“Forgotten Hollywood”- Twelve Oaks…

June 23rd, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The home of Ashley and the Wilkes family is up for auction.  Ashley Wilkes was a fictional character from Gone with the Wind. Portrayed by Leslie Howard, Ashley was the object of Scarlett O’Hara’s affection.

“`The place, called  Twelve Oaks, was built in 1836, and is located in Covington, Georgia. Named as one of the Top 10 Antebellum Sites in the state, Twelve Oaks is in the National Register. Experience the South like Scarlett or Rhett Butler as you sit on the veranda and enjoy your lemonade. Covington is called the Hollywood of the South; over 125 films and television shows that have been filmed there.

 

“`The mansion has twelve bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, ten thousand square feet and three acres surrounding the property. It also has a pool, gazebo, and a four-auto carriage house. A two million dollar renovation was completed in 2017. This property is also income producing. There are three special operating permits already in place: As a bed and breakfast, an event center, and as a historic site available for tours.  This property averages one to two movie or television program contracts per year, and also provides accommodations for the cast.

“`The auction runs from July 4th to July 25th. Property are available by appointment. One can close their eyes and imagine Scarlett running across the grounds to embrace Ashley.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Rebuttal…

June 19th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The college censorship debate has reached Hollywood. Over fifty prominent artists, writers, and film scholars are supporting the restoration of the names of the Gish sisters, Dorothy and Lillian, to a film theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

“`The letter accuses the university of making a scapegoat of the siblings. Among those signing their names are James Earl Jones, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, George Stevens Jr., Malcolm McDowell, Lauren Hutton, Joe Dante, and Taylor Hackford. The letter is a response to Bowling Green’s May 3rd decision to change the name of the Gish Theater because of her role in D. W. Griffith’s incendiary 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation.

DOROTHY GISH      LILLIAN GISH

“`Dorothy Gish was a memorable actress on stage and on the screen. Her name was removed from the theater, despite not appearing in D. W. Griffith’s production. In this discussion, she is considered collateral damage.

“`Officials at Bowling Green has responded to the letter saying it will not reverse its decision or restore the Gish name to the theater.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Naked City…

June 18th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`A statue of Marilyn Monroe that is part of a Hollywood tower celebrating women in film has gone missing. The statue, which illustrates the legendary actress in her iconic pose from The Seven Year Itch, was perched atop the Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“`The artwork features large statues of Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna May Wong and Dolores Del Rio — women from different cultures who profoundly influenced Hollywood. The structure is a reminder that cinema represents the ethnic and gender struggle that many in the industry think still exists. The gazebo was erected in 1994.

“`The Los Angeles Police Department received a call late Sunday night from a citizen who reported seeing someone on top of the gazebo. A person climbed the Eiffel Tower-shaped structure and used a saw to remove Marilyn. Investigators have found fingerprints on the gazebo, and they are following several leads that may help track down the thief.

“`It is being called the great Marilyn caper of 2019. Bulletins as they break…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Poor Little Rich Girl…

June 17th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Gloria Vanderbilt was an heiress, actress and business woman, who began her iconic life as the poor little rich girl of the Great Depression. She survived multiple marriages, and reigned in the 1970s and 1980s as a designer jeans pioneer. She was a great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt, and mother of  CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper. Husbands included Leopold Stokowski, the celebrated conductor, and Sidney Lumet, the award-winning movie and television director.

                                 ANDERSON COOPER   GLORIA VANDERBILT

“`Gloria inherited her five million dollar trust fund in 1945. With financial independence, she eventually ended up in Hollywood. She dated celebrities, including Errol Flynn, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes. Vanderbilt also acted on stage (The Time of Your Life) and on television (Playhouse 90, Studio One, Kraft Theater, and U. S. Steel Hour). She guest-starred on The Love Boat and appeared on a number of variety programs.

“`She was a fabric designer who became an early enthusiast for designer denim. Vanderbilt partnered with Mohan Murjani and introduced a million dollar advertising campaign in 1978 that turned the Gloria Vanderbilt brand with its signature white swan label into a sensation. She branched out into other areas, including shoes, scarves, table and bed linens and china through her company, Gloria Concepts. In 1988, Vanderbilt joined the designer fragrance market with her signature Glorious.

“`Anderson Cooper is expected to host a documentary on CNN chronicling the life of his iconic mother. It will air during the Summer.

“`A cultural survivor, Gloria Vanderbilt was ninety-five.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Under the Tuscan Sun…

June 16th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Italian director Franco Zeffirelli delighted audiences around the world with romantic vision and distinctive productions, most famously captured in his cinematic Romeo and Juliet. It was his personal goal to make culture accessible to audiences, finding inspiration in William Shakespeare and other literary greats for his movies, and producing opera for the stage and small screen.

“`As a youth, Zeffirelli served with the partisans during World War II. He later acted as an interpreter for British troops. He remained an Anglophile, and was particularly proud when Britain gave him an honorary knighthood in 2004.

“`The lifelong bachelor turned to acting at twenty when he joined an experimental troupe in Florence. After a short-lived acting career, Zeffirelli worked with Luchino Visconti’s theatrical company in Rome, where he showed a flair for dramatic staging techniques in  A Streetcar Named Desire.  He later served as an assistant director under Michelangelo Antonioni and Vittorio De Sica.

“`Zeffirelli directed Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. His other productions included Brother Sun Sister Moon, a remake of The Champ, Endless Love, La Traviata and Tea with Mussolini. But it was Romeo and Juliet that set box-office records in the United States.  The flick is one of the most successful adaptations of Shakespeare ever.

“`His small screen mini-series, Jesus of Nazareth, was a major success and is still shown on television during the Christmas season. In his spare time, Zeffirelli brought opera to the stage working with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Maria Callas.

“`Franco Zeffirelli (above) was ninety-six.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Philly’s Best…

June 14th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Lew Klein was a broadcast pioneer, who helped create American Bandstand and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget. He also taught and mentored students for over sixty years at Temple University.  In 2017, they re-named College of Media and Communications in his honor.

“`He began working at WFIL-TV, directing Romper Room and co-creating Captain Noah and His Magical Ark, two popular children’s programs in the 1960s that attracted a bigger local audience than Sesame Street. Lew began acting as executive producer of American Bandstand, and later, was a member on the board of Dick Clark Productions. Klein also helped Bob Saget get an internship on The Mike Douglas Show, a daytime talk program.

“`A native of Philadelphia, Klein spent fifteen years producing telecasts for the Phillies, and he helped the careers of players-turned-sportscasters, such as Richie Ashburn and Tim McCarver.

“`Lew Klein was ninety-one.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Sylvia Miles…

June 12th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Sylvia Miles was an actress and a Manhattan socialite whose brief, scene-stealing appearances in Midnight Cowboy and Farewell My Lovely earned her two Academy Award nods. Miles also appeared on stage and on television.                              SYLVIA MILES —>

“`She studied at The Actors Studio, making her name in a series of Off-Broadway roles starting in the 1950s, and moving on to movies in the 1960s.  Sylvia’s career break came when she was cast in the pilot of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Miles was replaced by Rose Marie.

“`Sylvia’s screen roles included Murder Inc., Evil Under the Sun, She-Devil, and the Wall Street series of movies. On television, Miles guest-starred on Miami Vice, One Life to Live, and Sex and the City.

“`Wayland Flowers and his puppet Madame first uttered the widely quoted line, Sylvia Miles and Andy Warhol would attend the opening of an envelope. People Magazine reprinted the quote, and it became urban legend.

“`She had more than fifteen minutes of fame, Sylvia Miles was 94.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Art of the Dance…

June 11th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The National Museum of Dance in Sarasota Springs, New York, has opened its exhibition Art of the Dance: Posters from Hollywood’s Golden Age from the Mike Kaplan Collection. Over one hundred dance cinematic posters from the rare and exceptional collection, which includes both American and international examples, are  mounted in three of the Museum’s galleries.

 

“`Art of the Dance debuted on Fred Astaire’s 120th birthday — May 10, 2019, and includes a special section devoted exclusively to his unparalleled career on the silver screen. In addition to Astaire, many major dance stars from the Twentieth Century are highlighted such as Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple and the Nicholas Brothers. You might also be fascinated in finding actors like John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lucille Ball in dance mode.

“`Movie musicals include 42nd StreetOklahoma, The Red Shoes, and West Side Story.

“`Mike Kaplan has also been recognized in his career, winning awards for his poster campaigns as a marketing strategist for major filmmakers Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, and Hal Ashby.

“`Selections of these posters have been on exhibit at other locations, such as Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Art of the Dance at the National Museum of Dance will be the largest display of this collection to date, on view until Spring, 2020.

Until next time…                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- D-Day Plus 75…

June 5th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`It was seventy-five years ago, today, minutes before June 6, 1944, when a global fight for freedom was set forth with a unified coalition against an extreme fascism that was ravaging countries and subjecting its people to tyranny and eventual extermination. The jury was out whether the Allies would succeed. Only the iron will of Winston Churchill, and the resolve of the British people, kept the promise of victory alive despite earlier confrontation generating mixed results. Looking back, Operation Overlord could have gone horribly wrong.

“`Today, veterans of D-Day celebrate this most worthy anniversary as paratroopers jumped out of aircraft, even though they are well into their nineties.  Queen Elizabeth re-visited the spirits of her past to honor the campaign. She knows what the ramifications of defeat might have meant for June 7, 1944 and beyond.

“`In 1962, The Longest Day was made in an effort to recreate the campaign with sets that were incredibly accurate. Omaha, Juno, Sword, Utah and Gold beaches, as well as Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère-Église were vividly brought to life, complete with A-list stars, including Robert Mitchum, Eddie Albert, Henry Fonda, Jeffrey Hunter, and Roddy MacDowell. This flick utilized several Axis and Allied military consultants who actually participated. They offered a relatively accurate recounting of the largest amphibious military assignment in history.

 

“`Steven Spielberg used the Invasion of Normandy as the catalyst for the opening of Saving Private Ryan. Historians have noted that the actual scene was the most believable depiction of the conflict along Omaha beach. Tom Hanks brought all the horrors of war to life.

“`I personally met was Charles Durning (right) a number of years back. He was drafted at age twenty and participated in the Normandy invasion.  I also visited Normandy in 2006, with stops at Omaha, Pointe du Hoc and the adjacent Allied cemetery. It was breathtaking and sober.

“`D-Day… Perhaps the most consequential twenty-four hours of the twentieth century.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- All You Need is Love…

June 4th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Just in time for Father’s Day. Make it the best day ever by giving The Beatles Abbey Road pop-up card to them on their special day. The card is blank, so you don’t need an occasion to brighten someone’s day with this unique expression. Give it to anyone, anytime, just because The Beatles are the best band ever.

“`The pop-up celebrates the eleventh Beatles album of the same name. It recreates the iconic image of the Beatles walking across a street outside the famous  Abbey Road Studios. Once opened, The Beatles emerge:  George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon walking outside of their studio in single formation along Abbey Road.

“`Bring a smile to any Beatles fan with this one-of-a-kind design. It was created in partnership with The Beatles and is one of four officially licensed designs.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to Gish…

May 28th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Theatre opened within Bowling Green State University, Ohio, on June 11, 1976. It was shut down on May 3rd. The Black Students Union complained that because Lillian Gish was a star of D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation,  the use of her name in a university facility contributed to an intimidating, hostile educational environment.

“`Lillian Gish was very much a part of Ohio history. She was born in Springfield and made her stage debut as a child at the Rising Sun Opera House, twenty miles from Bowling Green. It was Lillian who insisted the theatre also honor her sister and fellow Ohio native, Dorothy, who co-starred with her in two D. W. Griffith features, Hearts of the World and Orphans of the Storm.

LILLIAN GISH

“`The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Theatre was originally designated at the University’s Hanna Hall.  When scheduled for demolition in 2018, the theatre disappeared, except for the building signage and a small exhibit that were moved to a classroom in the Student Union.  The forces of outrage began to gather. I applaud the notion if not the eventual decision, which was made at the expense of a person that is a victim of her era.

“`It mattered not that Gish had neither directed nor written The Birth of a Nation. Lillian’s performances in Griffith films, such as Intolerance or Broken Blossoms, with their strong liberal leanings, were irrelevant. Her career as one of the greatest silent screen stars, whose later performances continue to be highly regarded, counts for zero.

“`Bowling Green University also had theaters named after two celebrities. The Eva Marie Saint Theatre, honoring one of the University’s most famous alumnae, was downsized a few years back. The Joe E. Brown Theatre was named after the Ohio native, who starred in the production of Harvey at Bowling Green in 1959; it closed in December 2011, and is currently used for storage.

“`For now, Lillian Gish, an iconic actress of the twentieth century, is persona non grata in her hometown, an unfortunate notion.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Thrill of Victory / Agony of Defeat…

May 27th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Sports creates a path for developing prose that offers thrilling drama; with careers defined by a single storyline. Let us consider…

~ Bart Starr was an average quarterback, who by fate, rose to the ranks of football Shangri-la. When teaming with Vince Lombardi on the powerhouse  Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s, the collaboration ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport. Until Brett Favre came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever.

“`After losing the 1960 NFL title game in his first playoff appearance,  the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr, going 9-0, including wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls. He was named the MVP of both contests. Starr has an NFL award named after him, given annually to a player of outstanding character.

“`The mighty Bart Starr was eighty-five.

     

~ Bill Buckner was a Major League Baseball All-Star and a batting champion, a savvy gamer who was welcome on any team; and a reliable fielder, as well. He played for the  Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox.

“`Bill made his major league debut as a teen, played until he was forty, and amassed  2,715 hits in between. Yet, he is remembered for letting a ground ball go between his legs during a 1986 World Series game between his Red Sox and the New York Mets. Eventually, Boston lost the series, and had to wait another two decades to finally take the Fall Classic.

“`At Fenway Park on Monday, video clips of Buckner’s twenty-two-year career were shown on the scoreboard before the Red Sox played the Cleveland Indians. His headshot was posted, and there was a moment of silence, followed by applause from the crowd. He was no longer a goat in Boston.

“`The gritty Bill Buckner was sixty-nine.

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“`On Wide World of Sports, announcer Jim McKay would sum up the nature of sports this way:  The thrill of victory… The agony of defeat. Great drama was never better defined.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Road to Acclaim…

May 24th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`I am thrilled to announce that  Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History was named a Finalist in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in the Performing Arts category.

 

“`The overall winner in this particular section was The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy by Edwin Wong. Congratulations to this fine literary work!

“`This is the second award of merit I have received from this prestigious literary repository. In 2012, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History was named a Winner in the Arts and Entertainment category.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- See You in September…

May 21st, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The cinematic event of 2019 is due in September. This will be a global event. And expect Oscars for the lavish production next Spring.

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“`I wanna personally thank Hollywood historians, Mary Mallory and Jordan R. Young, who are also my literary pals, for joining me at LitFest this past weekend. We conducted an engaging panel discussion on how Hollywood and Americana intersect since the dawn of movie making.

 

                   JORDAN R. YOUNG   MANNY PACHECO   MARY MALLORY

“`After our lively conversation, the three of us took a moment to take a selfie. I hope we get to do this again, real soon.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollwood”- Remembrance of Wouk…

May 20th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Herman Wouk was the Pulitzer Prize winning author of such million-selling novels as The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War. He was part of a small group of scribes that included C. S. Lewis, Chaim Potok, and Flannery O’Connor who were steadfast in maintaining traditional religious beliefs in their writings.

“`The son of Russian Jews, Wouk was born in New York in 1915. The household was religious. His mother was a rabbi’s daughter and devoted to books. His father was a great devotee of Sholem Aleichem, the great Yiddish writer. A traveling salesman sold his family the complete works of Mark Twain and he became Wouk’s favorite writer.

“`Wouk majored in comparative literature and philosophy at Columbia University and edited the college’s humor magazine. After graduation, he headed for California, where he worked for five years on Fred Allen’s radio show.  If war had not intruded, he might have stuck to comedy sketches. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the Navy and served as an officer in the Pacific.

“`In 1951, Wouk released his most celebrated novel, The Caine Mutiny. It eventually topped best-seller lists and won a Pulitzer. It was one of the initial times that a writer questioned the motives of military officers in modern conflicts. A highly popular movie followed, which starred Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, and Jose Ferrer. Herman was compared with other World War II novelists:  Norman Mailer, Irwin Shaw, James Jones.

“`His next work, Marjorie Morningstar, was a tale of Jewish assimilation. It was also made into a film that starred Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly. The novel sold millions and Wouk ended up on the cover of Time Magazine.

“`The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, both of which Wouk adapted for a 1983 Emmy Award-winning television mini-series starring Robert Mitchum. The former production received some of the highest ratings in small screen history, and Wouk’s involvement covered everything from the script to commercial sponsors.

“`He eventually gave speeches and sermons around the country and received several prizes, including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Jewish Book Council. During his years in Washington, the Georgetown synagogue he attended was called Herman Wouk’s synagogue.

“`Historians, novelists, publishers, and critics gathered at the Library of Congress in 1995 to celebrate the spiritual-leaning author on his eightieth birthday. He was America’s Tolstoy.

“`The reverent Herman Wouk (above) was 103, ten days before his birthday.

Until next time>                              “never forget”