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Hollywood: Then & Now–Rollin Lane house; now the Magic Castle

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 11th, 2015
2015
Apr 11

HOLLYWOOD: THEN & NOW

Rollin P. Lane house; now The Magic Castle

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7001 FRANKLIN AVENUE, HOLLYWOOD

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The Magic Castle website

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Presentacion Urquidez Lopez; her family was the first in Hollywood

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 15th, 2015
2015
Feb 15

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Presentacion Urquidez Lopez; her family was the first in Hollywood

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

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Born in 1842, Presentacion Urquidez was the fifth child of Don Tomas Urquidez and his third wife, Ramona Candida Vejar. Don Urquidez, who was born in Santo Tomas Mission, Lower California, arrived in Los Angeles at the age of twenty-five. Urquidez was the first Spanish resident of what would eventually be known as Hollywood, and his cattle and horses roamed far over the southern slopes of the Cahuenga Valley. Annually he celebrated the fiesta of “The Sign of the Cross,” with its praying, dancing, horse racing, and barbecue with the pure native wines and brandies.

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In 1853 Don Urquidez built the first house in what would be Hollywood (see photo above), an adobe and wood building that had its roof insulated with brea brought from the nearby tar pits. It was located in an old Native American graveyard on the northwest corner of Franklin and Sycamore Avenues.

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On October 21, 1861, Presentacion married Jose Claudio Tranquilino Lopez at the Plaza Church in downtown Los Angeles. Afterward, festivities lasting eight days were held at their famous adobe in Hollywood.

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Through various causes, the family lost its vast estates. Old and blind, Don Tomas returned from the celebration of the Eve of St. John at the San Gabriel Mission to find himself disposed of his beloved adobe. Later their home was bought by General Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times and was renamed The Outpost.

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Presentacion would bear her husband Jose at least five children, and Carmen Avenue in Hollywood was named after one of them. In her old age, Presentacion remembered General John C. Fremont and much of the local history of the time and was one of the few remaining representatives of the time when most of this section was owned by the Spanish.

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The evening before her death on September 8, 1908, Presentacion entertained a group of old friends until late in the morning, smoking her favorite cigarettes and talking about old times. She was weak and feeble, and after the last friend had gone, called for a final cigarette and was surprised that she was too weak to inhale the fumes. Sinking back on her couch, she turned her glance upward, gave a loud happy laugh and died with a smile on her lips. Two sons and a daughter and a large number of grandchildren survived her.

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At the end of her life, she claimed to not know her real age which

probably explains the wrong date on her tombstone.

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Before her burial in Hollywood Cemetery, the funeral was held at the Blessed Sacrament Church on the southeast corner of Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) and Cherokee Avenue. Her tombstone reads, “En Paz Descanse” or “Rest in Peace.” Her grave is located in the northeast corner of the cemetery (where the older graves are) and about two rows from the wall.

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Katharine Hepburn on the cover…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 14th, 2015
2015
Feb 14

FAN MAGAZINE COVER

Katharine Hepburn

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Lizabeth Scott for Wohl Shoe Company

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 7th, 2015
2015
Feb 7

CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS

Lizabeth Scott for Wohl Shoe Company

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Lizabeth Scott Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 7th, 2015
2015
Feb 7

OBITUARY

Lizabeth Scott dies at 92; sultry leading woman of film noir

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By David Colker
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2015

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Actress Lizabeth Scott, whose sultry looks and smoky voice led many a man astray in 1940s and ’50s film noir, died Jan. 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 92.

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CLICK HERE to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Lizabeth Scott

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The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 24th, 2015
2015
Jan 24

MIRIAM HOPKINS

The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon

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I’m pleased to announce The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon being hosted by Silver Screenings and A Small Press Life / Font & Frock websites on January 22–25, 2015. The Blogathon has been running for a couple days now but still check it out and all the great articles written about the fabulous Miriam Hopkins. The following is from the Silver Screenings website:

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“We are so excited, we can hardly contain ourselves – and for Two Big Reasons!

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“Firstly, you’re invited to help us celebrate one of the most remarkable actresses in Classic Hollywood: the fabulous Miriam Hopkins. The blogathon will run January 22-25, 2015, and we’d love to have you join us.

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“Secondly, we’re excited to be co-hosting this event with our über-chic friend Maedez of A Small Press Life. But that ain’t the half of it! This blogathon with correspond with the launch of her new movie blog, Font and Frock, in January, 2015.”

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So read what other bloggers are saying about Miriam Hopkins and check back here for more updates on my  biography of the actress!

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Clara Bow’s Childhood Home

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 18th, 2015
2015
Jan 18

CHILDHOOD HOMES: THEN & NOW

Clara Bow’s childhood home

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857 73rd STREET, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

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On the second floor of this unpretentious house at 857 73rd Street, Brooklyn, New York, lived the Bows in 1922. Clara Bow was then a school girl. Her father worked in Coney Island. Her mother was a bed-ridden invalid. The little red-head mailed a cheap postcard picture of herself to several motion picture magazines then conducting a contest. The winner was to be given a screen opportunity. Clara Bow won.

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Anita Ekberg Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 11th, 2015
2015
Jan 11

OBITUARY

Anita Ekberg, waded into Trevi Fountain in ‘La Dolce Vita,’ dies at 83

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2015

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Anita Ekberg, the busty blond former Miss Sweden who became a Hollywood sex symbol in the 1950s and famously waded into Rome’s Trevi Fountain in a revealing, strapless black evening gown in Federico Fellini’s classic 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” has died. She was 83.

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CLICK HERE to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Anita Ekberg

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Tribute

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 10th, 2015
2015
Jan 10

TRIBUTES

Samuel Goldwyn Jr.: In Memory

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Robert Mitchum and Goldwyn Sr.

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr., who passed away yesterday at age 88 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, was the son of producer Samuel Goldwyn and his wife Frances Howard.

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BIRTH AND DEATH

On Tuesday, September 7, 1926, at 4:15 am, Frances  gave birth to her son at Good Samaritan Hospital (weighing seven and one-half pounds), only hours before most members of the film capitol was at Hollywood Cemetery saying their final good-byes at the funeral of silent film idol, Rudolph Valentino. Goldwyn Sr. took time away from the hospital that day to be a pallbearer for Valentino, a last minute replacement for Norman Kerry who injured his leg on a film set.

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Frances Howard Goldwyn and her sister, Constance Howard

look upon new-born Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 10th, 2015
2015
Jan 10

OBITUARY

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. dies at 88; Hollywood scion forged his own path

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By David Colker
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2015

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr., who was born into one of the founding families of the Hollywood studio system but became a champion of independent film productions, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88.

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CLICK HERE to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

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