November 2, 1995
Freda Granite, 77, veteran Hollywood talent agent whose clients included Susan Anton and Rudy Vallee. A third-generation Angeleno, Mrs. Granite learned to drive in a Model T on Hill Street and attended Poly High School. She was a founding member of the Beverly Hills Parlour of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and during World War II was president of the Hollywood Guild Canteen Juniors.
September 16, 1990
When I saw your Calendar cover today about George Michael, "the reluctant pop star," my first reaction was he should thank the good Lord every morning when he wakes up to have all that he has. And that'll make two of us thanking God every morning for all that we have. I don't understand a guy who lives "in hopes of reducing the strain of his celebrity status." Here's a kid who "wanted to be a pop star since I was about 7 years old." And now that he's a smash performer and songwriter at 27 he wants to quit doing what tons of gifted youngsters all over the world would shoot grandma for--just one crack at what he's complaining about.
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May 16, 1989 |
Rudy Vallee, the megaphone-carrying crooner and popular radio personality, was a pack rat, say archivists at the Thousand Oaks Library who recently began cataloguing the four-ton collection of papers and mementos he gathered for more than 60 years. Vallee saved X-rays of an impacted wisdom tooth he had extracted in the 1970s, brief notes his fourth wife left on the refrigerator and a copy of the formula for his golden hair dye. Fortunately for students of entertainment history, Vallee also kept thousands of fan letters, radio scripts, musical scores and other items that provide an unusually complete record of the popular culture of his day, said Henry Matoon, an archivist hired to catalogue the collection.
November 30, 1987 |
It's the latest version of Exodus. Rudy Vallee's ties are leaving Hollywood. More than 600 ties that belonged to the late crooner-actor are headed for the board rooms and parlors of America, for the White House and for the office of the prime minister of Japan. It's a new Hollywood promotion, the brainchild of a lawyer named John Schalter, 36, who said he plans to send out the motley collection of neckwear to promote an art competition that he calls the International Art Challenge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1987 |
Geraldo Rivera wasn't there. Telly Savalas couldn't make it either. But the scheduled opening of crooner Rudy Vallee's safe Tuesday drew plenty of other notables, including: - One of the top singing impersonators of Vallee (in fact, maybe the only one). - A man who plans to sell 500 Vallee neckties. - A former co-star who revealed that he snubbed her when she saw him at a party a few years ago.
August 2, 1987 |
Rudy Vallee's widow, the vivacious Eleanor, patted her dogs and welcomed a visitor to the Spanish-style castle she shared with the famous crooner from the time they were married in 1949 until he died at 85 a year ago July 3.