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Robert Nudelman and Marvin Paige markers at Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Oct 18th, 2014
Oct 18


The graves of preservationist Robert Nudelman, and casting agent, Marvin Paige now marked at Hollywood Forever Cemetery




Recently, within the last few weeks, the graves of two of Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes people have been marked.


First, Robert Nudelman, a leading preservationist who helped spearhead Hollywood’s rebirth as he campaigned over three decades to save and restore such landmarks as the El Capitan Theatre and the Cinerama Dome, now has a marker after six years. He was 52 years old when he died in 2008.


“There probably isn’t a single historic building or development project in Hollywood that Mr. Nudelman didn’t have a part in,” Fran Offenhauser, vice president of Hollywood Heritage said at the time. He was “the conscience of Hollywood,” Offenhauser added. “He really made the village happen in Hollywood, and it’s going to take a village to fill the gap he left. . . . He was really the lightning rod who woke up an area.”





Marvin Paige, who cast movies including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, two Woody Allen films and shows including General Hospital, worked as a celebrity handler and owned an extensive Hollywood archive, died of injuries sustained in a car crash in Laurel Canyon in October 2013. He was in his 80s.


Paige spent several decades as a casting director, then reinvented himself in later years as a keeper of Hollywood history who could always find the right person to appear at a tribute or showbiz celebration, such as the annual Cinecon events. “He was essential in targeting the right celebrities for the right event,” said publicist Edward Lozzi.





Marvin Paige Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 13th, 2013
Nov 13


Marvin Paige, Casting Director on ‘Star Trek,’ ‘General Hospital’ Dies



 (Sunshine Magazine)


By Pat Saperstein
November 13, 2013


Marvin Paige, who cast movies including “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” two Woody Allen films and shows including “General Hospital,” worked as a celebrity handler and owned an extensive Hollywood archive, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of injuries sustained in a car crash in Laurel Canyon last month. He was in his 80s.


For his work on nearly 100 episodes of “General Hospital,” he received two Artios nominations from the Casting Society of America. He cast thesps such as Demi Moore and Tia Carrere in the soap.


Paige spent several decades as a casting director, then reinvented himself in later years as a keeper of Hollywood history who could always find the right person to appear at a tribute or showbiz celebration, such as a recent Cinecon event for Shirley Jones and Pat Boone. “He was essential in targeting the right celebrities for the right event,” said publicist Edward Lozzi, who confirmed his death.


Lozzi said that Paige helped book classic showbiz figures for numerous organizations including AMPAS, AFI, the American Cinematheque and the Night of 100 Stars Oscar party.


Among the other shows he cast were the “Planet of the Apes” TV series, “Lassie” and “Combat!”


In film, he worked with Woody Allen on “Take the Money and Run” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.” Though he was uncredited, he got his start in the casting department for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”


He also worked on numerous TV movies such as “Terror on the Beach” and “Mayday at 40,000 Feet!”


Paige’s Motion Picture and Television Research Archive was used by shows such as “American Masters,” “Backstory” and “Biography.”



The 86th Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 18th, 2013
Aug 18


 The Eighty-Sixth Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service




 Friday, August 23, 2013

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, California

Cathedral Mausoleum



This year’s Valentino Memorial Service will include new videos acknowledging the 100th anniversary of Rudolph Valentino’s arrival in America will be shown. There will also be a tribute video saluting his cinematic career.


In addition, a video saluting Valentino’s friend and costar, Mae Murray with be presented and the guest speaker will be Michael G. Ankerich, the author of the new biography “Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips.” Also speaking will be Christopher Riordan who will update the audience about Falcon Lair. Riordan lived in the guest home on the estate, as the property overseer.


This year the Memorial is themed to salute the 90th anniversary of the Mineralava Tour. There will be a special display of Mineralava artifacts including two of the trophies that Rudolph Valentino presented (one to a dancing couple, the other for the beauty contest). The trophies will be made available at the conclusion of the service for people to get their photo holding them. Live singing of Valentino music will be presented by the Evans & Rogers musical team.


Acknowledgements: Valentino Memorial Committee: Tracy Ryan Terhune, Stella Grace, Chanell O Farrill, Marvin Paige. Research on the Mineralava Tour—Rebecca Eash; Mineralava Tour video—Donna Hill; remaining videos—Frank Labrador.



Candids from Cinecon 48!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 4th, 2012
Sep 4





By Allan R. Ellenberger


Cinecon 48 is history! The annual festival began last Thursday and ended yesterday and over the course of five days screened 43 classic films, shorts and documentaries at the legendary Egyptian Theater. Among the films shown were such rare gems as 15 Maiden Lane (1936) starring Claire Trevor and Caesar Romero and directed by Allan Dwan; the silent, Wild Bill Hickcok (1923) played by Cinecon favorite, William S. Hart; the crowd pleasing bio-pic, Diamond Jim (1935), the story of James Buchanan Brady, fondly known as “Diamond Jim,” starring Edward Arnold in the title role and Jean Arthur in a supporting role.


Other highlights included The Goose Woman (1925), The Bedroom Window (1924), and the Kate Smith film, Hello, Everybody! (1933). Some of my favorites include Diamond Jim, Upstream (1927), the once-lost John Ford film about vaudevillians starring Raymond Hitchcock and Grant Withers, the Cecil B. DeMille scenario, The Circus Man (1914), She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) with Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy and the documentary about the Silent Movie Theatre, Palace of Silents.


Some of the special guests who appreared this year and talked about their filmes were Marsha Hunt, Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare, Samantha Eggar and Carleton Carpenter.


Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare and Carleton Carpenter were honored at this years Cinecon banquet with the Career Acheivement award. Carpenter was presented with his award by his Two Weeks With Love (1950) costar, Debbie Reynolds. The couple sang their hit song from the film, Aba Daba Honeymoon to a very appreciative audience. Jack Larson, best-known as Jimmy Olsen on TV’s Superman, presented his former costar, Phyllis Coates with her award. Coates played Lois Lane on the series first season. Director Richard L. Bare, who directed such classic television shows as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and several episodes of the Twilight Zone was given his award by Linda Henning who played Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction.


There was a great selection of films shown at this year’s Cinecon and the banquet was one of the most entertaining in recent years. Many thanks to the Cinecon officers and committee: Robert S. Birchard, Jim Harwood, Marvin Paige, Stan Taffel, Sharon Arndt, Bryan Cooper, Stella Grace, Sue Guldin, Danny Schwartz and Maureen Solomon.


A personal thanks to volunteer coordinator Stella Grace and her group of volunteers which included Woolsey Ackerman, Nick Beck, Vivienne Benjamin, Amy Bowker, Paul & Kristina Bunnell, Annette Bursteen, Michael Cable, Rancen Collins, Sandy Dubois, Allan Ellenberger, Joan Engberg, Isabel Falck, Allison Francis, Sue Garland, Bill Goodwin, Sue Guldin, Mary Mallory, Ludmilla & HarryMartinez, Charlie McCollister, Ann McFerrin, Oriana Nudo, Betty Petit, Jane Reed, Robert Richard, Ronn & Carol Roe, Susan Shapiro, Ruth Silney, Norman Triplett, Laura Wegter, Rex Wegter, Rachel Wegter and Tyler, Seth Wegter and Mary Zickefoose.


See you at Cinecon 49 on Labor Day weekend, 2013!


Following are some candid photos from this past weekend, mostly from the banquet (Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger):




Volunteers Allison Francis and Robert Richard (left) help veteran Cinecon

attendee, Sharon Schwartz at Loew’s Hollywood Hotel on Highland Avenue.





Crowd gathers for the Cinecon banquet (recognize anyone?)




Cinecon president, Robert S. Birchard opened the banquet




Actresses France Nuyen and Colleen Gray




Former Superman costars, Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane) and Jack Larsen

(Jimmy Olsen) meet prior to the banquet. Author Anthony Slide is looking on.





Cinecon officer and banquet emcee, Stan Taffel greets Mary Ellen Dix,

wife of actor Bob Dix (son of Richard Dix)




Actress Linda Henning introduced director and honoree Richard L. Bare




Cinecon honorees, Richard L. Bare and Phyllis Coates. Bare and Coates were once husband and wife for less than ten months (1948-1949). At one point Bare asked her about their marriage and she held her thumb and index finger about an inch apart and said, “It lasted this long… but it was interesting.”





 Jack Larsen introduced honoree Phyllis Coates




 The legendary Debbie Reynolds introduced her former costar

and Cinecon honoree, Carleton Carpenter





Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter entertain the

audience with a rendition of “Aba Dabba Honeymoon”




Debbie Reynolds and Jack Larsen




Debbie Reynolds, Cinecon committe member, Bryan Cooper

and Carleton Carpenter




Mary Ellen Dix and Richard Anderson




Carla Laemmle, neice of Universal founder Carl Laemmle




Miriam Nelson and Barbara Hale who played Della Street on Perry Mason




Julie Newmar of Catwoman fame talks to a fan




Jane Withers chats with Marsha Hunt




Cinecon committee members, Sue Guldin and Stella Grace





The 85th Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 25th, 2012
Aug 25


Candids from the 85th Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service



The annual service was held in the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM




The Cathedral Mausoleum was standing-room-only as fans of the silent film idol attend this years service.




Tyler Cassity, owner of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, opened the ceremonies




Tracy Ryan Terhune, author of Valentino Forever, was again this years emcee




Sylvia Valentino Huber, the great niece of Rudolph Valentino, delivered remarks from the Valentino family





Psychic-medium, Michael J. Kouri provided musical entertainment




Allison Francis read selected poems from “Daydreams” by Rudolph Valentino




Members of the audience enjoy two videos; one a tribute to past participants of the Valentino Memorial and another celebrating the centennial of Universal Studios where Valentino made four films early in his career. A scene from “A Society Sensation (1918) was shown. (Video editing by Frank Labrador Productions)




Mary Mallory, author of “Hollywoodland,” discussed Rudolph Valentino’s Hollywood home





Comedian Will Ryan also entertained musically





Author Michael Oldham talks about his book, “The Valentino Formula”




Stella Grace, of the Valentino Memorial Committee, closed the service by leading the audience in the 23rd Psalm




 Fans gather in the corridor to pay their respects at Valentino’s crypt








Hollywood Forever Cemetery owner, Tyler Cassity and Valentino memorial organizer, Stella Grace discuss next year’s service




Stella Grace and Tracy Ryan Terhune of the Valentino Memorial Committee. Other members include Chanell O Farrill and Marvin Paige.



83rd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 23rd, 2010
Aug 23


Today’s 83rd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial



 By Allan R. Ellenberger


Once again, this year’s highly attended, 83rd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service was a complete success. Held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the foyer of the Cathedral Mausoleum, today’s service had something for everyone. The life and career of Rudolph Valentino was lovingly remembered in word and song.


It was a warm August day, not at all like most of this summer which has been unseasonably cool. Summer is back! Hollywood Forever Cemetery owner, Tyler Cassity welcomed the audience this year before turning the service over to Tracy Ryan Terhune, the emcee for the day.


Yours truly provided a history of the “Aspiration” statue that stands in De Longpre Park that this year is celebrating its  80th anniversary. Following that, a short video that documented the early history of “Aspiration” was shown. Next the audience was treated to a recitation of three poems from Valentino’s book, Daydreams by Allison Francis, the mother of the 2030 Lady in Black.


The crowd was serenaded to two songs by Frank Labrador: “Candlelight” and “The Angels Above Needed Someone To Love” – the lyrics were reportedly written by Valentino for future Lady in Black, Ditra Flame, who wrote the music. Frank was accompanied on the piano by Garrett Bryant.


The current Lady in Black, Kari Bible, treated everyone to a history of Ditra Flame, the original Lady in Black. Following was a short clip from Art Linkletter’s House Party from the 1950s of Ditra being interviewed about her devotion to Valentino. It was the first public showing of this clip in more than 50 years.


Tracy then read excerpts from an unpublished manuscript by Paul Ivano who was a close friend of Valentino. Special guest, Donna Hill, the author of the just published Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol spoke about her book and showed a video of rare Valentino photos from her book.


Perennial favorites, Ian and Regina Whitcomb once again entertained the crowd with the songs, “There’s a New Star in Heaven Tonight” and “Sheik of Araby.” Valentino Memorial Committee icon, Stella Grace led the audience in a reading of the 23rd Psalm to end the service.


Once again, many thanks to this year’s committee members: Channell O’Farrill, Tracy Ryan Terhune, Stella Grace and Marvin Paige. And thank you to everyone behind the scenes — you all did a great job as usual.


Following are some photos from todays events:


Rudolph Valentino’s crypt




Donna Hill (left), Kari Bible and Garrett Bryant



Frank Labrador sings “The Angels Above Needed Someone to Love”



 Donna Hill, Tracy Ryan Terhune and Ian Whitcomb



 Allison Francis reads poems from Valentino’s Daydreams



Visitors explore the Cathedral Mausoleum 



Visitors peruse Valentino memorabilia 



 Allan Ellenberger holds the  future Lady in Black-2030, Olivia Francis



 Tracy Ryan Terhune and Stella Grace



Cinecon 45 Wrap-up

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 9th, 2009
Sep 9


Cinecon 45


 Cinecon 45 poster


Another Cinecon has passed into the California sunset


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Cinecon 45 was presented by the Society of Cinephiles this past Labor Day weekend screening nearly 50 rare silent films and early sound feature films as well as many short subjects at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The organization is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.


The celebrity honorees who attended along with the showing of one of their films included: Denise Darcel, Flame of Calcutta (1953); Adrian Booth (aka Lorna Gray), The Last Bandit (1949) and Stella Stevens, The Silencers (1966) who were honored at Sundays banquet with the Cinecon Career Achievement Award along with composer, Richard M. Sherman, who created the music for the films Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and many more.


Some of the films screened included: The Miracle Man (1932), Hatter’s Castle (1948), Broadway Love (1918), Nightmare (1942), Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) and The Bride Comes Home (1935).


Highlights of the weekend included the North American premiere of The Dawn of Tomorrow (1915), a Mary Pickford film thought to be lost when a tinted nitrate print with Swedish titles turned up in the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute. Pickford’s costars were David Powell, Forrest Robinson and Robert Cain. The film was dedicated to Robert Cushman, photo archivist of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who recently passed away.


Turn to the Right (1922), a Rex Ingram film, was recently restored by the George Eastman House. Made following two of the director’s epics, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) and The Conquering Power (1921), it starred Ingram’s wife, Alice Terry and Jack Mulhall. It was during the making of Turn to the Right that Ingram made one of his greatest discoveries when he cast Ramon Samaniego, later to be known as Ramon Novarro, in his next film, The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)


Cinecon 45 - Robert Dix

Author Robert Dix, son of actor Richard Dix, signed his autobiography, Out of Hollywood. With Dix are Sue Guldin and his wife Mary Ellen 



Author book signings included: Miriam Nelson (My Life Dancing with the Stars); Scott O’Brien (Kay Fancis – I Can’t Wait to be Forgotten and Virginia Bruce – Under My Skin); Robert S. Birchard (Early Universal City); John Gloske (Tough Kid: The Life and Films fo Frankie Darro); Paul Picerni (Steps to Stardon: My Story); Robert Dix (Out of Hollywood) and Michael Hoey (Elvis, Sherlock & Me).



Cinecon 45- Jane Withers

Former child star, Jane Withers 


Celebrity guests at Sunday’s banquet included: Sybil Jason, Lisa Mitchell, Jane Withers, Miriam Nelson, Carla Laemmle, June Foray, Ann Rutherford, Johnny Whitaker, France Nuyen, William Welman, Jr., Robert Dix, and many, many more.


The officers of Cinecon 45, who made this weekend such a success are: Robert S. Birchard, president; Marvin Paige, vice-president; Michael Schlesinger, secretary and Stan Taffel, treasuer.


Cinecon 45- Stella Grace, Jonathan Chin-Davis and Sue Gulden

Cinecon volunteer coordinator, Stella Grace (left) with volunteers Jonathan Chin-Davis and Sue Guldin.


And the volunteer coordinator for Cinecon and my boss for the weekend is the fantastic, one-of-a-kind Rhode Islander, Stella Grace.


For more information on Cinecon, please visit: http://www.cinecon.org/


Some Cinecon moments


 Carla Laemmle and Marvin Paige

Carla Laemmle (left), niece of Universal founder Carl Laemmle and Cinecon officer, Marvin Paige. Miss Laemmle will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 20.



Cinecon 45- William Wellman Jr.

 William Wellman Jr., son of the famed director



 Cinecon 45- Sybil Jason

 Actress Sybil Jason and archivist Miles Krueger



Cinecon 45- Katherine Orrison and Lisa Mitchell

Author Katherine Orrison (Lionheart in Hollywood: The Autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon) and actress Lisa Mitchell (The Ten Commandments)



 Cinecon 45 - Ann Rutherford

 Gone with the Wind’s Ann Rutherford



 Cinecon 45- Frederick Hodges

 Accompanist Frederick Hodges



Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 23rd, 2009
Aug 23


The 82nd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service


Valentino's grave marker


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Today the fans of Rudolph Valentino arrived in the heat and humidity to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the actors 82nd annual memorial service. The Memorial Committee once again surpassed their previous efforts in providing a dignified and entertaining celebration of the life of silent film actor, Rudolph Valentino.


Cathedral Mausoleum


Fans enter the Cathedral Mausoleum (above) to attend the the 82nd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service.



Cathedral Mausoleum foyer


The foyer of the Cathedral Mausoleum where fans gathered to begin today’s service.



Channell O Farrill


Chanell O Farrill welcomes everyone on behalf of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.



Tracy Ryan Terhune


Valentino author and emcee, Tracy Ryan Terhune gave the opening remarks and introduced each of today’s speakers. The first speaker for the day, Jeanine Villalobos, the great-granddaughter of Rudy’s brother, Alberto, was delayed by that-infamous Los Angeles traffic, but the show must go on so a Valentino video based on the upcoming photo book by Valentino authority, Donna Hill, was premiered.



Garrett Bryant


 Actor Garrett Brant gave a reading of three selected poems from Valentino’s book of poetry, Daydreams.




The late Bob Mitchell in a photo from last years service.


There was a moving tribute to organist Bob Mitchell as a recording of Mitchell’s organ music played. Mitchell, who played the organ at many former Valentino services, passed away on July 4th and is also interred at Hollywood Forever.



Tracy Terhune and Vince Morton


Tracy Terhune presents an award for the late Bob Mitchell to his partner and friend, Vince Morton (above), who also perfomed the music for today’s service.



Jeanine Villalobos


Jeanine Villalobos (above), the great-granddaughter of Alberto Guglielmi Valentino, spoke about her uncle’s funeral and read from archival letters of Alberto to his wife Ada. Ms Villalobos also commended the memorial committee for conducting the services, both past and present, with respect and decorum.



Craig MacPherson


Craig MacPherson (above) shared his thoughts on the influence of Natacha Rambova in the life of Valentino. The 2009 Valentino Memorial Video showing the relationship of Valentino and Rambova was premiered to the song, “If I Love Again.”



 Christopher Riordan


Christopher Riordan (above), manager of Falcon Lair, shared his memories and the current and future of Valentino’s former home. Singer Ian Whitcomb entertained the audience with the songs, “My Buddy” and the perennial, “The Sheik Of Araby.” Valentino Memorial Committee member, Stella Grace, then led the audience in repeating the 23rd Psalm.



Marvin Page, Stella Grace, Chanell O Farrill and Tracy Terhune


The Valentino Memorial Committee: Marvin Page, Stella Grace, Chanell O Farrill and Tracy Ryan Terhune (missing is Jay Boileau).



Mike Francis, Kari Bible, Allison Francis


Celebrating the life of Rudolph Valentino are Michael Francis, Kari Bible, the Lady in Black and Allison Francis.



Flowers at the crypt of Rudolph Valentino


 Flowers surround the crypt of Rudolph Valentino.



Valentino memorabilia


The mysterious Sue Guldin reads a newspaper account of Valentino’s death.



Valentino memorabilia


Valentino memorabilia on display provided by Marvin Page.



Stella Grace and Tracy Terhune


Valentino authorities and memorial committee members, Stella Grace and Tracy Ryan Terhune (above). Stella, Tracy and the rest of the committee worked hard to produce a service that was respectful and entertaining. They should be congratulated. We look forward to next year.


Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger



Tyrone Power 50th Anniversary Memorial…

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


Tyrone Power



By Allan R. Ellenberger 


Today was the 50th anniversary of the death of matinee idol, Tyrone Power. To mark the occasion, a memorial service was held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where the actor is interred. The service was held in the Chapel of the Psalms where Power’s funeral was held fifty years ago.


Those in attendance included Maria Ciaccia, author and film historian; Henry Colman, producer and friend who served with Power in the war; actress Terry Moore, his co-star in King of the Khyber Rifles (1953); Coleen Gray, his co-star in Nightmare Alley (1947); Mike Steckler, Power’s stand-in; Colin Watling, British recording artist, and the singing group, The Celtic Heart. Each one shared memories and anecdotes about Tyrone Power with the audience.


Copy of my autographed Tyrone Power memorial service program


Also participating were Power’s children, Romina and Taryn, the daughters he had with actress, Linda Christian, and Tyrone Power, Jr., whose mother was Debbie Ann Minardos, the actor’s last wife.


Tyrone Jr. was the emcee and shared stories, including one about being taught how to ride a bicycle at Hollywood Cemetery by his father’s stand-in, Mike Steckler. He also recalled that he recently appeared in a friend’s film and one of the scenes was shot at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. When he later saw the rushes, he noticed that in one shot he could see his father’s grave over his shoulder. He noted that, “This man is dead and he’s able to make it into my scene.”


Taryn recalled how she and her family recently survived a fire at her home in Wisconsin. The intensity of the flames blew many pieces of her father’s memorabilia through the roof and onto the snow covered lawn. Many pieces survived and one item in particular was an article about In Old Chicago (1937) showing a man fleeing the flames of the great Chicago fire.


Power’s eldest child, Romina, was seven years old when her father died and was attending school in Mexico. She read a letter from him sent from the set of Solomon and Sheba (1959), the film he was working on at the time of his death. In it her spoke of his love and affection and that he was sorry to be away, but promised to spend the following summer with her. Sadly, she didn’t receive the letter until after his death and never had the chance to respond, so she wrote a reply and read it to the audience. This was also the first time that she attended one of her father’s memorials.


Afterward, everyone walked to the gravesite where the Celtic Heart once again shared their music and Reverend Gary Dickey gave the closing prayer.



Chapel of the Psalms where Tyrone Power’s funeral was held 50 years ago


Tyrone Power’s gravesite prior to the service


Flower tribute



Tyrone Power, Jr.



Tyrone, Jr. and Romina Power. Terry Moore and Coleen Gray are behind them


Taryn Power, Mrs. Tyrone Power Jr, Tyrone Power Jr, and Romina Power


The family of Tyrone Power. Taryn, Tyrone Jr. and Romina are in the center




Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 23rd, 2008
Aug 23



The 81st Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service was held today in the foyer of the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Valentino Memorial Committee put together an exceptional service this year and should be congratulated. The committee members include: Chanell O’Farrill, Jay Boileau, Tracy Ryan Terhune, Stella Grace and Marvin Paige.


This year’s special guest speaker was actor Tim Considine, the son of John W. Considine, Jr., producer of the Valentino films, The Eagle (1925) and Son of the Sheik (1926). Considine spoke of his father and was surprised by a brief pictorial video of Considine and his relationship with Valentino as producer and friend.


Other participants in today’s program included 95 year-old Valentino perennial, organist Bob Mitchell, Vince Morton and Ian and Regina Whitcomb who handled the musical portion. Garrett Bryant read selections from Valentino’s book of poems, Daybreak and Woolsey Ackerman spoke about and displayed a rare Valentino doll which depicted the actor from The Eagle.




 Photos from todays service…


It was a full house at this years memorial service



Hollywood Forever Cemetery representative, Chanell O’Farrill opened the 81st Annual Valentino Memorial Service



Valentino author and emcee,

Tracy Ryan Terhune introduced the scheduled guests


Organist Bob Mitchell sang “You, My Love” and “He Love, He Danced, He Tangoed”



Garrett Bryant read a selection of poems from Valentino’s book, Daybreak



Special guest speaker, actor Tim Considine spoke about his father, John W. Considine, Jr., who produced two Valentino films, The Eagle (1925) and The Son of the Sheik (1926)



Woolsey Ackerman spoke about his rare Valentino doll from The Eagle (1925) that can be seen in the background


Ian and Regina Whitcomb sang popular Valentino

Songs, “New Star in Heaven Tonight” and “Sheik of Araby”



Stella Grace (center) of the Valentino Memorial Committee, closed the service with a reading of Psalm XXIII with audience participation




Special guest speaker, Tim Considine speaks with committee member, Marvin Paige


 Close-up of a rare Valentino doll from The Eagle (courtesy Woolsey Ackerman)


 Floral tributes at Rudolph Valentino’s crypt


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