Dear Media: You hung the wrong movie mogul. Louis B. Mayer was no #HarveyWeinstein

It has been a tough week. There have now been several high profile news outlets that have not only claimed Louis B. Mayer was a 'sexual predator' but stated it as a matter of fact, and positioned him not only as Harvey Weinstein's antecedent but the root of all evil in Hollywood. Variety has now … Continue reading Dear Media: You hung the wrong movie mogul. Louis B. Mayer was no #HarveyWeinstein

Ida and the Sinner, Mae West

"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

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

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

I thought I heard a whisper…

The ritual of the cake made it clear there was certainly affection and understanding between them. But had that come with time? Was it a place of comfort after many disappointments and disagreements? I will never know. This photo of my grandmother Mitzi is undeniably stunning. I may be biased, but it ticks every box … Continue reading I thought I heard a whisper…

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

Jean “Baby” Harlow. Dead at 26.

"It doesn't matter what degree of talent she possesses ... nobody ever starved possessing what she's got." Variety Magazine's review of Jean Harlow in the 1930's Howard Hughes' film Hell's Angels. This is a tough one because the more I stared at this photo and then researched it, the more convinced I became that it … Continue reading Jean “Baby” Harlow. Dead at 26.