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Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride….Oh yahhhhhh!

Located in the abandoned Griffith Park Zoo, the setting is perfect!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffith_Park_Zoo

The Griffith Park Zoo was a city-owned zoo in Los Angeles, California that opened in 1912 and closed in 1966 with the opening of the Los Angeles Zoo. The abandoned site of the Griffith Park Zoo, complete with the ruins of animal enclosures, is now a picnic area and hiking trail in Griffith Park.

History

The first zoo in Los Angeles was the Eastlake Zoo in East Los Angeles, which opened in 1885. The Griffith Park Zoo opened in 1912 with a grand total of 15 animals. The new zoo was built on the site of Griffith J. Griffith‘s defunct ostrich farm.  In the mid 1920s, William Nicholas Selig donated many of the animals from his own collection to the new zoo.

It was expanded in the 1930s by work crews from the Works Progress Administration.Most of the enclosures were built in the caves-with-iron-bars style which was then standard for zoos.

Old cages with a sign explaining their historical background.

As Los Angeles grew, the small Griffith Park Zoo was increasingly criticized as an “inadequate, ugly, poorly designed and under-financed collection of beat-up cages”, despite drawing more than 2 million visitors a year. In 1958 the city passed a $8 million bond measure to create a brand new zoo. Griffith Park Zoo closed in August 1966 and its animals were transferred to the new Los Angeles Zoo 2 miles away, which opened in November 1966. The animal enclosures, minus bars, were left as ruins; picnic benches or tables were installed in some of them.

 

http://losangeleshauntedhayride.com/

 


Hollywood Heavyweight – Joan Crawford!

Joan Crawford (March 23, ca. 1904 – May 10, 1977), born Lucille Fay LeSueur, in San Antonio, Texas.

Lucille LeSueur’s parents separated before she was born. By age 16 she had three different stepfathers, one of whom (a vaudeville theater manager) had given her the name Billie Cassin. By 1915 she, her brother Hal and their mother lived in Kansas City, and Billie worked in a laundry with her mother and also as a menial to pay school tuition. Winning an amateur dance contest in 1923 led to chorus work in Chicago, Detroit and New York. On New Year’s Day of 1925 she left for Hollywood. Before her second picture, a Photoplay contest led to the name Joan Crawford. With Our Dancing Daughters (1928) she became a star. She had a string of successes playing socialites or rags-to-riches shop girls, most notably as Crystal Allen in The Women (1939). She stayed with MGM for 18 years, signing with Warners in 1943. Mildred Pierce (1945) was a defining role and won her an Oscar.  All of these movies I have seen and are definitely some of her best work!! I’m a huge fan of Joan’s early work and look so I hope you enjoy this little collection. 🙂

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Happy 75th anniversary Wizard of Oz

Wow, has it really been 75 years?? Yes it has.

To celebrate they are showing it in 3D at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/90160/887597?brand=pantagesca

http://thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com/

To celebrate here are some great behind the scene shots from the movie!!

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The Knickerbocker Hotel- Tidbits and Facts on an old Hollywood landmark

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knickerbocker_Hotel_%28Los_Angeles%29

Hotel Knickerbocker served as a temporary home to Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Rudolph Valentino, Three Stooges, Francis Farmer and some still live there in spirit.

The Renaissance Revival bar was a popular spot for celebrities. Silent screen star Rudolph Valentino was known to ride his horse down from the hills and dance the tango to the live music in this bar. Marilyn Monroe used to sneak through the kitchen in order to meet up with Joe Dimaggio.

When making movies, Elvis Presley liked to stay in Suite 1016. In fact, the song “Heartbreak Hotel” was written about the Knickerbocker by Hoyt Axton’s mother. Some of his publicity shots were taken inside the hotel.

Frances Farmer, who had a brilliant career in the 1930s and 1940s, turned to alcohol and drugs. She was arrested at the Knickerbocker after getting into a fight and dragged out half-naked. She was taken to a sanitarium where she was abused and eventually given a lobotomy. (Actual pic below of the arrest!)

Famous film director D.W. Griffith died of a stroke in 1948. He was living on the 10th floor and collapsed in the lobby under the art deco chandelier. He had turned to alcohol and Hollywood disowned him. Later, he was remembered as a brilliant director and, in 1999, a plaque honoring Griffith was placed in the lobby at the Knickerbocker.

Irene Gibbons, who designed costumes for famous actresses such as Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich, committed suicide at the Knickerbocker in 1962. She went into a deep depression after the death of actor Gary Cooper, whom she loved.

Bess Houdini, widow of Harry Houdini, conducted annual séances on Halloween night on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker. She did this for 10 years until 1936. During the first séance, thunder and lightning began. It was believed that this storm was limited to the top of the hotel and was not seen anywhere else in the Hollywood.

“The Hollywood Knickerbocker Apartments, formerly the Knickerbocker Hotel, is a senior home located at 1714 Ivar Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Built in 1925 by E.M. Frasier in Spanish Colonial Revival style, the historic hotel catered to the region’s nascent film industry, and is the site for some of Hollywood’s most famous dramatic moments. Rudolf Valentino was a regular at the bar before his death in 1926.”


The Hollywood Connection: Photographs and Autographs ONLINE AUCTION

Tomorrow there will be an internet-only auction for original vintage stills and portraits showcasing many Hollywood legends, including Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Bogart, and Rita Hayworth. Also included are signed film books with autographs by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Orson Welles, Sidney Poitier, the Fondas, Bette Davis, and Charlton Heston. Here is a link to the catalog for more info.

JustElizabeth

http://issuu.com/haxbee/docs/photoauctioncataloghi-res

http://www.icollector.com/Hollywood-Photography-Autographs_as28470

The glamour and myth of Hollywood was built during the 1930s and ’40s by stars like Marilyn Monroe, Clara Bow, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, Greta Garbo and others. These timeless stars continue to awe, inspire and entertain us today. Blacksparrow Auctions is pleased to present a collection of original vintage stills and portraits that showcase the enduring magnetism and romance of Hollywood. Some of the highlight photos include scenes from There’s No Business Like Show Business with Marilyn Monroe, keybook stills of Clara Bow, Jean Harlow portraits, Humphrey Bogart stills from Key Largo, and many more. The collection includes Hollywood royalty such as Steve McQueen, Ingrid Bergman, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn, The Marx Brothers, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot and Greta Garbo. Also featured are film stills from Stanley Kubrick films, Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Misfits, Bonnie and Clyde, The Three Stooges, and Alfred Hitchcock films. Altogether the collection spans the 1920s, pre-Code and silent era to the 1970s.

We are further excited to bring you a unique collection of signed film books that include autographs from some of the greatest actors and performers of the silver screen. One of the books, entitled The Bad Guys, contains dozens of signatures from some of Hollywood’s most memorable villains: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Edward G. Robinson, Cesar Romero, Joan Crawford, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and more. Another book, entitled The Fondas, contains over 250 autographs of actors, directors and producers who have worked with Henry, Peter and Jane Fonda, including Olivia De Havilland, Sandra Dee, Alice Faye, Mel Ferrer, George Hamilton, Elsa Lanchester, Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Roddy McDowell, Burgess Meredith, Gregory Peck and so many, many more. There are 37 of these books, all filled with scores of original autographs collected over seven decades by a former journalist and studio publicist. This is an impressive and incomparable compilation that will be the cornerstone of any Hollywood autograph collection.

 


Hollywood Heavyweight – William Powell

Happy Birthday to William Powell (July 29, 1892-March 5, 1984).

Happy Birthday to William Powell (July 29, 1892-March 5, 1984).

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001635/

Personal Quotes

[when asked how he kept so slim] “I highly recommend worrying. It’s much more effective than dieting.”

[speaking in 1929] “Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven’t a personality such as Jack Gilbert’s, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting.”

My friends have stood by me marvelously in the ups and downs of my career. I don’t believe there is anything more worthwhile in life than friendship. Friendship is a far better thing than love, as it is commonly accepted.

I do not hold that because the author did a bad job of writing the player need trump it with the same kind of acting. When I go into a picture I have only one character to look after. If the author didn’t do him justice, I try to add whatever the creator of the part overlooked.

I have never gone into a picture without first studying my characterization from all angles. I make a study of the fellow’s life and try to learn everything about him, including the conditions under which he came into this world, his parentage, his environment, his social status, and the things in which he is interested. Then I attempt to get his mental attitude as much as possible.

There is more money in being liked by an audience than in being disliked by it. The biggest thing about movie audiences is the sympathy they give characters on the screen. But the art of acting and the talent of selecting what one will act are divorced qualities.


Old Hollywood Guess Who…….

I adore this picture!! I just can’t believe my eyes and think it is so lovely to find pictures of some of your favorite actors when they were young.  I dare everyone to try and guess before looking at the name below.

Vivian Vance

Vivian Vance!
AKA Ethel Mertz on TV’s “I Love Lucy”!!!
LOVE!!


Movie review – Lonely Wives (1931)

This pre-code film had me LOL over their risqué behavior and lame double standards!! It was still a very enjoyable and unbelievable film!!

Edward Everett Horton plays Richard “Dickie” Smith, a respectable defense lawyer, who turns into a Don Juan, when the clock strikes 8 o’clock, in this Pre Code comedy.

To fool his mother-in-law Mrs. Mantel, (Maude Eburne), he hires famous vaudeville impersonator Felix, the Great Zero, (also played by Edward Everett Horton, in a double role), to stay at the house.

While he goes out on the town, with his new, sultry secretary Kitty “Minty” Minter Patsy Ruth Miller, and, his new client, Diane O’Dare Laura La Plante, who wishes to divorce her husband for neglect. She is unaware that her husband, who is Felix, the Great Zero.

When Madeline Smith, Richard’s wife (Esther Ralston), returns early from her trip, Felix knows that the jig is up; or, is it.

It’s a question of who’s fooling who. Zero, angry at being played for a patsy by Smith, arranges for the maid to make a pass at Smith, who thinks Zero is Smith himself. After a series of events, Smith ends up chasing Zero with a loaded gun.

Meanwhile, Andrews, the Butler, (Spencer Charters), thinks he must have the DT’s, seeing double of everyone.

They know they’ll reform their ways, if any of them survive the night.

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Happy B-day Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990)

Like most veteran actors and actresses, I loved her early work most. In 1928 Barbara moved to Hollywood, where she was to start one of the most lucrative careers filmdom had ever seen. She was an extremely versatile actress who could adapt to any role. Barbara was equally at home in all genres, from melodramas, such as Forbidden (1932) and Stella Dallas (1937), to thrillers, such as Double Indemnity (1944), one of her best films, also starring Fred MacMurray (as you have never seen him before). She also excelled in comedies such as Remember the Night (1940) and The Lady Eve (1941). Another genre she excelled in was westerns, Union Pacific (1939) being one of her first and TV’s “The Big Valley” (1965) (her most memorable role) being her last. In 1983, she played in the ABC hit mini-series “The Thorn Birds” (1983), which did much to keep her in the eye of the public. She turned in an outstanding performance as Mary Carson.


Vintage beauty tips, tricks, and tragedies.

Since the beginning of time women have done things to make themselves more attractive.  Even as simple as brushing and styling their hair, to dramatic disfigurations to get the right look.

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic 'ice' cubes which could be filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic ‘ice’ cubes which could be  filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was  popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars
EEEEK!

This scares me deeply!

Glamour Bonnet’ … it lowers air pressure to aid circulation and complexion

The infamous corset, which can be fun for certain events…once in a blue moon, but not daily! No thank you!!

Absurd!

Throughout the ages, women have experimented with beauty treatments to enhance natural features, slow the aging process, and care for the outer body. Beginning in the Ancient era, the Biblical account of Queen Esther’s life mentions the elaborate spa-type treatments that young women underwent for an entire 12-month period to prepare themselves for a reception with the King. The first six months involved treatments with oil and myrrh, and the second with perfumes and cosmetics!

With modern day waxing, working out, plucking, puckering, pouting, pinching, and fidgeting, most women will always be slaves to the latest and greatest to stay young a beautiful forever.  Good luck gals!!


Experience a cemetary in ways you never thought possible!

I have yet to personally attend this as of yet, but it is on my list of must do’s!  I have heard about this for years and really want to go one day! I give you…. HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETARY….movies in the park!  You can watch a movie while enjoying the beautiful cemetery surroundings.  Now this is more popular in October when they pick classic scary films but this weekend is going to be good!

RESIZEDsome-like-it-hot-posterTickets are $12 and can be bought at:http://cinespia.org/event/some-like-it-hot/

  • Address: 6000 Santa Monica blvd
  • Phone:   (323) 221-3343

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, originally called Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, California. It is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, adjacent to the north wall, or back, of Paramount Studios. Among those interred or entombed in the cemetery are a number of important personalities and famous persons, including men and women from the entertainment industry, and important people in the history of Los Angeles, and their relatives. The cemetery is active and regularly hosts community events, including music events and summer movie screenings. In 2011 the cemetery became a co-producer of the American silent movie Silent Life based on the story of the Hollywood idol Rudolph Valentino, who is entombed there. Founded in 1899!!!

There are many, many, many classic film stars, directors, and anyone film related buried here at this historic cemetery.

Please keep in mind that there are many events held here so check out the calendar or http://cinespia.org/ to see what is playing.  These events are really popular and can get crowded (one reason why I have not attended yet) but definitely a good time had by all.  Bring your blanket to sit on and enjoy the fun!

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Here is a very short list of the many, many, many celebs buried here you might want to check out while you are here: Bugsy, Siegel, Estelle Getty, Hannah Chaplin(Charlie’s mom!), Rudolph Valentino, Clifton Webb, Darla Hood, Victor Fleming, Jonny Ramone, Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway, Marion Davies, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, and Jayne Mansfield to name a few.


What is this Film Noir you ask? I had the same question!

As a fan of early cinema from early “talkies” to mid to late 30’s, I was unaware of Film Noir.  By definition it means: shadowy, pessimistic movie: a cinematic genre popular in the 1940s and 1950s, often filmed in urban settings with extensive use of shadows, cynical in outlook, and featuring antiheroes. Between the Great Depression and the start of the Cold War, Hollywood went noir, reflecting the worldly, weary, wised-up under current of midcentury America.

That sounds interesting to me!! This is also when I learned about Edward G. Robinson.  He is an AMAZING and unique actor and a great “go to” for finding a good film noir movie.

I knew about EGR long before I became a fan of B/W films, I knew him from Bugs Bunny mimicking him and his very unique style of speaking!

Here are my suggestions for EGR beginners!

Here is a great EGR movie with Orson Wells and Loretta Young!! The Stranger

I have seen every movie I suggest so feel free to ask questions or give me suggestions of your own.  These are great movies and I promise if you were not a fan of EGR before or Film Noir, you will be now!!  Have fun vintage movie lovers!!!


Ginger Rogers….the other side of Fred Astaire

I really hate to say “the other side”, but that is how most people would know Ginger Rogers.  The blonde bombshell who was Fred’s usual partner.  I followed her on TCM when she was Actress of the Month, and discovered she was most amazing in movies WITHOUT Fred Astaire! Truly stunning, talented, and quite sassy in many of her movies, and I love sassy!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001677/

Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911.  Below is a few movie suggestions for Ginger Rogers.  If you have a chance to check them out, let me know what you think here! Also, if you have any other suggestions, please feel free to recommend!

I hope you enjoy these flicks and let me know if you get a chance to watch them!!


Fun can be free…Griffith Observatory

Photo: Photo of the Day: Romantic Sunset Griffith Observatory http://bit.ly/ZShIaN (Photo courtesy of Rafaelinho, Flickr)

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

The mission of Griffith Observatory is inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA  90027
(213) 473-0800

Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday): Open 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m

Weekends (Saturday – Sunday):  Open  10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays

If you have never been to the Observatory then you must at least once in your life.  Get to experience the stars through professional telescopes and see the stars like never before!!