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Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar…

Saturday, March 28th, 2009


Hattie McDaniel: Equality 41 Years in the Mud


Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter

 Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter


By Tom Gregory
The Huffington Post


The article that follows is a rerun of a piece I wrote in HuffPo over a year ago. The Academy is still unwavering in its choice not to reissue Howard University McDaniel’s statuette. At this historic time, I hope the Academy will finally do the right thing. — Tom Gregory

Today, more than any day ever before, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is poised on the brink of a crisis of conscience.


Hattie McDaniel is best known for her portrayal of “Mammy” in 1939’s Gone with the Wind. She was born in Kansas in 1895, the same year Booker T. Washington delivered his famous “Atlanta Compromise” address. One hundred and thirteen African Americans were officially reported lynched in 1895.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



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Tour of Rosedale Cemetery…

Sunday, March 1st, 2009


Angelus Rosedale Cemetery


Angelus Rosedale Cemetery


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Yesterday was a typical sunny day in California and a perfect morning to spend in a cemetery. I attended a walking tour at Angelus Rosedale cemetery sponsored by the Studio for Southern California History.



Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker


Our tour guides for the day were author Steve Goldstein and Los Angeles criminal history expert, Joe Walker (above).  


Steve is the author of, LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P. which is on bookstands now from Schiffer Books.


The tour was a comination of film stars, Los Angeles historic figures, murder victims and killers. Angelus Rosedale Cemetery is located at 1831 W. Washington Blvd.


Here are just a few of the residents that were covered in Saturday’s tour:












Hattie McDaniel's grave


Academy Award winning actress for

Gone With the Wind (1939).





Dooley Wilson's grave


Actor besy-known for his role as Sam in

Casablanca (1942).




Anna May Wong's grave


The first Chinese-American film star and the first Asian-American to become an international star who has more than 80 film credits to her name.





Phinneas Baning's grave


Southern California pioneer. Known as “The Father of the Port of Los Angeles,” he was one of the founders of the town of Wilmington, which was named for his birthplace.





David Burbank


A New Hampshire-born dentist and entrepreneur who founded the city of Burbank, California.





Caroline Severance


Woman’s club leader; women’s rights activist; and abolitionist.




Todd Browning's grave


Motion picture director best known for the films London After Midnight (1927), Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932)





Maria Rasputin


Daughter of the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin.





Louise Peete's grave


Infamous serial killer who was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin at age 66. She lies in an unmarked grave.





Harry Kellar's grave


Magician who presented large stage shows during the late 1800s and early 1900s. A predecessor of Harry Houdini.




Mable Monohan's grave


A once-famous roller skater who once toured on the Orpheum circuit, and was strangled with a strip of her own bed sheet. Barbara Graham was convicted of her murder though she allegedly did not actually participate. Susan Hayward played the part of Graham in the film I Want to Live and received an Academy Award.





Honorable Wu


Chinese-American actor in such films as Stowaway (1936) and Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)



Rosedale Cemetery




Rosedale Cemetery tour



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Obit…Wonderful Smith

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Comedian Wonderful Smith, whose edgy routines helped break racial stereotypes, dies at 97



Wonderful Smith appears with Hattie McDaniel, center, and ABC commentator Frances Scully at the 1947 Academy Awards. His bold comedy routine in Duke Ellington “Jump for Joy” regularly brought down the house. (Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research)


The comedian was featured in Duke Ellington’s musical revue ‘Jump for Joy’ and regularly brought the house down with his ‘Hello, Mr. President?’ monologue.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 15, 2008


Wonderful Smith, whose boundary-pushing comedy routine in Duke Ellington’s satirical revue Jump for Joy — staged in Los Angeles in 1941 — helped the black cast counter against racial stereotypes in entertainment, has died. He was 97.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



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