


Entrance to the hotel was arranged at the intersections of the wings, between which it was planned to lay out extensive gardens. The main lobby, three stories in height was to be located in the central octagonal unit, and in this lobby the elevators and other service features was located.


The hotel was designed to be a combination of Spanish and Italian. The exterior finish would be of stucco, with a tile roof, while the interior finish of the apartments would be of mahogany, southern gum and pine. Marble wainscoting, with tile flooring and mutual decorations, would be used in the main lobby.


Other features incorporated in the plans, included an auditorium, palm room, dining room, and an auxiliary dining room with a dance floor. The main floor, in addition to these features, would house twenty shops, arranged to permit catering to outside clients, as well as to guests of the hotel. A garage with sufficient capacity to accommodate the automobiles of guests was connected directly to the main building.


Unfortunately, the Hollywood-California Hotel never came to be. No reports of why the project was abandoned were ever published but it was most likely due to finances, zoning or some other such technicality.  Had it been built, there is the likelihood that it would have been demolished at some point, to make way for progress as so many of Hollywood’s landmarks have been.