“Forgotten Hollywood”- Your Hairstyle Looks Fabulous!

June 30th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have adjusted a few of their rules for the upcoming Oscar ceremony at the Dolby Theatre on February 24th, 2013. Among the changes:

~ The Academy Award category for makeup will be known as Best Makeup and Hairstyling

~ The Board of Governors also voted to allow additional songwriters to be considered in the Original Song category

~ Clarifications were made in the rules regarding technical requirements to be eligible in the Foreign Language and Visual Effects categories

   Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences reviews each category rule established by previous Board of Governors.

   The Academy also announced new member invitees. They include Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin, Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, and Best Director Michel Hazanavicius. 2011 Oscar-nominated supporting actresses Berenice Bejo, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer, Jessica Chastain; and supporting actor Jonah Hill are among the 176 moviemakers asked to become part of Academy membership. Another notable on the list: Matthew McConaughey.

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   Two actors who appeared in iconic television programs have died.

~ Doris Singleton was part of Lucille Ball’s stable of character actors she employed at Desilu. Doris is best remembered for playing Carolyn Appleby (among other comedic foils for the legendary red-head) on I Love Lucy. She also appeared on Here’s Lucy and The Lucy Show. Singleton appeared in a variety of television situation comedies and weekly dramas for almost two decades.  DORIS SINGLETON (left) –>

   Doris Singleton was 92.

~ Don Grady began his career on the Mickey Mouse Club. But, he’s known for portraying the elder Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons. After the series ended, Grady dabbled as a successful composer and musician. He wrote The Phil Donahue Show theme; composed the  score for the film Switch, which was directed by Blake Edwards; and created the sound for the Las Vegas show, EFX, a live showcase for Michael Crawford.

   Don Grady was 68.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Sold to the Highest Bidder!

June 29th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   A couple of auctions of interest are taking place for those fascinated with Hollywood and American history. Here are the details:

~ The Oscar awarded to director Michael Curtiz for Casablanca in 1943 will be purchased this weekend. Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia, based in Los Angeles, is coordinating the effort; and the statuette is expected to sell for a record $3 million. The current owner is magician David Copperfield, who bought this in 2003 through Christie’s Auction House. At the start of the week, about 20 bidders had already registered their interest in the valued item.

   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences frowns on the sale of statuettes, but  the Board of Governors are helpless to interfere with any sale of Oscars awarded previous to 1950. After that year, winners signed agreements designating the right-of-first-refusal to the governing body, compensating the former owner a sum total of one dollar.

~ Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen is set to auction off his baseball uniform that he wore the day he threw his perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. His jersey will be sold through Steiner Sports Memorabilia. The sale will be held over 56 days from October through December to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the only time it was accomplished in a championship Major League game. He’s expected to fetch $1 million, which the auction house feels is a low estimate.

  Larsen won the Most Valuable Player Series and the Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his 1956 postseason. The 82-year old legend plans to use the proceeds to pay the tuition for two grandchildren’s college education.  This guy remains a class act!                                                                    DON LARSEN

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Women Lose an Important Voice!

June 27th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Nora Ephron was a prolific scribe of insightful essays, and producer-director of smart films  emphasizing wonderfully comedic romantic analysis and stories. An early influence was her parents, who were both screenwriters. Phoebe and Henry Ephron wrote classic screenplays, such as There’s No Business Like Show Business, the remake of What Price Glory, and Desk Set. Ephron’s folks based a character in the Jimmy Stewart / Sandra Dee movie Take Her, She’s Mine on 22-year-old Nora, and letters she sent home from college.

   Early on, Ephron wrote articles for the New York Post, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine. Prior to that, she had been an intern in President Kennedy’s White House. In 1976, she married Carl Bernstein (who I met on Sunday).  Her husband and Bob Woodward encouraged her to re-write William Goldman’s screenplay to All the President’s Men. Though it was eventually discarded, the effort led her to Hollywood. Years later, Ephron claimed to be among only a few people who knew the identity of Deep Throat, the  secret source for stories written by the Washington Post team during the Watergate scandal.   NORA EPHRON –>

   Ephron was nominated three times for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay: Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle (homage to An Affair to Remember).  Other work included Heartburn (which was based on her volatile marriage to Carl Bernstein), Mixed Nuts, You’ve Got Mail (a re-working of The Shop Around the Corner),  the cinematic version of Bewitched, and Julie & Julia. She also produced New York Tribute; a collage of clips from Big Apple flicks for the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony. Nora directed many of her projects brought to the big screen.

   Ephron married Nicholas Pileggi in 1987, a journalist and screenwriter. He wrote Wiseguys. Goodfellas was the movie project based on the book. Pileggi also penned Casino.

   In 1994, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. Her words provided great characterizations played by Cher, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Nicole Kidman. Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, and Billy Crystal were also delighted to work in her productions.

   Recently, she spent much of her day writing a women-related blog for the Huffington Post. On a personal note, the blogger in Julie & Julia was my personal inspiration on the reason why  I currently blog. Yes, she also had a sincere impact on guys. Nora once famously surmised:

 So many of the conscious and unconscious ways men and women treat each other have to do with romantic and sexual fantasies that are deeply ingrained, not just in society but in literature. The women’s movement may manage to clean up the mess in society, but I don’t know whether it can ever clean up the mess in our minds.

   Nora Ephron was 71.

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I’d like to personally thank RED ROOM for selecting this blog I wrote as a recent editor’s pick. RED ROOM is a national writer’s blog site. I’m honored they recognized this most personal of stories I shared… 

It’s my initial accolade from this website! Here’s a link:

http://redroom.com/blogs/all

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Tradition of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin!

June 26th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   In the Silent Era of cinema, Rin-Tin-Tin was a Top 10 bonafide star. In the 1940′s, during Hollywood’s Golden Age, no actor made more cash for a movie studio than Lassie did for MGM. For their contributions, they have Stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Today, we have a new generation of canine personality joining their ranks.

  

   In a day his trainer announced his retirement, Uggie placed his paws in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The popular pooch arrived to the festivities by firetruck, and during the hour-long event, he received a golden bow-tie collar and given a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant after performing tricks for photographers and tourists lining a red carpet. The Jack Russell terrier also autographed (???) DVD and Blu-ray copies of The Artist. His other film credits included a role in Water for Elephants.

   Uggie joins a long list of celebrities who have left hand and footprints in the iconic courtyard of the tourist spot. Among them were John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, and curiously, Kobie Bryant. 

   The Artist won five statuettes at the Academy Awards earlier this year, including Best Picture and Best Actor. The film pays homage to the Silent Era (when Rin-Tin-Tin was the  King of the Pictures); and studio era films, such as A Star is Born and Singin’ in the Rain.

   NOW, where’s the love for Nick and Nora Charles famous dog… Asta? … just sayin…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LA Press Club Awards in Pictures…

June 25th, 2012

  Manny P. here…

   My wife Laurie and I had an amazing evening at the 54th Annual Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Awards gala at the Biltmore Hotel in the heart of Downtown. Here are some of the photo highlights, including a very special opportunity to meet the legendary Carl Bernstein.

  

                                                  CARL BERNSTEIN

   Martin Sheen presented the journalist and his Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward  with a Lifetime Acheivement award. 40 years ago, they investigated the Watergate break-in and subsequent White House cover-up. Their historic series of hard-hitting stories led to an unprecedented call for President Richard Nixon to step down or face Impeachment by the US Senate.

                   

            CARL BERNSTEIN     BOB WOODWARD (on Skype)     MARTIN SHEEN         

   We sat with esteemed Southern California broadcasters who represented television and radio: KABC 7, KNX 10-70, and KCLU. Congratulations to co-winners in the category I was a 2012 finalist for my Forgotten Hollywood blog site:

* WEBLOG INDIVIDUAL (Online): 

Danielle Berrin, Jewish Journal / Richard Stellar, The Wrap

   No doubt, my blog received an extraordinary accolade.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Noted Broadway Composer Has Died…

June 23rd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Richard Adler, who was a fine lyricist, composer and producer of  memorable Broadway shows, has died. He’s best known for his work with Jerry Ross on The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees.

   Frank Loesser mentored the collaborators, and they quickly wrote hits for Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney. Rags to Riches and Hey There were top tunes for the team. They were likely poised to challenge Rodgers and Hammerstein when their Broadway shows won back-to-back Tonys in 1955 and 1956. However, Ross died suddenly of a lung ailment at the tender age of 29 in November of 1955.                                                RICHARD ADLER ——->

  

   Other popular musical hits include Whatever Lola Wants and Heart from Damn Yankees; Hernando’s Hideway in The Pajama Game; and Everybody Loves a Lover for Doris Day.  Adler also had iconic flirtations with our American history when he staged and produced events  for US presidents; the most notable of these was a 1962 Madison Square Garden birthday celebration for John F. Kennedy, highlighted by Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to the president in her trademark breathy voice. He also composed several symphonic pieces, such as one to celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s centennial.

   He’s a deserved member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, complimenting the tributes and  accolades he received over his long career. Richard Adler was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Book Series Milestones…

June 21st, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Forgotten Hollywood Book Series has reached a couple of notable milestones. Thanks to purchases made by the Fullerton Sunrise Rotary Breakfast fellowship, here’s what I can report:

   2500 copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History have been purchased (paperbooks and eBooks). If you count just the First Edition copies sold, we’re a little short of 2400 actual books in the hands of readers, globally. On September 15th, I plan on donating $2400+ to Mooseheart… my official charity in an official ceremony. Dignitaries will include regional Moose International officers and local Orange County, CA press.

  

   300 copies of Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History are now in the sales column. The really good news is this doesn’t include the 50+ confirmed purchased by libraries nationwide. A three-month lag from business sales (bookstores, libraries, etc.)  to collections-through-distribution exists. There is an outstanding chance, I’ve sold closer to 400 of my latest work over the last six months.

  

   I show my appreciation for each book sold, which I happily do every single day…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Brits Love Cinema!

June 20th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The British Empire has always been steadfast in their support of Hollywood. Let me provide some current global examples…

 ~ Queen Elizabeth II has just recognized members of the motion picture community this past week in a bi-annual ceremony that takes place on her birthday and on New Year’s Day. The most recent honorees:

   Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was knighted, and will be known as Sir Kenneth. A native of Belfast, Ireland, this puts him in a pantheon of theatrical knights; and alongside Sir Laurence Olivier, whom Branagh played in My Life With Marilyn. Also given a royal accolade by the queen was Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet.                               SIR KENNETH BRANAGH ———->

 ~ Bonhams is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. There are two large salerooms in London.

   A collection of Hollywood Programs are being offered for bid, and  they celebrate movies from the 1930s-1950s. The complete original set: I’m No Angel and Gold Diggers of 1933Grauman’s Chinese Theatre premiere programmes; Gone With The Wind, 1939 U.S. programme; The Great Dictator, 1941 U.S. programme; Limelight,  1952 U.S. programme.

~ The Village of Millbrook, Northumberland in Ontario, Canada is launching its 20th year of live performances  at the Millbrook 4th Line Outdoor Theatre

   They open their 2012 summer season on July 3rd with Queen Marie. It’s a musical comedy based on the life of Cobourg-born Marie Dressler, one of the finest stars of Broadway and Hollywood. She was the 4th winner of an Academy Award in 1930, for her role in Min and Bill. The community recently held a gala,  which included screenings of Dressler’s silent films.

   As the Brit’s say… Bob’s Your Uncle!

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- More Summer Classic Film Fests!

June 19th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   A couple of weeks ago, I started listing nationwide locations holding classic movie festivals. Here are a few more to consider this Summer:

~ BRYANT PARK (MANHATTAN)City of New York Parks and Recreation is hosting FREE Monday series of films. The lineup includes Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (6/25); The Wizard of Oz (7/2); On the Waterfront (7/9)Roman Holiday (7/16); The Maltese Falcon (7/23); Rebel Without a Cause (7/30); The Adventures of Robin Hood (8/6); and All about Eve (8/13)

   What a lineup! This is a weekly outdoor event. Here’s a link for all the details:

http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies

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~ PARAMOUNT THEATER SUMMER CLASSIC FILM SERIES (AUSTIN, TX) - Over 80 classic films as they were meant to be seen! Here are some July highlights:

   On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me (July 5th-8th)The Night of the Hunter (July 10th-12th); Bringing up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, My Man Godfrey, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Buck Privates (July 13th-18th); The Third Man (July 19th); The House on the Haunted Hill, Dracula, Freaks, Frankenstein (July 24th-29th)

   For a complete listing:

http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageServer?pagename=summer_film_series#July

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~ SAENGER THEATRE (PENSACOLA, FLA) - Their classic movie series begins each Saturday, July 14th at 7p. Here’s the fabulous lineup: On the Town (7/14); The Maltese Falcon (7/21); 42nd Street (7/28); Showboat (8/4); Citizen Kane (8/11); My Fair Lady (8/18); Fiddler on the Roof (8/25); The Music Man (9/1); Casablanca (9/8)

   Click below if you live in the area:

http://www.pensacolasaenger.com/classic-movies

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   There are classic film festivals popping up everywhere!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Los Angeles Landmark is 100!

June 18th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Beverly Hills Hotel is celebrating a major anniversary. At 100, the locale is an authentic landmark from Hollywood’s Silent Era / to its Golden Age / through today. Over the weekend, a bash generated top  A-LIST celebrities, including Warren Beatty, Bill Cosby, Frances Fisher, Donna Mills, Brenda Vaccaro, Mary J. Blige, songwriter Diane Warren, and Oscar-winning producer-director Irwin Winkler.

   The original main building was created by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, who also designed the Huntington Art Gallery and the Pasadena Playhouse. The iconic signage was drawn by Paul Williams. Margaret J. Anderson (and her son Stanley, who had managed the Hollywood Hotel) opened the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows in May, 1912.

     

   It’s been a central meeting place for business folks, especially from the Los Angeles motion picture and television industries. Many movie deals were consummated with drinks over the decades. Iconic cinema filmed on location included Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall; Move Over Darling (1963) featuring Doris Day and James Garner; and California Suite (1978) starring Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith and Michael Caine. The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years was recently written by Robert Anderson, capturing its must-see majesty in print and photos.

   The on-site gala over the weekend raised monies, with all proceeds to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- My New Book Wins First Major Award!

June 16th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The National Indie Excellence Book Awards have been presented for 2012. According to their major announcement, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has WON its category.

http://www.indieexcellence.com/indie-results-2012-winners.htm#9

   Book Expo American 2012 is going on this week, and a press release has been sent to all the media signed up for that event, letting them know of the contest and it’s awards. An ad was also placed in Publisher’s Weekly and Publisher’s Daily with a banner linking to the site.

   Here’s my portion of the Press Release info:

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT (category)

Winner
Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History
Manny Pacheco
Book Publishers Network
www.forgottenhollywood.com
 
Finalist
Race Results: Hollywood v. the Supreme Court. Ten Decades of Racial Decisions and Film
Eileen C. Moore
Cool Titles, LLC
www.cooltitles.com

   Forgotten Hollywood’s Brand is the recipient of SIX literary accolades since 2009. This is very GOOD NEWS! I can officially proclaim that my work:   An Award-Winning Book Series

   Below is a visual power point created by the website highlighing the winners from this year’s Indie Excellence Book Awards:

National Indie Excellence Awards Video

http://www.youtube.com/embed/LpxXE3HFLMI

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywod”- Florida Gallery Presents Frank Worth…

June 15th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Frank Worth was considered a photographer-to-the-stars during Hollywood’s Golden Age. His most famous shot was of Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grate during the filming of The Seven Year Itch. Her dress billowing upward defined a generation. It also may have led to Joe DiMaggio divorcing her. Frank snapped candid pictures of his actor-friends between 1939 and 1964.

   The NAC Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale is presenting the work of Frank Worth through July 14th. The exhibition is appropriately called The Seven Week Itch, due to the length of its run, which began last week. Featured is seldom seen snapshots of  <– Marilyn, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, James Dean, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and Jayne Mansfield (who dated Worth for a time). His access to the sets of studio productions included How to Marry a MillionaireRebel Without a Cause, and Giant.

   At the time, Frank Worth’s day job was as a newswire sports photographer. His assigned team was the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some of his early subjects were James Cagney, Frank McHugh, Pat O’Brien, and Spencer Tracy (below). He also documented Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding. Worth died in 2000. His work became available through Christie’s Auction House about a decade ago.

   HOLLYWOOD’S IRISH MAFIA

   The NAC Gallery is at 3325 N.E. 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale. The cost to attend The Seven Week Itch is FREE; and when dressed as a vintage star, take home a limited-edition lithograph.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LA Press Club Recognizes THIS Blog!

June 14th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Blog has just been named a FINALIST at the Los Angeles Press Club 54th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards.  The 2012 winners will be announced at an Awards Gala in the Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Sunday, June 24th. This was the actual  site where the idea of the Academy Awards ceremony was formulated in 1926 by movie studio moguls.

   I’m up against extraordinary talent. How amazing to be named in the same company with top journalists in the #2 Market in the nation associated with television, radio, print, newspaper, and internet-related investigative news, sports, entertainment and photo journalism. This is my initial award-nomination in my broadcasting career, spanning three decades. What a true honor for the short time the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Blog has existed. And, it’s a fabulous promotion for my Book Series.

   According to the Los Angeles Press Club online site: 

Nominees were selected by volunteer members of press clubs from around the nation in one of the oldest and largest journalism competitions; not just in Southern California, but the nation as well.

   Here’s a portion of the Announcement of Finalists news release:

CATEGORY / (H-11) WEBLOG INDIVIDUAL
 
* DANIELLE BERRIN – THE JEWISH JOURNAL  “HOLLYWOOD JEW”
* JOANIE A. HARMON – GIRL MEETS SOUP BLOG  “FLIPPING FOR OLIVE OIL PANCAKES”
* TED JOHNSON – VARIETY  “WILSHIRE AND WASHINGTON: THE GOP AND HOLLYWOOD”
* SANDRA MITCHELL – KCAL 9 / CBS 2  “1 IN 8″
* MANNY PACHECO – THE SPA RADIO NETWORK  “FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD”
* RICHARD STELLAR – THE WRAP  “ONLINE JOURNALIST EFFECTS SOCIAL CHANGE”
 
 
   
   I share this accolade with my radio co-host Gary Lycan, who also serves as my mentor; and my nephew Matthew Vandewouwer, who designed the look of the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Blog. I’d also like to congratulate Pete Demetriou from KNX 10-70 AM for his team coverage on a news story entitled Shutdown Occupy LA. My friend and former classmate from Van Nuys High and UCLA is receiving combined-report consideration in the (F2) RADIO NEWS category.
 
   Lifetime Achievement recognition will be presented by actor and activist Martin Sheen to former Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein; and the family of the late Daniel Pearl, who worked for the Wall Street Journal. The Daniel Pearl Foundation was  created by his relations in his memory to promote the ideals inspiring Daniel’s life and career.
 
   Below is a link of the list of this year’s Southern California Journalism Award finalists:
http://lapressclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Finalist_Socal_2012.pdf
   As they say in the business… Bulletins as they break!
 
Until next time>                               “never forget” 

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Golden Star is Gone with the Wind…

June 13th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Ann Rutherford, who played Vivien Leigh’s youngest sister in Gone with the Wind, and Mickey Rooney’s long-suffering beau in the Andy Hardy series, has died. The Orange County Register radio columnist, Gary Lycan, paid a special tribute to the star in his Introduction of my recent book-release - Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   Ann’s screen career began at Republic Pictures studios (then called Mascot Pictures) in low-budget Westerns opposite Gene Autry and John Wayne. After she signed with MGM, Rutherford was a reliable co-star in memorable movies, including Of Human Hearts, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, and with Glenn Miller in Orchestra Wives. For five years, she played Polly Benedict a dozen times in the series that made Mickey Rooney a bankable star. Rutherford was also Red Skelton’s gal-pal in a trio of Whistling comedy-mysteries.

   Legend has it, the actress secured the role of Scarlett O’Hara’s young sibling in Gone with the Wind because Judy Garland was unavailable, due to her schedule on The Wizard of Oz.  Despite personal objections, Louis B. Mayer loaned Rutherford to his rival, David O. Selznick.  Ann later joined Clark Gable, Carole Lombard (his wife), and author Margaret Mitchell at the  premiere of the epic blockbuster in Atlanta.

   After she left MGM, Rutherford replaced Penny Singleton on radio as Blondie; and was cast opposite Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In 1950, she retired from films. One of her final on-camera appearances was in television as Suzanne Pleshette’s mother on The Bob Newhart Show. Rutherford was offered the part of the elderly Rose Calvert in the 1997 version of Titanic, but she turned it down. This choice role was played by actress Gloria Stuart.

   In retirement, Rutherford was quite popular when she appeared at Gone with the Wind reunions. And, her second husband, William Dozier, created the television program – Batman.

   By most accounts, Ann Rutherford was 94.

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   Henry Hill Jr. is also dead. He was a mobster, who became an FBI informant that led to 50 convictions of American Mafia-types. His life story was documented in Wiseguy, a 1980s biography. Hill felt his  time in Witness Protection was equal to the kind of life experienced by what he called 9-to-5 snooks who lived in the neighborhood where he grew up. The Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas in 1990 was based on the publication. Ray Liotta played the colorful criminal-turned-snitch.  Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci also starred in the iconic motion picture. In fact, Pesci won an Oscar for his performance.  HENRY HILL JR. –>

   Henry Hill Jr. croaked peacefully. He was 69.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Layne Tom Jr. Connection…

June 12th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   At my recent visit to the Huntington Beach Rotary Club, they completely surprised me in a most unusual way. One of their members was former child star Layne (Dick) Tom Jr. His career lasted a decade during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

   Born in 1927, Tom appeared in a number of cinematic classics. He began his journey as an extra in Stowaway, which starred Shirley Temple. MGM borrowed him for San Francisco with Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette McDonald. Tom had minor roles in The Good Earth and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

   

LAYNE TOM JR.      C. AUBREY SMITH                          WARNER OLAND     KEYE LUKE

   His scenes in The Hurricane with C. Aubrey Smith (the notable actor who has a Chapter in Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History) were taken seriously by studio executives. Because of this, he was cast as the #2, #5 and #7 Son in the Charlie Chan series with Warner Oland and Keye Luke. Tom left acting after he entered The Service during World War II. His had a brief comeback when he appeared in two documentaries about the Chinese detective: Layne Tom Jr: The Adventures of Charlie Chanand The Legacy of Charlie Chan, as the narrator.

   After Tom got out of the Navy when World War II ended, he turned down a five-year motion picture contract with Monogram Pictures to instead attend college to become an architect. Tom is currently retired.

   His daughter Kiana Tom is the glib host of Kiana’s Flex Appeal, a television fitness series. In retirement, Dick Tom Jr. is an OC Rotarian,  an avid reader, and now, a proud owner of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

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   Brevard County, in the heart of Space Coast Florida, have purchased both works in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series for their Central Branch in Cocoa, FL. This means four copies are in three libraries in their literary system. Merritt Island and Satellite Beach are other locales in Central Florida that own the original Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. A former resident of Cocoa is comedian Carrot Top.

   Overall, 97 nationwide locations carry both paperbacks; 80 branches house my  first work; and 36 reading shelves currently hold Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in their collection, including two copies recently added by my friends at the El Segundo Library.

Until next time>                               “never forget”