Join Dead in Hollywood on August 10th at BOOK SHOW LA for an escapade, baby.
Whenever I finish a zine, I always have a hard time letting go and moving onto the next one. I haven’t been able to totally move on from Natalie as I start work on the next two issues of Dead in Hollywood: Dorothy Dandridge and Tab Hunter.
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Saying goodbye to Natalie Wood and starting work on the Dead in Hollywood zine “50,000,000 Tab Hunter Fans Can’t Be Wrong.”
Putting the finishing touches on Dead in Hollywood: Natalie Wood (Issue 8). I fall in love with her more every day.
“Rebel 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.
“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man.” -James Dean
Hard at work on Dead in Hollywood: Natalie Wood (Issue #8).
"Jupiter is so big and its gravitational pull so strong that man would find it difficult to move about on the surface.” -Fritz Zwicky, astronomer
This is a photo of my husband and me with heartthrob Tab Hunter in 2016. Hunter had been with his partner, Allan Glaser, for 35 years when he passed away yesterday, July 8. “We were walking home, and he collapsed in my arms in our front yard," said Glaser. "He said he couldn’t breathe, so I called 911, and we went to the hospital . . . This was sudden and unexpected.” A blood clot caused Hunter to go into cardiac arrest. I hope Glaser finds a little peace in knowing that his and Hunter's relationship has been an inspiration to us. I hope I'm lucky enough to get to spend 35 years with my husband.
...has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor.
...has already been nominated for 3 Academy Awards - including 2 Best Actress nominations.
Dead in Hollywood will be tabling at this year's L.A. Zine fest on May 27th at the Pasadena Convention Center!
Dead in Hollywood: James Dean (Issue #6)