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Robert Nudelman and Marvin Paige markers at Hollywood Forever

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

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

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

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

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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Robert Nudelman Memorial…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 8th, 2008
2008
Jun 8

ROBERT NUDELMAN

CELEBRATION OF LIFE MEMORIAL

 

 

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“Celebration of Life” in memory of late Hollywood Preservation Activist Robert W. Nudelman to be held at Music Box Theatre in Hollywood, 6-8 p.m, June 12th, 2008.

 

Hollywood, Ca, May 28, 2008 — Protector.  Hero.  Friend of Hollywood.  The legendary Robert Nudelman, who passed away suddenly on May 3 in Tucson Arizona, was all this and more to a community of preservation-minded lovers of Hollywood.  Dubbed the “Tinseltown Gadfly” by the Los Angeles Times in 1992 for his relentless perseverance in attempting to save historic Hollywood, he was respected, loved and revered for his honesty, integrity, kindness, impish wit, and phenomenal knowledge of Hollywood history, architecture and preservation issues.  A past president of Hollywood Heritage, at the time of his death he was the Director of the Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky DeMille Barn; Hollywood Heritage Director of Preservation Issues; Vice President of the Society for Cinephiles/Cinecon Classic Film Festival; and working with Debbie Reynolds and her son Todd Fisher for her Hollywood Motion Picture Museum, soon to open in Tennessee.

 

Countless tributes to Nudelman have poured into newspapers and preservation-themed websites.  His friends and colleagues are still stunned at the suddenness of his passing at age 52, with the cause of death as yet undetermined.  A “Celebration of Life” to honor this irreplaceable activist, archivist and historian will be held on Thursday June 12th from 6-8 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre at 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.  RSVPs are requested by June 10th:  please call (310) 354-4553 or e-mail info@hollywoodheritage.com. Further information, including links to obituaries and reminiscenses, on Robert’s passing can be found HERE.

 

Obit…Robert Nudelman

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on May 9th, 2008
2008
May 9

Robert Nudelman, 52; fought to preserve Hollywood landmarks

 

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By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

 

May 8, 2008

 

Robert Nudelman, a leading Hollywood preservationist who campaigned to restore such landmarks as the El Capitan Theatre and the Cinerama Dome, has died. He was 52.

 

Nudelman was visiting Tucson when he was found dead Tuesday at his father’s home, said Fran Offenhauser, vice president of Hollywood Heritage, a group Nudelman helped lead for years.

 

“There probably isn’t a single historic building or development project in Hollywood that Mr. Nudelman didn’t have a part in,” Offenhauser said in a statement.

 

Nudelman began his activism in 1978 by fighting to save MGM’s old Lot 2 in Culver City, a 10-acre site that included sets from the films Gone With the Wind and King Kong.

 

The effort failed but Nudelman dedicated the rest of his life to the preservation of Hollywood history and landmarks — with mixed success.

 

In 1990, he helped persuade Disney to spend $6 million to restore the El Capitan to its original splendor. A hard-fought attempt to prevent the Hollywood Bowl’s acoustic shell from being demolished was lost; a new shell debuted in 2004.

 

Nudelman was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1956 and studied theater arts at the University of Arizona.

 

At the time of his death, he was working with Debbie Reynolds and her son Todd on the Hollywood motion picture museum she plans to open in Tennessee.

 

valerie.nelson@latimes.com

 

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“Robert Nudelman: A Tireless Defender”LA Weekly, May 8, 2008

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