“Forgotten Hollywood”- Literary Icons Get Walk of Fame Stars!

Posted on June 21, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has just chosen the honorees at their meeting held on June 16th. They officially chose the recipients of Stars for 2015. The usual batch of current film, stage, and television thespians were chosen, including Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Peter Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, and Julianna Margulies. Also selected… screenwriter and novelist Raymond Chandler and Batman creator Bob Kane will be given their stars posthumously.

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   Raymond Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and he is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and other writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His initial novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett’s Sam Spade, is considered to be synonymous with private eyes; both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, and the actor is considered to be the quintessential Marlowe.

   Some of Chandler’s novels are important literary works, and three are called masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely, The Little Sister, and The Long Goodbye. The latter is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as arguably the first book since Hammett’s The Glass Key, published over twenty years earlier, to qualify as a significant mainstream novel that happened to possess elements of mystery. In the year before he died, he was elected as president of the Mystery Writers of America.

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                RAYMOND CHANDLER                     BOB KANE

   Bob Kane was an American comic book artist and writer, credited along with Bill Finger as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. He was inducted into the comic-book industry’s Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994. Kane said his influences for the character included actor Douglas Fairbanks’ movie portrayal of the swashbuckler Zorro; Leonardo da Vinci’s diagram of the ornithopter, a flying machine with huge bat-like wings; and the 1930 film The Bat Whispers.

   As Kane’s comic-book work tapered off in the 1960s, he parlayed his Batman status into minor celebrity. DC Comics named Kane in 1985 as one of the honorees in the company’s 50th anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great. He later published his autobiography — Batman and Me. Kane worked as a consultant on the 1989 movie Batman and its three subsequent sequels with directors Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher. Kane’s work is still visible to the public, housed in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York.

   They will both have relatives representing at their Walk of Fame events.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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