Mitzi on the set of David Copperfield

As a child my step-father read a number of classics to me, including David Copperfield. I also watched the old movie on several occasions. I was not only a totally G-rated kid (Mr Rogers' biggest fan) I was particularly fond of the old B&W movies. They were safe, beautifully made, the stories always ended on … Continue reading Mitzi on the set of David Copperfield

Irene Mayer Selznick – first producer of A Street Car Named Desire

As I watch the Tony Awards at home in Sydney, Australia on a rainy, stormy day - as always from a distance to those major events that my family was involved in - I am inspired to post this series of photos of my cousin Irene Mayer Selznick with her sister Edie. Edie and Irene … Continue reading Irene Mayer Selznick – first producer of A Street Car Named Desire

To Shirley Temple with “Appreciation and Affection”

In 1934 they knew they had the biggest and the tiniest star on their hands... At five years old she was making $1,250 a week. At first glance, this is a photo of a beloved child star being presented with a "Resolution of Appreciation and Affection" by my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings on behalf of … Continue reading To Shirley Temple with “Appreciation and Affection”

Mitzi Joins the MGM Star Factory

Oh, that smile... My grandmother Mitzi is probably in her early 20s in this photo and appears to be signing in at MGM's employee entrance. From the smile, and with a photo to document the occasion, she may very well be doing this for the first time. There's naturally a fine line between nepotism and … Continue reading Mitzi Joins the MGM Star Factory