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Kardashians at Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 27th, 2012
2012
Jun 27

CELEBRITY NEWS

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. 

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Roy Rogers’ auction

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 16th, 2010
2010
Jul 16

CELEBRITY NEWS

Roy Rogers’ dog Bullet fetches $35K at NYC auction, will join Trigger at Neb. TV station

 

 

FILE – In this Feb. 15, 1984 file photo, Roy Rogers is shown with his wife Dale Evans before the stuffed remains of Trigger, Roy’s horse, at the Roy Rogers museum in Victorville, Calif. An upcoming New York auction will feature Rogers belongings including the preserved remains of his famous horse, Trigger. The presale estimate for the dead horse is $100,000 to $200,000. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, file) (LENNOX MCLENDON, AP / February 14, 1984)

 

By Eva Dou
Associated Press Writer
Los Angeles Times
July 16, 2010

 

NEW YORK (AP) — After sitting stuffed and mounted for more than 40 years in a museum, Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger and dog Bullet will be TV stars once more.

 

Rural cable network RFD-TV bought Bullet for $35,000 on Thursday and Trigger for $266,000 a day earlier at an auction in New York City.

 

RFD-TV owner Patrick Gottsch said the Omaha, Neb.-based network will begin airing old Roy Rogers movies on Saturdays starting November 6. The movie cowboy’s son, Roy Jr., will introduce each film, as Trigger and Bullet stand in the background.

 

“The goal is to introduce Roy Rogers to a whole new generation of kids,” Gottsch said.

 

Trigger and Bullet were part of a Christie’s auction of items from the now-closed Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Mo.

 

On Thursday, more than 1,000 items hit the auction block, including the Rogers family dining set, which sold at $11,875, triple the presale estimate; Trigger’s flower-bedecked straw hat, which fetched $2,750, compared with the $500 to $1,000 estimate; and the hand-drawn music and lyrics to “Happy Trails,” which sold for $27,500, compared with the estimate of $500.

 

All sale prices include the buyer’s premium of 25 percent for most items, or 20 percent for prices in excess of $50,000.

 

The total sale realized $2.98 million, according to Christie’s. No items went unsold.

 

Auctioneer Cathy Elkies said Rogers’ silver Jeep Nellybelle was the most anticipated item up for auction, with an estimated sale price of between $20,000 and $30,000.

 

Pam Weidel, a horse trainer from New Jersey, went home with Nellybelle for $116,500. She said she always felt a special attachment to Nellybelle when she watched Roy Rogers Westerns as a child.

 

“I called all my cars that over the years. I’d say, ‘C’mon Nellybelle,'” she said.

 

Now that she has the real Nellybelle, Weidel says she’s planning to keep it in the private museum of businessman John B. Haines IV, who is in the construction industry, in Pennsburg, Pa.

 

Julie Ann Ream, the niece of another famous singing cowboy, Rex Allen, said she and others in the audience were nervous about where the pieces of the collection would end up. She said the crowd cheered when an item went to a collector they knew would put the item back in a museum for public viewing.

 

“A lot of it, you just don’t know where it’s going,” she said.

 

Trigger’s new owner said he’s heard from thousands of relieved Rogers fans.

 

“Over the last 24 hours, I’ve received so many e-mails of thank you, just wonderful letters, saying ‘Thank you for saving Trigger,'” Gottsch said.

 

With a Western icon on the line, Gottsch said the auction was heart-pounding. RFD-TV CFO Steve Campione sat at Christie’s auction hall Wednesday night while Gottsch yelled into Campione’s headset from Omaha.

 

“We almost lost Trigger at $200,000,” Gottsch said. “Steve couldn’t hear me, and I was yelling on the phone, ‘Hit him! Hit him! Hit him!’ and he was saying ‘What?'”

 

But they snagged the golden palomino after all.

 

Gottsch said children will be able to come to RFD-TV’s new headquarters in Omaha to visit the famous horse.

 

The other two preserved horses up for sale, Rogers’ wife Dale Evans’ steed, Buttermilk, and Trigger’s body double, Trigger Jr., both went to private U.S. buyers for $25,000 and $18,750.

 

Elkies, the auctioneer, said it was the “most colorful, emotional and sentimental” sale she had experienced in her 20 years at Christie’s.

 

At the end of the auction, the audience broke out spontaneously in a rendition of the Roy Rogers theme song “Happy Trails.”

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

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Brittany Murphy’s dad finally visits her grave

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 22nd, 2010
2010
Feb 22

CELEBRITY NEWS

Brittany Murphy’s Dad defies ban to visit her grave

 

 

 

The father of the late actress Brittany Murphy was recently denied visitation rights to his daughters grave by Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills. Read entertainment blogger, Lisa Burk’s account of how he finally had the chance obtain closure.

 

Click her to read Lisa Burk’s report

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Rip Torn arrested on bank break in

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 31st, 2010
2010
Jan 31

CELEBRITY NEWS

Actor Rip Torn charged with breaking into Conn. bank while drunk and carrying a loaded gun

 

 

By Associated Press
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2010

 

SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) — Actor Elmore “Rip” Torn has been charged with breaking into a Connecticut bank and carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated.

 

State police say the 78-year-old Salisbury resident was arrested Friday night after police found him inside the Litchfield Bancorp with a loaded revolver.

 

The “Men in Black” actor has been taken into custody and booked on charges including burglary and possession of firearm without a permit. He is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled for a Monday appearance in Bantam Superior Court.

 

Last year, Torn was given probation in a Connecticut drunken driving case and granted permission to enter an alcohol education program. He also has two previous drunken driving arrests in New York.

 

A spokesman for Torn did not immediately return phone calls Saturday.

 

Click here for Los Angeles Times story

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Luise Rainer Interviewed

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 12th, 2010
2010
Jan 12

CELEBRITY NEWS

Actress Luise Rainer on the glamour and grit of Hollywood’s golden era

 

 

As she approaches her 100th birthday, the two-time Oscar winner talks to Mick Brown about Hollywood, Greta Garbo, and charming Albert Einstein.

 
By Mick Brown
Telegraph.co.uk

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The two Academy Awards that Luise Rainer won for best actress stand on a bookshelf in her study. Actually, that’s not quite true. The Oscar that Rainer won for The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 is the original – a deep and satisfyingly aged bronze. The Oscar that she won the following year for her role in The Good Earth she gave to the removal men who moved her from Switzerland to London some years ago. “I used it as a doorstop,” Rainer says airily. “And it was bent.”

 

The shiny gild statuette that now stands on her shelf is a recent replacement.

 

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Meredith Baxter is Gay!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 3rd, 2009
2009
Dec 3

CELEBRITY NEWS

Meredith Baxter says she’s gay

 

Meredith Baxter

 

By Alessandro Morett
Alternative Film Guide ( www.altfg.com )

 

On the day the New York senate decides that gays don’t deserve the right to marry, Meredith Baxter, best known for the 1980s television series Family Ties, has stated in print, television, and radio that “yes, I’m a lesbian.”

 

The 62-year-old Baxter (born in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena on June 21, 1947), who has been married three times and has five children, is currently in a relationship with building contractor Nancy Locke. The couple have been together for four years. Baxter says she began dating women seven years ago. (The IMDb implies that it’s the same Nancy Locke that was once married to Wings Hauser; but that is apparently a case of mistaken identity.) …

 

Click here to continue reading at the Alternative Film Guide

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Michael Jackson’s Will

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 1st, 2009
2009
Jul 1

CELEBRITY NEWS

Michael Jackson’s will

 

Michael Jackson

 

Click here to read Michael Jackson’s Will

 

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Farrah Fawcett Hospitalized…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 6th, 2009
2009
Apr 6

CELEBRITY NEWS

Farrah Fawcett hospitalized in Los Angeles

 

 

 

Former ‘Charlie’s Angels’ star, 62, has been battling cancer since 2006

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The Associated Press
April. 6, 2009
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NEW YORK – Farrah Fawcett, who has struggled with cancer since 2006, has checked into a Los Angeles hospital but is “not on death’s door,” a producer who has worked with the actress said on Monday.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Richardson Honor on Broadway…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 20th, 2009
2009
Mar 20

CELEBRITY NEWS

Broadway dims lights to honor Natasha Richardson

 

The usually brilliant lights of Broadway dim for one minute Thursday in honor of Natasha Richardson.

 

NEW YORK (CNN) — Broadway dimmed its lights Thursday night to honor actress Natasha Richardson, who died after suffering a brain injury while skiing at a Canadian resort.

 

Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the legendary Redgrave acting family — died in a New York hospital after she fell down a ski slope Monday in Quebec.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Jessica Lange Falls…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 18th, 2009
2009
Mar 18

CELEBRITY NEWS

Report: Jessica Lange falls in Minn. cabin, goes to hospital

 

 

By Paul Walsh
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 18, 2009

 

A month shy of her 60th birthday, Minnesota-born actress Jessica Lange reportedly took a tumble at her cabin near the town where she was born and suffered a host of injuries.

 

According to the gossip website tmz.com, Lange grabbed for a railing that was not secure and fell, breaking her shoulder and collarbone and dislocating her arm. She also suffered cuts and needed stitches at a nearby hospital, the website said. TMZ did not report when the fall occurred.

 

In recent months, she and longtime mate Sam Shepard sold their home in Stillwater.

 

A representative for Lange told People magazine, “She will be completely fine and expects to be released from the hospital imminently.”

 

In a 2004 interview with AARP magazine, Lange said of her cabin, south of Cloquet: “”There is no place I’d rather be. The cabin is in the deep woods, on a hill overlooking a small lake.

 

“There is no sound except nature, which can be amazingly loud when you really listen. We can hear coyote, timber wolves, bear. I get up at 6:30 a.m., take my coffee, and sit on the dock and watch the hawks, eagles, loons, and blue heron.”

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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