“Forgotten Hollywood”- Readers’ Favorite Gala in Photos…

November 30th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   It’s been a week since Laurie and I were at the Readers’ Favorite Awards Ceremony in Miami . As you know, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History received a Gold Medal as a literary standard. I’m certainly proud of the 4th major accomplishment for my latest work, and my 9th overall accolade for the Book Series.

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   You have already seen the photos taken by Laurie while we were on the trip. Now, I’d like to present the official Readers’ Favorite pictorial that documented special moments during the event. Special thanks to Michael Gard and Steve Gaynor, the official photographers. They took literally hundreds of pictures to make each author’s journey a special trek.

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Honeymooner Has Died…

November 29th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   Jane Kean was a singer and actress whose career in show business spanned seven decades, and included nightclubs, recordings, radio and television, theatre and films. Among her most famous roles were as Art Carney’s wife on The Honeymooners; and the voice of Belle in the perennial favorite, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.

Keancover-360x360   Jane, and her older sister, Betty, formed a comedy duo that worked the nightclub circuit throughout the 1940s and 1950s. The two appeared on Broadway in the short-lived 1955 musical Ankles Aweigh.  She had roles in Fats Waller’s Early to Bed in 1943, Call Me Mister (she replaced Betty Garrett), The Pajama Game, and Carnival! (replacing Kaye Ballard). Kean additionally had scenes in Take Me Along that starred Jackie Gleason. He remembered her years later when casting his weekly hour-long television program.

   Small screen audiences recall Kean was Trixie Norton in a series of Honeymooners episodes—in color and with music—on The Jackie Gleason Show from 1966–70. She succeeded Joyce Randolph, who played the part in earlier sketches, and on the 1955–56 sitcom. Kean played the role for more years than her predecessor. A memoir followed, entitled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Honeymooners… I Had a Life.

   Other credits include The Phil Silvers Show, Make Room for Daddy, Love American Style, The Lucy Show, The Love Boat, The Facts of Life, and Dallas. A feature film highlight was the character of Miss Taylor in Walt Disney’s live-action musical with animation Pete’s Dragon. More recently, she co-starred with Charlotte Rae in the 2002 Los Angeles production of Kander and Ebb’s 70, Girls, 70 at the El Portal Theatre.

   The perky Jane Kean was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Positive Notoriety For Book Series…

November 27th, 2013

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  Book Awards.com is listing Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History for its latest accolade from Readers’ Favorite. This is a great acknowledgment from the literary community.

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   Here’s a link to the site:



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BAM-Logo_Tag_Shop-Online_Color   Books-a-Million is a new store-chain selling the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series… Just in time for Black Friday holiday shopping.

   Here are the links to purchase both books:



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AIA logo   Finally, I’m now a member of the Association of Independent Authors. This group is a membership organization representing, advancing, supporting, and encouraging self-published (independent) authors. Their mission is to create a culture of excellence, teamwork and professionalism in a community environment where sharing and collaboration benefits each individual member and independent authors as a whole.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – Anticipated Trip to the Florida Keys…

November 25th, 2013

Manny P. here…

(reporting from Miami)

   As promised, Laurie and I traveled to the Florida Keys; through Key Largo (the famed location of the famous Bogie-Bacall adventure), and into Key West. It was a flavorful day trip with great weather, little traffic, and busy tourist stops. In many ways, this may have been the best part of the whole East Coast excursion.

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   While at the Southern most part of the contiguous United States, we visited the famed Ernest Hemingway House. It was filled with amazing artifacts and movie posters from adapted cinema of his work. The historic building is also home to over forty cats.

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   The iconic writer’s prolific work includes The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, To Have and Have Not, and The Old Man and the Sea. The amazing cinema that followed featured the artistry of Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Tyrone Power, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, and Lauren Bacall.

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   The boardwalk along Key West is a total tourist trap. After watching a magnificent sunset, we had key lime pie smothered in chocolate on a stick, a Key West fav. The only meal to enjoy later in the evening was sea food at the sumptuous Island Fish Co. in Marathon, FL.

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   We then traveled back on a rain-slicked highway to our hotel in Miami. Tomorrow, we return to Southern California.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Just One of Those Magical Days…

November 23rd, 2013

Manny P. here…

(reporting from Miami)

   Today was an epic 24-hours in the Forgotten Hollywood journey! It began at the Miami Book Fest International.

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First, I got to enjoy a panel discussion, which featured one of my personal inspirations: Doris Kearns Goodwin. The interview was televised on C-SPAN. What happened next was infinitely exciting. I mentioned my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series on the cable network, before I asked the iconic writer a question. Doris was gracious, attentive, and wonderful. Of course, I also spent time at the Readers’ Favorite booth with fellow award-winning authors.

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                                                                 w/ author DEEPAK MENON

Back at the Airport Regency Hotel,  all of the talented authors were given their appropriate accolades in a star-studded evening that included actor and director, Eriq LaSalle.  The entire team at Readers’ Favorite made us feel quite special, and the event was filled with magic. I was additionally interviewed by a local college cable program, and I got discuss my upcoming projects, which include the Forgotten Hollywood Documentary, my Forgotten Hollywood Radio Program, and a third book in the FH series.

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                   w/ READERS’ FAV CEO DEBRA GAYNOR

Finally, I was awarded my Gold Medal from Readers’ Favorite in the Non Fiction:  Music and Entertainment category for Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. All-in-all, this was indeed a special day for Laurie and me…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM Sponsors Major Auction…

November 22nd, 2013

Manny P. here…

(reporting from Miami)

   According to a wonderful email I received from Turner Classic Movies:

TCM is proud to present �What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, as Curated by Turner Classic Movies,� an auction of top-tier collectibles from the storied history of Hollywood. Featured items range from the iconic statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 film to the cape and cowl worn by Michael Keaton as Batman in Batman Returns.

   The black figurine is one of two known cast lead statuettes made for John Huston’s screen version of the movie, but the only one confirmed by Warner Brothers‘ archives as having been in the film. The figurine bears the same name as the flick starring Humphrey Bogart as private eye Sam Spade. The 45-pound, 12-inch-tall prop has a bent right tail feather; damage incurred during filming. Actress Lee Patrick, who played Spade’s secretary, Effie, dropped it when she handed the item to Bogie.

   The statuette’s owner purchased it privately in the 1980s. It’s been exhibited at the Warner Brothers Studio Museum, Pompidou Centre in Paris, and Museum of Modern Art in New York. A portion of proceeds will go to The Film Foundation, a nonprofit established by Martin Scorsese in 1990 to protect and preserve motion picture history. For the link to make a bid or for complete information on items being auctioned… click on:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Touring a Historic Villa in Miami…

November 22nd, 2013

Manny P. here…

(reporting from Miami)

   Laurie and I visited the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the former estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune, on Biscayne Bay in present-day Coconut Grove. The early 20th century Vizcaya estate includes: many Italian Renaissance gardens; a native woodland landscape; and a historic outbuildings compound. The landscape and architecture were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models, and it was designed in a Mediterranean Revival architecture style, with Baroque elements. The  property originally consisted of 180 acres of shoreline Mangrove swamps and dense inland native tropical forests.

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   Deering built Villa Vizcaya between 1914 and 1922. Being a conservationist, he sited the development of the estate portion along the shore to conserve the forests. After the extensive gardens were completed in 1923, Deering’s health began to weaken. Nonetheless he traveled and entertained guests, including the silent film stars Lillian Gish and Marion Davies. Deering was described in his later years as a reticent man with impeccably proper manners, leavened by a sense of humor. He wasn’t a Jay Gatsby type figure of the Roaring Twenties era.

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   Vizcaya has provided the setting for many motion pictures, both credited and uncredited. Deering enjoyed watching silent films in the courtyard, and had a particular interest in the works of Charlie Chaplin. External shots of Villa Vizcaya, for example, can be seen in the movies Tony Rome (starring Frank Sinatra); Ace Ventura:  Pet Detective; Airport ’77 (a scene featuring James Stewart); Any Given Sunday; The Money Pit; and Iron Man 3.

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   Our evening concluded with a meet and greet of fellow authors who represent the Class of 2013 of Readers  Favorite awards recipients. Writers included Lori Costew, Catherine Stack, Judy Brizendine, Kaitlyn Deann,  Irina Argo, Kenneth Pottie, Darlene Quinn, A.A. Jones, and Deepak Menon. Genres include modern fiction, biography, health, and children’s books. All the scribes were engaging sorts. In other words… my kind of folks. I was right at home with the festivities.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Feeling the November Heat in Miami…

November 20th, 2013

Manny P. here…

(reporting from Miami, Florida)

   I’m thrilled to be spending almost a week in sunny South Florida. My wife Laurie and I are staying at the Airport Regency Hotel in Miami. I’m here to accept a Gold Medal on Saturday for my work Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History from Readers Favorite in the Non Fiction / Music and Entertainment category. Events include a couple of Meet & Greets at the hotel; and a three-day Street Fair culminating at the Miami Book Fair International.

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   Today, we had an opportunity to visit sites in-and-around greater Miami, including the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, and the amazing Coral Castle in Homestead. Both locations are city landmarks, and they were fun to visit.

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   The Venetian Pool is an aquatic facility unlike any other in the country. It opened in 1924 as the Venetian Casino, part of the grand plan developer George Merrick had for the City of Coral Gables. His vision was to embody a sense of true hometown living. In its early days, the Venetian Casino was the destination for many celebrities, such as Johnny Weismuller and Esther Williams, both noted cinematic swimmers. Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra also visited this wonderful place. Today, it’s included in the National Register of Historic Places, the only swimming pool to have such a designation.

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   The Coral Castle is an egineering marvel compared as a smaller version of Stonehenge and Great Pyramids of Egypt. It’s a structure created by the Latvian emigrant eccentric Edward Leedskalnin (1887–1951). He spent 28 years building and sculpting the Coral Castle. Standing 5 foot tall and barely 100 pounds, Ed used primative tools that he created to move tons of coral rock. He was also known for his obscure theories on magnetism.

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   The locale has been featured in Reader’s Digest and the National Enquirer. In 1984, the Coral Castle was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Disney to Tell Story of Mary Poppins…

November 19th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   This just in from the folks who have brought us The Happiest Place on Earth. In time for the Holidays, Walt Disney Studios is offering guests a special event in celebration of the upcoming release of Saving Mr. Banks. The event gives visitors the chance to see the film in a theater on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, and then an opportunity to walk in Walt’s footsteps on a tour of the lot. The limited engagement features one show each night at 7p and runs from December 13th through December 19th. Tickets are $50 each.


   Saving Mr. Banks looks to be delightful cinematic faire that examines the making of the iconic motion picture, which starred Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Ed Wynn, and in her final screen role, Jane Darwell. Julie accepted the lead part of Mary Poppins when she was passed over to play Eliza Doolittle in the movie version of My Fair Lady. She had starred in the latter Broadway production. However, Warner Brothers decided they needed a name draw for the film musical, and cast Audrey Hepburn, despite her own vocal limitations. Her singing was later dubbed by Marnie Nixon. Ironically, Andrews captured the Oscar for Best Actress the following award season, while Hepburn didn’t receive nary a nod.

   In the current production, Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney; Emma Thompson plays author P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins; Kristopher Kyer co-stars as Dick Van Dyke; and B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman are the famed composers, The Sherman Brothers. The flick also features Victoria Summer as Julie Andrews in her film debut performance.

   The Walt in Walt’s Footsteps tour after the reserved seating screening includes photo ops with Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppinsand a chance to see sets from Saving Mr. Banks: Walt’s office and Travers’ home. Guests will also visit the Walt Disney Animation building and Legends Plaza to see the many historical plaques, including Disney, Van Dyke, Andrews, and many more. Folks will also receive a 50th Anniversary Mary Poppins DVD.

   To purchase tickets to this limited and exclusive engagement, call 1 (800) DISNEY6 or visit:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Oscar Honors Fitting Body of Work!

November 16th, 2013

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   After seven decades in show business, Angela Lansbury finally will receive her due. It’s the kind of moment traditionally given to stars who should have been recognized by film award’s groups long ago. In Lansbury’s case, few actors can match her commitment to Hollywood. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had previously announced  the actress was to receive an Honorary Oscar for contributions to the cinematic industry. She will receive the award at the fifth annual Governors Awards this evening.                  ANGELA LANSBURY ———–>

   Lansbury’s career began in 1943, when she signed with MGM. Since then, she has taken on roles as diverse as Miss Eglantine Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mama Rose in Gypsy, a singing teapot in Beauty and the Beast and, perhaps most famously, Jessica Fletcher, the bestselling author and amateur detective from the long-running television series Murder, She Wrote. Now aged 88, she is still committed to acting, having starred in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy until June 2013.

   Angela received three Oscar Best Supporting Actress nods during her illustrious career. Her initial accolade came in her first movie role in Gaslight in 1944. The following year, she was handed a nomination for her role in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Her final recognition was in 1962 for The Manchurian Candidate. And, despite receiving six Golden Globe’s and five Tony’s, she never won an Emmy, despite 18 nominations.

   Tonight’s ceremony will be held at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Clips from the event may be included in the March 2nd Oscar telecast. This is the fifth year the Academy has presented its honorary awards on a different day. Along with Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient, Angelina Jolie, expected to attend include Brad Pitt, Steve Martin, Octavia Spencer, Martin Short, Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Mark Wahlberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Jennifer Garner, Harrison Ford, and Alfre Woodard.

   Kudos to the diverse and multi-talented Angela Lansbury!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Books Sales Continue to Rise…

November 15th, 2013

Manny P. here…

Miami bookfair-175_tcm7-66576logo   As we prepare for our trip to Miami early next week to receive my Gold Medal Award from Reader’s Favorite for Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, and to visit the Miami Book Fair International, I was greeted with more good news today. Book sales for the original Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has surpassed 2900. I received this fortuitous news from my statement provided by Danforth Distribution.

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   And speaking of Miami, my wife Laurie and I are planning a one-day excursion down the Florida Keys, while visiting the East Coast. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, his place of residence from 1931 to 1939, although he retained title to the home until he died, is in Key West. It was in this house that he did some of his best work, including The Snows of Kilimanjaro, parts of For Whom the Bell Tolls, plus his novel To Have And Have Not. The latter work became the iconic film that starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The house in 1988 was a filming location of the 16th James Bond movie Licence To Kill.

   Tennessee Williams first became a regular visitor to Key West in 1941, and wrote the first draft of A Streetcar Named Desire while staying at the La Concha Hotel. The Academy Award–winning film version of his play The Rose Tattoo was shot on the island in 1956.

   We begin our journey to Florida on Tuesday, November 19th.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Princess Bride Prepares to Hit Stage!

November 12th, 2013

Manny P. here…

The Princess Bride is coming to the stage. Disney Theatrical Productions plans to adapt the novel and screenplay for the beloved romantic comedy. The creative team and timetable for the project have yet to be determined. The latest deal was brokered by Alan F. Horn, the chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

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   The book was written in 1973 by William Goldman, who later adapted it for the 1987 motion picture directed by Rob Reiner.  The film co-starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, and Carol Kane. The screenplay was selected by the Writers Guild of America in 2006 as the 84th best screenplay of all time;  it earned the same ranking in the Guild’s 2013 update. The Princess Bride is considered a cult classic since its release. It is widely regarded as eminently quotable, and has been referred to as The Wizard of Oz of our time.


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Exciting news for cable subscribers! If you want to watch TCM while you’re on the go, you can now. We’ve just launched Watch TCM, a live streaming and on demand application for iOS and Android devices.Listen to Ben Mankiewicz walk you through Watch TCM, and learn more about the app at:

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Senior Star Power Gala…

November 11th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   On Sunday, my wife Laurie and I attended the Senior Star Power Productions Friend Raiser and Teaser for a New Musical Revue entitled We Have A Dream. The event took place at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, and included a Champagne Reception.


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pinklady13-224x300   The 501(c)(3) non profit is the brainchild of The Pink Lady. For over 40 years, Jackie Goldberg has been in the fashion industry as a Womens’ Wear marketing and sales rep, and she has motivated employees by boosting morale and improving sales techniques. Jackie has presented seminars at universities, medical institutions, philanthropic groups, and adult groups. She is a council member on the LA Department of Aging. She inspires mature adults and baby-boomers to re-examine and re-invent their lives through her seminar series called, Get up, Get Out, and Get A Life! She’s motivated hundreds of people to stay youthful and live life to the fullest. Her Mission is to:

Show people that once they’ve reach 60, life is just beginning; and filled with passion, love, excitement, and adventure

   Senior Star Power Productions is on a journey to create a year-round theatrical performing arts complex for seniors. Their mission is to engage, inspire, and enrich the lives of seniors and, by extension, the entire community, through the arts, and to show they are still vital, creative, energetic, productive, and entertaining. The productions are performed by talented seniors aged 60, 70, and 80 plus years young.

   If you’d like to make a tax-deductable contribution to this worthy organization, please visit:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Jayne Mansfield’s Kid to Receive Star!

November 8th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   She was born Vera Jayne Palmer, but the world knows her as Jayne Mansfield  The star was a true entertainer: actress of theater, film, and television; a singer; a model; and a nightclub performer. Jayne was the original blonde bombshell, an early Playboy Playmate, and the best at garnering publicity. She believed that any press is good press (even the negative stuff)!

   Mansfield’s movies include Pete Kelly’s Blues, The Girl Can’t Help It, Too Hot to HandleWill Success Spoil Rock Hunter,The George Raft Story, and The Guide For the Married Man. She worked opposite  Cary Grant, Janet Leigh, Jane Russell, Edward G. Robinson, Tony Randall, Alan Ladd, Tom Ewell, Edmond O’Brien, Maurice Chevalier, Walter Matthau, and Phyllis Diller. In her career, Jayne won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She died at the young age of 34 in a car accident in 1967.

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   Mansfield had three children and her middle child, Mariska Hargitay (her real name), went on to become a famous actress, currently starring in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is honoring Mariska with a Star on the Walk of Fame next to her Mom’s Star on Hollywood Boulevard. Jayne received her accolade on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8th, 1960.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Paley Center Examines Final Frontier!

November 7th, 2013

Manny P. here…

Paley logo-260x127   The Paley Center for Media is proud to partner with CBS Consumer Products in presenting the Los Angeles premiere gallery exhibition of Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz. Star Trek (1966-69) occupies a rarified place in popular culture, and continues to be a force in all facets of media. Ortiz’s groundbreaking effort to personify each of the series’s 79 episodes, and the original pilot, through a collection of original art posters embodies his passion for the series, the transformational 1960s, and the often visceral reaction generated by each episode.

 You are cordially invited to a


Star Trek: The Art of  Juan Ortiz 

Monday, November 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

Reception is FREE, but RSVPs are required

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   There is a Preview Reception and book signing with the artist on November 18th, in advance of the exhibit’s official opening on November 20th. The first 100 people get a FREE book!