A Tale of Two Harbors

It’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving and with Natalie Wood’s latest movie, “Brainscan” with Christopher Walken winding down, Wood has the long holiday weekend to unwind before heading into rehearsals for her next movie, “Anastasia.” Her secretary and good friend, Peggy Griffin, usually comes over on Thanksgiving around 6PM for dessert, but can’t this year due to a friend’s hospitalization. Peggy later says, “Everything about this whole sad time to me was so ironic… My whole Thanksgiving got kind of turned around.” Natalie and her husband, actor Robert Wagner, decide to spend the holiday weekend moored off the coast of Catalina Island. Wood’s co-star, Christopher Walken, joins them…

Deathiversary: Steam McQueen

𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚘𝚖𝚎... 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝚎𝚜𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚎... 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚖... 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚜' 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖...

𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙺𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚏 𝙲𝚘𝚘𝚕, 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗, 𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝙽𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝟽, 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟶, 𝟷𝟸 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝙼𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚌𝚘 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚗𝚞𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚌 𝚝𝚞𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚎𝚌𝚔 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚋𝚍𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗. 𝙷𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝟻𝟶 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚕𝚍. 𝙸𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟽𝟾, 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚍𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚙𝚜 𝚊 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑. 𝙷𝚎 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚞𝚙 𝚌𝚒𝚐𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚍. 𝙰 𝚋𝚒𝚘𝚙𝚜𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚜 𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚕 𝚖𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚘𝚖𝚊, 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚜𝚋𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚜 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚎. 𝙸𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟶, 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚗𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍. 𝙷𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚁𝚘𝚜𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚘 𝙱𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑, 𝙼𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚌𝚘 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚄.𝚂. 𝚍𝚘𝚌𝚜 𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎'𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚘. 𝙲𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚙 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚔𝚜 𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚍 𝙺𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚢, 𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚍𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚜 𝚊 𝚟𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚜, 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚘𝚜, 𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚒𝚗𝚓𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚏𝚕𝚞𝚒𝚍 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚌𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚎𝚙, 𝚖𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚊𝚐𝚎, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚊𝚎𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚎, 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚛𝚞𝚐 𝚊𝚟𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝙼𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚌𝚘. 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚙𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝙺𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚢 $𝟺𝟶,𝟶𝟶𝟶 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 - $𝟷𝟷𝟿,𝟶𝟶𝟶 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢'𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚜. 𝚆𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝙼𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚌𝚘 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚁𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝙱𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚑𝚊𝚖. 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚑𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝙱𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚎 (𝚊 𝙱𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚜). 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚄𝚂 𝚒𝚗 𝙾𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟶. 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚍 𝙺𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛. 𝙼𝚌𝚀𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚑 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛.

𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚞𝚕𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚜𝚑... 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚌 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚊𝚜𝚑... 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚔... 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔...

Research By the Beach

It's November 2nd and 82 degrees in L.A. We drive over to Venice Beach and get stoned in the car before walking the canals to the beach. I've spent the last week or two consumed by all things Halloween and River Phoenix - River's deathiversary is October 31, 1993 - so it was nice to jump back into Natalie Wood's life story... and on the beach! I was not expecting to spend the first weekend in November high by the beach. I arrive at the chapter where Wood is planning her ill-fated Thanksgiving weekend on Catalina Island. This Thanksgiving, my husband and I are spending Wood's deathiversary on Catalina Island. Anyone up for a seance over Thanksgiving dinner?

Deathiversary: Harry Houdini (October 31, 1926)

Magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 of peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix. He was 52. His last words before dying: "I'm tired of fighting." Witnesses to an incident in Houdini's dressing room at the Princess Theatre in Montreal speculated that a McGill University student, Jocelyn Whitehead, caused Houdini's death. Whitehead repeatedly struck Houdini's abdomen after asking the magician "if he believed in the miracles of the Bible" and "whether it was true that punches in the stomach did not hurt him." Whitehead then delivered "some very hammer-like blows below the belt" to Houdini who winced at each blow before stopping Whitehead in the midst of a punch. He had not expected Whitehead to strike him so suddenly and forcefully. Houdini performed that evening in great pain. He was unable to sleep and remained in constant agony for the next two days but did not seek medical help. When he finally saw a doctor, he was found to have a fever of 102 °F and acute appendicitis and was advised to have immediate surgery. He ignored the advice and decided to go on with the show.

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Dead in Hollywood: The River Jonny (issue 4.5)

𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚁𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝙹𝚘𝚗𝚗𝚢 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚗𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝙹𝚘𝚗𝚗𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚊 𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚁𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝙿𝚑𝚘𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚡. 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚃𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚜 𝙹𝚘𝚗𝚗𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎-𝚎𝚗𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝙿𝚑𝚘𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚡'𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚅𝚒𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝚁𝚘𝚘𝚖 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚞𝚗𝚜𝚞𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚜 - 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚞𝚙 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚒𝚡 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚢! "𝚆𝚑𝚢 𝚋𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎, 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎? 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗?" - 𝙹𝚘𝚗𝚗𝚢 

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