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Margaret O'Brien and the SoCal Motion Picture Council




She was one of the biggest box office draws of her time, and she's devoted much of the rest of her life to charity. I've always wanted to meet Margaret O'Brien and Monday night I'll get my chance because she's a special guest at the Southern California Motion Picture Council's 75th annual holiday banquet.

That's Margaret O'Brien in 1949 - the young girl in the white dress - with George "Gabby" Hayes, Jeanette MacDonald, Dr. Wayne Hughes, Roy Rogers, Lloyd Nolan, and Maureen O'Sullivan, in a photo from the LA Public Library/Hollywood Citizen News/Valley Times Collection.

Actor Rose Marie will also be there, and the council is also proclaiming Will Ryan "The Official Singing Cowboy of Hollywood."

The Council also has a paranormal division, and says it has so far investigated more than a hundred incidents of paranormal activity relating to stars. I don't know what this is about, but I intend to ask.