And, sad to say, Margaret and Janet are both gone now....
Connie Sawyer and Angela Clarke are both in their 94th year, and Connie is still a working actress, God Bless Her!
UPDATE: Wendy, over at Wendy's Whimsies is holding her monthly Casting Call Comment Game....For the next 48 hours you can join in the fun....Do go on over to her place and leave a comment....and remember you can go back as often as you like....All Weekend Long....and at the end of the weekend she will pick a winner! So go on now and have some jolly good fun! You get to meet wonderful people, too!
I love reading these posts of yours! Having been married to a stage hand, I know all about the intricacies of the SMs job and am in awe of it! My daughter Emma got to shadow the SM on Miss Saigon as a birthday present a few years ago and she was thrilled!
Today, I am going to see Jersey Boys with Emma, her boyfriend, and said ex-husband Aarne who is a great guy. He gets us house seats almost every year as a birthday present for my daughter, even though he's not her dad and we were divorced when she was 5. THAT's commitment to a child.
Anyway... enough about me! Your life is a festival of joy and wonder. I love reading about it!
Wow Naomi.. you sparked an almost forgotten memory when you spoke of the blacklisting!
My friend DeForest Kelley made some movies directed by Eddie Dmytryk.
He wrote a book called: Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Ten
Edward Dmytryk was one of Hollywood's Ten: those blacklisted for communism in the 1950s. He directed many classic noir films, including the Oscar-winning Crossfire and The Caine Mutiny, and many others.
When you mentioned the blacklisting he burst into my mind from stories (funny stories) De told me while working under his direction. One day when I was living in the Valley I actually got to meet both he and his wife when I ran into him at (are you ready for this?) The Pancake House lol.. he was very nice and we spoke a bit about his western movies before we went our separate ways...
I hadn't thought of that moment in a long time! Thanks to you it's back in my "memory banks" lol lol
What a lovely memo and a great read - thank you so much for sharing this long story of your life in LA. Sorry to say I've never been there, but it's on my list, so who knows - one day we might meet:-)
Looking forward to the follow up and until then: have a lovely weekend!
My dear friend Naomi, thank you so much for your lovely and kind words about me and my blog! I always love so much your visiting and encouraging words!
Love to know a little about your soul-mate, Sammy! So very interesting this story about the terrifying time of the Blacklist! It's amazing that you was there and witness this fact! With this post you have another chapter to your book, Naomi!
You are right when you say that
"we really must learn from the past or we are most assuredly going to repeat it". Thanks for sharing this ransom of the movie's history and this alert to the future!
Love the photo showing "The Ladies Who Lunch"! You are so beautiful and very happy together those lovely ladies!
Have a nice weekend, my dear!
Terrific post, Naomi. Great trip down memory lane and reminder of a shameful time in our past.
Yes, I don't remember if you ever posted in depth about your dear friend Sammy.
Several weeks ago I do think I saw your friend Betty Garrett on a rerun of Grey's Anatomy?
This was a wonderful and powerful read! You are writing your memoirs, I do beleive... and to an instant audience. This is what I love about blogging.
Last night I wathced Tony Bennet being interviewed by Tavis Smalley. He related an incident that changed his life...when he was in the service overseas and a higher up ripped his stripes and spit on them because he was friends with a black man. He choked up telling it, and he went on to be active in civil rights because of it. I was very moved and enjoyed the clips of his jazzy singing. WOW.
I do so enjoy your posts! And fear the resurgence of witch hunts.
That word 'un-American' worries me. I don't think there is an equivalent anywhere in the world - not for a nation.
Discrimination for race, creed and colour - yes. But segregation by one's own country?
I also thought the way McCarthyism attacked such public figures to intimidate the populace was shameful.
Not to mention all the innocent people slandered and libelled, some of whom were so desperate they took their own lives.
I notice the word 'un-American' has cropped up again. I do hope Mr Bush and his cronies don't repeat history.
We are supposed to learn from history, not repeat it.
Good post, honey.
You brought up important issues with your post, Naomi. We should learn from the past, we shouldn't forget... I am married to a German and I am very aware of this.
Great read as always, loved to read that Angela, at age 94!, still lives in her house!!!
another beautiful post. wonderful and heartbreaking memories.
and the point that you make about the state of the country today, and learning from mistakes rather than repeating them is so very important.
and once again heartbreaking.
we should all be working for change for the better in all our own countries and indeed others, the world as a whole. otherwise we will indeed be going backwards.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke.
fear is the most damaging thing we face. questioning and searching to find the right path in the end is crucial. don't we teach that to our children every day?
thank you again for this lovely post. and it's great to hear about the girls now :)
Lovely rendition of Yesterday on the Casting Call, Naomi! :-)
I know Wendy says to talk about the script, but we already are! :-)
When are you gonna spill the beans about your friend, Tom Skerritt? (from a mutual TomS fan}
Wendy directed me here :-)
I have always been fasinated and horrified over the whole blacklisting/Hollywood ten, era.I was aware of Larry and Betty ( by default) being blacklisted but didn't actually know about Lee Grant. As always I have learned something by being here.
As I always say I could listen to you for hours. I MISS you and I want a tuna sandwich right now lol.
That was a very interesting article that you wrote and an excellent reminder for where we are right now in our country. Not that they can yet do that, but using spiritualism and patriotism, and inspiring fear in others, they are sure trying. Not the same people but the same movement. It is a very scary time and speaking out is important in whatever way we can. Thank you for how many times you do it here in your blog.
This is a very interesting post Naomi! (as always!!). How sad that some were blacklisted. I hope nothing like that happens again, but people are pretty crazy so it's certainly possible.
Lovely picture of all the ladies!!
Thanks for sharing your memories. It's so nice to read about them! This is so interesting and you write so well!! I'm sure you were a great stage manager!!
What an interesting story (as usual).
Of course I don't remember, but we studied about "Blacklisting" and how ridiculous it was. Crazy paranoia.
Another wonderful post Naomi!! You are such a good writer! It's like reading an excellent, interesting short story, but better because it's from your past!
Too bad about the blacklists. That stuff probably goes on more than we know about. Sad.
I'll bet you were a great stage manager!!
Wendy sent me!!!
Great post--I was farting the whole time I read it.
Wow. This is my first time to your site and I loved reading your post. I love love love theatre and do our community theatre here in Charleston,SC.
These stories are so awesome.
By the way, Wendy directed me here!
I love reading your blog. It's amazing to read the stories of Hollywood during a time I wish I could have been a part of.
I'm getting ready to teach my cast of The Crucible all about the blacklist and that time in Hollywood. It's such an important tie-in that most English teachers leave out.
Naomi, I love it when you take a little trip down memory lane, since your memories and life are so different from mine. The photo is a treasure, I am sure, and you all look lovely. I vaguely remember the blacklist; at the time I had little idea of what it meant, but I used to hear my parents talk about it. I am glad that Lee Grant got out from under it - she was/is an excellent actress, whom I enjoyed back in the 60's and later.
wow! it was both wonderful and sad to read about those dark days in hollywood. thanks so much for sharing those precious memories with us. ;)
It saddens me to think how an earlier generation used fear and paranoia to ruin lives. And you're right: we're not that far off from a second coming.
I primise I will never tire of your richly detailed views of lives well lived during times that have now receded into history. What a gift for us!
Well...I have been to your blog before but this time I was directed here as a part of the casting call. I was glad to read this memory of yours. I like "ladies who lunch"....do you belong to a Red Hat group? I am sorry that you & your friends went through such an ordeal with the Blacklisting.
Wendy directed me here today. Thank you, Wendy.
Wow, first time here (I've seen you comment on Jane's blog before) and I really enjoyed reading this story. You kept me captivated!
Lovely sharing...thanks so much.
Well OOLOTH, my computer has been visiting your computer for hours and hours and hours -- cuz shortly after I got here and posted to your news about the party, Krysti came home from horseback riding, having been thrown from the horse and I had to take her to the ER for a CT scan! OY! But I made it back and got to finish reading you WONDERFUL story about coming to Hollywood and the blacklist era! That really MUST have been SUCH a frightening time for people. And from what I've heard didn't SOME people get blacklisted simply because someone started RUMORS about them? I mean, they never actually DID anything and STILL got blacklisted? How SAD!!! But you know what I'm wondering about Naomi? Have you ever entertained the idea of writing a book? You have SOOOOOOO many tales to tell... and honestly... I would PAY to read your memoirs! I truly would! You have just had such an interesting life!!!
Naomi, I just LOVE your stories. You must write a book! I love all of 'old' Hollywood. It's just not like it used to be. Again, I have so many questions. You need to post a 'question and answer' for us. I know other's probably have questions, too. I don't know much about Sammy but would love to here more. Do tell!
What a great informative story! Los Angeles is one of my favorite cities! Thanks for stopping by!
What a sad situation to be in. very sad and very scary too.
here from wendys
Lovely rendition of 'Hello', my dear Naomi.
Wendy directed me to see you again, but I'm not complaining :-)
Remember the little light brown cottage with the white picket fence on Melrose just below La Cienega? Across from the big red and white clock in the Surveyer's office window?
This is a very interesting post. Thanks for sharing. You certainly have had an interesting life.
I have taken chocolate chip cookies to Wendy's auditions!
I love 'Some Enchanted Evening'...
Came here from Wendy
Love this post, Naomi. Really fascinating. You forgot to mention John Considine's brother Tim. I remember him well as the oldest son on "My Three Sons" (until he disappeared after a few seasons and Don Grady became the oldest) and as Spin in the "Spin and Marty" serial that was part of "The Mickey Mouse Club!" I didn't realize that they were related to the Pantages. Funny, I was just researching Alexander Pantages this morning for something I'm working on and was reading about his famous rape trial in 1929. He was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison but then hired a shark of a lawyer for an appeal who completely discredited the alleged victim who was 17 at the time and Pantages got off (though his career was ruined). There was later speculation that his RKO partner Joseph Kennedy Sr. set him up so he could get a controlling interest. Oy.
Anyway, I LOVE reading about your early years in L.A. More please!
Really sorry you couldnt leave a comment :o(
I love seeing an old photo of L.A. and reading about your interesting life in L.A. I lived there for 10 years before I moved out of the country.
Have a wonderful week ahead :)
Wendy directed me here today
Wendy said you had refreshments.
That was an interesting post, I was sad to read about how people were 'black listed'. Just another kind of discrimination.
Wendy sent me here today.
Wow I never knew that Hollywood used to be such a old but cool place. I wish I was around back then. Oh, and thanks for visiting my blog! =D
Thanks for the story :)
What an intriguing story!
Naturally, I'm here from Wendy's. But I really do need to stop by more often!
I am here from Wendy, and I am glad I am...
What an awesome story. I totally got into it. If there is more of that around here, I think I will stick around for a while if that's okay with you ;)
Once again, you've shared a wonderfully interesting story. I am consistently intrigued by your stories, and always come back for more.
I really love visiting your site. There's so much to learn here. From plants, flowers, actors and actresses. They're all knowledgeable and entertaining.
What an interesting read! I'd heard of the whole "blacklistin" thing but had no idea what it really was. Wow.
Think I'll pop over to Wendy's now!
This was incredibly interesting!
I have heard of blacklisting but must admit that I am not very familiar with the details of what happened.
Your post gave me a glimpse.
Your stage manager job sounds VERY hard. You had to be on your toes at all times to handle the demands of that job. I bet it was a blast!!!!
Have a happy Monday I think it is now past midnight in LA :)
look after yourself
Once again, what a fantastic post, Naomi!
I had no idea exactly what was involved as a Stage Manager...daunting, to say the least. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
As for the Blacklist...I think you know how I feel about that and the horrible wrongdoings that were done to innocent people. It WAS unforgivable and it's scary to think in a different way, it could all be repeated. So I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your sharing of a first-hand experience in relation to this. Well done! If we don't speak up and speak out....then everything remains the same. Bravo to you!
Fantastic post. Your life makes mine sound boring. LOL
I am smiling at the fact that you keep track of the time since your birthday. :-)
I love all sorts of things about acting. I especially love reading through scripts. I think that my favorite is "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.
(visiting from Wendy's)
My Mum, who is now nearly 80, was a huge Al Jolson fan all her life, and of course loved 'The Jolson Story' and 'Jolson Sings Again' with Larry Parkes, who soon became one of her favourite actors.
I remember her trying to explain 'blacklisting' to me as a young teenager, and me finding it so difficult to comprehend. He never made another film, did he?
Your quote: "we really must learn from the past or we are most assuredly going to repeat it" is so important. You share some great insights.
I'm such a history buff and just love the histories of Hollywood that you often share. Thanks for connecting the dots of who's who and the people impacted by the blacklisting. It was a horrible episode in our country's history. Unfortunately, horrible continues to happen today. *sigh*
Wow Naomi. I've read about the blacklisting, and known details, and seen documentaries, but it always puts a more powerful spin on things when you see faces, and hear about those talented people who were so unjustly persectued. And that it could happen again is unconscionable. I watched the Lucy Master series this weekend, and there was a section of it on that as well.
On a separate note... I love the intimate space of The Coronet. :)
I very much disagree that the HUAC was a rouse.
Communism was a very real threat to America during those times...and unlike Arthur Miller's witches, there definitely were communist spies amongst us...
the Rosenbergs were selling atomic bomb secrets to the Russians.
Certain people really wanted to see the U.S. fall...this great country that allowed those same Hollywood people to practice their art and make enormous amounts of money doing it.
I feel Kazan did the right thing, and I feel if others had cared enough about this country they would have done that, too.
If we don't protect what we have we will lose it. Kevin Raftery
Like EVERYONE else here Naomi I love reading your posts too. So incredibly interesting. The blacklisting in particular - we have all read about this but you ahve first hand knowledge of it and know the people who were affected. That is a great deal different then just reading the press reports. The incredible thing for me is that it is really not that long ago all this happened is it?
February 1961 - wow. I am glad you had your sister and Sammy there when you first went out there. Look what you achieved in that time. Tob e a fly on your wall for all those years would have been something.
I absolutely love reading what you write about "finding your way". Somehow as a person who has been doing a fair bit of that of late it is somehow reassuring that it does all come together when you work at it like you did.
I hopw you enjoy your Sunday Naomi and that your baby is doing well now.
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