Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year from Hollywoodland!

Monday, December 31st, 2012


Happy New Year 2013 from Hollywoodland!


“New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.”

— Mark Twain


Harry Carey Jr. Obituary

Sunday, December 30th, 2012


Harry Carey Jr. dies at 91; character actor in John Ford films



The son of a silent film star, Harry Carey Jr. was thought to be the last surviving member of director John Ford’s stock company and appeared in many classic westerns.


By Dennis McLellan
Special to The Times
December 29, 2012

Harry Carey Jr., a venerable character actor who was believed to be the last surviving member of director John Ford’s legendary western stock company, died Thursday. He was 91.

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Jack Klugman Obituary

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012


Jack Klugman dies at 90; star of TV’s ‘The Odd Couple,’ ‘Quincy’



Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner, portrayed the slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison opposite Tony Randall on the ‘Odd Couple’ and later played a crime-solving medical examiner on ‘Quincy.’



By Dennis McLellan
Special to The Times
December 24, 2012


Jack Klugman, the three-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his portrayals of slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the title role of the murder-solving medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday at his home in Woodland Hills. He was 90.


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Charles Durning Obituary

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012


Charles Durning dies at 89; Tony winner also got Oscar, Emmy nods



He broke through at 49 in ‘That Championship Season.’ In film, he impressed in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ and on TV was costar of ‘Evening Shade.’


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2012


Charles Durning, a Tony Award-winning actor whose prolific work in films and television included supporting roles in the classic comedy “Tootsie” and the TV sitcom “Evening Shade,” died Monday. He was 89.


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Merry Christmas from Hollywoodland

Monday, December 24th, 2012


Merry Christmas from Hollywoodland



“Inventing Elsa Maxwell” by Sam Staggs

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012


“Inventing Elsa Maxwell”


By Sam Staggs


One of the twentieth century’s most colorful characters brought back to life in this biography by the author of All About All About Eve


With Inventing Elsa Maxwell, Sam Staggs has crafted a landmark biography. Elsa Maxwell (1881-1963) invented herself–not once, but repeatedly. Built like a bulldog, she ascended from the San Francisco middle class to the heights of society in New York, London, Paris, Venice, and Monte Carlo. Shunning boredom and predictability, Elsa established herself as party-giver extraordinaire in Europe with come-as-you-are parties, treasure hunts (e.g., retrieve a slipper from the foot of a singer at the Casino de Paris), and murder parties that drew the ire of the British parliament. She set New York a-twitter with her soirees at the Waldorf, her costume parties, and her headline-grabbing guest lists of the rich and royal, movie stars, society high and low, and those on the make all mixed together in let-‘er-rip gaiety. All the while, Elsa dashed off newspaper columns, made films in Hollywood, wrote bestselling books, and turned up on TV talk shows. She hobnobbed with friends like Noel Coward and Cole Porter. Late in life, she fell in love with Maria Callas, who spurned her and broke Elsa’s heart. Her feud with the Duchess of Windsor made headlines for three years in the 1950s.



Inventing Elsa Maxwell, the first biography of this extraordinary woman, tells the witty story of a life lived out loud.

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Hollywood Sign gets a facelift

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012


Debut of repainted sign is Hollywood event



The Hollywood sign, refreshed with the help of 105 gallons of primer and 255 gallons of high-reflective white paint, gets celebrity treatment.



By Ashley Powers
Los Angeles Times
December 4, 2012


If there’s anything Tinseltown excels at, it’s turning a ho-hum event into a made-for-TV spectacle. Witness the fanfare that unfolds each time the Hollywood sign gets a fresh coat of paint.


It’s not written off as routine maintenance. No, it’s a civic event.


A media scrum gathers. Elected officials gush. Someone cracks jokes about face-lifts. (In 1995, nipped-and-tucked actress Phyllis Diller did the honors.)


So it was on Tuesday, when reporters were whisked to just below the nearly 90-year-old sign, one of the few landmarks in the crazy quilt of neighborhoods that is Los Angeles.


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Vaudeville to Nickelodeon at the Hollywood Heritage Museum

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012


Tickets for this event are available online with your credit card via Brown Paper Tickets.

A nominal fee will be added to the ticket price for this service.


Just go to: Galen Wilkes – From Vaudeville to the Nickelodeon for more information.

Or call 1-800-838-3006 to reserve tickets over the phone.
Doors open at 7:00PM and seating is limited.

For additional information please visit: Hollywood Heritage

Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn

(across from the Hollywood Bowl)

2100 N. Highland Avenue

Information: 323-874-2276


Admission: $5.00 for Hollywood Heritage Members

and $15.00 for Non-Members