“Forgotten Hollywood”- Luise Rainer Auction in October…

August 28th, 2015

Manny P. here…

luise-rainer-auction-catalog   Julien’s Auctions announces the sale of property from the estate of Luise Rainer. The items in the collection feature an array of fine European antiques, Old Master and Contemporary fine art, career memorabilia, furniture, and personal effects from the actress and her longtime home in London’s trendy Eaton Square. They will be offered in an  anticipated Fall auction.

   Aside from her acting talents, Rainer had a very discerning eye for traditional European antiques and built a massive collection of 17th and 18th century Continental case pieces over the many decades. This auction also features memorabilia and photographs from Rainer’s storied career, including a solid 14K gold 1936 Motion Picture Critics of America medal, sterling monogrammed dresser sets, personal effects such as clothing and shoes, a George Hurrell black-and-white photograph portrait, and a series of black-and-white photographs of Rainer with her good friend Albert Einstein.

   All of the property in the auction is featured in a full color limited edition catalogue available for purchase at www.juliensauctions.com.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery
9665 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills
(across from Saks Fifth Avenue)
Parking garage on-site

Wednesday, September 23rd –
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT
Free to the Public — Closed Saturday and Sunday

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Session I: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Session II: 10:00 a.m. PDT
Session III: 2:00 p.m. PDT

 Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150
Beverly Hills, California 90210

For inquiries, please email info@juliensauctions.com or call 310-836-1818.


   Luise Rainer was the first actress to win back-to-back Academy Awards, the first in 1936 for her performance as Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld; and the second in 1937 for her performance as O-Lan in The Good Earth. After an increasingly rocky relationship with Hollywood, this American/Viennese star spent her time between Switzerland and England and finally settled in England in the 1990s. She lived for over a century.

   This is a rare opportunity to own items from a true classic Hollywood legend.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Oscar Season Begins…

August 27th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds are the season’s first Oscar winners. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced  on Thursday that the filmmaker and the two actresses will receive honorary Academy Awards on November 14th at its annual Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

   Lee and Rowlands will receive honorary Oscars for their career achievements. Each has two previous nominations. Lee’s came for his original screenplay for 1989’s Do the Right Thing and for his 1997 documentary feature, 4 Little Girls. Rowlands’ nods were for lead actress in 1974’s A Woman Under the Influence and in 1980’s Gloria.

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   Reynolds, a Best Actress nominee for 1964’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her more than fifty years of work promoting awareness and treatment of mental health issues.

   Congratulations to these longtime filmmakers!

Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Now This is Creepy…

August 20th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   The house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs is up for sale. The owners are asking $300,000 for the home, which also features an in-ground pool and a vintage caboose as a pool house.

220px-The_Silence_of_the_Lambs_poster   A production crew took six weeks to turn the three-story house into the squalid home of the killer played by Ted Levine. The crew spent three days shooting in the foyer and dining room of the home near Perryopolis, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

   The Silence of the Lambs won five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Anthony Hopkins played Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a crazed, cannibalistic psychiatrist whose macabre clues help Clarice Starling, the rookie FBI agent played by Jodie Foster, track down and kill Buffalo Bill in his home. By the way, the basement dungeon where the serial fiend kept one would-be victim, and where he eventually met his demise, doesn’t exist. Those scenes were shot on a sound stage

   The real estate agent is hopeful the 1910 home’s spooky pedigree will attract rather than repel buyers. You can celebrate your purchase of this lovely four-bedroom Victorian with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.  OUCH!


3300Title   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has surpassed 3300 books sold; a milestone. My initial paperback  exceeds all projected sales, and purchases keep climbing. The La La Land souvenir shop along Hollywood Blvd., and across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, is the exact reason for my latest accomplishment.

   My first book will soon go into its Third Print edition, which is another reason to celebrate.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Passing Parade Visits TV-Land…

August 19th, 2015

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   Several television icons have died. Here are the sad details…

~ Yvonne Craig (right) was best known at Batgirl on the very cool Batman for one season. Another memorable role, from an episode of the original Star Trek: the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk. She began her career as a dancer, the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with which she toured for three years.

   Her films include Gidget, The Gene Krupa Story, It Happened at the State Fair, Kissin’ Cousins, One of Our Spies is Missing, and In Like Flint. She guest-starred on the small screen in Mr. Lucky, Death Valley Days, My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Perry Mason, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., McHale’s Navy, The Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, Land of the Giants, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Love American Style, It Takes a Thief, The Mod Squad, Kojak, and The Six Million Dollar Man.

   Yvonne Craig was 78.

Bud Yorkin~ Bud Yorkin (right) was the savvy creator of All in the Family. Early in his career, he produced The Tony Martin Show and The Ford Show that showcased the talents of Tennessee Ernie Ford. Other early television ventures included The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dinah Shore Show, The George Gobel Show.

   In 1958, Yorkin joined writer/producer Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions, which produced several motion pictures and television specials in the 1960s to 1971 with such major studios like United Artists and Warner Brothers. They collaborated on Good Times, Maude, The Jeffersons, and Sanford and Son. After splitting with Lear, he developed What’s Happening and Carter Country. As a director, he made The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Divorce American Style, and Inspector Clouseau.

   In 2002, Yorkin was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. He was 89.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Beloved Uggie is Put Down…

August 12th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who became a canine star for his scene-stealing role in the Oscar-winning movie The Artist, has died. The beloved pooch was euthanized after a bout with prostate cancer.

Uggie   In The Artist, Uggie played the canine companion to Jean Dujardin’s fading silent-film star. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Picture, actor and director in 2011. His other screen credits included Water for Elephants and Mr. Fix It. He retired in 2012 in a ceremony at the famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, where he became the first dog to leave his paw prints in concrete alongside the prints of human stars.

   Uggie was a rescue dog, a cause that his owner championed. His owner made it a point to keep the dog in shape and feeling young with exercise, including using a treadmill.

   Uggie was 13.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Loss of Classic American Actress…

August 4th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Coleen Gray was an actress that appeared in fine cinema. Her list includes Red River, Nightmare Alley, and The Killing. She  won a 20th Century Fox contract in 1944.

Coleen_gray   After appearing in State Fair in 1945, she became pregnant and briefly retired from acting. Upon her return, she had roles in Kiss of Death, Apache Drums, Kansas City Confidential, and Father is a Bachelor. She was a mainstay on television, guest-starring in Perry Mason (four times), Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Mr. Ed, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, Have Gun Will TravelFamily Affair, IronsideThe Name of the Gameand Branded. Gray was a regular on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives.    COLEEN GRAY –>

   She was active with the non-profit organization, Prison Fellowship, founded in 1976 by Chuck Colson, a convicted felon in the Watergate scandal. Prison Fellowship assists the church in ministering to prisoners and their families and victims. In 1964, along with actors Victor Jory, Gray testified before the United States Congress as part of Project Prayer, arguing in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing school prayer.

   Coleen Gray was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- And the CMH Winners Are…

August 3rd, 2015

Manny P. here…

   In conjunction with the website, Classic Movie Hub, I am giving away 6 paperbacks in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series in their Summer Giveaway Twitter / Facebook online contest. The winners are from all over the country. Here’s the list:

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   CONGRATULATIONS to these fine enthusiasts of classic cinema.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Rose Parade Includes Downton Abbey

August 1st, 2015

Manny P. here…downton abbey

   Downton Abbey, the PBS show, is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on January 3rd. PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger made the announcement Saturday at a bi-annual panel for television critics.

   She said that PBS has been accused at times of not having a sense of humor and whimsy, but the float plan will have those qualities. As for the specifics: It will have a lot of flowers on it, and it will contain a Downton Abbey theme. One of the show’s stars, Michelle Dockery, said she had never heard of the Rose Parade; but joked, there would be a lookalike of her riding the float.

   Funding for the float will come from the PBS marketing budget, unless a sponsor can be found. The Rose Parade is held every year on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California.

   I hope they will toss free samples from their kitchen. Mrs. Patmore puts out a delightful spread…

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   With Downton Abbey coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up big-screen movie is at least a possibility. By ending the television drama several years shy of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, producer Gareth Neame said rich territory is left to be mined if a film is made. He told critics Saturday that it’s been discussed, but there’s no script or a firm plan.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Hemingway Contest Winner…

July 27th, 2015

Manny P. here…

    A white-bearded Florida man has won the Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his 15th attempt. Retired air traffic controller Charlie Boice of Palm Beach Gardens prevailed this weekend at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a hangout of Ernest Hemingway during his Key West residency in the 1930s.

   A panel of former contest winners chose Boice, who said he shares Hemingway’s passion for marlin fishing. Celebrity cook Paula Deen’s husband, Michael Groover of Savannah, Georgia, finished in the top five. The contest attracted 122 entrants. It’s a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days festival honoring the author’s literary legacy.

ErnestHemingway   During his Key West years, Hemingway wrote the novel To Have and Have Not. Howard Hawks adapted the book into a screenplay that starred Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Walter Brennan. Other works by Hemingway translated to the screen include For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms.

   Ever been stung by a dead bee?  If you have seen To Have and Have Not, you understand the reference.  ERNEST HEMINGWAY ->

   And so it goes…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TherapyCable Episode #8 is Live…

July 22nd, 2015

Manny P. here…


TCLogo   Episode #8 of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD on THERAPYCABLE features guest Dean Ghaffari, who portrays Sal Mineo, an openly bisexual actor. His story resonates today because of the recent decision by The Supreme Court on marriage equality.

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picgallerycollage   Sal Mineo’s roles in Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Exodus, The Longest Day, and other films put an unwelcome spotlight on his private life. By the early 1960s, he was becoming too old to play the type of role that made him famous, and his public announcement of bisexuality led to him being not considered appropriate for leading roles. Sal was stabbed to death in the alley behind his apartment near the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood in 1976. The assailant never offered a reason for the attack. Mineo was 37.

 bruckmann-poe-portrait  Ghaffari was in a recent live stage production that also featured an actor portraying Edgar Allan Poe (left). The writer’s life was filled with his own demons, and often wrote his best work while staying alone in cheap hotel rooms. Known as the Father of Detective Fiction,  his poetry and stories told in the gothic mystery genre thrilled readers; but his fame infringed on his personal life in an unwelcome manner. At age 40, Poe died; the cause of his death remains unknown, and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and/or other agents. Prior to his demise, he was found on the streets of Baltimore, delirious, in great distress, and in need of immediate assistance.

800px-El6bw   By the way, (E)dgar (L)awrence Doctorow, the author who wrote Ragtime, was named after Poe. Doctorow died on Tuesday. He was among the most honored authors of the past 40 years. The film versions of his Ragtime and Billy Bathgate were disappointments. Doctorow was 83.                      E. L. DOCTOROW  ——–>

   Two iconic artists who seemingly have little in common. Yet, Mineo and Poe intertwine in a fabulous presentation.

    To enjoy the interview on THERAPYCABLE CHANNEL, click (or cut-and-paste) to view our latest program:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Theodore Bikel is Gone…

July 21st, 2015

Manny P. here…Theodore Bikel

   A great character actor, who I had the pleasure to meet, has died. Theodore Bikel was a Tony and Academy Award-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism. He sang in 21 languages, appeared on numerous television shows, recorded books on tape, and performed in opera productions.            THEODORE BIKEL —->

theodore bikel 2   In 1945, Bikel moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Early in his career, he played opposite Vivien Leigh in a West End production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Bikel starred on Broadway as Capt. von Trapp in the original 1959 production of The Sound of Music. Theodore may be best known for his portrayal of Tevye in stage productions of Fiddler on the Roof. Although he did not appear in the original 1964 Broadway version or the 1971 film, he played Tevye more than 2,000 times on stage from 1967 onward. His latest film was a documentary about interpreting the work of Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, who wrote Fiddler on the Roof.

   Bikel received an Oscar nod for his 1958 portrayal of a Southern sheriff in The Defiant Ones, the acclaimed drama about two prison escapees. Other on screen roles include The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, My Fair Lady, I Want to Live, The Enemy Below, The Pride and the Passion, A Dog of Flanders, and The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming. He worked with Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Susan Hayward, Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Donald Crisp, and Curt Jurgens. He often referred to himself as the poor-man’s Peter Ustinov.

   He guest-starred on television in The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train, Hawaii Five-O, Columbo, Charlie’s Angels, Cannon, Little House on the Prairie, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, Dynasty, All in the Family, Knight Rider, Murder She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Law & Order.

    Bikel became increasingly involved with Civil Rights issues and progressive causes, and was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic Convention. In 1962, Bikel co-founded Actors Federal Credit Union, and became the head of Actors Equity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. President Jimmy Carter appointed him to serve on the National Council for the Arts in 1977 for a six-year term.

   The immensely talented Theodore Bikel was 91.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- New Million Seller…

July 20th, 2015

Manny P. here…

Books Harper Lee    Most critics dismissed it as just a rough draft for To Kill a Mockingbird, and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. But Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is still a million seller.

   HarperCollins has announced Monday that Go Set a Watchman in its combined print, electronic and audio formats has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States and Canada, a figure which includes first-week sales and months of pre-orders. The publisher stunned the world in February when it revealed that a second novel was coming from Lee, who had insisted To Kill a Mockingbird would be her only book.

  HarperCollins, where award-winning authors have included Michael Crichton and Veronica Roth, is calling Watchman its fastest seller in history. Truth be told, other books have sold much faster: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published by Scholastic in 2007, sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours.

   Watchman was completed before Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Mockingbird, but is set in the same Alabama community 20 years later. Critics and readers were startled to find Atticus disparaging blacks and condemning the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw segregation in public schools.

   Watchman was released July 14th and as of early Monday remains at #1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, with Mockingbird also in the Top 10. HarperCollins has increased an initial print run of 2 million copies for Watchman to 3.3 million.


Carol_Burnett_charwoman_character_1974   The Screen Actors Guild is recognizing Carol Burnett for her six decades in entertainment. The actors’ union announced Monday that Burnett will receive its 52nd Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual SAG Awards in January.

   Union President Ken Howard said that the 82-year-old entertainer is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. Burnett got her start on stage, where television talent bookers spotted her. She joined the cast of The Garry Moore Show in 1959. She launched The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, which ran for 11 years and won 25 Emmy Awards.

   Burnett is working on a book about the success of her show set to be published next year.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Honor For Walter Mirisch…

July 14th, 2015

Manny P. here…Walter Mirisch

   Legendary filmmaker and producer Walter Mirisch (right) is set to receive the KCET Cinema Series Lumiere Award this evening at a special screening event of the classic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven at 7p at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The award recognizes excellence, artistry, and innovation by a filmmaker or actor for their outstanding contribution to film. Mirisch will be interviewed by Pete Hammond of Deadline.com. Expected luminaries include actress Susan Blakely, James Coburn Jr., and KCET’s Val Zavala.

   Mirisch has had a long and successful motion picture career, producing some of the industry’s finest and most memorable films, such as Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, West Side Story, The Pink Panther, and Fiddler on the Roof. He produced In the Heat of the Night, the Best Picture of 1967. Mirisch served as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1973-1977. He won the Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1977, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1982.

   Walter is still active in Hollywood with his role as President and Executive Head of Production at The Mirisch Corporation, an independent filmmaking organization.

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   The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.

Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Is Harper Lee’s Hometown Ready?

July 13th, 2015

Manny P. here…

  More than 7,000 copies of Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman are headed to Madrie’s Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe, located in a converted three-bedroom house near the courthouse square in Monroeville, Alabama. The owner had to buy a new building across the street just to store all the books, many of which he will ship to online purchasers. It’s doubtful people anywhere care more than the town of 6,300, and the model for Scout Finch’s hometown of Maycomb in both books.

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   Madrie expects to get his first shipment of 4,000 books in an 18-wheeler on Monday, and the store will open at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to begin selling books at the first moment allowed by the publisher. Each novel sold by Madrie’s shop will come with an embossed emblem and a certificate showing it was purchased in Lee’s hometown. Madrie has strung lights across the store’s front lawn for an early-morning shindig and is bringing in an Atticus Finch impersonator who also sings Dean Martin songs on the side. Madrie hopes to close around 2 a.m. before reopening the shop a few hours later for more sales, but he isn’t counting on it.

   A couple blocks away, volunteers will begin public readings at 7a Tuesday of Go Set a Watchman in the old county courtroom, a childhood hangout for Lee, and a model for the court in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Walking tours will be conducted around town pointing out sites mentioned in both books.

Gregory_Peck_in_Roman_Holiday_trailer   There will also be talks, refreshments, an evening cocktail hour with mint juleps and story-telling at the public library, which was a hotel 55 years ago when actor Gregory Peck came to town with his wife to get a feel for his character in the movie, Atticus Finch, who was based on Harper’s father, the late A.C. Lee.

   Scout has a boyfriend named Hank in the new novel, Atticus struggles with his own racist beliefs, and her older brother Jem is dead, according to an excerpt released Friday by the publisher. As in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new book parallels parts of Lee’s life. The author lives in an assisted living home just a few miles from downtown.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cold Case File in Oz…

July 12th, 2015

Manny P. here…StealingRR_red

   An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible info leading to a pair of Judy Garland’s sequined, ruby red slippers stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown. The late actress wore the slippers in The Wizard of Oz. Three other pairs of shoes still exist, including one on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

   John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, says the donor is from Arizona and is a huge fan of Garland and the 1939 movie. The reward offer requires the recovery of the slippers and the perpetrator’s name.

   The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August. The slippers were insured for $1 million. Kelsch says they could be worth $2 million to $3 million now. An actual book was written about the crime.

   I can guarantee that the thief did not have a green face and ride a broom…

Until next time>                               “never forget”