Hollywood history and culture

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  1. Gene Tierney

    Gene Tierney


    Gene Eliza Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed as a great beauty, she became established as a leading lady. Tierney was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film Laura (1944), and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

  2. Elizabeth Short

    Elizabeth Short


    "The Black Dahlia" was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 – c. January 15, 1947), an American woman who was the victim of a much-publicized murder in 1947. Short acquired the moniker posthumously from newspapers in the habit of nicknaming crimes they found particularly lurid. The "Black Dahlia" nickname may have been derived from a film noir murder mystery, The Blue Dahlia, released in April, 1946. Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Short's unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books, television and film adaptations of the story. Short's murder is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.

  3. Angelyne



    Angelyne is an American singer, actress and model. She came to prominence in 1984 after a large number of billboards promoting herself started appearing all over Los Angeles, California. She immediately caught the attention of the local media and started receiving offers for interviews and television show appearances. The main trademark of her celebrity persona is a pink Corvette. Angelyne is often referred to as being "famous for being famous" since her billboards have got more fame than her music career. Her billboards have been featured in many movies and television series, including the opening credits of Moonlighting and spoofed in shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama or BoJack Horseman.

  4. Joe E. Brown

    Joe E. Brown


    Joseph Evans Brown (July 28, 1891 – July 6, 1973) was an American actor and comedian, remembered for his amiable screen persona, comic timing, and enormous elastic-mouth smile. He was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s, with successful films like A Midsummer Night's Dream, Earthworm Tractors, and Alibi Ike. In his later career Brown starred in Some Like It Hot (1959), as Osgood Fielding III, in which he utters the famous punchline, "Well, nobody's perfect."

  5. Rona Barrett

    Rona Barrett


    Rona Barrett (born Rona Burstein, October 8, 1936, New York City) is an American gossip columnist and businesswoman. She currently runs the Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization in Santa Ynez, California, dedicated to the aid and support of senior citizens in need.

  6. Henry Willson

    Henry Willson


    Henry Leroy Willson (July 31, 1911 – November 2, 1978) was an American Hollywood talent agent who played a large role in popularizing the beefcake craze of the 1950s. He was known for his stable of young, attractive clients, including Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Chad Everett, Robert Wagner, Nick Adams, Guy Madison, Troy Donahue, Mike Connors, Rory Calhoun, John Saxon, Yale Summers, Clint Walker, Doug McClure, Dack Rambo, Ty Hardin, and John Derek. He discovered Rhonda Fleming walking to Beverly Hills High School, brought her to David O. Selznick's attention, and helped groom her for stardom, and was instrumental in advancing Lana Turner's career.

  7. Louella Parsons

    Louella Parsons


    Louella Parsons (August 6, 1881 – December 9, 1972) was the first American movie columnist. She was retained by William Randolph Hearst, possibly because she had praised Hearst's mistress Marion Davies, and her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide.

  8. Johnny Grant

    Johnny Grant


    Johnny Grant (May 9, 1923 – January 9, 2008) was an American radio personality and television producer who also served as the honorary mayor of Hollywood, in which capacity he was often present at Hollywood community functions, including the unveiling of new stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An intersection just north of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is designated "Johnny Grant Way."

  9. Todd Fisher

    Todd Fisher


    Todd Fisher (born February 24, 1958) is an American actor, director, cinematographer, and producer of television films and documentaries. He has a professional background in architectural design and sound engineering, with experience designing and building sound stages, recording studios, and television facilities. He is also a business executive, known as the former CEO, President, CFO, and Treasurer of the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino (DRHC), Debbie Reynolds Management Company, Inc., and Debbie Reynolds Resorts, Inc. As of 2013, he continues to serve as the CEO and curator of the Hollywood Motion Picture Museum, which is housed at Debbie Reynolds Studios (DR Studios) in North Hollywood and at his ranch in Creston, California.

  10. John Swope

    John Swope


    John Swope (August 23, 1908 – May 11, 1979) was a photographer for Life Magazine, and a pilot.

  11. The Kid Stays in the Picture

    The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)


    The Kid Stays in the Picture is both the name of the 1994 autobiography by film producer Robert Evans and the title of the 2002 film adaptation of Evans' book.

  12. Alan Smithee

    Alan Smithee


    Alan Smithee (also Allen Smithee) was an official pseudonym used by film directors who wish to disown a project, coined in 1968. Until its use was formally discontinued in 2000, it was the sole pseudonym used by members of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) when a director dissatisfied with the final product proved to the satisfaction of a guild panel that he or she had not been able to exercise creative control over a film. The director was also required by guild rules not to discuss the circumstances leading to the move or even to acknowledge being the actual director.

  13. Harry M. Warner

    Harry M. Warner


    Harry Morris Warner (December 12, 1881 – July 25, 1958) was a Polish-born American studio executive, one of the founders of Warner Bros., and a major contributor to the development of the film industry. Along with his three brothers (Albert, Sam and Jack) Warner played a crucial role in the film business and played a key role in establishing Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc, serving as the company president until 1956.

  14. It Came from Hollywood

    It Came from Hollywood (1982)


    It Came from Hollywood is a 1982 comedy film compiling clips from various B movies. Written by Dana Olsen and directed by Malcolm Leo and Andrew Solt, the film features wraparound segments and narration by several famous comedians, including Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Gilda Radner, and Cheech and Chong. Sections of It Came from Hollywood focus on gorilla pictures, anti-marijuana films and the works of Ed Wood. The closing signature song was the doo wop hit "What's Your Name" by Don and Juan.

  15. Hollywood Film Festival

    Hollywood Film Festival


    The Hollywood Film Festival is an annual Film festival which is located in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Festival was established in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu and his wife, model Janice Pennington.

  16. Jack L. Warner

    Jack L. Warner


    Jack Leonard "J. L." Warner (August 2, 1892 – September 9, 1978), born Jacob Warner in London, Ontario, was a Canadian-born American film executive who was the president and driving force behind the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Warner's career spanned some forty-five years, its duration surpassing that of any other of the seminal Hollywood studio moguls.

  17. The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson

    The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson (1996)


    The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson is a mockumentary on the disappearance of a fictitious wealthy British film producer, Kevin Johnson, who is dealing in sex, lies and blackmail in Hollywood. This marked Dudley Moore's last live-action role before his death.

  18. Hollywood

    Hollywood (2003)


    "Hollywood" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. The song was written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï for her ninth studio album, American Life (2003). It was released as the second single from the album on July 14, 2003 by Maverick Records. "Hollywood" is a folk rock song that lyrically refers and criticizes the life style of district Hollywood. It received mixed reviews from music critics, who considered the song as catchy, despite criticizing its lyrical content. "Hollywood" attained moderate success, reaching number two in the United Kingdom, while making into the top ten of in Canada, Finland, and Italy. In the United States, the song failed to enter on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Madonna's first single since 1982's "Burning Up" to do so.

  19. The Reinactors

    The Reinactors (2008)


    The Reinactors is a 2008 documentary film directed by Dave Markey about the lives of film character impersonators and celebrity look-a-likes on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The film was well-received by critics and audiences during its world premiere at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival, going on to screen around the world at various film festivals. The documentary also aired on Canada's Super Channel in September and October 2009. The DVD was released in the United States September 2009 by We Got Power Films. Filmmaker Spike Jonze is cited in the film's marketing calling it "A strange and tragic portrait of a dream that lives on one square block in Hollywood, and kind of in our whole country, too."

  20. H.J. Whitley

    H.J. Whitley


    Hobart Johnstone Whitley (October 7, 1847 – June 3, 1931), also known as H.J. Whitley is the "Father of Hollywood"; he was a real estate developer who helped create the Hollywood subdivision in Los Angeles, Southern California. He and his wife, Margaret Virginia (Gigi) Whitley named the town while on their honeymoon in 1886. He was a Republican.

  21. These Amazing Shadows

    These Amazing Shadows (2011)


    These Amazing Shadows is a 2011 documentary film which tells the history and importance of the National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

  22. History vs. Hollywood

    History vs. Hollywood (2001)


    History vs. Hollywood is a television show on the History Channel in the United States. On the show, experts are interviewed on the historical accuracy of a film that is based on a historical event. For example, the movie The Last Samurai was featured in one episode in which military historian Geoffrey Wawro, professor of history at the University of North Texas, and director of the university's Barsanti center for military-history, compared the movie with the actual events (December 2003). On the show the expert guests discuss the factual accuracy of the film as well as the everyday objects that a person of the particular time period would have seen. In some episodes an expert or the host will go on a journey to the actual historical sites depicted in the film, or interview someone who witnessed the event firsthand. In each of the more than dozen episodes both expert guests and filmmakers will discuss the historical accuracy of the film dramatized.

  23. Georgette Bauerdorf

    Georgette Bauerdorf


    Georgette Elise Bauerdorf (May 6, 1924 – October 12, 1944) was an American socialite and oil heiress who was strangled in her home in West Hollywood, California. Her murder remains unsolved.

  24. That's Black Entertainment

    That's Black Entertainment (1990)


    That's Black Entertainment is a 1989 documentary film starring African-American performers and featuring clips from black films from 1929-1957.

  25. Hollywood High

    Hollywood High (2003)


    Hollywood High is a 2003 documentary television film about the depiction of drug addiction in film. It was directed by Bruce Sinofsky, and features appearances by Darren Aronofsky, Jared Leto and Hubert Selby Jr. It was originally aired on AMC on March 31, 2003.

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