True Stories Of Tinseltown

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July 24th, 2019    

Part 3 Of History Of Blonde Bombshells. WE talk about The eternal blonde bombshell Mae West. Once again April VeVea Joins me

I've done a couple episodes on Mae. April VeVea, old Hollywood Historian, and blonde bombshell expert Joins me and we  focused on Maes later years. She really was the eternal blonde bombshell. She was 83 year old in starring in Sextette. She was playing a 28 year old. Go Mae. She lived life on her own terms, was a feminist and a one of a kind woman. She was unique, funny and WE both love her.

 I want to thank April for doing the bombshell series with me. She's the best.

 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You all are the best.

 

Grace

 

April

 

www.classicblondes.com

 

twitter@aprilvevea

 

Podcast

 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

 

www.truestoriesoftinsetown.com

 

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

 

You can listen to podcast on youtube, spotify, Spreaker and anywhere podcasts are posted.

 

Please like and follow my Facebook page.

 

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July 16th, 2019    

Part 2 Of the history of Blonde Bombshells. We talk about Thelma Todd AKA HoT Toddy..

In the second podcast of the history of Blonde Bombshells, once again I'm joined by my friend April VeVea, classic film and classic blondes historian. She is also a blonde bombshell expert to talk about Thelma Todd. We delve into her life and career but mostly discuss her mysterious death. WE go into all the possibilities. Thelma was gorgeous, funny and beloved. Another tragic blonde bombshell. Her death is still subjected to debate today. We will never know the absolute truth. 

Thanks to April, for being such a great guest and doing the BB series with me.

Mostly I thanks the listeners. You are the best..

Grace

April

www.classicblondes.com

you can follow her on twitter

@AprilVeVea

me

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.net

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

Also on youtube, Spreaker, spotify and basically everywhere they post podcasts.

www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown

 

 

July 11th, 2019    

Part 2 I start off my history of Blonde Bombshells podcasts with the first BB, Jean Harlow. My Guest for all the Bombshell podcasts will be April VeVea, classic Movie Historian..

Today I start my series of podcasts on The History Of Blonde Bombshells. My guest for this series with be classic movie and classic blondes historian April VeVea. She knows her stuff and is a lot of fun. 

 

We talk Jeans upbringing, her coming to Hollywood with Mother Jean. Mother Jean wanted to be an actress but she was inherently thirties so that was never to be. She pushed "the Baby" in the films and look who we got. We talk Jeans marriages, Paul Berns "suicide", her flings  her films, her heartbreak over William Powell not marrying her and ultimately her untimely death of kidney failure at age 26. 

 

Jean was poised beyond her years. She was a gifted comedienne, a kind person and a really good actress. There could never be another Jean. They made two awful movies on her life in 1965. One in color starring Caroll Baker, another in black in white starring Carol Lynley. Both were bad, neither woman could capture one iota of what made Jean, Jean. Not their fault, nobody could.  

 

Thanks so much to April VeVea. She is great and she gets to the truth, not a salacious gossip (though I admit, I do like a little salacious gossip) If she is not sure, she says she's not sure. I love her..Next weeks blonde bombshell will be another tragic soul Thelma Todd. 

 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. I so appreciate you listening. I have had some amazing guests. Many more great ones coming up. 

 

Grace

 

April VeVea

 

Her twitter @aprilVeVea

 

www.classicblondes.com

 

She has also authored a book on Jayne Mansfield called Puffblicity. Its part 1, part 2 will be coming soon. Her book on Marilyn Monroe is on its second printing and will be released in August

 

The podcast is pretty much anywhere podcasts are posted, including youtube, spotify, iTunes, listen notes, Spreaker

 

https://podcasts.apple.com/id/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

 

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

 

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

 

my facebook page. I post new pictures and tinseltown tidbits evert day..

 

https://www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown/

 

July 11th, 2019    

Part 1 I start off my history of Blonde Bombshells podcasts with the first BB, Jean Harlow. My Guest for all the Bombshell podcasts will be April VeVea, classic Movie Historian

Today I start my series of podcasts on The History Of Blonde Bombshells. My guest for this series with be classic movie and classic blondes historian April VeVea. She knows her stuff and is a lot of fun. 

 

We talk Jeans upbringing, her coming to Hollywood with Mother Jean. Mother Jean wanted to be an actress but she was inherently thirties so that was never to be. She pushed "the Baby" in the films and look who we got. We talk Jeans marriages, Paul Berns "suicide", her flings  her films, her heartbreak over William Powell not marrying her and ultimately her untimely death of kidney failure at age 26. 

 

Jean was poised beyond her years. She was a gifted comedienne, a kind person and a really good actress. There could never be another Jean. They made two awful movies on her life in 1965. One in color starring Caroll Baker, another in black in white starring Carol Lynley. Both were bad, neither woman could capture one iota of what made Jean, Jean. Not their fault, nobody could.  

 

Thanks so much to April VeVea. She is great and she gets to the truth, not the salacious gossip. If she is not sure, she says she's not sure. I love her..Next weeks blonde bombshell will be another tragic soul Thelma Todd. 

 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. I so appreciate you listening. I have had some amazing guests. Many more great ones coming up. 

 

Grace

 

April VeVea

 

Her twitter @aprilVeVea

 

www.classicblondes.com

 

She has also authored a book on Jayne Mansfield called Puffblicity. Its part 1, part 2 will be coming soon. Her book on Marilyn Monroe is on its second printing and will be released in August

 

The podcast is pretty much anywhere podcasts are posted, including youtube, spotify, iTunes, listen notes, Spreaker

 

https://podcasts.apple.com/id/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

 

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

 

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

 

my facebook page. I post new pictures and tinseltown tidbits evert day..

 

https://www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown/

 

July 8th, 2019    

part 2 I talk to George Raft Biographer Stone Wallace. We discuss the men behind the machine guns….

​I had Stone on before to talk about his very interesting biography of George Raft:The Man That Would Be Bogart.. This show we discuss the usual mobsters, Cagney, Bogart, Raft, Edward G Robinson and Paul Muni as Scarface. Stone talks about less known gangsters. One of my personal favorites ins Jack LaRue. He was handsome, brutal and the perfect gangster. We talked Richard Widmark's breakthrough film as Tommy UDO, the giggling psycho that pushes an old lady in a wheelchair, laughing all the way in the film Kiss Of Death. IRL Richard was a kumbaya kind of guy that went fishing once, caught a fish and felt bad he killed it. No more fishing for Richard. Also Chester Morris, we talked which version of The Three Godfathers we liked best. The Chester Morris, or John Wayne one. Some many gangsters and so little time. We wanted to get Dan Duryea and others there. We had fun and Stone knows his stuff. 

Thanks much to Stone. He is so fun and knowledgable. He's also my friend.

 
Here's a list of Stones books. His newest is a noir fiction called Requiem For A Gangster. Good Read..

Stones Website www.stonewallace.net

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/361940.Stone_Wallace

Thanks mostly for the listeners. I promise to be consistent with my posting. 

Grace

please follow on itunes

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

www.truestoriesoftinsetown.podbean.com

You can hear podcasts on Spotify, youtube, Spreaker, listen notes and anywhere podcasts are played.

My facebook page
www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinsetown

July 8th, 2019    

Part 1 I talk to George Raft Biographer Stone Wallace. We discuss the men behind the machine guns….

had Stone on before to talk about his very interesting biography of George Raft:The Man That Would Be Bogart.. This show we discuss the usual mobsters, Cagney, Bogart, Raft, Edward G Robinson and Paul Muni as Scarface. Stone talks about less known gangsters. One of my personal favorites ins Jack LaRue. He was handsome, brutal and the perfect gangster. We talked Richard Widmark's breakthrough film as Tommy UDO, the giggling psycho that pushes an old lady in a wheelchair, laughing all the way in the film Kiss Of Death. IRL Richard was a kumbaya kind of guy that went fishing once, caught a fish and felt bad he killed it. No more fishing for Richard. Also Chester Morris, we talked which version of The Three Godfathers we liked best. The Chester Morris, or John Wayne one. Some many gangsters and so little time. We wanted to get Dan Duryea and others there. We had fun and Stone knows his stuff. 

Thanks much to Stone. He is so fun and knowledgable. He's also my friend. 
Here's a list of Stones books. His newest is a noir fiction called Requiem For A Gangster. Good Read..

Stones website

www.stonewallace.net

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/361940.Stone_Wallace

Thanks mostly for the listeners. I promise to be consistent with my posting. 

Grace

please follow on itunes

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

www.truestoriesoftinsetown.podbean.com

You can hear podcasts on Spotify, youtube, Spreaker, listen notes and anywhere podcasts are played.

My facebook page
www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinsetown

July 7th, 2019    

Part 2 I talk to actress Lane Bradbury. Lane was the youngest actress to join the actors studio, talks Ethel Merman, Bette Davis and getting her rear kicked by Harvey Keitel.

I had the pleasure of talking to actress Lane Bradbury. She was such a delight. We talked her move to New York, her beginning at The Actors Studio, learning "the method". She saw Marilyn Monroe there once. Lane was in the original Gypsy with Ethel Merman playing Baby June, also was in the Original Night Of The Iguana with Bette Davis playing Charlotte, Lane them moved to California and never stopped working. I remember her as the only girl that did not fall for Keith Partridge. She had not much to say about that. Then she did an incredible supporting role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, as the troubled wife married to a cheating Harvey Keitel. Lane said she and Ellen weren't acting in that scene. Harvey terrified them. Lane worked as a regular in the series In The Heat Of The Night and so many other shows. She is still working today. She did a TV movie with Sally Field and they had a grand time. It was the hippy era and a groovy movie called "Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring"  Lane is a dynamo, still taking dance classes in the city and going to the Actors Studio, which coincidentally Ellen Burstyn is the big cheese there. Lots of great scoops from Lane. 

I want to thank my friend John O'Dowd for getting Lane as a guest for me.

Thanks so much to Lane Bradbury for being an adorable and interesting guest. 

Most thanks to the listeners. I have been bad about getting episodes out but I will start releasing them on a certain day and time. 

Grace

If you listen on iTunes please follow me.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

You can also hear on Spotify, Spreaker, youtube, I heart radio and basically anywhere podcasts are..

please follow my facebook page I also have a group page of the same name.

www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown

July 7th, 2019    

Part 1 I talk to actress Lane Bradbury. Lane was the youngest actress to join the actors studio, talks Ethel Merman, Bette Davis and getting her rear kicked by Harvey Keitel.

I had the pleasure of talking to actress Lane Bradbury. She was such a delight. We talked her move to New York, her beginning at The Actors Studio, learning "the method". She saw Marilyn Monroe there once. Lane was in the original Gypsy with Ethel Merman playing Baby June, also was in the Original Night Of The Iguana with Bette Davis playing Charlotte, Lane them moved to California and never stopped working. I remember her as the only girl that did not fall for Keith Partridge. She had not much to say about that. Then she did an incredible supporting role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, as the troubled wife married to a cheating Harvey Keitel. Lane said she and Ellen weren't acting in that scene. Harvey terrified them. Lane worked as a regular in the series In The Heat Of The Night and so many other shows. She is still working today. She did a TV movie with Sally Field and they had a grand time. It was the hippy era and a groovy movie called "Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring"  Lane is a dynamo, still taking dance classes in the city and going to the Actors Studio, which coincidentally Ellen Burstyn is the big cheese there. Lots of great scoops from Lane. 

I want to thank my friend John O'Dowd for getting Lane as a guest for me.

Thanks so much to Lane Bradbury for being an adorable and interesting guest. 

Most thanks to the listeners. I have been bad about getting episodes out but I will start releasing them on a certain day and time. 

Grace

If you listen on iTunes please follow me.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

You can also hear on Spotify, Spreaker, youtube, I heart radio and basically anywhere podcasts are..

please follow my facebook page I also have a group page of the same name.

www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown

June 18th, 2019    

Part 1. I talk to Victoria Riskin about her book about her parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir…Great stuff

I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You are the best.
Grace
xoxo

her website

www.victoriariskin.com

https://www.amazon.com/Fay-Wray-Robert-Riskin-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B07DBQ6P93/ref=sr_1_1?crid=87QWD96E1SN6&keywords=victoria+riskin&qid=1560874704&s=books&sprefix=Victoria+Riskin%2Cstripbooks%2C145&sr=1-1

you can hear podcast on iTunes

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

Please like and follow my facebook page

www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown.

You can hear on Spreaker, Spotify and anywhere podcasts are played. 

I'm on pinterest and Tumblr. 

June 18th, 2019    

Part two I talk to Victoria Riskin about her book about her parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir…Great stuff

I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You are the best.
Grace
xoxo

her website

www.victoriariskin.com

https://www.amazon.com/Fay-Wray-Robert-Riskin-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B07DBQ6P93/ref=sr_1_1?crid=87QWD96E1SN6&keywords=victoria+riskin&qid=1560874704&s=books&sprefix=Victoria+Riskin%2Cstripbooks%2C145&sr=1-1

you can hear podcast on iTunes

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

www.truestoriesoftinseltown.com

Please like and follow my facebook page

www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown.

You can hear on Spreaker, Spotify and anywhere podcasts are played. 

I'm on pinterest and Tumblr. 

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