Los Angeles Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection
August 14, 1950: Vivien Leigh greets her husband, Laurence Olivier, and daughter, Suzanne Holman, arriving from England.
Britain's Victoria and Albert Museum says it has acquired the archive of Gone With the Wind star Vivien Leigh, including personal diaries and letters to her husband, Laurence Olivier. The London museum said Wednesday it bought the archive from Leigh's grandchildren for an undisclosed sum.
The trove includes photographs, annotated film and theater scripts, and thousands of letters from Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Noel Coward and others. There are more than 200 letters exchanged with Olivier, to whom Leigh was married for 20 years.
The British-born star won an Academy Award for playing iron-willed Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara in the U.S. Civil War epic Gone With the Wind.
Here, Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, informs O'Hara that she needs kissing, "often, and by someone who knows how."
Barbara Stanwyck with husband Robert Taylor at the 21st Academy Awards, held at the Academy Theater in Hollywood. Stanwyck was nominated for the "Best Actress" award for her portrayal of Leona Stevenson in the film, "Sorry, Wrong Number," but she lost to Jane Wyman. Photograph March 25, 1949.
On Star Trek, the Original Series, which ran from 1966 to 1969, Dr Leonard McCoy was always a little bit too late.
Good thing, or he couldn't have delivered his meme: "He's dead, Jim."
But on March 28, 1968, Miss Barbara Stanwyck, as Victoria Barkley, matriarch of The Big Valley, told old flame Sen. Jim Bannard (James Gregory) that his challenger, the conniving Judge William Daggett (Harold Gould), bit it after a bruising fight on a moving horse carriage.
"He's dead, Jim," she says.
Did writer Margaret Armen know what she was doing? Possibly, because she also penned three Star Trek TOS episodes: The Cloud Minders, The Paradise Syndrome, and The Gamesters of Triskelion. (According to IMDB, Armen wrote for at least 29 shows, from Zane Grey Theater to Emerald Point NAS. Alas, she died in 2003.)
The New L.A. Folk Fest, L.A. Record, and All Scene Eye are presenting a fundraiser for Folk Fest and the California State Parks Foundation. Over 15 bands will be performing at HM157 on Saturday, August 10 including White Dove, Haunted Summer, and The Americans. Historical Monument #157 is a beautiful Victorian home on the California Historical landmark list that regularly hosts creative music and arts events.
This "Happening" takes place on Saturday, August 10 and starts at 3 p.m. The event has a $20 suggested donation and includes free drinks. HM157 is located at 3110 North Broadway, Los Angeles 90031. RSVP is required for entry and can be done on Facebook or by emailing email@example.com. More information is available at the HM157 website.
Courtesy Office of Assembly Member Mike Gatto
The yellow plate on the wrong car. But this is an actual production sample, and it looks pretty good.
In April 2012, we told you about Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Legacy License Plate bill.
It's not a big thing, but it's important to a lot of people. Mike Gatto, a Democratic Assemblyman from LA, announced today that the Assembly Transportation Committee passed CA Assembly Bill (AB) 1658. That's the California Legacy License Plate Program, his bill that would let drivers pick a vintage-style California license plate.
In a news release Gatto says, “Aside from not salting our roads, California doesn’t often do much for automobile enthusiasts. This is an easy way for the state to make life a little more enjoyable for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design.”
Gatto's bill passed easily, and the DMV is now taking applications for the plates.
But the DMV has an important caveat for specialty plates: "The law enacting this plate program (AB 1658, 2012) allows until January 1, 2015 to reach the required minimum 7,500 pre-orders for any one of the plate styles." And only the black plate is even halfway there. Here's the latest tally:
On the front page of my newspaper on July 4, there it was, in full color. A major work of Baltimore-born artist-engineer-author F. Hopkinson Smith: the foundation under the Statue of Liberty. The photo marked the reopening of America’s favorite monument following the repair of Hurricane Sandy’s damage.
Frederic Auguste Bartoldi’s renowned sculpture’s totality is the product of a number of minds. There’s Frenchman E.R. de Laboulye, a legal scholar and Americophile who had the idea for the statue, originally, as not just a gift from France to America, but as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln and a celebration of the Union victory over the slaveholders in the Civil War.
Then there was US architect Richard Morris Hunt, who designed the ten-story granite tower that lifts the statue to its full 30-story height. Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, thought out the interior skeleton around which Bartoldi draped his 151 foot copper-bronze masterpiece, whose face he modeled on his mother.