If I had just one ticket for the time machine, this is who I would visit, without question.

~Sol Baer Fielding, October 15, 1908 - September 1, 1992~ By now, if you've been with me for more than a couple of posts, you've probably heard quite a bit about the Mayer side of my family -- Louis B. Mayer, Ida, Mitzi and so on. But I haven't shared as much about my grandfather … Continue reading If I had just one ticket for the time machine, this is who I would visit, without question.

Glamorous Mitzi visits the set of Black Sheep and interviews Adrienne Ames, the Countess of Warwick, and Allan Dwan. Sigh…

Here's my glamorous grandmother, Mitzi Cummings, on the job again for her Photoplay column. This time she appears to be visiting behind in the the scenes of Fox Film Corporation's Black Sheep (1935), which starred Edmund Lowe, Claire Trevor and Tom Brown, with Adrienne Ames in the supporting role as the haughty Millicent Bath. The … Continue reading Glamorous Mitzi visits the set of Black Sheep and interviews Adrienne Ames, the Countess of Warwick, and Allan Dwan. Sigh…

Louis B. Mayer and the simple photo that tells the story of a rich civic life that is all but gone today

Well, no glamour today, folks. Just three old people - now long gone - who, by the time this photo was taken in 1955, had given selflessly to civic life for decades. There's my great-uncle, Louis B. Mayer, who aside from M-G-M and the thousands of jobs he created and hundreds of luminary careers he … Continue reading Louis B. Mayer and the simple photo that tells the story of a rich civic life that is all but gone today

That time Vaudeville comedian and Hollywood actor, Chic Sale, went out on a limb as Abraham Lincoln

Here's Mitzi and an old time vaudeville actor and comedian, Chic Sale, who really no one knows about today but many of the comedians our grandparents loved credited him as inspiration. I think that photo of the two of them is absolutely hilarious - surely Mitzi must have gotten into the spirit of things because … Continue reading That time Vaudeville comedian and Hollywood actor, Chic Sale, went out on a limb as Abraham Lincoln

When I was a kid it seemed every boy was channeling Jerry Lewis… I miss those times.

Strangely, I was going to post this photo yesterday but I moved on. I think what put me off is that rather ignoble X over Rabbi Magnin's face, but of course what drew me in was Jerry Lewis' grin. He always looked like he saw a thousand funny things in every moment. Here he is … Continue reading When I was a kid it seemed every boy was channeling Jerry Lewis… I miss those times.

So, did my cat see a ghost or a spider over my shoulder last night?

Last night my cat spent quite a while looking intently over my shoulder while I was reading in bed. In Australia that can mean there's a huge spider on the wall so I kept looking behind me, just in case. Then she started looking over my other shoulder, like she was watching something, which just … Continue reading So, did my cat see a ghost or a spider over my shoulder last night?

Eleanor Roosevelt delivers a message on religious tolerance in 1946 that somehow we still need to hear in 2017.

March 26, 1946: Here is Eleanor Roosevelt just a few months after her husband's death, the end of WWII, and the liberation of Auschwitz. This remarkable photo may be the only one documenting a First Lady speaking from the sacred 'bimah,' where the Torah is read in a synagogue - in this case in the … Continue reading Eleanor Roosevelt delivers a message on religious tolerance in 1946 that somehow we still need to hear in 2017.

My full circle moment: I visit the home Louis B. Mayer bought for my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings, his older sister

Yesterday morning I visited my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings' former home on South Tremaine Avenue in Los Angeles, thanks to the current owner, author Kes Trester, who lives there with her husband and two teenage children. It was an incredibly moving experience to step across the threshold of a house that was a family home … Continue reading My full circle moment: I visit the home Louis B. Mayer bought for my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings, his older sister

Today and Sunday at 2pm! Alicia Mayer Q&A: Classic Hollywood, Louis B. Mayer, MGM, and more…

If you're in LA and love Classic Hollywood then make sure to attend one of Alicia Mayer's two events this weekend in Los Angeles. Here are the details: “More Stars than there are in the Heavens: Alicia Mayer in conversation with Danny Miller of Cinephiled” Date: Saturday, August 5th, 2pm – 3:30pm, Mark Taper Auditorium, … Continue reading Today and Sunday at 2pm! Alicia Mayer Q&A: Classic Hollywood, Louis B. Mayer, MGM, and more…

Greta Garbo meets MGM’s Leo the Lion. Let’s just say it was a quiet trip home.

Here's Greta Garbo, just 19 years old and fresh off the boat from Sweden after being discovered by my great uncle Louis B. Mayer, and signing a lucrative contract with the mighty Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Naturally, a huge publicity blitz ensued and one of her first stops was to the 'Lion farm' where MGM's mascot, Leo the … Continue reading Greta Garbo meets MGM’s Leo the Lion. Let’s just say it was a quiet trip home.