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.
May 16, 2011
Sessue Hayakawa The Japanese star earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for David Lean's classic 1957 "The Bridge on the River Kwai" as rigid POW camp commander Col. Saito. Miyoshi Umeki The first Asian to win an acting Oscar. Umeki won the supporting actress award for 1957's "Sayonara" as the ill-fated Japanese bride of an American serviceman. Anna May Wong The Chinese American actress received a lot of attention from critics and audiences as the Mongol slave in Douglas Fairbanks' 1924 swashbuckler "The Thief of Bagdad.
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March 18, 2010 |
Strong winds scour the dunes, which hide a curious history. Nails and fragments of concrete are scattered everywhere. Steel cables, carved pieces of wood and slabs of painted plaster poke out of the ground, ghosts rising from the grave. In 1923, Cecil B. DeMille came to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes on California's Central Coast and built a movie set that still captures the imagination -- a colossal Egyptian dreamscape for the silent movie version of "The Ten Commandments." Under the direction of French artist Paul Iribe, a founder of the Art Deco movement, 1,600 craftsmen built a temple 800 feet wide and 120 feet tall flanked by four 40-ton statues of the Pharaoh Ramses II. Twenty-one giant plaster sphinxes lined a path to the temple's gates.