Sky Bar

This edit is of a photo of Dorothy Dandridge taken at the popular Cleveland nightclub, Lindsay's Sky Bar, by photographer Frank Kuchirchuk. The photo is part of the Frank Kuchirchuk Collection of Jazz Photography at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. Kuchirchuk donated his entire collection of jazz images of nearly 200 photographs, most of which are negatives that have never been seen by the public, and feature such artists as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Anita O'Day performing at the height of their careers. (

Dead in Hollywood: Dorothy Dandridge (Issue #9) zine coming soon.

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Pages: Dorothy Dandridge

π™ΏπšŠπšπšŽπšœ 𝟺 πšŠπš—πš 𝟻 πšπš›πš˜πš– πšπš‘πšŽ πšžπš™πšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—πš πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 π™³πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš— π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš: π™³πš˜πš›πš˜πšπš‘πš’ π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ. 𝙸 πš‹πšŽπš•πš’πšŽπšŸπšŽ πš’πš 𝚠𝚊𝚜 π™»πšŽπš—πšŠ π™·πš˜πš›πš—πšŽ πš πš‘πš˜ πšπšžπš‹πš‹πšŽπš π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ 𝚊 "πš‹πš•πšŠπšŒπš” π™ΌπšŠπš›πš’πš•πš’πš— π™Όπš˜πš—πš›πš˜πšŽ." π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πš‹πš•πšŠπšŒπš” πš πš˜πš–πšŠπš— 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ πš—πš˜πš–πš’πš—πšŠπšπšŽπš πšπš˜πš› 𝚊 π™±πšŽπšœπš π™°πšŒπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ π™°πšŒπšŠπšπšŽπš–πš’ π™°πš πšŠπš›πš. (IG: deadinhollywoodzine)

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Ken Schessler's This is Hollywood

Ken Schessler’s πšƒπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš πš’πšœ πšŠπš•πšœπš˜ πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ 𝙸 πš•πšŽπšŠπš›πš—πšŽπš πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš π™³πš˜πš›πš˜πšπš‘πš’ π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πšπš’πš–πšŽ. 𝙸 πš‹πš˜πšžπšπš‘πš πšπš‘πšŽ "πšžπš—πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš• πšπšžπš’πšπšŽ" πš’πš— π™±πšŠπš‹πš’ π™ΉπšŠπš—πšŽ'𝚜 πšπš’πšπš πšœπš‘πš˜πš™ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš—πš˜πš -πšœπš‘πšžπšπšπšŽπš›πšŽπš π™΅πš›πšŽπš—πšŒπš‘ π™ΌπšŠπš›πš”πšŽπš πš›πšŽπšœπšπšŠπšžπš›πšŠπš—πš.

Fisher and Sons Funeral Home

The Auguste Marquis Residence in West Adams in Los Angeles was the setting for the Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in the HBO series β€œSix Feet Under.” On the show , the funeral home its supposedly located in North Hollywood. I lived in NoHo for four years and at the end of the street sat a funeral home. I can’t count how many times I walked my dog past throngs of hysterical mourners half expecting to see Nate or Rico comforting a widow or talking to their dad’s ghost. (Instagram: Deadinhollywoodzine)


Deathiversary: Black Dahlia (January 15, 1947)

Today marks the deathiversary of Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia. 72 years ago, Short was found dead, severed in half, drained of her blood with a smile carved into her mouth. Her killer has never been found. The grisly murder case remains unsolved to this day. What are some of your theories? Any favorite books on the case?

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The Day I Met Carrie Fisher

π™Ύπš— π™³πšŽπšŒπšŽπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝟻, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟻, 𝙸 πš–πšŽπš πš–πš’ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ, π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš›.

πš†πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ-πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ-πš˜πš•πš, 𝙸 𝚜𝚊𝚠 "πšπšŽπšπšžπš›πš— 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ π™ΉπšŽπšπš’" πš’πš— 𝚊 πšœπš–πšŠπš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽπšŠπšπšŽπš› πš’πš— πšŠπš— πšŽπšŸπšŽπš— πšœπš–πšŠπš•πš•πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš πš— πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšƒπšŽπš‘πšŠπšœ. π™°πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš›πšŽπšπš’πšπšœ πš›πš˜πš•πš•πšŽπš, πš–πš’ πš πš˜πš›πš•πš πš˜πš™πšŽπš—πšŽπš πšžπš™. 𝙸 πšπšŽπšŒπš’πšπšŽπš πšπš‘πšŽπš— πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš˜πš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš›πšžπš— 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚒 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 πšπšŠπš•πšŠπš‘πš’ πšπšŠπš›, πšπšŠπš› 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚒 πšŠπš—πš πš“πš˜πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπš‹πšŽπš•πšœ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽπš’πš› πšπš’πšπš‘πš πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπšŸπš’πš• πšŽπš–πš™πš’πš›πšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽπšœπšŽ πšπšŠπš—πšπšŠπšœπš’πšŽπšœ πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšŽπš—πšπšŽπš πš’πš— πšŠπš— πšŠπš πšŠπš›πšπšœ πšŒπšŽπš›πšŽπš–πš˜πš—πš’ πš πš’πšπš‘ π™Ώπš›πš’πš—πšŒπšŽπšœπšœ π™»πšŽπš’πšŠ πš‹πšŽπšœπšπš˜πš πš’πš—πš πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš–πšŽ 𝚊 πš–πšŽπšπšŠπš• 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš˜πš—πš˜πš› πšπš˜πš› πš–πš’ πš‹πš›πšŠπšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš›πšŒπšŽπšœ 𝚘𝚏 πšŽπšŸπš’πš•. 𝙸 πšπš’πšπš—'𝚝 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš’πš πšπš‘πšŽπš—, πš‹πšžπš πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπš• π™Ώπš›πš’πš—πšŒπšŽπšœπšœ π™»πšŽπš’πšŠ πš πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽπšœπšπš˜πš  πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš–πšŽ 𝚊 πš‹πšŠπšπšπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš˜πš—πš˜πš› 𝚘𝚏 πš–πš’ πš˜πš πš— πšπš‘πš’πš›πšπš’ πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš›. 𝙸 πšπš˜πš•πš π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš› πš’πš— 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟻 πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš› πš‹πšŽπšπš˜πš›πšŽ 𝙸 πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš’πš£πšŽπš πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚐𝚊𝚒. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš πš•πšŽπš, πšπšŽπš•πš•πš’πš—πš πš–πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš πšŠπšœπš—'𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πšœπš 𝚐𝚊𝚒 πš–πšŠπš— 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŠπš•πš• πš’πš— πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ πš‘πšŽπš›. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš™πšžπš•πš•πšŽπš πš–πšŽ πš’πš— πšŒπš•πš˜πšœπšŽ, 𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚣𝚎𝚍 πš–πšŽ, πšŠπš—πš πšœπšπšŠπš›πšπšŽπš πš”πš’πšœπšœπš’πš—πš πš–πš’ 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎.

π™Ύπš— π™³πšŽπšŒπšŽπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝟸𝟽, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟼, π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš› πšπš’πšŽπš. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπš‹πšŽπš•πš•πš’πš˜πš— πš•πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ πš˜πš—.

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The Dandridge Sisters: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

The Dandridge Sisters are an all black girl singing trio in the 1930's whose most famous member, Dorothy Dandridge, will go on to be the first black woman nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award in 1955 for her role in "Carmen Jones." The Dandridge Sisters are comprised of Dorothy and her older sister Vivian and their friend Etta Jones - not to be confused with the well-known jazz vocalist, Etta James. You'd be surprised how many articles incorrectly list James as a member of this trio. The Dandridge Sisters find success on radio shows and in Los Angeles nightclubs. It was in one of these nightclubs that they are invited to perform at the iconic Harlem nightclub, the Cotton Club. The Sisters are so popular at the Cotton Club that they are given a regular spot in the show. They are only 14-years-old at the time.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Last year, my grandmother died somewhat unexpectedly. Yesterday would have been her 90th birthday, and in honor of my grandmother, I watched one of her favorite movies for the first time: Meet Me in St. Louis. I don't know how I've gone this long without bearing witness to this technicolor triumph, but now that I have, I can't get it out of my head. For a "romantic musical comedy," Meet Me in St. Louis sure has its fair share of dark moments. Because of this, my grandmother must have known that I would fall head-over-heels for Tootie and the entire Smith family! Smith was also my grandmother's last name. My grandmother told me once that she and my grandfather would watch Meet Me in St. Louis whenever they were feeling down. Before the credits rolled, my grandfather would take her hand, and they'd slow-dance around the living to Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in the background. I'd like to think that watching Meet Me in St. Louis was my grandmother's gift to me this Christmas.