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Joan Crawford’s Charcoal Broiled Steak

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

CELEBRITY RECIPES

Joan Crawford

 

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JOAN CRAWFORD’s

Charcoal Broiled Steak

 

First of all be sure that the steak is a thick one, and that the coals are glowing red before starting to cook it. In case you oven broil the steak the secret is to have the oven at just the right temperature — say pre-heated to 450 to 500 degrees. To prepart the steak for broiling, first wipe it with a damp cloth. Then salt and pepper and rub with a clove of garlic. When this is complete, brush with butter. Arrange the steak on the pan at least one and a half inches from the flame. (For thick steaks at least two inches) broil it first on one side, and then on the other. I have discoved that twelve to fifteen minutes is sufficient for a rare steak, fifteen to eighteen minutes for medium well-done and twenty to thirty for well-done. Here is a tip for oven broiling, try leaving the oven door ajar while cooking and see what a difference it makes.

 

ROQUEFORT CHEESE AND MUSTARD SAUCE

 

Broil steak as above. The sauce is made as follows: mix together the beaten roquefort chesse, mustard and melted butter. After turning, and just before the steak is done, spread on the sauce and let broil until brown. This is delicious. Sauce: 4 tablespoons butter, 1 square roquefort cheese, 1 tablespoon prepared mustard.

 

— Joan Crawford

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The Mystery of Life?

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

FOREST LAWN SCULPTURE

Ah, Sweet ‘Mystery of Life’

 

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THE MYSTERY OF LIFE is the largest piece of statuary in Forest Lawn Memorial Park — measuring over 17 feet in width and containing 22 life size figures. Critics regard this statur, the workd of Ernesto Gazzeri, one fo the world’s greatest sculptural masterpieces. The sculptor has chosen to leave the interpretation to each individual observer.  (from the back of the post card circa 1930s)

 

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THE MYSTERY OF LIFE monument as it looks today. The above description must have been before they installed the reproduction of Michelangelo’s  “David” in the courtyard adjoining this garden.

 

The following is Forest Lawn’s religious interpretation of The Mystery of Life statue taken from a pictorial catalogue the cemetery published in 1944:

 

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“Around the mystic Stream of Life we see grouped eighteen persons typifying many walks and stations in life. First we see…”

 

1.  – a boy, who is astonished at the miracle that has happened in his hand — one moment, an unbroken egg; the next moment, a chick, teeming with life. “Why?” he asks. “How does it happen? What is the answer to this Mystery of Life?” He questions…

2.  – his aged grandmother, who, he reasons, knows everything. But we see her resigned in the face of the inexplicable. Then we see…

3 and 4.  – the lovers, who believe they have found the answer to the mystery in their first kiss.

5. – the sweet girl graduate, lost in dreams, with no place as yet in her thoughts for a serious questioning of Life’s destiny.

6.  – the scientist, troubled because all his learnings, all his searchings, have not solved the mystery.

7 and 8.  – the mother, who finds the answer in the babe at her breast.

9, 10, 11, 12, 13.  – the happy family group, not really perturbed by the mystery, although even they seem to ask: “Why do the doves mate?”

14.  the learned philosopher, scratching his puzzled head in vain.

15 and 16.  – the monk and the nun, comforted and secure, confident that they have found the answer in their religion.

17.  – the atheist, the fool, who grinningly cares not at all, while

18.  – the stoic, sits in silent awe and comtemplation of that which he believes he knows but cannot explain or understand.

 

And, to the left of this sculpture is a private garden containing the earthly remains of Mary Pickford (1893-1979), Warner Baxter (1891-1951), Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman (1907-1976), Earl Carrol (1893-1948) and his girlfriend Beryl Wallace (1910-1948) and Joan Crawford’s ‘Mommie Dearest’ — Anna Le Sueur (1884-1958).

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Fan Mail Stolen!

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Stolen fan mail of Crawford and Novarro discovered!

  

 

  

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

 

For decades, fan mail has always been a way for admirers to communicate with their favorite. However its fairly rare for fans to steal the fan mail. That was the case in September of 1933 when it was revealed that more than 100 unopened letters addressed to Joan Crawford and Ramon Novarro were discovered in a recently vacate suite of rooms at the Ambrose Apartments, 68 North Los Robles Avenue, and turned over to police.

 

Although the authorities did not suspect that the letters were stolen for any sinister reasons such as formulation of a kidnap plot or extortion  conspiracy, they admitted they were looking for a former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer employee whom they wished to interview.

 

The bundle of letters, tied with a string, was turned over to Police Detective Collins by Mrs. Robert C. Crawford (who insisted she was not a relative of Joan’s’), an occupant of the apartment house.

 

Detective Collins was of the opinion that most of the letters were from film fans, in view of the fact that they are addressed to the M-G-M Studio. Some of the foreign stamps were steamed from the envelopes, indicating that whoever stole or was given the stars’ unopened mail was a stamp collector. It is not known if the thief was ever caught.

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Stars Paid to Smoke…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

FILM HISTORY

Hollywood ‘paid fortune to smoke’

 

 

Tobacco firms paid huge amounts for endorsements from the stars of Hollywood’s “Golden Age”.

 

BBC News
September 25, 2008

 

Industry documents released following anti-smoking lawsuits reveal the extent of the relationship between tobacco and movie studios.

 

One firm paid more than $3m in today’s money in one year to stars.

 

Researchers writing in the Tobacco Control journal said “classic” films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s still helped promote smoking today.

  

Virtually all of the biggest names of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were involved in paid cigarette promotion, according to the University of California at San Francisco researchers.

 

They obtained endorsement contracts signed at the times to help them calculate just how much money was involved.

 

According to the research, stars prepared to endorse tobacco included Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Bette Davis and Betty Grable.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Joan Crawford’s Birthday…

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Joan Crawford!

 

 

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According to whatever source you believe, movie star diva Joan Crawford is anywhere from 99 to 103 years old today. If the Social Security Death Index is correct, today is her 100th birthday.

 

Tonight on TCM they played a documentary, Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) and interviewed silent film star, Anita Page. There was one error in which the producers claimed that Page costarred with Crawford in Sally, Irene and Mary (1925), which is incorrect. Their first film together was Our Dancing Daughters (1928). That’s an error that could have been prevented.

 

In any event, Happy Birthday Joan.

 

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