Three years ago on April 19th, Prince attended a show at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis to hear singer Lizz Wright. CBS Minnesota reports that whenever he went to the Dakota, he'd enter through a special door. “We just kind of had a way that avoided him being seen,” said Lowell Pickett, the Dakota’s owner. “He would walk in the side door and walk up the stairs to a table that was kind of by itself, and we’d close a curtain next to it so it was kind of like a box seat.” Just about every month, Prince would show up at the club. On Thursday, my husband surprised me for my birthday with a trip to Paisley Park on the anniversary of Prince's death - Paisley Park was Prince's home and recording studio. Tomorrow we'll be touring the complex and attending "Paisley Park After Dark." On Sunday, the three year anniversary of his death, we'll be taking a VIP tour of the complex as well as celebrating his life afterward at the Dakota. Today we toured "Prince's Places" in and around Minneapolis. The following photos are of the night my husband surprised me and me standing in front of the Dakota Jazz Club. I have the fucking best husband in the world! Many more photos to come!
VOYAGE LA: Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
CASTROBURGER: I grew up near Dallas (where JFK was shot dead) and moved to LA (where RFK was shot dead). I’ve been fascinated with the dark side of America, particularly Hollywood since I was a teenage cinephile reading books like Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter. At 18, I moved to LA to study screenwriting. I didn’t know anyone and I was really far from home for the first time in my life. I spent a lot of my time reading and writing at cemeteries like Hollywood Forever and the Westwood Memorial Cemetery. I read books about Marilyn Monroe and Sharon Tate at their graves. What better place to read about your idols?
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María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez, known as Lupe Vélez, is a Mexican-born silent screen star. Vélez begins her career as a performer in Mexican vaudeville in the early 1920s. She is one of the first successful Latin American actresses in Hollywood. By the end of the decade, in the last years of American silent films, she is the lead in a number of films including "The Gaucho" (1927) and "Wolf Song" (1929). In the 40s, Vélez's popularity peaks after appearing in the Mexican Spitfire films, a series created to capitalize on Vélez's well-documented fiery personality. Nicknamed The Mexican Spitfire by the media, Vélez's personal life is as colorful as her onscreen persona. In the early morning hours of December 14, 1944, Vélez retires to her bedroom, where she consumes 70 - yes, 70! - Seconal pills and a glass of brandy. Her death becomes the stuff of urban legends. Coming soon!
21 years ago today, pop god George Michael is arrested on suspicion of committing a "lewd act" in the restroom at the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills. He posts $500 bail and is released three hours after the arrest. What follows is the Crucifixion of George Michael.
Child star Bobby Driscoll was the voice for Disney’s Peter Pan. Walt’s Golden Boy who was ultimately discarded. I’m hard at work on Dead in Hollywood: Bobby Driscoll (Issue #11). Today is the anniversary of Driscoll’s death.
"Mom! I've got something awful to tell you." -Bobby Driscoll in the 1949 film, "The Window." In 1969, two lost boys were playing in a deserted East Village tenement at 371 10th St. when they stumbled upon the dead body of a man stretched out on a cot, surrounded by beer bottles and religious pamphlets. He'd been there for days. There were no signs of foul play, and no drugs were found around him or in his system. The man hadn't been carrying identification on him when he died, so the police classified him as a "John Doe."The coroner determined that he had died on March 31, 1969. Authorities showed his picture around the East Village neighborhood for two weeks but were unsuccessful. Who was he and how had his life gone so wrong?
"𝙸𝚏 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚘 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖, 𝚜𝚘 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖. ... 𝙸𝚝 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢. 𝙸𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚘𝚘 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚑𝚞𝚛𝚛𝚢. ... 𝚆𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞, 𝙳.𝚁."
Karen Carpenter was born on this day in 1950.
I always find it so hard to say goodbye when I finish an issue of Dead in Hollywood. I can’t think of a better time to put the finishing touches on Dorothy Dandridge’s story then on the eve of the Academy Awards. I plan on doing a slideshow on Dandridge’s life in the near future. Stay tuned and turned on.
𝙰𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝙰𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗-𝙰𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗 𝙰𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚢 𝙰𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚐𝚘𝚛𝚢, 𝙳𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝙰𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗-𝙰𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚊𝚕𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚙𝚎𝚝 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚒𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚐𝚎. (Instagram: DEADINHOLLYWOODZINE)
Always Dorothy Dandridge.
𝙳𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝟸𝟽𝚝𝚑 𝙰𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚢 𝙰𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚌𝚑 𝟹𝟶, 𝟷𝟿𝟻𝟻. 𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝙰𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗-𝙰𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚎. 𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝙾𝚜𝚌𝚊𝚛 𝚗𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝙺𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚢, 𝙰𝚞𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚢 𝙷𝚎𝚙𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚗, 𝙹𝚞𝚍𝚢 𝙶𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙹𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝚆𝚢𝚖𝚊𝚗. 𝙺𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 "𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙲𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝙶𝚒𝚛𝚕," 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝙳𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗.
As Dandridge's career rises, she appears on numerous magazine covers. As popular as she was becoming, overtly racist comments and actions follow her the rest of her career. She tells People Today in 1953 that, “To be a siren of song, one needs more than talent, looks, and voice. One needs understanding of people. At first, I was afraid they wouldn’t like me. Then I realized the first step in that direction was to like them and to assume they would like me.” The magazine refers to her as a “bronze bombshell” and featured her on the back cover. Soon she'll be making history as the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Life Magazine.