Ida Mayer Cummings and Mary Pickford

What Ben Urwand has taught us: the package is not the product

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

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

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

A Rebuttal to Ben Urwand and The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

UPDATE: click here to see the list of 30+ rebuttals, critical reviews and controversy coverage since this initial post was written. "Regarding Urwand's sickening claims about my own great-uncle, Louis B. Mayer, Greco says, "Urwand writes unaware or indifferent to the terrible libel he is committing." I need your help. Imagine for a moment that your family … Continue reading A Rebuttal to Ben Urwand and The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

Not Harlow. Mary Dees, the actress who filmed Jean Harlow’s unfinished scenes in Saratoga.

"Backstage at the Shubert Theatre, the stage manager hesitates to pop his head into in the star dressing room. He’s not sure he can take looking at the young woman one more time. That’s not something he’s ever thought about a gorgeous woman before. His motto - You can look at a buffet all you … Continue reading Not Harlow. Mary Dees, the actress who filmed Jean Harlow’s unfinished scenes in Saratoga.

Judy Garland – the tragic arc of the child star.

My grandmother, Mitzi Cummings, interviews a very young Judy Garland, who in this photo looks like she may be promoting her first movie, musical short Every Sunday, which included fellow child actor, Deanna Durbin. Date unknown, however the location is most likely an MGM set. Like any starry-eyed teenager, the young singer was ready to … Continue reading Judy Garland – the tragic arc of the child star.

How Hamlet nearly killed Oscar: The big studio revolt that almost ended the Academy Awards

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

Death comes to the creator of The Three Stooges after a night at the Trocadero.

Exactly what happened after the initial altercation with Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and his cousin Pat DiCicco 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.

The pro-Hitler maid who nearly killed George Burns’ career

Three years after this photo, their perfect world would come crashing down thanks to two diamond bangles from Paris, a shadowy "Nicaraguan diplomat," and the vengeful, Hitler-loving maid of a Supreme Court judge. Read on, dear friends, for just like you, I had no idea our beloved George Burns got caught up in a smuggling … Continue reading The pro-Hitler maid who nearly killed George Burns’ career

W.S. Van Dyke – the trusted director, star maker, party host, and patriot, with one of Hollywood’s saddest endings

June, 1935: my grandmother, Mitzi in the elegant white hat, with some of Hollywood's hardest working actors at one W.S. Van Dyke's legendary Hollywood parties. There are so many stories in this photo that as I began to research it I was even more convinced that Hollywood's early stars were far more amazing than the … Continue reading W.S. Van Dyke – the trusted director, star maker, party host, and patriot, with one of Hollywood’s saddest endings