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Tyrone Power Meeting…

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Film fanatic Colin meets the son of Zorro!


Tyrone Power Jr. and Colin Watling


20 December 2008
The Shields Gazette

A JARROW film fan mingled with Hollywood stars during a special US movie pilgrimage. Colin Watling was a VIP guest at a 50th anniversary event marking the death of movie legend Tyrone Power.

Mr Watling, 49, of Hedworth, Jarrow, has been a devoted fan of the handsome screen idol since he was five years old.


In recent years, he has befriended many of the stars who knew and worked with Power, who died of a heart attack in November 1958, aged just 44.


Mr. Watling and his girlfriend, Gwen Harvey, were special guests at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, during the 50th anniversary movie celebration.


The event included screenings of some of Tyrone Power’s most acclaimed movies, including The Mark of Zorro and Nightmare Alley.


Mr Watling said: “Gwen and I spent a fortnight in Hollywood and the anniversary event was absolutely tremendous.


“I met actor Tyrone Power Jnr for the first time – and he looked exactly like his father.


“Plus, I was one of the speakers at a special ceremony at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Tyrone Power is buried.


“I told the story of when I was a child, living opposite Simonside Social Club, South Shields, in the mid-60s and saw the movie Jesse James, in which Tyrone Power is shot, and how I burst into tears as a five-year-old boy.


“I’ve been a fan ever since and have met most of Tyrone’s family in recent years, in four visits to Hollywood.”


Maria CiaCia, a New York-based friend of Mr Watling, who organised the celebration, has expressed an interest in staging a Tyrone Power film retrospective on Tyneside.


Mr Watling also met Judy Lewis, daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young, during his Hollywood trip.



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Celebrity Recipes…Tyrone Power

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008


Tyrone Power










1 quart chestnuts

1 pint breadcrumbs

¼ cup butter, chicken fat or lard

1 tsp. salt

1 egg, well beaten

¼ cup chopped celery

2 tsp. poultry seasoning


Make a gash in each chestnut. Place in an iron skillet with 1 tablespoon butter, and shake over hot flame for a few minutes. Place chestnuts in oven for 10 minutes. Then remove shells and skins. Cover the blanched chestnuts with boiling salt water and cook until tender. Strain and put through a ricer. Add rest of ingredients and mix well.


— Tyrone Power






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Photo Extra…

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008


Tyrone Power & Miriam Hopkins


(Allan R. Ellenberger Collection)


Yes, that’s actor Tyrone Power (left) at a costume party hosted by Edgar Bergen, with actress Miriam Hopkins and her husband, director Anatole Litvak circa 1939



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Tyrone Power 50th Anniversary Memorial…

Saturday, November 15th, 2008


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




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Tyrone Power Lineage…

Saturday, November 15th, 2008


Tyrone Power


Tyrone Power the Elder (1795-1841)



Tyrone Power, Sr. (1869-1931)




Tyrone Power (1914-1958)



Tyrone Power IV (b. 1959)



Tyrone Power V (b. 1996)



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Hollywood Profile…Tyrone Power, Sr.

Friday, November 14th, 2008


Tyrone Power, Sr.





By Allan R. Ellenberger



Tyrone Power Sr., the father of popular matinee idol, Tyrone Power, was a member of one of England’s most famous stage families and was widely known on the American stage and screen.


The actor was born Frederick Tyrone Power in London, England on May 2, 1869 to Harold Power and Ethel Lavenue, a popular dramatic team of the English stage. Power, the namesake of his grandfather, the legendary Irish actor, Tyrone Power (1795-1841), began his stage career touring Europe with his parents. Later he came to America and started an orange grove in Florida. When that venue failed, he returned to the theatre where he rose to fame on the Broadway stage, using the name, Tyrone Power II. For more than two decades he gained widespread attention in Shakespearean plays and in such productions as The Wandering Jew and The Servant in the House.


Walter Hampden, Arthur Lewis and Tyrone Power in The Servant in the House


Most of his life had been devoted to the stage although he appeared in silent films during the pioneer days of motion pictures. His last film role was as the villain in The Big Trail (1931), an early talkie western.


Power had just completed an eastern tour with the Chicago Shakespeare Company when he returned to Hollywood in early December 1931 to appear in the title role of The Miracle Man (1932), at Paramount. The film, a remake of the 1919 Lon Chaney classic, was directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starred Sylvia Sidney and Chester Morris.


At about 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 29, Power finished filming for the day  and retired to his room at the Hollywood Athletic Club. With him were his son, Tyrone, Jr. and his attorney, Francis D. Adams. They talked until 11 p.m. when Adams left. At around midnight, Power suffered a heart attack and a physician was summoned, but emergency treatment was to no avail. Power died in the arms of his son, early on the morning of December 30, 1931 (not December 23 as reported on


The Hollywood Athletic Club where Tyrone Power, Sr. died.


Power’s simple funeral rites were held the following Saturday from the A. E. Maynes Chapel, 1201 South Flower Street. The pallbearers were H. B. Warner, Rupert Julian, Arno Lucy, Sidney Olcott, Edmund Breese, Lawrence Grant, and Claude Gillingwater.


Actor and friend, Ian Keith delivered the eulogy, saying:


“The curtain is rung down. The prompter has left his box. You have played your last great role on your mortal stage, Tyrone. But you know that the Great Dramatist has prepared a finer role for you than any you played here.”


Tyrone Power, Sr. and his son, Tyrone Power


Besides his son, Tyrone, Power was survived by an ex-wife, Patia and his daughter Anne.


After the services, Power’s body was cremated at the Los Angeles Crematory. A few months later, Tyrone and his mother scattered the ashes up the Richelieu River at Isle Aux Noix, Quebec, Canada, near the actor’s home, Two Pines.


Power was replaced in The Miracle Man by his close friend, Hobart Bosworth, who closely resembled the actor. “It does seem odd that I should be the one to replace him in this role after all these years,” Bosworth said. “We were warm friends and I only hope that I can do justice to the role in his stead.”


When Tyrone Power placed his hands and footprints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, he wrote: “To Sid, following in my father’s footsteps.”



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Tyrone Power Tributes…

Thursday, November 13th, 2008


Tyrone Power


A recent vistor to Tyrone Power’s grave


This Saturday, November 15, 2008, is the 50th anniversary of the death of actor Tyrone Power.

A memorial service will be held at

Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.





In conjunction, the American Cinematheque will be presenting a a two-night tribute to Power at the Egyptian Theater.







Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard


Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm – Nightmare Alley (1948)

Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm – The Razor’s Edge (1946)

Sunday, November 16, 6:30 pm – Love is News (1937) & The Mark of Zorro (1940)


 Tickets and info: Fandango ( (put 90028 in search box) or Egyptian Theatre box office (




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