January 26, 2012 |
Three years after a controversial decision to close Hollywood's best-known nursing home, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has reversed course and said it would immediately begin admitting new residents to the historic Woodland Hills facility. The decision marks a victory for residents and their families who waged a highly public campaign to fight the fund's decision in January 2009 to close the facility, known as the Motion Picture Home, and an adjoining hospital. It also revives a time-honored charity — created in 1921 by United Artists studio founders Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and others — that has been home to Hollywood luminaries such as actors Johnny Weismuller and Hattie McDaniel and film director Stanley Kramer, whose credits include "High Noon.
August 25, 1993
Cinecon, the society for fans of silents and early talkies, will hold its 29th annual convention Sept. 2-6 at the Hollywood Roosevelt. About 3,026 rare movies will be shown, and appearing with their films will be Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Patricia Morison, Anita Page, Marian Marsh, Marsha Hunt, Harry Carey Jr., Frank Coghlan Jr., Anna Lee, Norman Lloyd, composer David Raksin and Lupita Tovar. There will be two dealer rooms, panel discussions and an awards banquet. Information: (818) 883-8464.
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February 3, 1986
Margery Wilson, a silent screen actress best remembered for her portrayal of Brown Eyes in D. W. Griffith's 1916 classic "Intolerance," has died in an Arcadia convalescent home, it was learned Sunday. She was 89 and made about 25 films with such other silent stars as William S. Hart and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. before leaving films for a writing career.
December 31, 1988 |
Julanne J. Rust, a former Hollywood film star who played the princess romanced by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in the silent film classic "The Thief of Baghdad," has died at age 88. Rust, who acted under her given name, Julanne Johnson, went to Hollywood as a Ruth Denis dancer in 1923 and stayed for 10 years, bridging the gap from silent films to the talkies. She also starred in European films. She died Dec. 26 in Cottage Hospital.
January 25, 1987
Having been among those who in 1924 enjoyed seeing "The Thief of Bagdad" at the Biograph Theater in Chicago and who afterwards sent a dime (!) to some Hollywood address and eventually received an 8x10 print of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. from that movie, I was confused when I noted the capsuled listing in Television Times on Jan. 9 that informed us that an "audacious rogue" was "questing for a beautiful princess (Anna May Wong)." I am happy to see that the following week's issue corrected that error and Julanne Johnston was listed as the princess.
February 21, 2011
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1927, financed by such Hollywood luminaries as MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer and superstar couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. As soon as the hotel threw open its doors, it was the place to be seen in town. On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in the hotel's fashionable Blossom Room. The winners had been announced to the press three months earlier. It was the only time the awards were held there.