“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mom of Michael Douglas Has Died…

July 5th, 2015

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   Diana Douglas, the first spouse of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, has died at the movie industry retirement home in Woodland Hills. Born in Bermuda, Douglas was an actress and model who appeared in dozens of movies and television episodes.

   Her roles include Keeper of the Flame, The Sign of the Ram, The Whistle at Eaton Falls, The Indian Fighter, and later, Planes Trains and Automobiles. Television appearances include General Electric TheatreNaked City, Ben Casey, Kung Fu, The Streets of San Francisco, Roots: The Next Generation, and a recurring role on Days of Our Lives.   DIANA DOUGLAS –>

   As a model, Diana was on the cover of Life Magazine in May 1943. Kirk Douglas, an acquaintance from acting school, saw the cover and vowed to marry her. They tied the knot that year and had two sons, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951. They remained on amicable terms and appeared together in several films.

   Diana Douglas was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Gone with the Wind Not Going Away…

July 4th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Calm down, folks… No one in the Federal Government is planning to ban Gone with the Wind from purchase or future theatrical screenings.

   A New York Post columnist last week  started the fuss by suggesting the classic flick and its themes were suspect in its romanticizing of the Confederate war against the states. He concluded by asking his readers to consider (as he surmised):  The offensively sympathetic celluloid portrayal of slavery and enshrining the falsehood that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery — in the wake of the Charleston church slaughter.

Gone with the Wind satire photo   The reason for the panic:  Ultra-conservative  social media sites suggested the Post writer was a flaming socialist fanatic. They also piggy-backed the charge with an inflammatory photo still of a book-burning scene from the film — Fahrenheit 451. So called Fair-and-balanced websites decided to pick up the right wing slant, nationally, and suddenly, Gone with the Wind skyrocketed in popularity as of Friday. It seems, Americans do give a damn about the epic feature!

   Warner Brothers, which has distributed Gone with the Wind since 1996 (it has sold more theater tickets than any other film, ever), is a politically progressive company, sensitive and socially responsible enough about outdated racial attitudes to have placed disclaimers on some older films and cartoons. Still, they are a company with stockholders, and there is no way they are going to completely withdraw a film as lucrative as Gone with the Wind from circulation.

   Truth be told… Columnist Lou Lumenick stopped far short of calling for ANY  cinematic censorship; even for the more blatantly racist The Birth of a Nation. However, his soul-searching words caused a run on Gone with the Wind blu-ray purchases, surpassing sales of the highly popular Fifty Shades of Gray and American Sniper on Amazon.

   One can argue the merits of the Best Picture of 1939, but I assure you, this movie will not be banished to a museum for viewing. Meanwhile, the South Carolina State Assembly seems headed for voting to remove the Confederate flag from its premises as early as next week.

   By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Olivia de Havilland (below), who  celebrated her 99th year, last week. She played Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in the motion picture classic.


   Oh, the GWTW poster above is meant simply as satire; that’s Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and an atomic bomb. My tongue is firmly planted against my cheek. It’s the kind of political humor that drives terrorist groups like ISIS crazy, and what makes America great.

   Have a safe-and-sane 4th of July

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Childhood Home in the News…

July 3rd, 2015

Manny P. here…Dick_Van_Dyke_1959

   The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building. The Champaign News-Gazette reports the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter this week to call attention to the Danville home he and brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating from Missouri.                     DICK VAN DYKE —–>

   The film star of Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, What a Way To Go, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and television’s The Dick Van Dyke Show  and Diagnosis: Murder, recalled happy memories in a tweet to his 85,200 followers. Among his high school classmates in Danville were Donald O’Connor and Bobby Short, both of whom would go on to successful careers as entertainers. Another was Jerry Seawright, the founder and original director of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Gene Hackman also lived in Danville during those same years.

   Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the city council didn’t know the Van Dyke connection when it condemned the house in December. He expressed a willingness to donate the property as part of a prospective rehabilitation project, should the city gain ownership. The property’s owner died in 2011.

   A museum is a possible remedy.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Spockumentary in Works…

July 2nd, 2015

Manny P. here…Leonard_Nimoy_mid_1960s

   Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He’s creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on Star Trek. The Spockumentary funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $600,000 will focus on the pop icon and his legacy. The television director and film professor said it would explore his father’s life onscreen and off-screen.  LEONARD NIMOY —->

   For the Love of Spock began as a project for the father and son before Leonard’s Nimoy’s death in February at the age of 83. His father wanted to keep it Spock-centric, but once he passed, Adam knew he had to include more about his father. The documentary will include clips from the Star Trek films and television shows, Nimoy’s other works, and interviews from family, as well as William Shatner who played Capt. James T. Kirk and celebrity fans like Seth McFarlane. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new movie franchise, will narrate the film.

   With this film, Adam Nimoy hopes he can tie in everything he loves about his father, their lives together, and the many characters he played. For the Love of Spock is expected to be released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek series in 2016.

   It’s surely one way for the Spock character to live long and prosper.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Paul Newman Stamp of Approval…

June 30th, 2015

Manny P. here…Paul Newman

   The United States Postal Service announced that award-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman will be honored on a Forever Stamp. The stamp will go on sale September. 18th. The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of the star.

    Over the course of his decorated career, he garnered ten Academy Awards nods, including eight for Best Actor. He won an Oscar for his role in the 1986 film The Color of Money. At the Academy Awards in 1994, Newman was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He also served as the president of the board of the famed Actors Studio, which he helped support financially.

   More than just a film icon, Newman used his success as an actor, writer, producer, and director to advance his philanthropic endeavors funding charitable causes in an effort to make the world a better place. His SeriousFun Children’s Network has helped more than 600,000 children and families in the United States, and beyond. Perhaps Paul’s boldest action on the philanthropic stage came in 1982, when he founded the Newman’s Own food company. Beginning simply with a single product of oil-and-vinegar salad dressing and a commitment to quality and charitable giving over profit, the company has since grown into an international business with more than 200 products. Along the way, Newman’s Own has donated more than $430 million to thousands of charities.

   In 1998, the actor created the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, composed of board chairs and CEOs of major organizations. In 2006, he co-founded the Safe Water Network, which provides market-based safe water solutions to people in developing worlds.

   Paul Newman’s legacy stretches way beyond his iconic cinematic career.


   Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has reached 1300 in confirmed sales. Keeping pace with my initial literary work, I want to thank Sharyn Case of Costa Mesa, CA for putting my efforts over the next threshold.

   Sharyn is a current stage director, whose work includes a current production of The Miracle Worker that will be presented at the prestigious Attic Theatre in Orange County. She was influenced by the fabulous 1962 motion picture that featured award-winning performances by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. Nine performances are expected to begin on July 10th.

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   As my first book approaches 3300 purchases, it’s nice to see the continued brisk sales.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Holy Caped Crusader…

June 29th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Turner Classic Movies has acquired the rights to air the 15-chapter movie serial Batman and Robin (1949), which is a sequel to The Batman (1943) serial, which TCM has already aired. Both were released by Columbia Pictures.

Batman and Robin

   Robert Lowery played Batman, while Johnny Duncan played Robin. Supporting players included Jane Adams as Vicki Vale, and  veteran character actor Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon.


   Batman and Robin will air Saturday mornings at 10a – 10:30a (EST).


220px-Jack_Carter_1949   Jack Carter (right) had a long-running comedy act similar to rapid-paced contemporaries, Milton Berle and Morey Amsterdam. He hosted an early television variety program called Cavalcade of Stars on the DuMont Network. The funnyman was lured away to NBC to host his own program titled The Jack Carter Show. He recommended Jackie Gleason to take his place as host of Cavalcade of Stars. Carter hosted his show for one hour each week followed by Your Show of Shows. He remained pals with Sid Caesar his entire life, performing the eulogy at his funeral.

   Carter made nearly three dozen movies, including Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. In 1956, he starred on Broadway with Sammy Davis Jr. in the musical Mr. Wonderful. Jack toured in Guys and Dolls, Born Yesterday, A Thousand Clowns, The Odd Couple, and Oliver.

   He was a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show during the 1960s and early 1970s and was known for his impression of Sullivan. Carter was also a frequent panelist on the television game show Match Game during the 1973-74 season and again in the 1980s. He traded gags with Bob Hope on five specials. Jack guest-starred on television, including in Dr. Kildare, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Dick Van Dyke ShowHawaii Five-O,  Sanford and Son, 7th Heaven, The Rockford FilesMonk, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Baywatch, and Desperate Housewives.

   Jack Carter was 93.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- To Kill a Mockingbird Screening…

June 28th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   I have been invited once again to the South Pasadena Public Library to host a screening of the iconic 1962 motion picture To Kill a Mockingbird. Joining me for a Q&A and reading from the Harper Lee novel is actor Dean Ghaffari. The event is Monday, July 6th at 7p.

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   The free screening of this Oscar-winning movie is being shown in conjunction with the distribution of Harper Lee’s follow-up, Go Set a Watchman, set for release July 14th. It’s her first novel in over 50 years. In 1999, To Kill a Mockingbird was selected as Best Novel of the Century by Library Journal, and was accorded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.


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   The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning work. It’s a rare case in which the movie compliments the literature. This was surmised by Lee. At the height of the Civil Rights movement, Gregory Peck’s performance as Atticus Finch was timely and rings true to the politics of the day. This was also Robert Duvall’s film debut as Boo Radley. Elmer Bernstein’s music for To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded as one of the great film scores. It was his personal favorite… That’s saying a lot from the composer of The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, True Grit, Stripes, The Ten Commandments, and Airplane.

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   Dean Ghaffari is currently co-starring in An Evening with Sal Mineo and Edgar Allan Poe, which will be presented at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena on July 17th and 18th. Dean performance explores the career of the gifted star of Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Exodus, and The Longest Day. He also examines Sal’s pioneering role in publicly proclaiming his bisexuality in the 1960s. The pairing of Mineo and Poe is a true metaphoric Hollywood-and-Vine moment, where entertainment and history crosses in one shining instance.


   The South Pasadena Public Library is at 1115 El Centro St. in Southern California. I personally invite my cinema friends to this marvelous event. I’ll also be signing copies of my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series for interested readers. Together, we can enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen, where it belongs.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Birds Remake Takes Flight…

June 27th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds told the story of a rustic seaside town that finds itself menaced by hellish flocks of seagulls and crows. Now, the 1963 classic looks set to suffer its own fowl flight courtesy of a Hollywood remake by Transformers director Michael Bay.

   Loosely adapted from a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds cast Tippi Hedren in the role of Melanie Daniels, a San Francisco socialite on a fateful visit to Northern California. Reports suggest that Bay’s version will return to tale to its original English setting, while Naomi Watts is rumored to be considering the Hedren role.

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TIPPI HEDREN (perhaps reacting to a remake)

   Variety reports the motion picture will be made by Dutch film-maker Diederik Van Rooijen, with Bay serving as a co-producer. It looks to be a collaborative effort between Mandalay Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Bay’s Platinum Dunes production house.

   Hitchcock’s original film spawned a poorly-received 1994 sequel, The Birds 2: Land’s End, which screenwriter Rick Rosenthal later disowned. The idea of a big-budget remake was first mooted in 2007, with Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell penciled in to direct.

   On hearing the news, Tippi Hedren appeared to be unimpressed.

   And so it goes…


   Raquel Welch is to be to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Assoc. of Latino Independent Producers. She starred in such 1960s films as Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C. at the height of her fame. In 1974, Welch won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Three Musketeers. Welch’s most controversial role came in the notorious Myra Breckinridge. The film, which co-starred Mae West, bombed at the box office.           RACQUEL WELCH  —->

   After a successful career, the actress has no regrets, yet looks at her sex-symbol years with mixed feelings.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Loss of an Avenger…

June 26th, 2015

Manny P. here…Patrick MacNee

   The actor who played one of three of my favorite male television characters of the 1960s has died. Patrick Macnee was the British-born chap best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s series The Avengers. Instead of a gun, Steed wielded one heck of an umbrella. The gimmick was an inspiration.                PATRICK MACNEE –>

   The clever spy drama, which began in 1961 in Britain, debuted in the United States in 1966. It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades. He was accompanied by a string of beautiful women who were his sidekicks. The most popular was likely Diana Rigg, who played sexy junior agent Emma Peel from 1965 to 1968. Honor Blackman played Catherine Gale from 1962 to 1964, and Linda Thorson was Tara King from 1968 to 1969.

   The ever-dapper Macnee found acting while attending Eton College. He also served in the military during World War II, as the captain of torpedo boats that destroyed German U-boats in French waters. After the war, Patrick apprenticed in the British theater, toured in provincial theaters, and made his film debut as an extra in the 1938 film Pygmalion.

    Other films include Hamlet, Les Girls, The Howling, This is Spinal Tap, A View to a Kill, and the cinematic version of The Avengers. In the later flick, Ralph Fiennes played the pithy John Steed.

   On the small screen, Macnee guest starred in Playhouse 90, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone,  Alias Smith and Jones, Battlestar Galactica, Hart to Hart, Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat, Columbo, and Magnum P.I. (as a delusional agent who thinks he is Sherlock Holmes). Macnee made his Broadway debut as the star of Sleuth in 1972, and subsequently headlined the national tour.

   Macnee became an American citizen in 1959, and he moved to Palm Springs in 1967. The Avengers provided a comfortable living for the actor, since he owned 2.5% of the profits, and the series continued to play all over the world into the 21st Century.

   By the way, in case you’re wondering, my other fave male characters on television of the 1960s… James Darren as Tony Phillips in The Time Tunnel; and Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows.

   Patrick Macnee was 93.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- June Lockhart Honored with a Concert

June 24th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Veteran actress June Lockhart of Lassie and Lost in Space fame is turning 90 on June 25th. And, her fans are invited to a free outdoor birthday concert in celebration of her birthday this Thursday evening from 6p – 8p. at the Beverly Canon Gardens in Beverly Hills.

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                         GARY GREENE, ESQ.                       LASSIE   JUNE LOCKHART  

   Gary Greene, Esq. and His Big Band of Barristers will be performing classic music from the big band era. Bring a picnic dinner from a nearby restaurant and enjoy outdoor dining while listening to fabulous Swing Era-tunes, including In The Mood, Take the A Train, Moon RiverSentimental Journey, and many more.  It’s open to the public, so bring your friends!

   On a personal note, my brother-in-law Mark Thomas has been a trumpet player in the L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic, part of the Big Band of Barristers.

   For more information go to http://www.lalawyersphil.org.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Walk of Fame to Honor Toshiro Mifune

June 23rd, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Toshiro Mifune is the legendary Japanese actor who starred in such Akira Kurosawa classics as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and Throne of Blood. Now, count him as the posthumous recipient of his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


   Almost all of the 16 Kurosawa–Mifune collaborations are considered cinematic classics. The Magnificent Seven attributes its script to the Seven Samurai story. Clint Eastwood was among the first of many actors to adopt a wandering warrior persona attributed to Mifune, which he used to great effect in his roles; especially playing the man with no name character in Spaghetti Westerns made with Sergio Leone.

Hell4t6   When he traveled to Tinsel Town, he was cast in Grand Prix, Midway, Hell in the Pacific, and  Steven Spielberg’s 1979 comedy flop, 1941. On television, he appeared on the NBC’s Shōgun. Yet, Kurosawa didn’t rejoice in his estranged friend’s success, and publicly made derisive remarks about his friend and the mini-series. After his comments, the relationship between Kurosawa and Mifune remained ambivalent. They never fully reconciled, and they died within a year of each other in the 1990s.

   A date for the Walk of Fame ceremony will be set later this year.


Dick Van Patten   The father of a high school friend has died. DICK VAN PATTEN —> was best known as the patrician of a large family in Eight is Enough on television. He also appeared in several Mel Brooks feature films: High Anxiety, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

   His motion picture resume also includes Soylent Green, Charly, and Westworld. Plus, Dick Van Patten guest-starred on Naked City, Rawhide, I Dream of JeannieLove American Style, Cannon, Medical Center, Maude, Adam-12, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Banacek, PhyllisThe Six Million Dollar Man, BaywatchThe Love Boat television movies, and most recently, Hot in Cleveland.

   Dick’s sister is actress Joyce Van Patten. And, my friend… actor, former tennis professional, and television host of World Poker Tour events:  Vince Van Patten. Let me offer my personal condolences to the entire Van Patten family

   The likeable Dick Van Patten was 86.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – Composer Dies in Plane Crash…

June 22nd, 2015

Manny P. here…

   An airplane registered to James Horner crashed in Los Padres National Forest in Southern California (around 60 miles north of Santa Barbara). The pilot died in the crash and was the only person aboard. Though the crash victim was not immediately identified, Variety later confirmed Horner’s death. His singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies.

   Horner was an accomplished concert hall composer before he moved into writing film scores. His first was for The Lady in Red, but he did not establish himself until he worked on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

James-horner   His scores for Titanic and Avatar remain the best selling orchestral film soundtracks to date. Both directed by James Cameron, they are also the highest-grossing movies of all time. Titanic’s enduring theme song, My Heart Will Go On, hit #1 around the world and become the best-selling single of 1998. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America included it in the Songs of the Century rankings. Celine Dion performed the track.                 JAMES HORNER —>

   He also collaborated multiple times with George Lucas, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson, and Oliver Stone. Horner composed music for over 100 films, and won two Oscars and two Golden Globes. He prolifically scored for major productions, including  Braveheart, Cocoon, Field of Dreams, Aliens, Glory, An American Tail, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Legends of the FallThe Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, Clear and Present Danger, The Pelican Brief, Patriot Games, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Willow, Apollo 13, The Mask of Zorro, and The Amazing Spiderman. Somewhere Out There was another tune masterfully imagined by the maestro.

   Horner created the 2006-2011 theme music for the CBS Evening News. It was introduced as part of the debut of Katie Couric as anchor on September 5, 2006.

   James Horner, one of the essentials composers in cinematic history, was 61.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Wells Fargo Contest is ON…

June 20th, 2015

Manny P. here…

Forgotten Hollywood on Therapy Cable logo   WELLS FARGO is conducting a small business contest, where the winners can earn up to $25,000. This is a unique opportunity to receive needed funds for our team to continue work on our film production. Please click on the link below, and simply vote for the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD DOCUMENTARY project.




59. Lionel Barrymore and Bookstore Quote   The Documentary will share Lionel Barrymore’s pioneering story to change how movie audiences saw disease and disability. Along with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Helen Keller, they were quite a formidable team in the twentieth century in this admirable fight. This award money from WELLS FARGO can and should jump-start our efforts to tell this inspiring and wonderful FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD tale. Please, vote only once a day, every day… until June 30th.

   It just takes a second to click and VOTE… THANK YOU in advance.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Little Rascal Gets a Street…

June 18th, 2015

Manny P. here…

Jerry_Tucker_1936   A former child actor who got his start in Our Gang / The Little Rascals movies of the 1930s now has his own Long Island street. Officials named a portion of St. Ann’s Avenue in Copiague in honor of 89-year old Jerry Schatz.

   Schatz went by the stage name Jerry Tucker (right). He acted alongside Shirley Temple (in Captain January) and Clark Gable during the 1930s and 1940s. He also appeared as one of Mother Peep’s kids in the 1934 Laurel and Hardy feature film March of the Wooden Soldiers.

   Jerry joined the Navy during World War II. He also served during the Korean conflict. That’s when his career in Hollywood came to a close. He moved to Copiague after the war with his wife and worked as an engineer.

   Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer called the US Navy vet one of our own as officials unveiled Jerry Schatz Place on Tuesday. What a wonderful local honor.


jack rollins<– JACK ROLLINS has passed away. He’s best known for his successful partnership with Charles H. Joffe, the producer or executive producer of virtually all of the films directed by Woody Allen. Rollins’ management clients also included Dick Cavett, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Martin Short, Robert Klein, Tom Poston, Paula Poundstone, and David Letterman.

   Jack Rollins was 100.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hammerstein Museum Dealt Setback

June 16th, 2015

Manny P. here…Hammerstein

   The grandson of Oscar Hammerstein has lost his bid to create a museum and educational theater honoring the Broadway lyricist. The Doylestown Township’s zoning board voted on Monday evening to deny variances that Will Hammerstein needed to undergo the project at his grandfather’s former Pennsylvania farm. The plan included construction of a 400-seat theater.                                  OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN —–>

   Neighbors and township supervisors had opposed the proposal at Highland Farm, saying they didn’t want to deal with the noise, traffic, or safety issues they feared it would bring. Hammerstein tells the Doylestown Intelligencer that he was anticipating the decision. He hasn’t decided if he’ll appeal, but says it’d be tough to overturn the three-member board’s unanimous decision.

   Highland Farm was Oscar Hammerstein’s primary residence during his musical partnership with Richard Rodgers. Hammerstein died there in 1960.

   So much for The Sound of Music in a Pennsylvania hamlet…


john hurt   All the best to John Hurt, who has revealed that he is suffering from the early stages of pancreatic cancer. He plans to keep working as he undergoes treatment for the disease. His medical team is confident they caught the problem in time for a full recovery.

   The actor is a two-time Oscar nominee. He received nods for his work in The Elephant Man and Midnight Express. He is best remembered as the ill-fated astronaut in Alien. Other films include A Man For All Seasons, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and a recurring role in the Harry Potter series.

   John Hurt (above) was knighted last December.

Until next time>                               “never forget’