True Stories Of Tinseltown

Classic movies, true stories of tinseltown. All about classic Hollywood.

March 20th, 2019    

I talked to the lovely Monika Henreid, the daughter of Paul Henreid, on being the daughter of Hollywood star and documentary she is making about her dad.

The lovely Monika Henreid was such a doll to come on the show.  She tells us what it's like growing up as Hollywood royalty, much about her mom and dad and the documentary she is working on "Paul Henreid: Beyond Victor Laszlo...a daughters memoir. She tells us what it was like to star with Bette Davis and be directed by her dad in Dead Ringer. Paul was many things besides being an actor, he was a director, he directed a few movies and loads of television. He directed almost THIRTY episodes of Alfred Hitchcock presents. I love that show. So many great stories. Paul was a loving husband and devoted dad. I wondered when in Now Voyager Bette and Paul blew smoke in each others faces, how one of them didn't choke. I also found out the truth behind the two cigarette in mouth light up. Many folks have taken credit for that. Monika also makes appearances. She's gone to many of The Key Largo movie festivals hosted by Steven Bogart. I saw Steven being interviewed by TCM's Eddie Muller and was surprised at how much his eyes look like his moms. Monika did not notice. Everyone thinks he's like Bogies twin. Somebody please check him out and see if I'm correct. We learn much about Paul and Monika. Also Monika gives you the link to donate money to get her dream project made.
Thanks so much to  the lovely Monika for coming on the show. I hope she will come on again when the documentary is completed.

Thanks mostly to the listeners. I have lots of great guests coming up. 
Grace
​xoxo

Monika info

Here's the link to the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU5fnCG_u5c&list=PLJrvGemIxYv9VaFteaiBLdZsoXPwcz0sW

Website:
http://henreidbeyondlaszlo.com/

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March 11th, 2019    

I talk to David Fantle and Tom Johnson about their wonderful book Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends. Fred Astaire started them off

I had so much fun talking to David and Tom. They were absolutely adorable. They were a couple teenagers from the midwest that saw the film "Thats Entertainment" and they became fans of all things classic Hollywood. They decided to write the classic stars for interviews. Much to their delight they heard back from Fred Astaire and an interview was set up. They were 18 years old and fresh out of high school. They had to get the money together to fly to L.A.. They got the tickets and decked out in their new suits they were off. They were too young to drive in CA. so they found a cheapo motel that was close enough to Freds to walk and boom, there they were with their idol Fred. Fred was kind, charming, funny and they loved him. Fred opened the doors for talking to other greats"Fred talked to you, I guess its OK." They have wonderful stories on Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen and his then wife Yvette Mimieux, Gregory Peck (swoon), Tippi Hedren, Tan Man George Hamilton, Charlton Heston, Angie Dickinson, Lucille Ball, Andre Previn, Jimmy Cagney, Mickey Rooney, a Hilarios story about lunch with Virginia Mayo and a three hour talk with RJ, alias Robert Wagner. He dished and dished. I'm sure they didn't tell me everything. There are so many interviews we did not get to, like fifty. The book is a joy to read. You will love David and Tom. They also did the last interviews of Stanley Donen, Andre Previn and Mike Connors. I highly recommend the book. It's a must read for classic movie fans. 

Thanks so much for Dave and Tom for coming on the show. PS Tom, you don't look like Art Carney..
Mostly thanks to the listeners. I have more great guests coming up.
Love,
Grace
xoxo

Heres a link to Tom and Daves book.
https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Heyday-Candid-Interviews-Legends/dp/1476668051/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=David+Fantle&qid=1552303613&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorr

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March 3rd, 2019    

Part 2 of my talk with Jayne Mansfield Biographer April Vevea…It’s Divoon…

It's part 2 of my chat with April Vevea about her book Puffblicity and Jayne Mansfield.
This episode deals with the late 50's until her death in 1967 at the age of 34. We talk Jaynes divorce from Mickey Hargitay., her second brief marriage, her horrible meeting with The Beatles, her starring in film and doing nude scenes. I never knew Jaynes playboy spread was the highest selling playboy to this day. The mid sixties are trying times for Jayne as she takes up drinking. She finally goes to small dinner clubs and after one of her shows, she and her posse head to New Orleans, but never make it after the car crashes into a truck and literally goes under it. April fills us in on the truth about her death, was she or wasn't she a Satanist and the final battle of the husbands. Very interesting stuff. Her follow up to Puffblicity covering the sixties will be out very soon. 

Again, Thank you to April for coming on the show and being so great.

Mostly thanks to the listeners. I have some great guests coming up.
Grace
xoxo

April

www.classicblondes.com

https://www.amazon.com/Puffblicity-Appreciation-Jayne-Mansfield-Pictures/dp/1978294352/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Puffblicity&qid=1551621345&s=books&sr=1-1

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March 1st, 2019    

Part 1 I talked to the April Vevea about Jayne Mansfield. We talk all about Jayne. We get to the bottom of the infamous Sophia Loren checking out with disdain Jaynes ample cleavage

had such a good time talking to Author April Vevea about Jayne Mansfield and her photo book about Jayne, Puffblicity. Jayne was a trip. She was certainly unique. Part 1 Covers her early life and her quest to become the bombshell with the mostest. We talk her never ending quest for puffblicity, meeting Mickey Hargitay and stealing him from Mae West. I found out she really said divoon and was she really poor in her unfurnished pink palace and so much more..Part two gets into the sixties and Jaynes sad decline and eventual death. 

Thanks so much to April. She was a lot of fun.

Mostly thanks to the listeners. I hope you enjoy learning about Jayne as much as I did..

Grace
​xoxo

​April

www.classicblondes.com

Her book
https://www.amazon.com/Puffblicity-Appreciation-Jayne-Mansfield-Pictures/dp/1978294352/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Puffblicity&qid=1551444341&s=books&sr=1-1

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February 16th, 2019    

Part 1 I TALK TO Author Mark Griffin. He Wrote A Great BIO ON ROCK HUDSON Called, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS: A Biography Of Rock Hudson…

I talked to Rock Hudson Biographer Mark Griffin about his new book All That Heaven Allows: Rock Hudson A Biography. His book takes us through Rocks childhood, his struggling days in L.A. to him meeting Henry Wilson, agent to a stable of pretty boys. He took on Rock and eventually, after roles as Indians and small parts Rock achieved superstardom from the Douglas Sirk film Magnificent Obsession. Rock was reunited with Jane Wyman in one of my fave  Rock movies, All That Heaven Allows. Who could pass up the deliciously nasty Mona Plasch..We talk about Rocks personal life being in the closet. Confidential magazine was going to out Rock as gay so allegedly Henry Wilson gave them Rory Calhoun was a jailbird..I couldn't imagine they'd trade for that. It looks like Henry Wilson threw Tab Hunter under the bus in an article about a boys PJ party raided by the police. As Rock was nearing 30 the rags would wonder if Rock would finally settle down, or was something wrong with him. At thirty Henry Wilson arranged dating and a marriage between Rock and Henrys secretary Phyllis Gates. Phyllis claimed she had NO IDEA Rock was gay. You will find out more that Phyllis did. Matt talked all Rocks best movies, Rocks loves and how horrible it must have been for Rock to lead a double life.  He had to be very trusting and careful that none  of his past loves had compromising  pictures or letters from him. I can't imagine what that did to him emotionally and physically. We wind our way down to Rocks TV career to Rock finding out he had the Aids virus. He had a blotch on his neck and was actually diagnosed by his dermatologist. We talk the famous Linda Evans, Rock kiss and Rocks final days. Rock was the first famous person to put a face to AIDS . Especially such a beloved one. This is broken into three parts. Matt is fabulous and my heart went out to Rock. I'm not the only person to think the book was wonderful. Universal, Rocks old studio optioned the book to be a major motion picture. 

Thanks so much to Mark for being such a great guest. I learned so much more then I ever knew about Rock. He meticulously wrote this book. Lots of great contacts. It took him four years. 
Mostly thanks to the audience. I so appreciate you listening.
Grace
xoxo

All things Mark
www.markgriffinauthor.com
 
Me
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February 16th, 2019    

Part 2 Of My Interview With Author Mark Griffin. His book All That Heaven Allows A Biography Of Rock Hudson

Part 2 we discuss Rock Hudson and his 60's career and life.. So much interesting stuff.
Thanks so much to Mark for being such a great guest. I learned so much more then I ever knew about Rock. He meticulously researched Rock this book. Lots of great contacts. It took him four years. 
Mostly thanks to the audience. I so appreciate you listening.
Grace
xoxo

All things Mark
www.markgriffinauthor.com
 
Me
www,truestoriesoftinseltown.com
www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com
please follow my facebook page. I post lots of pics and tidbits about classic Hollywood 
https://www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown/
You can find this podcast on iTunes, Spreaker , I heart radio and pod bean app.and youtube

February 16th, 2019    

Part 3 of my interview with Mark Griffin of his wonderful book on Rock Hudson, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography Of Rock Hudson…

In Part 3 Rocks movie career is fizzing out so he moves to television. He did 5 years in a series called McMillan and Wife. He meets Marc Christian and falls in love and moves him into his house. Rock notices a weird spot on his neck so he goes to see what is was. The dermatologist is the one that diagnosed him with AIDs Rock went back and forth to France for experimental treatments. We talk Rocks last days. 

Thanks so much to Mark for being such a great guest. I learned so much more then I ever knew about Rock. He meticulously researched this book. Lots of great contacts. It took him four years.

 
Mostly thanks to the audience. I so appreciate you listening.
Grace
xoxo

All things Mark
www.markgriffinauthor.com
 
Me
www,truestoriesoftinseltown.com
www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com
please follow my facebook page. I post lots of pics and tidbits about classic Hollywood 
https://www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown/
You can find this podcast on iTunes, Spreaker , I heart radio and pod bean app. and you tube

January 21st, 2019    

Season 2 Episode 2 I talk to my friend and author John O’Dowd about his new book, Barbara Payton: A Life In Pictures.. Lots of good info..

Part 2 of my talk with author John O'Dowd about his new book Barbara Payton: A Life In Pictures..

 

I talk to author and my friend John O'Dowd on his new book Barbara Payton: Her Life In Pictures. It's a wonderful book. Lots of never before scene photos. It starts with Barbra's birth and ends at her very sad demise at the age of 39. We go through chapter by chapter talking about Barbara's films and interludes with men. WE talk her very loyal son John Lee Payton and so much more. We both believe Barbara did everything to herself but that she was mentally ill. Barbara had some serious demons. Get a cup of java or glass wine and listen to the story of the  fascinating and tragic life of Barbara Payton..
Thanks so much to my friend John O'Dowd. John definitely knows his Barbara. He wrote an amazing biography and had her families blessings called Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton story. Along with Barbara Payton Her Life in pictures. You can get both books on amazon. Kiss tomorrow Goodbye, hopefully becomes a movie soon


Here is Johns author page from Amazon;

https://www.amazon.com/John-ODowd/e/B01LT5XUAG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1548092765&sr=1-1

Mostly thanks so much to the listeners. I so appreciate it. I have some fun guests coming up. 

Grace
​xoxo

Please follow me on facebook  I post a lot of classic movie photo's and stories. 
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I also have a page in Pinterest of course called True Stories Of Tinseltown. 

www.trustoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

You can listen to all my podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, podbean app, I heart radio and a few other places. 

 
 

January 21st, 2019    

Season 2 Episode 1..I talk to my friend and author John O’Dowd about his new book, Barbara Payton: A Life In Pictures.. Lots of good info..

I talk to author and my friend John O'Dowd on his new book Barbara Payton: Her Life In Pictures. It's a wonderful book. Lots of never before scene photos. It starts with Barbra's birth and ends at her very sad demise at the age of 39. We go through chapter by chapter talking about Barbara's films and interludes with men. WE talk her very loyal son John Lee Payton and so much more. We both believe Barbara did everything to herself but that she was mentally ill. Barbara had some serious demons. Get a cup of java or glass wine and listen to the story of the  fascinating and tragic life of Barbara Payton..
Thanks so much to my friend John O'Dowd. John definitely knows his Barbara. He wrote an amazing biography and had her families blessings called Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton story. Along with Barbara Payton Her Life in pictures. You can get both books on amazon. Kiss tomorrow Goodbye, hopefully becomes a movie soon


Here is Johns author page from Amazon;

https://www.amazon.com/John-ODowd/e/B01LT5XUAG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1548092765&sr=1-1

Mostly thanks so much to the listeners. I so appreciate it. I have some fun guests coming up. 

Grace
​xoxo

Please follow me on facebook  I post a lot of classic movie photo's and stories. 
www.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown

I also have a page in Pinterest of course called True Stories Of Tinseltown. 

www.trustoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com

You can listen to all my podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, podbean app, I heart radio and a few other places. 

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