DEATHIVERSARY: Rebecca Schaeffer

π™Ύπš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πš›πš—πš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚏 π™Ήπšžπš•πš’ 𝟷𝟾, 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟿, 𝟸𝟷-πš’πšŽπšŠπš›-πš˜πš•πš πšŠπšŒπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ, πšπšŽπš‹πšŽπšŒπšŒπšŠ πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš›, πš’πšœ πš–πšžπš›πšπšŽπš›πšŽπš πš‹πš’ πšπšŠπš— πšπšžπš›πš—πšŽπš πšœπšπšŠπš•πš”πšŽπš›, π™Ήπš˜πš‘πš— π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜. π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ πšœπš‘πš˜πš˜πšπšœ πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš› 𝚊𝚝 πš™πš˜πš’πš—πš-πš‹πš•πšŠπš—πš” πš›πšŠπš—πšπšŽ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš‘πšŽπšœπš πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›πšœπšπšŽπš™ 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš’πš—πšπšŽπš›πšŒπš˜πš– πšπš’πšπš—'𝚝 πš πš˜πš›πš”, 𝚜𝚘 πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš› πš‘πšŠπš 𝚝𝚘 πšŽπš‘πš’πš πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πšŠπš—πš πšπšŽπšœπšŒπšŽπš—πš 𝚊 πšπš•πš’πšπš‘πš 𝚘𝚏 πšœπšπšŠπš’πš›πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš'𝚜 πšπš•πšŠπšœπšœ πšπš›πš˜πš—πš πšπš˜πš˜πš›πšœ. πš‚πš‘πšŽ'𝚜 πš’πš— 𝚊 πš‹πšŠπšπš‘πš›πš˜πš‹πšŽ, πšπšŽπšπšπš’πš—πš πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŽπšŽπš πš πš’πšπš‘ π™΅πš›πšŠπš—πšŒπš’πšœ π™΅πš˜πš›πš π™²πš˜πš™πš™πš˜πš•πšŠ 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπšžπšπš’πšπš’πš˜πš— πšπš˜πš› "πšƒπš‘πšŽ π™Άπš˜πšπšπšŠπšπš‘πšŽπš› 𝟹." πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš™πš˜πš•πš’πšπšŽπš•πš’ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ 𝚝𝚘 πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽ. π™·πšŽ 𝚐𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 πš—πšŽπšŠπš›πš‹πš’ πšπš’πš—πšŽπš› πšŠπš—πš 𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚠𝚜 πš˜πšŸπšŽπš› 𝚊 πšœπš•πš’πšŒπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš‘πšŽπšŽπšœπšŽπšŒπšŠπš”πšŽ. π™·πšŽ πš›πšŽπšπšžπš›πš—πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš›'𝚜 πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš πšŠπš— πš‘πš˜πšžπš› πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš›. πšƒπš‘πš’πšœ πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš πš‘πšŽπš— πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŠπš—πšœπš πšŽπš›πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›, πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ πš‘πš’πš– 𝚝𝚘 πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽ πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš•πš˜πš—πšŽ. π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ πš›πšŽπšœπš™πš˜πš—πšπšœ πš‹πš’ πšœπšŠπš’πš’πš—πš, "𝙸 πšπš˜πš›πšπš˜πš 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš‘πš’πšœ." π™·πšŽ πš™πšžπš•πš•πšœ 𝚊 πšπšžπš— 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 πš™πš•πšŠπšœπšπš’πšŒ πš‹πšŠπš πšŠπš—πš πšœπš‘πš˜πš˜πšπšœ πš‘πšŽπš›. π™΅πš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πšπšžπš•πš• πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’, πšŒπš‘πšŽπšŒπš” 𝚘𝚞𝚝 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š‚πšπšŠπš•πš”πšŽπš (π™ΈπšœπšœπšžπšŽ #𝟽).

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Tab Hunter and Dick

π™°πšπšπšŽπš› πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πš πšπš’πšœπšŒπš‘πšŠπš›πšπšŽπš πšπš›πš˜πš– πšπš‘πšŽ π™²πš˜πšŠπšœπš π™ΆπšžπšŠπš›πš 𝚊𝚝 𝟷𝟻, π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›, 𝚊 πš•πš˜πš—πšŽπš› πš πš‘πš˜ πš’πšœ πšœπšπšŠπš›πšπš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš’πš£πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš πš‘πšŽ πš’πšœ β€œπšπš’πšπšπšŽπš›πšŽπš—πš" πšπš›πš˜πš– πšπš‘πšŽ πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš› πš‹πš˜πš’πšœ, πšœπš™πšŽπš—πšπšœ πš–πš˜πšœπš 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš’πšœ πšπš’πš–πšŽ 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš•πš˜πšŒπšŠπš• πš‘πš˜πš›πšœπšŽ πšœπšπšŠπš‹πš•πšŽπšœ πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš‘πšŽ πš–πšŽπšŽπšπšœ πšŠπšŒπšπš˜πš› π™³πš’πšŒπš” π™²πš•πšŠπš’πšπš˜πš— - π™²πš•πšŠπš’πšπš˜πš— πš’πšœ πš‹πšŽπ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š—πš 𝚊 πšπšŠπš•πšŽπš—πš πšŠπšπšŽπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš’πšŒπš˜πš—πšœ πš•πš’πš”πšŽ π™ΉπšŠπš–πšŽπšœ π™³πšŽπšŠπš—, π™ΉπšŠπš—πšŽ π™΅πš˜πš—πšπšŠ, πšŠπš—πš π™±πšžπš›πš πšπšŽπš’πš—πš˜πš•πšπšœ. π™²πš•πšŠπš’πšπš˜πš— πšŽπš—πšŒπš˜πšžπš›πšŠπšπšŽπšœ π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› β€” πšπš‘πšŽπš— πšœπšπš’πš•πš• π™°πš›πšπš‘πšžπš› π™°πš—πšπš›πšŽπš  π™ΆπšŽπš•πš’πšŽπš— β€” 𝚝𝚘 πšŒπš˜πš—πšœπš’πšπšŽπš› 𝚊 πšŒπšŠπš›πšŽπšŽπš› πš’πš— πšŠπšŒπšπš’πš—πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚜𝚎𝚝𝚜 πš‘πš’πš– πšžπš™ πš πš’πšπš‘ πšœπšžπš™πšŽπš›-πšŠπšπšŽπš—πš π™·πšŽπš—πš›πš’ πš†πš’πš•πš•πšœπš˜πš—. πš†πš’πš•πšœπš˜πš— πš›πšŽπš™πš›πšŽπšœπšŽπš—πšπšœ π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš πš‘πšŽπšŠπš›πšπšπš‘πš›πš˜πš‹πšœ πš•πš’πš”πšŽ πšπš˜πš‹πšŽπš›πš πš†πšŠπšπš—πšŽπš› πšŠπš—πš πšπš˜πšŒπš” π™·πšžπšπšœπš˜πš—. β€πšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ πš—πš˜ πšƒπšŠπš‹ π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πš’πš πš’πš πš πšŽπš›πšŽ πš—πš˜πš πšπš˜πš› π™³πš’πšŒπš” π™²πš•πšŠπš’πšπš˜πš—,” π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš› 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚜.

MOLAA Print and Art Fair (4-28-19)

Yesterday’s Print and Art Fair at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA was a huge success. I met some really awesome people - my table mate and I even shared the same name… first and last if you can believe it! If you’re in need of inspiration look no further than an art fair or zine fest. They’re everywhere and usually free. I’m feeling very inspired heading into the next three issues of Dead in Hollywood.

The First Time...

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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.

The American Teenager: Natalie Wood

β€œRebel Without a Cause” defined both popular and youth culture upon its release in 1955, giving voice to the American teenager of the 1950’s. Even though Wood has starred in 20 films before turning 16, she is desperate to transition to adult roles. She sees the part of Judy as her ticket into adulthood. Complicating matters is that every actress from Debbie Reynolds to Jayne Mansfield is being considered for the role. Wood's mother pushes her into "dating" the 44-year-old "Rebel" director, Nicholas Ray - her mother waits in the car during Wood and Ray's romps at the Chateau Marmont. Sleeping with the director doesn't even work! It's not until a drunken car crash on Laurel Canyon with Dennis Hopper that Ray to cast considers Wood for the role. Ray visits Wood at the hospital, where the doctor calls Wood a "goddamn juvenile delinquent." Wood yells: "Did you hear what he called me, Nick? He called me a goddamn juvenile delinquent! Now do I get the part?" Wood deserves the credit for transforming Ray’s vision of Wood’s character Judy from a trashy teen to a confused, hurt kid like Wood herself.

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Seeing Stars

"There's the Hollywood sign; there's Griffith Observatory; there's the great, amazing Los Angeles Basin. It's 465 square miles of insanity and the best food on the planet." -Robert Crais 

James Dean on the set of β€œRebel Without a Cause” at the Griffith Observatory.

James Dean on the set of β€œRebel Without a Cause” at the Griffith Observatory.

Deathiversary Part 2: Rock Hudson

Throughout his career, numerous magazines declared Rock Hudson "Star of the Year" and β€œFavorite Leading Man.”  Hudson appeared in nearly 70 films and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned more than four decades. In 1956 he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Giant" - alongside James Dean. Hudson died from AIDS-related complications in 1985, becoming the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.

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Jayne Mansfield: Doll Parts

Doll Parts: Jayne Mansfield is en route to New Orleans after an appearance in Biloxi, Mississippi when a dense insecticide fog of anti-mosquito spray drifts across the highway. Mansfield is set to appear on WDSU's Midday Show the following day, but at 2:25AM on June 29, 1967, Mansfield's '66 Buick Electra crashes into the tractor-trailer, shearing off the top of the Electra. The three adults in the front seat - Mansfield, her lawyer/companion, and their 20-year-old driver - die instantly. Mansfield's children sleep in the backseat and survive with minor injuries. The gruesome crash scene photos spawn one of Hollywood's darkest legends. At the time of Mansfield's death, rumors circulate that the star was decapitated in the car crash. The stories are fueled by photos of the star's blonde hair tangled in the car's windshield. Although Mansfield's mode of death is gruesome, she was not beheaded. Scalping is a closer description of Mansfield's fate - according to the police report, "the upper portion of this white female's head was severed.” Mansfield's death certificate notes a β€œcrushed skull with avulsion (forcible separation or detachment) of cranium and brain.” Her skull was cracked or sliced open, and a sizeable piece of it was carried away. Kenneth Anger’s 1975 "Hollywood Babylon" contains the "controversial" photo of Mansfield's wrecked Electra which shows Mansfield’s dead dog lying beside the car as well as a clump of blonde hair. 

Oh, Catalina...

At 16, Norma Jeane has two options: Ship off to another orphanage, or marry the boy-next-door and set sail for Catalina Island. According to Norma Jeane's then-husband, James Daughtry, the island paradise is where Marilyn Monroe is born. Dougherty states, β€œI would marvel at how she’d β€˜turn on’ when she was walking and knew men were looking at her. She’d do β€˜the walk’ seen later in millions of her films, but back then, she was just learning to do it, and she was very, very good at it!”

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