The Belousoffs: The Luckiest or Unluckiest Couple? Just ask Howard Hughes and Bugsy Siegel.

The Belousoff's lived at 808 N. Linden Drive in Beverly Hills, and twice within just a few months, they would be feet away from shocking, violent events reported around the world.

Mitzi with Ted Healy

Hollywood Essays on Vimeo! The Mysterious Death of Ted Healy, Founder of The Three Stooges

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

Hollywood Essays on Vimeo! The George Burns Smuggling Fiasco mini-documentary

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.

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

Lincoln’s comedian, Chic Sale

"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

Marian Marsh – chocolate exec’s doll faced daughter

"The new Trilby, Svengali'a victim, is Marian Marsh, a newcomer to featured screen roles. A few months ago she was an extra girl in Hollywood," New York Times review, April 26, 1931. Oh, how I love this photo. Unlike the highly posed publicity shots featuring Mitzi with a movie star like Harlow in her beautiful … Continue reading Marian Marsh – chocolate exec’s doll faced daughter

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