Actress Merle Oberon, Ida Mayer Cummings and Mary Pickford. 1950s.

Packed full of Hollywood greatness in under 200 words, this Mary Pickford letter is dizzying!

We have many letters and telegrams from Mary Pickford in our collection, but this one is very special.

An urgent letter from Mary Pickford to my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings to support Willkie over Roosevelt, as war raged in Europe

Over the next few days I will be sharing more of Mary Pickford's letters to my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings as they are all remarkable individually, but as a collection also speak to a deep and interesting friendship between the two women, which spanned at least two decades. The family story goes that it was … Continue reading An urgent letter from Mary Pickford to my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings to support Willkie over Roosevelt, as war raged in Europe

Great-grandma Ida with two legends of the radio era, Atwater Kent and Kay Kyser, and hosted by Mary Pickford

I love this photo of great-grandma Ida Mayer Cummings with Atwater Kent and Kay Kyser from 1948. What a smile, and a terrific look down the barrel of the camera, and how about that hat! The pic's label mentions 'ground breaking ceremonies' so I think this was taken at Mary Pickford's fabled home, Pickfair. She … Continue reading Great-grandma Ida with two legends of the radio era, Atwater Kent and Kay Kyser, and hosted by Mary Pickford

Dear Media: You hung the wrong movie mogul. Louis B. Mayer was no #HarveyWeinstein

It has been a tough week. There have now been several high profile news outlets that have not only claimed Louis B. Mayer was a 'sexual predator' but stated it as a matter of fact, and positioned him not only as Harvey Weinstein's antecedent but the root of all evil in Hollywood. Variety has now … Continue reading Dear Media: You hung the wrong movie mogul. Louis B. Mayer was no #HarveyWeinstein

Before Childhood 2.0 and kid yoga there was the crazy stuff we did in the 70s.

What's something you remember from your childhood that's all but gone now? I remember all the mothers coming out at dinnertime to call their kids inside. I would hear my mother call out 'AH LEE CEE EYAAA' and I would pretty much drop whatever I was doing, say 'Bye!' and dash home. And it wasn't … Continue reading Before Childhood 2.0 and kid yoga there was the crazy stuff we did in the 70s.

That quiet, breathtaking moment when a rare photo reveals its true significance

It was several months ago that my cousin Jillian emailed a series of wonderful photos from her branch of the family. I admired them individually, as I do, spending time zooming in and out, wondering about each occasion and person captured for posterity. But for whatever reason, I didn't get the specific importance of one … Continue reading That quiet, breathtaking moment when a rare photo reveals its true significance

Louis B. Mayer was no sexual predator. Here is my statement. #HarveyWeinstein

Forgive me as this post is based on a series of tweets I made earlier today. Thank you again if you reached out to me at that time. I have decided to make a more formal statement as well. ALSO READ: Dear Media, You Hung the Wrong Movie Mogul. Louis B. Mayer was No Harvey … Continue reading Louis B. Mayer was no sexual predator. Here is my statement. #HarveyWeinstein

Another fabulous photo from M-G-M director W.S. Van Dyke’s ‘Women Without Men’ Party, July 1st, 1935.

How did I miss this? Here's another photo from that same party on July 1st, 1935! I can HEAR the laughter and silliness coming through this one. Although, sadly, after 82 years this photo is not in the best shape color-wise, compared to the other one. And remember the exotic Russian ballerina, Alice Niktina? There … Continue reading Another fabulous photo from M-G-M director W.S. Van Dyke’s ‘Women Without Men’ Party, July 1st, 1935.

Instead of Tinder, how about a time machine that takes you back to W.S. Van Dyke’s ‘Women Without Men Party’ in the summer of 1935?

I realized I hadn't posted a Mitzi photo for a while so I had a quick look through the digital archive and found this fantastic pic titled 'Women Without Men Party, W.S. Van Dyke, July 1, 1935'. Of course, W.S. Van Dyke is the beloved M-G-M director, who was known for his fabulous parties. I've … Continue reading Instead of Tinder, how about a time machine that takes you back to W.S. Van Dyke’s ‘Women Without Men Party’ in the summer of 1935?

The fateful moment Walter Pidgeon and Louis B. Mayer both realized they were from the same far-flung town in Canada

  Happy heavenly birthday to Walter Pidgeon who was born 120 years ago in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The same city my great-great grandparents, Sarah and Jacob Mayer, settled in after leaving Ukraine in the late 1880s, and where they raised their children, Yetta, Ida, Louis, Ruben, and Gershon. It is amazing to me … Continue reading The fateful moment Walter Pidgeon and Louis B. Mayer both realized they were from the same far-flung town in Canada