“Forgotten Hollywood”- Names in the News…

July 31st, 2011

Manny P. here…

   A couple of acting legends are in the news today.101px-Katharine_Hepburn_in_The_Philadelphia_Story_trailer

* Katharine Hepburn’s longtime home in Connecticut is officially on the market. Overlooking the lovely Long Island Sound, her private estate (over three lots) is available for only $28 million or $18 million separately. The four-time Oscar winner spent her later years in retirement at this gated location until her death in 2003.

   Seven years ago, this property sold for $7 million. The living area was recently remodeled to its current condition of 15 rooms and 7 1/2 baths.

sissy_spacek01-150x150* Sissy Spacek will receive a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Monday. Winner of an Academy Award for her perfromance in Coal Miner’s Daughter in 1981, the five time nominee will receive her Star in front of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. The ceremony will come nine days before the release of Spacek’s latest film The Help.

   Speaking on her behalf will be actor Bill Paxton and director David Lynch (among others). The event will take place at 11:30am. This will officially be the2443 Star presented.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Prestigious Review Submissions…

July 25th, 2011

Manny P. here…

mbr logo   The Editor-in-Chief of the Midwest Book Review just sent me an inspiring letter of congratulations. James A. Cox has submitted their 5-Star Review of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to AMAZON. The review will also be posted in the July, 2011 of their online book review magazine, Internet Bookwatch; and it will be archived on their website for the next five years.

   Here’s the link to this prestigious review:


cengageLearning_v3 logo   The review has also been given to the Cengage Learning, Gale interactive CD-ROM series, Book Review Index. It’s published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems. According to their website:

Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. We are leading the transition from print to value-added digital and custom solutions.

At Cengage Learning, our strategy is to provide the right solution for each instructor; to develop hybrid, customized, integrated teaching and learning systems that deepen student engagement and improve learning outcomes.

   I’m proud having Midwest Book Review of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History submitted to a top educational site for the potential opportunity of future students worldwide to enjoy.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tyrone Power’s Ex-Wife has Died!

July 24th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   Linda Christian was a modestly popular starlet during Hollywood’s Golden Age. With help from Errol Flynn and Louis B. Mayer’s secretary, she was convinced to travel to Los Angeles, which led to a 1943 screen test. tyronelinda

   Christian made her film debut in Up in Arms, starring Danny Kaye and Dinah Shore. She also appeared in Holiday in Mexico, Green Dolphin Street, and Tarzan and the Mermaids. She’s best known on television for co-starring as James Bond’s first love interest in the teleplay adaptation of Casino Royale in 1954. She would also work regularly in Mexican cinema.

   In 1949, Christian married Tyrone Power. During their eight-year relationship, the couple had a few opportunities to appear together in movies. Most notably, they turned down roles in From Here to Eternity. Montgomery Clift and Donna Reed eventually accepted the parts, and Reed won an Oscar for her performance. Linda and  Ty divorced in 1956.   LINDA CHRISTIAN & TYRONE POWER

   The actress spent her later years in Palm Desert. Linda Christian was 87.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Wikipedia Uses My Book as a Source!

July 21st, 2011

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   I’m thrilled to discover that WIKIPEDIA has actually cited Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History as a matter of Reference for one of their pages. This action further validates the info I provide in my book. I can additionally surmise that an employee of this online organization may have actually read my words.

Rochester_&_camel   The subject of the web page is Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, the fine comedian who was featured on the Jack Benny Program on radio, and later, on television. The African-American actor also appeared in over sixty films in his career (including Gone with the Wind), which is the exact quote cited by WIKIPEDIA. The article also shares Eddie Anderson’s tearful reaction to Jack Benny’s death as I described in Chapter Eleven of my paperback.

   The site is the most comprehensive source for info on your personal computer. Using Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History twice as a reference is an honor.

   Here is the link to the web page (my work is cited as #23 in the Reference section):



Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- My 3rd Rotary Event This Year…

July 20th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   I’m thrilled to be attending my 3rd Rotary Club meeting in 2011. On the heels of speaking to members of the Los Alamitos and Van Nuys Chapters, I’ve been invited to an upcoming La Habra meeting on September 29th. I intend sharing wonderful stories from my paperback Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.


    Rotary International is committed to serving their individual communities, and specifically, to promote world peace. Its members include many local businessmen and professionals. This prestigious organization was created in 1905.

   I’d like to personally thank Garry Hobday and Jason E. Cecil for this special opportunity to share tales from Hollywood’s Golden Age to their local membership.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Borders to Shelve Remaining Stores!

July 19th, 2011

Manny P. here…


   MSNBC.com is reporting that remaining BORDERS stores will close by September. Some of their locations will shut their doors as early as the end of this week. This means there will be 399 less places to purchase your favorite paperback or hard cover book throughout the U.S. Approximately 10,700 employess are expected to lose their jobs.

   Currently, 10 BORDERS carry copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. The Southern California locations include Arcadia, Brea, El Segundo, Mission Viejo, Northridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Santa Margarita, Riverside, Simi Valley, and Torrance.

   A corporate spokesperson cited the turbulent economy, and the current electronic book revolution as the reasons for the company to fold. Owners of KOBO eReaders will still continue to purchase product on their website (including my paperback).


   Here’s a link to their site:


   Malls currently housing BORDERS bookstores are expected to take a hit in foot traffic, which could tangentially further negatively effect our economy. Savvy business experts saw this news coming back in February. The courts will act on the liquidation process on Thursday.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Las Vegas Review…

July 14th, 2011

Manny P. here…

Moe   A big thanks to Moe BellaGloria, a nightclub entertainer from Las Vegas for a sincerely positive review of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   He writes:

41123874_LasVegas2064The book is amazing. The facts and all the history of all the richness behind the Silver Screen as told in your book, makes me want Hollywood glamorous and lush once again forever.

Thank You Manny for giving a rich gift such as this book for everyone to take to heart.

Sincerely, Moe BellaGloria… 

The Italian Singer/ King of the 1 hour Big Band Shows

   You’re welcome, my friend.


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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Sherwood Schwartz…

July 12th, 2011

Manny P. here…

schwartz   The iconic creator of Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch has died today. His television writing credits include The Joan Davis Show, My Favorite Martian, The Red Skelton Hour, It’s About Time, and  Harper Valley P.T.A. In 1961, he received an Emmy for his work with Red Skelton.

   Schwartz began his career as a gag writer on Bob Hope’s radio show in 1939. During World War II, he added his humor skills to a series of Armed Forces Radio programs. After the war, he was hired to write for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He remained close friends with Hope until his death in 2003.

   Though panned by critics, his comedic creations were beloved by the growing television audience. His sense of humor also carried an edge for Hollywood insiders. The S.S. Minnow piloted by the Skipper and Gilligan was named for Newton Minow, the FCC chief in the early 1960’s, famous for calling television:  a vast wasteland.

   The writer is credited for penning the familiar openings to his shows. Most baby boomers can recite the exact words from the themes to Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch.

   Here’s a story of a man named… Sherwood Schawrtz. His three hour tour lasted a lifetime.

   Sherwood Schwartz was 94.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Robert Osborne is Taking a Break!

July 11th, 2011

Manny P. here…


   Turner Classic Movies is temporarily losing their venerable host, Robert Osborne. For the next three months, upcoming movie-intro segments will be conducted by a revolving door of guest stars including Robert Wagner, Jane Powell, and Tippi Hedren. Other names will be soon be announced by the cable channel.

TCM ON AIR TALENT   The reason for Osborne’s brief departure is to give him an opportunity to recover from minor surgery. He plans on attending the TCM Cruise set for December. All recorded segments featuring the longtime face of TCM will continue to air, such as the Guest Programmer series, and The Essentials.

   Robert Osborne has been the primetime host of the television network  since TCM made its on-air debut in April, 1994. He recently signed a multi-year deal with the cable network. He’s expected to return to his anchor chair in November. We wish Robert Osborne the best on his slight setback, and we hope to enjoy his work again real soon on Turner Classic Movies.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 2012 Book Signings in Sin City!

July 9th, 2011

Manny P. here…

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   I’ll be kicking off the 2012 literary tour in Las Vegas. I just confirmed an autograph party at BARNES & NOBLE at 2191 Rainbow Rd. on January 8th from 2p-4p. Of course, I’ll be signing copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   This event will be right around the Oscar season. If you live in the area, come by and lets chat about classic films, Hollywood’s Golden Age, and we can make some predictions about the upcoming Academy Awards.

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Golden_Nugget_Las_Vegas   The B&N appearance will complement my participation in the 2012 MOOSE INTERNATIONAL Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, which begins on Monday (the next day). The four day event takes place in the downtown area at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. It will be my chance to visit with folks from around the country, and raise money through the sale of my books for MOOSEHEART, my official charity.

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rotary3wheels   I’ll conclude my trip with a Rotary Club Breakfast event in Boulder City, just outside of Las Vegas on January 12th at 7a. I’ve been invited to be their guest speaker, and it’s going to be held at Boulder Creek Golf Club in their meeting room. Thanks to Donna Taylor, a dear high school friend, for setting up the opportunity to visit with these fine folks of the Vegas local chapter of Rotary International.

   I’m really looking forward to these fun events…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Northwest BookFest Invitation…

July 6th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   I’ve been invited to participate at the 2011 NORTHWEST BOOKFEST in Kirkland, WA (just outside of Seattle) in the Fall. The two-day event is set to occur on October 1st-2nd from 10a-7p at several locations – the Kirkland Performance Center, the King County Library, the Peter Kirk Community Center, and the Teen Center. Exhibitors will hang out in outdoor tents throughout Peter Kirk Park. This year’s theme is It’s Raining Books

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   Though the details are not completely set, I’ll be involved as a speaker, in panel discussions (Self-Publishing & Hispanic Authors), and I’ll autograph copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History (Sunday, 10/2). I’ll spend a good part of the day at the Book Publishers Network booth. I also intend to sign paperbacks at the Danforth Book Distribution alcove.

   With widespread promotion and press coverage, thousands of folks will be on hand to enjoy the festivities including the general reading public, booksellers, librarians, book clubs, and the media. 150 exhibitors and 80 authors are expected to attend.

   Here’s a link for all the info:


   I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved at the 2011 Northwest BookFest!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Debbie Reynolds gets Dream Exhibit!

July 5th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   When we interviewed Debbie Reynolds on the Forgotten Hollywood radio show on the SPA Network, she mentioned it was her dream to have a museum exhibit of her artifacts she had collected from the movie studios during her fabulous career.

   The Paley Center for Media is working towards that end. According to their website:


Debbie Reynolds: The Exhibit, featuring more treasures from Ms. Reynolds’s collection opening July 23 at the Center’s Beverly Hills location.

The new exhibit is scheduled to feature iconic costumes, posters and props from Academy Award–winning film classics including Gone with the Wind, Show Boat, The Yearling, and Moulin Rouge, as well as garments worn by a glittering array of legendary icons including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Carmen Miranda, Doris Day, and many more.

This fascinating collection will remain on view at the Paley Center throughout the remainder of 2011, and additional classic items, some never before displayed to the public, will be added each month. The exhibit, which will encompass both floors of the Paley Center, will be open to the public. The first floor viewing is available free of charge. Admission to the second floor gallery space will be FREE to Paley Center Members and $6.00 for the general public. Admission will be available at the door.

 The debut of Debbie Reynolds: The Exhibit will usher in a new era of major exhibitions at the Paley Center that will continue throughout the coming years with additional exhibits from major studios planned for 2012 and beyond.

   Happily, it’s wonderful to see dreams come true in Hollywoodland

   The Forgotten Hollywood radio show airs each Saturday at 3pm (pst). Here’s a link for folks outside the broadcast area:

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Drum and Fife Holiday…

July 4th, 2011

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    Originally entitled Yankee Doodle, it’s one of several versions of a scene painted by A.M. Willard that came to be known as the Spirit of ’76. Often imitated, this is a familiar symbol of our American patriotism.

   He joined the 86th Ohio Infantry and proudly fought in the Civil War.

   In 1863, Willard painted the iconic image in Wellington, Ohio after he saw a parade passing through the town square. He created several copies, and they hang at different locations including the US Department of State, and Abbot Hall in Massachusetts. Willard used his dad as a model for the middle character in his painting.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Century of Reagan…

July 3rd, 2011

Manny P. here…

   The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute is honoring Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday with a visual retrospective. The items on display showcase his various careers as a radio sports announcer, actor, California Governor, and as our 40th President.


* A lobby card from the Warner Brothers film Kings Row

* A still from the movie Knute Rockne, All American

* Photos capturing his roles as the Screen Actor’s Guild President, General Electric Corporate Ambassador, and Host for the General Electric Theatre

* A 1985 Andy Warhol portrait of the President

* A bronze sculpture of Reagan in his favorite cowboy hat

* A fragment of the Berlin Wall

* A kiosk with video highlights of his political speeches

   Most of the emphasis chronicles his executive term in office. An online exhibition is now available at:


   ONE LIFE: RONALD REAGAN will run through May, 2012.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Official Midwest Book Review…

July 2nd, 2011

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   A humble thanks to Diane C. Donovan, Editor of the MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW for a real nice assessment of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in their most recent issue.

   Established in 1976, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW encourages small press and self-published books to be submitted; and its overall goal is to increase literacy.

   It selects about 450 books to review out of 1,500 submitted each month (roughly 30%). If a book makes it through their monthly selection process, they provide a 5-Star Review. I’m flattered my work made the grade. They write in their July, 2011 Edition:

Theatre/Cinema Shelf                                    

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Manny Pacheco
Book Publishers Network
Box 2256, Bothell, WA 98041

    Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History teaches how to experience history through Hollywood films and provides the author’s studies of motion pictures to show how history has been represented through Hollywood’s images. It focuses on the character actresses and actors who have delivered solid performances and reviews timeless films that have captured American history on screen. Any film library will find this a lively survey.

Until next time>                               “never forget”