BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD Posts

August 31, 2012 /

A New Yorker in LA… Here we have Woody Allen in 1965 promoting kitten rescue by appointing Anna Marie San Martin to the divine rank of Miss Pussycat. Of course the release of his new movie, WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT was completely coincidental.

August 27, 2012 /

Sorry angels, I have residential architecture on the brain – perhaps because I’m renovating my kitchen. The devil’s truly in the details. Quelle horreur! Don’t even get me started on counter depth refrigerators. I’ll put this in parlance any bride would understand; counter depth or built in refrigerators are the…

August 25, 2012 /

1969 parade in New York City for astronauts; Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins, Neil Armstrong:

August 22, 2012 /

Ever have one of those days? Well, I really can’t complain… Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor in MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, directed by John M. Stahl, based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas. The 1954 Douglas Sirk version deserves a post of its own…

August 20, 2012 /

Ms. Diller, a 37-year-old homemaker when she took up comedy, mined her domestic life for material, assuring audiences that she fed Fang and her kids garbage soup and buried her ironing in the backyard. She exuded an image that was part Wicked Witch of the West (a role she actually…

August 16, 2012 /

J. Edgar Hoover (as I mentioned before, a big fan of “I Love Lucy”) and Clyde Tolson at the races in Del Mar: Cagney in “G Men”: Leo as J. Edgar:

August 12, 2012 /

Lindbergh made his famous flight in 1927. This photo is of a somewhat obscure movie actress, Gertie Messinger, posing at an art exhibit in Los Angeles with a bust of “Lucky Lindbergh” sculpted by Irene Hundt Rundquist.

August 9, 2012 /

Hey, kittens! When it climbs into the hundreds we get to talk about the weather. It never snows here, except in 1932, and the big storm of 1949. New Yorkers might call it sweater weather when the thermometer plunges, but… Right now it’s positively toasty so take a gander at…

August 8, 2012 /

That’s William Wyler on the set of THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. His pithy comments are well documented (especially in these posts!). Here’s my new favorite quip from a brilliant director (yes, yes, we continue to be… somewhat discrete) while guiding a hapless performer through a difficult scene: “Do…

August 6, 2012 /

Dr. William H. Pickering of JPL explains the satellite, Explorer II, in 1958.