Thursday, August 23, 2018

"Freaky Friday" Actress Barbara Harris 1935-2018 Memorial Video


Barbara Densmoor Harris (July 25, 1935 – August 21, 2018) was an American actress. She appeared in such movies as A Thousand Clowns, Plaza Suite, Nashville, Family Plot, Freaky Friday, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Grosse Pointe Blank. Harris won a Tony Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. She also received four Golden Globe Award nominations.

Barbara Harris died of lung cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 21, 2018, aged 83.











Saturday, August 18, 2018

"Leaving Las Vegas" Actor Stuart Regen 1998 Westwood Village Cemetery


Stuart Regen (March 15, 1959 - August 18, 1998) was an actor, producer, and gallery founder in Los Angeles, California.



Stuart Regen acted in LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995) and FOXFIRE (1996).



Sean Daly, Shaun Regen, Kathryn Bigelow, John-Logan (Vogue)



In 1989, Stuart Regen and his wife Shaun Caley Regen founded Regen Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, California.



Regen Projects

Founded in 1989, Regen Projects is a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Stuart Regen and Shaun Caley opened Stuart Regen Gallery at 619 North Almont Drive with an inaugural exhibition by Lawrence Weiner. From its inception, the gallery has been committed to presenting singular and groundbreaking exhibitions like Matthew Barney’s 1991 debut and Catherine Opie’s seminal portraits, as well as off site projects like Richard Prince’s First House.

In 1993, the gallery relocated to 629 North Almont Drive and changed its name to Regen Projects to reflect the expansive vision of its programming. In 2003, Shaun Caley Regen extended the gallery to 633 North Almont Drive. This space allowed for more ambitious projects such as Glenn Ligon’s Text Paintings: 1990-2004 and Doug Aitken’s The Moment. In 2007 Regen Projects opened a second space at 9016 Santa Monica Boulevard and premiered Charles Ray’s sculpture Hinoki, followed by large scale exhibitions Lari Pittman’s Orangerie, Liz Larner, Gillian Wearing’s Family History, Raymond Pettibon’s Part I Seminal Early Work: 1978-88, Elliott Hundley, Rachel Harrison, Dan Graham, Walead Beshty’s PROCESSCOLORFIELD, Andrea Zittel, and James Welling.

In September 2012, the gallery relocated to a new 20,000 square foot space designed by Michael Maltzan at 6750 Santa Monica Boulevard. This new location has allowed the gallery to continue its development as a premier venue for contemporary art in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include a 10 year survey of Sergej Jensen’s work, Lari Pittman’s monumental From A Late Western Impaerium, a new body of ceramic work by Liz Larner, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin movies and immersive sculptural theaters, Anish Kapoor, Glenn Ligon’s Well, it's bye-bye/If you call that gone, Rachel Harrison’s Three Young Framers, Matthew Barney, John Bock’s Three Sisters, Toba Khedoori, Abraham Cruzvillegas' Autoconcanci√≥n, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Theaster Gates' But To Be A Poor Race.



Stuart Regen died on August 18, 1998. He is buried at Westwood Village Cemetery.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

"The Seven Little Foys" Choreographer Nick Castle 1968 Holy Cross Cemetery


Nick Castle (March 21, 1910 - August 16, 1968) was an actor, songwriter, dancer and choreographer on feature films and television.


Nick Castle began his career as a dance director in vaudeville. When he moved to Hollywood, he worked at several studios as the dance director or choreographer on such famous movies as



LITTLE MISS BROADWAY (1938), 



BUCK PRIVATES (1941), 



HELLZAPOPPIN' (1941), 



THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS (1955),


and STATE FAIR (1962).


In his later career, Castle worked on television shows including "The Colgate Comedy Hour (1953-1955), "The Bob Hope Show" (1961), "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" (1956-1963), 


"The Judy Garland Show" (1963), 

"The Andy Williams Show" (1965-1966), and "The Jerry Lewis Show" (1967-1968).


Nick Castle's son, Nick Castle Jr., is an actor ("Michael Meyers" in HALLOWEEN), a screenwriter (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK), and film director (TAP).


Nick Castle died of a sudden heart attack. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.




"The Andy Williams Show" Nick Castle and the Nick Castle Dancers

Monday, August 13, 2018

"Sinners in Paradise" Actress Marion Martin 1985 Holy Cross Cemetery


Marion Martin (born Marion Suplee, June 7, 1909 – August 13, 1985) was an American movie and stage actress.


Biography

Martin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a Bethlehem Steel executive. She became an actress after her family fortune was lost in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and appeared in the Broadway productions Lombardi Ltd. and Sweet Adeline.



She made her film debut in She's My Lillie, I'm Her Willie and subsequently played minor roles, often as showgirls. Several of her early roles were in musicals and she achieved some success as a singer. By the end of the decade she had played leading female roles in several "B" pictures, playing one of her most notable roles in James Whale's Sinners in Paradise (1938). 

Marion played "Lola Snow" in Invitation to Happiness (1939).



Despite her success she was often cast in minor roles in more widely seen films such as His Girl Friday (1940). The majority of her roles were in comedies but she also appeared in dramas such as Boom Town (1940) in which she played a dance hall singer who is briefly romanced by Clark Gable. 


She played secondary roles in three Lupe Vélez "Mexican Spitfire" films in the early 1940s, and was a comic foil for the Marx Brothers in The Big Store, where the back of her skirt is cut away by Harpo.




She played a ghost in Gildersleeve's Ghost, and was the subject of a legendary fistfight between Gildersleeve star Harold Peary and Warner Bros studio mogul Bud Stevens at the Mocambo nightclub in 1943. 


Her more substantial roles included Alice Angel, a dizzy showgirl, in the murder mystery Lady of Burlesque with Barbara Stanwyck and Angel on My Shoulder. She also appeared in The Big Street with Lucille Ball, in the western The Woman of the Town with Claire Trevor and in The Great Mike at PRC in 1944.


By the late 1940s, her roles were often minor. Three Stooges fans will remember her as western cowgirl Gladys in Merry Mavericks. She played "Belle Farnol" in a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger entitled "Pardon for Curley." Shortly afterward, she made her final film appearance in 1952. Married to a physicist, Martin retired, and although she expressed the desire to return to show business, suitable roles were not offered to her.


Personal

She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to motion pictures, at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard. She died in 1985 in Santa Monica, California, and was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.




Partial filmography

His Girl Friday (1940) as Evangeline 
Boom Town (1940) as Whitey 
The Great Awakening (1941) 
The Big Store (1941) 
They Got Me Covered (1943) 
The Merry Monahans (1944) 
Gangs of the Waterfront (1945) 
Girls of the Big House (1945) 
That Brennan Girl (1946) 
Black Angel (1946) as Millie 
Deadline for Murder (1946) 
Key to the City (1950) as Emmy