“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Generosity of Michael Douglas…

March 31st, 2016

Manny P. here…

Michael_Douglas_Navy3   Academy Award winner Michael Douglas (right) is donating his personal collection of more than three dozen film prints to Rochester’s George Eastman Museum. Officials at the photo museum located on the estate of Kodak’s founder say that the Douglas collection of 35 mm and 16 mm prints, 37 in all, includes more than 30 that he starred in or produced.

   Museum Director Bruce Barnes says Douglas was inspired to make the donation after visiting Rochester last May to receive the George Eastman Award for his contributions to the film industry. These kind of donations for posterity sake are quite uncommon.

   Douglas won an Oscar for Best Picture for producing 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and a statuette for Best Actor for his performance in 1987’s Wall Street. Those two films are among the donated prints. Others include The China Syndrome, Romancing the Stone, and Traffic.

   Bravo to Michael Douglas!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Ava Gardner Museum Feels the Burn

March 30th, 2016

Manny P. here… Ava

   The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection including original scripts, photos, costumes, and personal effects of screen legend Ava Gardner — a true Hollywood Cinderella story. You can experience her rise from a local country girl to a film goddess. Born near Smithfield, North Carolina, Ava’s friends and co-stars included Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, and Gregory Peck. Her grave site is located in nearby Sunset Memorial Gardens, approximately two miles from the museum.       AVA GARDNER —->

   Museums face many challenges, from humidity to pests, but perhaps the most worrisome is the threat of fire to an irreplaceable collection. The Ava Gardner Museum is a 501(c) (3)  non-profit organization that has been operated in Ava’s hometown since the 1980s, and is housed in a 100-year-old building. It boasts more than 150,000 artifacts in its permanent collection belonging to the Golden Age of Hollywood actress. This museum suffered a small fire in October which has made their mission even more urgent. Thankfully, damage was minimal, and no artifacts were affected.


   However, due to the age of the historic building, constant upgrades are necessary to ensure the safety and preservation of the collection, as well as those of visiting collections. They are relaunching a campaign in the hope that they can get the funds desperately needed. More than 15 years after their most recent remodel, they are seeking the installation of an efficient fire suppression system which will assist in guarding the collection for fans of Ava and Hollywood in the event of a catastrophe. This project is slated to cost $96,000. They are asking fans and fellow history buffs to help preserve a unique piece of cinematic history and an iconic treasure of Hollywood, as well as North Carolina.

   This fundraising campaign has been approved by the Ava Gardner Trust. The official page of the Ava Gardner Museum and Estate can be accessed at:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Patty Duke…

March 29th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke became a star as a child with the quality of her roles. By 8-years-old, she was largely under the control of husband-and-wife talent managers who kept her busy on soap operas and advertising displays. She overcame a troubled early life to become one of Hollywood’s most respected actresses, and as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988. Her rocket to fame was assured in the 1960s as the star of The Patty Duke Show, which ran for 104 episodes over three seasons, and earned her the first of many Emmy Award nominations. She eventually won three statuettes for her work in television. At one time, she was married to John Astin; and her sons, Sean and Mackenzie, also became actors.



   Duke chose the grittiness of adulthood in the 1967 melodrama Valley of the Dolls, in which she played a showbiz hopeful who falls prey to drug addiction, a broken marriage, and her shattered dreams. The film, based on the best-selling Jacqueline Susann pulp novel, was critically slammed but a commercial sensation. Other screen parts include Prelude to a Kiss, 4-D Manand The Swarm.

   On television, Patty guest-starred on The Virginian, Night Gallery, Hawaii Five-0, Police Woman, Amazing Grace, Frasier, Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, and Glee. She also starred in over 40 television movies, docu-dramas, and mini-series.

header_left   Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, Duke opened up about her condition at a time when such candor was unusual, and she became an activist for mental health causes. In her 1988 memoir Call Me Anna, Patty Duke (left) wrote of her condition the diagnosis she had received, and of the subsequent treatment that helped stabilize her life. The book was adapted into a 1990 television film in which she starred. Duke became an activist, helping to de-stigmatize bipolar disorder. For her effort, the actress would earn several doctorates at universities.

   She spent a great part of her career bringing sight and hearing disability issues, bipolar disorder, and mental health causes to the screen, which made her a very real-life champion. Patty Duke was 69.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Sam Peckinpah Retrospective…

March 28th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   Bring Me the Head of Sam Peckinpah is a cinematic retrospective to be presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center from March 31st – April 7th. This ongoing event is an opportunity to view the dynamic, dazzlingly inventive works of a maverick director who refused to compromise his singular vision.

peckinpah   Cinema’s great choreographer of blood and bullets, Sam Peckinpah (right) ushered in a new era of American film-making with his deliriously violent, coolly existentialist, strikingly lyrical films, which spoke to an American public disillusioned by events like the Vietnam War and Watergate. A pivotal director who revolutionized the Western and action genres, he stood between worlds, straddling the tradition of craft that defined the classic studio era and the freewheeling experimentation of New Hollywood.

   His stylistic innovations—particularly the iconic use of slow motion and rapid-cut editing — and balletic, blood-spattered action sequences in titles like The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia have been justly celebrated. Peckinpah could also be surprisingly tender in gentle, moving films like Junior Bonner. At their heart, Peckinpah’s movies are elegies: for the ideals of the Old West; for honorable men compromised by circumstances beyond their control; for a mythic America that may never have existed. And, he employed screen legends, such as Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ben Johnson, and especially, Warren Oates.

Film Society of Lincoln Center   Organized by Dennis Lim for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This program was selected from the Sam Peckinpah retrospective curated by film programmer and historian Roberto Turigliatto at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival, organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Cinémathèque Suisse in Lausanne.

   The is one masculine retrospective that might require the audience wearing flak jackets.


   James Noble (below right) was an amiable character actor, best known as the absent-minded governor in the television sitcom, Benson. He also thrived on daytime soap operas and in cinema. He studied acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Eventually, Noble would steadily work at the Theatre Artists Workshop in Connecticut.

james noble   A familiar face on the small screen, Noble had recurring roles on The Edge of NightAs the World Turns, One Life to Live, The Doctors, and A World Apart. He also guest-starred in McCloudFantasy Island, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch, and The Love Boat. In movies, he was memorable in 1776, Being There, 10, Airplane II, and Chances Are. In 2005, he co-founded Open the Gate Pictures, and produced and starred in the short film Glacier Bay, which won several awards at film festivals.

   James Noble was 94.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Danger Will Robinson…

March 26th, 2016

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   Television and movie props that included a robot from the science fiction series Lost in Space were saved from destruction in Valley Village due to the efforts of Los Angeles firefighters. The LAFD responded to a garage fire in the 5100 block of Whitsett Ave.

   Firefighters attacked the blaze, which was electrical in nature, a fire department spokesman told a photographer at the scene. The home belongs to a prop designer and special effects artist who was out of town at the time, according to a caretaker who woke to the smell of smoke.

   The iconic robot is best remembered for his comedic interactions with Will Robinson, played by Billy Mumy; and Dr. Zachary Smith, played by Jonathan Harris. The voice of the robot was provided by Dick Tufeld. He reprised his audio role in the big screen reboot of the beloved television classic. The voice actor passed away in 2012.

   The robot unfortunately lost his space, and needs a home.    ROBOT  JONATHAN HARRIS

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Nary a Golden Moment…

March 25th, 2016

Manny P. here…

dxmv5wceic6ovfykx4nl   Betty White is being sued by her former live-in caretaker of 22 years. Anita Maynard, who started working for the 94-year-old actress in 1994, filed a lawsuit last week in Los Angeles, citing labor code violations and unfair business practices. The lawsuit alleges Maynard didn’t receive overtime pay despite working more than 14 hours a day, six days a week.          BETTY WHITE —->

   According to the Los Angeles affiliate of CBS, the lawsuit claims Maynard wasn’t allowed uninterrupted breaks to eat meals. And Maynard is also alleging White paid her less than California’s legal minimum wage. The lawsuit claims White has withheld Maynard’s wages since Maynard stopped working for her on March 11th.

   A representative for White would say only that Betty has worked with thousands of people over the years, and that no one has ever had anything but positive things to say about her. This includes other actors who have worked with her on the sets of The Mary Tyler Moore Show,  Hot in Cleveland, and The Golden Girls; and folks who have been engaged with her at animal welfare advocacy groups.

   Let’s hope this doesn’t get ugly.


earl1   EARL HAMNER JR. (left) was the versatile and prolific writer who created one of television’s most beloved shows, The Waltons. He was also the best-selling novelist of the book that the program was based on… Spencer’s Mountain; and the script writer of eight fine episodes of The Twilight Zone. His most memorable teleplays were The HuntRing-a-Ding Girl, and the very last episode, The Bewitching Pool.

    After leaving the Army, he enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a degree in broadcasting while working at a local radio station. When he quit, his friend Rod Serling replaced him at the station, and who he had previously met during a college script-writing competition.

    Earl began to write Spencer’s Mountain while in France during the last days of the World War II. It became a best-seller in 1961, and it was made into a popular film starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara, two years later. It inspired over 200 episodes of The Waltons, and several Waltons’ television specials. The character John-Boy, played by Richard Thomas, was an autobiographical depiction of the author. The show won over a dozen Emmy Awards.

   He also created the popular, long-running television drama Falcon Crest; and wrote for Wagon Train, Gentle Ben, Nanny and the Professorand Apple’s Way (my very first appearance on the small screen). He also wrote The Homecoming for CBS in 1971.


   A Southern gentleman, Earl Hamner Jr. was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to a Class Clown…

March 24th, 2016

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  Garry Shandling was an actor and comedian who pioneered a reality show version of late night programming with The Larry Sanders Show. The show also influenced Entourage, 30 Rock, and Curb Your Enthusiasm in which guest stars play themselves in episodes. During his three-decade career, Shandling was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes.

   The Chicago native moved from a stint in the advertising to comedy writing for such sitcoms as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back Kotter, and stand-up. An innovative and eccentric humorist with a voice that always seemed on the verge of a whine, Shandling claimed to disdain logic cluttering his life. He began to experiment with television comedy with It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, a Showtime project that routinely like to break the fourth wall to comment on what they were up to.                       GARRY SHANDLING ——–>

   In 1992, Shandling created for HBO his comic masterpiece, in which he starred as an ego-maniacal late-night host with an angst-ridden show-biz life behind the scenes. It was a true homage to Johnny Carson, who had just retired a few months earlier. Shandling had appeared as a stand-up and occasional Carson stand-in on The Tonight Show. He was mentioned as a candidate to follow David Letterman as a bona fide late-night host for CBS, but no deal was made. Shandling hosted the Grammy Awards four times, and hosted the Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2004. Occasionally, Shandling appeared in films, with roles in Dr. Doolittle, Zoolander, Iron Man 2, and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

   While Shandling never married, his most public romance was with Larry Sanders co-star and fiancee Linda Doucett, who played an assistant in the series’ early seasons. Doucett sued Shandling after he fired her following their breakup in the mid-1990s, receiving a reported $1 million settlement, the New York Times reported in 2006.

   An avid boxing fan, Shandling co-owned the Wildcard West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica. He was also an amateur radio operator. In his usual self-effacing personality, I’m sure the comedian might have reacted to his own demise by saying, Oh swell, that’s just great!

   Garry Shandling was 66.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- SAG President Has Died…

March 23rd, 2016

Manny P. here… KenHoward

   The current president of the Screen Actors Guild was a pro-active leader, who had the best interest of the performers he represented. He was also instrumental in the collaborative effort merging SAG-AFTRA. Ken Howard (right) was additionally a charismatic character actor, who was comfortable in a variety of celluloid settings. He is best remembered for being the headstrong coach in the 1970s drama, The White Shadow.

   Howard began in show business on Broadway in Promises Promises with Jerry Orbach. In 1970, he won a Tony Award as Best Supporting Actor (Dramatic) for Child’s Play. Ken later co-starred in the stage version of 1776 as Thomas Jeffersonand he reprised the role in the 1972 film.

   His cinematic career was notable, with roles in Clear and Present Danger, The Net, OscarRamboMichael Clayton, and J. Edgar. On the small screen, Ken was prolific, guest-starring in Bonanza, Dynasty, The Colby’s, Murder She Wrote, The Practice, Boston Legal, Crossing JordanLaw & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Golden Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and recently, The Office and 30 Rock. He won an Emmy in 2009 for his performance in Grey Gardens.

   Howard was the author of Act Natural: How to Speak to Any Audience,  based on drama courses he has taught at Harvard University. On a personal note, I met Ken at a recent SAG Awards show, and I found our president to be very approachable and a real gentleman.

   The genial Ken Howard was 71.


   Joe Garagiola had a nine-year baseball career. His 57 years in broadcasting that followed made him one of the most popular figures in the sports world and beyond. His NBC broadcasts of the Grand Old Game on Saturday mornings was a staple for generations of baseball fans. He became a fixture on the network’s Today program.

   Growing up in the Hill neighborhood of St. Louis, not far from future Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, Garagiola went on to hit .257 during his years in the Major Leagues. The two remained lifelong friends. His highlight came early, getting a four-hit game in the 1946 World Series, and helping his hometown Cardinals win a championship as a 20-year-old rookie. Garagiola played for the Cardinals, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs.

joe-garagiola   Garagiola broke into broadcasting in 1955 as a radio and television analyst for the Cardinals. He spent 27 years at NBC, and was paired with Tony Kubek as the lead broadcast team from 1976-82; and then with Vin Scully from 1984-88. Joe won baseball’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting in 1991. He kept working, serving as a part-time analyst for Arizona Diamondbacks telecasts until he announced his retirement in February 2013. Garagiola was a co-host of the Today show from 1969-1973, working with Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs; and again from 1990-1992, working with Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric.

   Garagiola (above) helped found the Baseball Assistance Team in 1986 to assist former players and other baseball figures in financial need; and was a leading figure in the National Spit Tobacco Education Program.

   One of the really good guys, Joe Garagiola was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- In Solidarity with Belgium…

March 22nd, 2016

Manny P. here…

   Today, I stand with the nation’s citizenry in the wake of this morning’s bombing attacks. I’m proud that members of my extended family are Belgian.

   After three devices devastated Brussels, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 100, people around the world have turned to an iconic children’s comic strip to show solidarity with the Belgian capital. The Adventures of Tintin, written by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi under the pen name Hergé, has long been a symbol of Brussels and a national hero in Belgium. Now, Tintin has become an emblem of solidarity for the city rocked by a terrorist attack that continues to claim the lives of innocent people.

   The books have sold in the tens of millions, but only in Belgium has the fearless reporter and his dog Snowy been ingrained in the DNA of most youngsters since the 1950s. Creator Herge died in 1983, and is considered a national treasure in his native Belgium. The character is at the center of art galleries, museums, murals, and themed restaurants, drawing tourists from around the world. The Tintin cartoon books have been translated into 70-plus languages, from Chinese to Armenian, English to Spanish.

TinTin   On Tuesday morning, Tintin, the intrepid young investigative journalist who solves fantastical mysteries, wasn’t on another adventure. Instead, he and his pup were crying for the people of Brussels. Internet followers are lending their languages, in a display of  outrage,  defiance, and concern to the cacophony of voices following the Brussels attacks. People from around the world have been posting pictures of Tintin on social media with captions such as: I am Belgium and Sadness.

   My personal sentiment…  JeSuisBruxelles.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Television Staples Have Died…

March 20th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   The passing parade was busy this week, and we lost familiar faces after successful careers on the small screen. Here are the details:

 fo5yxv5t2vfccft   Joe Santos played Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files. The pal of private eye Jim Rockford (James Garner), which aired from 1974 to 1980, and scored him an Emmy nod.

   His career spanned more than four decades, from a guest shot on The Naked City  through a recurring part on The Sopranos. The New York-born actor also had guest roles on Kung Fu, Magnum, P.I., Miami Vice, MacGyver, and Hardcastle & McCormick. His cinematic career included The Blue Knight, Blue Thunder, Panic in Needle ParkThe Last Boyscout, and The Postman. One of his closest pals was Al Pacino.

   Joe Santos (right) was 84.


Larry_Drake_at_the_1988_Emmy_Awards   Larry Drake was best known as Benny in the top prime time series, L.A. Law. He earned two consecutive Emmys for the role.

   He also guest-starred in Hardcastle & McCormick, Hunter, Fantasy IslandTales From the Crypt, Star Trek: Voyager, Six Feet Under, 7th Heaven, Boston Legal, and 34 episodes of Johnny Bravo. He appeared on the big screen, with parts in Bean, The Karate Kid, The Ladies Club, Darkman, and Dr. Giggles.

   Larry David (left) was 67.

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   Frank Sinatra Jr. (right) carried on his famous dad’s legacy with his own music career, and whose kidnapping as a young man added a bizarre chapter to his family’s legacy. He followed his father into music as a teenager, eventually working for the senior Sinatra as his musical director and conductor. His career was influenced by advice given by Duke Ellington and Sammy Davis Jr. His sisters are Nancy and Tina Sinatra.

   Frank Jr. guest-starred in Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Adam-12, The Dean Martin ShowThe Patty Duke Show, Marcus Welby M.D., The Love BoatThe Sopranos, and most recently, Family Guy.

   At the time of the kidnapping, Frank Sr. was filming Robin and the 7 Hoods. The stress of the incident, in addition to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy just a few weeks previous, caused him to seriously consider shutting down production completely, though the film was ultimately completed. The plot may have inspired a teleplay of a Hawaii 5-0 episode.

   Frank Sinatra Jr. was 72.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Reviewing the Situation…

March 19th, 2016

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   Before I formally conclude my trip to New York, I thought I would look back at some highlights, courtesy of Rich Hogan Photography. He’s aces for capturing wonderfully candid moments.

reel-web-logo   I was thrilled to be a special guest speaker at the 2016 ReelAbilities Film Festival. The Festival Director, Ravit Turjeman (below left), guaranteed a memorable time for the supporters of the week-long event. It’s no wonder there was record-breaking attendance.

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nypl_logo   For my part, I was treated quite well at my three locations that are part of the New York Public Library system. The repositories at Baychester and Jerome Park (in the Bronx), and Mid-Manhattan were quite hospitable, and very professionally run. The staff made it easy to present Forgotten Hollywood to the festival patrons choosing to attend my nostalgic journey through cinema’s Golden Age.

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   What made this trip complete was my companion throughout the trip to the East Coast, my sister Virginia (below). This may have been the most fun I have ever had with my sibling away from home. One of my closest friends, Rich Hogan (below), lives in Upstate New York, and he traveled down to spend treasured time with us. One of the many stops, Katz’s Delicatessen, was the locale of a famous scene in When Harry Met Sally. All I will say about the cinematic moment is that involved Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

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   All-in-all, it was a great week!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Trip the Light Fantastick…

March 17th, 2016

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   Our trip continues in the hustle and bustle of New York. Right before my sister Virginia and I (right) visited our second Broadway show in as many days, we soaked in the sights and sounds in and around the streets of Manhattan. We visited the Ed Sullivan Theatre (home of Late Night with Stephen Colbert), Radio City Music Hall, and NBC Studios. There is also something special walking along Madison Avenue, and 5th Avenue.

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   We also enjoyed the 21,043 performance of The Fantasticks at the Jerry Orbach Theatre. A farce that made a star of the famed character actor, it was an intimate setting that made this matinee performance a complete joyful experience. If you do the math, this stage play has been on Broadway since 1960, a worthy accomplishment.

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   In between all of the tourist stops, I conducted a very popular Forgotten Hollywood program at the Mid Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library; part of the 2016 Reel Abilities Film Festival.

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   After a busy week, I’ll be home just before a nor’easter hits the Mid Atlantic seaboard. Whew!

Until next week>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An American in New York…

March 16th, 2016


Manny P. here…

reelabilities logo   After spending treasured time with friends of the ReelAbilities Film Festival at the Jerome Park Library in the Bronx, my sister Virginia, my dear friend Rich Hogan (below), and I drove past Yankee Stadium and the Cotton Club in Harlem. Later in the afternoon, we went back to Time Square, where the famed ball drops to bring in each new year.

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   While in Time Square, we walked around and soaked in the sights and sounds of the famed landmark street. The three of us had dinner at Sardi’s Restaurant, an eatery that was notably mentioned in a tune from the recent Mel Brooks Broadway show, The Producers. We were surrounded by photos of every famous person that has visited Sardi’s.

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20160315_183722   My sister and I then went to our very first Broadway show at the historic Palace Theatre; the well choreographed An American in Paris. The production was based on the 1951 Oscar-winning musical that starred Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Oscar Levant. The music was composed by the iconic George and Ira Gershwin. This experience matches a previous time that I saw a stage production along London’s West End. Tomorrow, we attend to visit another live stage show, at the Jerry Orbach Theatre; the longest running production in Broadway history, The Fantasticks.

   The finale of the evening will include an opportunity to visit the historic Mid-Manhattan Library, where I’ll be delivering a Forgotten Hollywood presentation and book-signing. I’m expecting many folks who have traveled from all over the world to enjoy this year’s ReelAbilities Film Festival.

   This New York experience has been quite rousing… S’Wonderful!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- New York in Pictures…

March 14th, 2016


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   My sister Virginia (below in fur) and I are enjoying a brisk Spring in the Big Apple in celebration of the 2016 ReelAbilities Film Festival. Along the way, we’ve visited Rockefeller Center (Today Show), The Lincoln Center, 42nd Street9-11 Memorial (Ground Zero), and a ReelAbilities screening of Enter the Faun, a remarkable and moving documentary of a New York native who intertwines choreography and the affliction of cerebral palsy.

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   Among the many sights and sounds of New York: the cast of The Today Show and The Golden Girls, Flip Wilson, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Mickey Mouse, Woody from Toy Story, and a minion!

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reelabilities logo   Oh yeah, I’m also here to do presentations of Forgotten Hollywood as part of the film festival. Our first visit was at the Baychester Library in the Bronx. Today, we’ll visit the Jerome Park Library at 11a in the Bronx.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mark Ruffalo Visits ReelAbilities…

March 13th, 2016

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   Three time Oscar-nominated actor and humanitarian Mark Ruffalo (below) offered the Opening Remarks of this prestigious week-long film festival. Ruffalo recently appeared in Spotlight (named 2015 Best Picture by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and Foxcatcher. Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet stopped by on Saturday!

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FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD: Author Presentation + Book Signing

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   An oral presentation by Manny Pacheco (right), the author of the Forgotten Hollywood book series, including details about Lionel Barrymore — a pioneer disability advocate in cinema and society. Using a wheelchair due to advanced degenerative arthritis, Barrymore continued his work in Hollywood, affecting the portrayal of people with disability on screen, ultimately influencing Hellen Keller and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in their efforts to positively change societal stigmas. And, a documentary that will share this remarkable story is currently in production.

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 Venue  Location  Date  Time  Tickets
 Baychester Library  Bronx  03/14/2016  10:30 AM  Free to public
 Jerome Park Library  Bronx  03/15/2016  11:00 AM  Free to public
 Mid-Manhattan Library  Manhattan  03/16/2016  6:30 PM  Free to public


Festival – March 10th-16th at over 40 venues throughout New York. For more info:



Until next time>                               “never forget”