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Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 28th, 2009
2009
Mar 28

FILM HISTORY

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…

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

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

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:

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HATTIE MCDANIEL

 

Hattie McDaniel's grave

 

Academy Award winning actress for

Gone With the Wind (1939).

 

 

DOOLEY WILSON

 

Dooley Wilson's grave

 

Actor besy-known for his role as Sam in

Casablanca (1942).

 

ANNA MAY WONG

 

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.

 

 

PHINEAS BANNING

 

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.

 

 

DR. DAVID BURBANK

 

David Burbank

 

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

 

 

CAROLINE SEVERANCE

 

Caroline Severance

 

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

 

TOD BROWNING

 

Todd Browning's grave

 

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

 

 

MARIA RASPUTIN

 

Maria Rasputin

 

Daughter of the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin.

 

 

LOUISE PEETE

 

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

 

Harry Kellar's grave

 

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

 

MABLE MONOHAN

 

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

 

Honorable Wu

 

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

 

 

Rosedale Cemetery

 

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Rosedale Cemetery tour

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Obit…Wonderful Smith

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 15th, 2008
2008
Sep 15

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.

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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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