Manny P. here…
Just as President Obama arrived to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, last Thursday, numerous Hollywood personalities ignored barricades and yellow tape declaring Do Not Cross, to gather in celebration. This was a tribute to a classic American of a different kind – The 60th anniversary of the hit television series that celebrated his life, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Organizer and owner of The Hollywood Museum, Donelle Dadigan, arranged to exhibit the original guns, hat, boots, and complete wardrobe worn by its star, Hugh O’Brian.
HUGH O’BRIAN at THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM
Kate Edelman-Johnson (daughter of the show’s creator and producer, Lou Edelman) was on hand to introduce the actor, who just released his memoirs, HUGH O’BRIAN: or What’s Left of Him in time for his 90th birthday in April. One of the few remaining classic Western stars, O’Brian, has completed his memoir (with a Foreword by Debbie Reynolds and Hugh Hefner). Mr. O’Brian shares amazing stories of an era in entertainment that there soon will be too few to share in first person. The book chronicles many never before published stories about Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Stompanato, the Marine Corps, living at the House of Seven Garbos, his meeting Albert Schweitzer, and the television Western. It has recently returned to the small screen on STARZ/Encore Western Channel and COZI, with the international rights now in negotiation now.
Among those who braved the presidential road blocks were Doris Roberts, Kate Linder, Jimmy Hawkins, Dawn Wells, Peter Ford (son of Glen Ford), George Chakiris, Judy Tenuta, Erin Murphy, Sue Lloyd (granddaughter of Harold Lloyd), and yours truly. Each of the many guests agreed that The Hollywood Museum (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in the Historic Max Factor Building, across the street from where the Oscars are held) was the perfect location for the tribute and is the ultimate destination for tourists and movie fans.
The Hollywood Museum houses over 10,000 showbiz treasures and the most extensive collection of Hollywood costumes, star cars, props, posters, photographs, and memorabilia in the world showcasing more than 100 years of Hollywood history. The museum spotlights the glamor of Hollywood legends from Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Rudolph Valentino; to the Golden Era’s Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, and Katharine Hepburn; to movie idols Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Elvis Presley, to name a few. The Hollywood Museum is also home to Max Factor’s world-famous makeup rooms where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball first donned her signature red hair.
For more info on the evening’s festivities, click on the link below:
Until next month> “never forget”