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
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." Mae West ONE OF THE hardest things to do is to accurately judge the impact of a rebel after society has morphed in their direction. It’s the difference between falling down a set of stairs and remembering it as stubbing your toe. … Continue reading Ida and the Sinner, Mae West
For those of you who follow my blog or follow me on Twitter and elsewhere, you will know that I have been shocked at the instant acceptance that Ben Urwand received from the media and in other forums for his sensationalist claims that Hollywood's Jewish moguls collaborated with Hitler and his regime. Basically, as soon … Continue reading What Ben Urwand has taught us: the package is not the product
http://vimeo.com/aliciamayer/tedhealydeathmystery Exactly what happened after the initial altercation with Albert “Cubby” Broccoli is not clear, but Healy would later be found at a Hollywood hotel where the hotel doctor sewed up a huge gash over his left eye. Along with this wound, Healy looked like he had been severely beaten. He was taken home but … Continue reading Hollywood Essays on Vimeo! The Mysterious Death of Ted Healy, Founder of The Three Stooges
http://vimeo.com/aliciamayer/georgeburnssmugglingfiasco In 1938, George Burns and Gracie Allen were two of America's most beloved entertainers but their world would come crashing down thanks to a shadowy 'diplomat' who offered George Burns, and his pal, Jack Benny, an offer they couldn't refuse. 5 minutes.
LATEST NEWS (Sept 13, 2017): Two new books are the last nails in this book's coffin. "How could Harvard have published Urwand's The Collaboration?" David Denby, The New Yorker "If you're looking for proof of collaboration in the WW 2 sense, or a pact with Hitler? Save your money." Paul Teetor, LA Weekly "Urwand is … Continue reading UPDATED REBUTTALS LIST! The dark side of book publicity is revealed as rebuttals flow in for Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler
It would take just a week after the shocking awards ceremony for the response from the big studios to hit the headlines, as they did on the 1st of April, 1949 and read like April's Fool Day jokes, including "Academy Awards May Be Stopped" and "Hollywood Oscars May Be On The Way Out." The first … Continue reading How Hamlet nearly killed Oscar: The big studio revolt that almost ended the Academy Awards
"It's like reading that the Archbishop of Canterbury has been caught at a night club," Will Rogers in the Reading Eagle, August 10, 1934 about Chic Sale's bestselling book, The Specialist. Here's a hilarious, decidedly unglamorous photo of my grandmother, Mitzi Cummings, with Charles Partlow Sale, aka 'Chic Sale', once "the nation's foremost comedian" before … Continue reading Lincoln’s comedian, Chic Sale
Anyone who comments about a rare early morning start to play himself in a movie that, "Birds were singing. How long has that been going on?" I could have had a lot of fun with. Of all the early Hollywood elite that I have written about, the one I most wished I could have met … Continue reading Sid Grauman: the hair, the theaters, the chutzpah.
On October 29th, 1957 Louis B. Mayer died from leukemia, a disease which would claim his nephew, Leonard Cummings, the youngest child of my great-grandmother, Ida Mayer Cummings, just eight years later.