“Forgotten Hollywood”- Eva Marie Saint’s Hubby Dies…

January 4th, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`Jeffrey Hayden directed early live television with stars, including James Dean; and worked with his wife, Eva Marie Saint, on screen and stage. His work was prolific during Television’s Golden Age.

“`Hayden began his long career directing the Philco Television Playhouse with stars, such as Walter Matthau and Paul Newman. After filming the movie, The Vintage, with Pier Angeli and Mel Ferrer, he turned to the small screen for the rest of his career.

“`His credits include The Donna Reed Show, Leave It to Beaver, Burke’s Law, Lassie, Route 6677 Sunset StripThe Andy Griffith Show, Peyton Place, Mannix, Batman, That GirlThe Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Magnum P.I.Falcon Crest, Quincy M.E., IronsideThe VirginianLove American StyleAlias Smith and JonesKnight Rider, The Incredible Hulk, and In the Heat of the Night. Hayden was also the co-producer of the daytime soap opera, Santa Barbara. He later produced and directed Primary Colors: The Story of Corita, and Children in America’s Schools with Bill Moyers.

“`On stage, Jeffrey Hayden directed Eva Marie Saint (right) in Summer and Smoke, Desire Under the Elms, and The Country Girl. Other productions include The Sunshine Boys, Fences, and Sunset Baby. He and Eva Marie, who married in 1951, they also starred together in On the Divide and Love Letters in theaters, nationwide.

“`Jeffrey Hayden was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM Tribute to Debbie Reynolds…

January 3rd, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`TCM will celebrate the career of Debbie Reynolds with a day-long tribute on January 27th. Here is the loving information:

“`24-hours with the unflappable Debbie Reynolds. Enjoy!

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“`A memorial’s set to be held for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher on Thursday, followed by the burial on Friday. The private service will take place at their Beverly Hills compound, where the mother-daughter pair lived as next-door neighbors.  Both will be laid to rest, side-by-side, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Disney Indemnity…

January 2nd, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`Carrie Fisher’s death might offer dividends for the Walt Disney Company. The entertainment organization, the distributor of Star Wars:  The Force Awakens and the next two productions in the franchise, should reap $50 million, thanks to an insurance policy the company took out in the event Fisher was not able to fulfill her three-film deal. This is set to be the largest single personal accident insurance claim payout ever, according to Insurance Insider.

“`Fisher reprised her career-defining role of Princess Leia from the original Star Wars for the latest trilogy. The Force Awakens, released in December, 2015, made over $2 billion at the box office, worldwide. Principal filming on Episode VIII was already finished at the moment  of her passing on December 27th.

“`Fisher was due to appear in Episode IX, forcing the cinematic creators to either rewrite the script, or possibly, use visual effects to insert the actress into the final chapter. The technique was implemented for Rogue One, when the late Peter Cushing portrayed Grand Moff Tarkin.

“`The use of special effects to include Princess Leia could nullify a claim made by Disney;  or, at least, complicate the policy’s stipulations. We shall see if the company exhibits a smattering of decorum over this delicate situation.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hollyweed Land…

January 1st, 2017

Manny P. here…

“`Residents of Los Angeles’  well-known neighborhood woke up on New Year’s Day to find the world-famous Hollywood Sign had been changed to display HOLLYWEED. Police are treating the incident as minor trespassing, and are investigating. The sign on Mount Lee is made of 45-foot tall letters.

“`The prank has not caused lasting damage to the sign,  however, as parts of both O letters were covered by tarpaulins to make them look like a lower-case letter E. A single individual was recorded on security cameras climbing the sign to hang the materials.

“`The sign was first established in 1923, and originally read HOLLYWOODLAND. Its purpose was to advertise  the name of a new segregated housing development in the hills above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. H.J. Whitley had used a sign to advertise his development Whitley Heights, which was located between Highland Ave. and Vine St. He suggested to his friend Harry Chandler, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, that a land syndicate for which he was involved, create a similar placard for advertisement purposes. Real estate developers Woodruff and Shoults called the area — HOLLYWOODLAND; and advertised the properties as a superb environment, without excessive cost, on the Hollywood side of the hills.

“`Voters in California approved the legalization of marijuana on the ballot on November 8th. The measure isn’t scheduled to take effect until 2018. A similar prank took place in 1976, to mark a relaxation in the state’s marijuana laws.

“`If caught, the prankster could face time in jail. Why do you think they call it… dope?

Until next time>                               “never forget”