Judy Garland’s son Joey Luft, Garland’s grandchildren Jesse and Vanessa Richards, Lollipop Guild member Jerry Maren, and Emerald City manicurist Dorothy Barrett were present at the “Hollywood’s Greatest Year” screening of The Wizard of Oz presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday, August 3, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Dorothy Barrett, an Emerald City manicurist in The Wizard of Oz
Jesse Richards, Vanessa Richards, Judy Garland’s grandchildren
Marsha Hunt Discusses Anthony Dexter
In his blog, Allan Ellenberger speaks with Marsha Hunt about Anthony Dexter, who played Rudolph Valentino in the 1951 biopic Valentino (right), and with whom Hunt co-starred in a stage production of The King and I.
Here are a couple of quotes:
“Of course I remember Valentino. By the age of eight I had already seen The Sheik and his films with Vilma Banky. Valentino smoldered, didn’t he? That was fine with me. I got his message loud and clear, even at a young age.”
“One of the first things that struck me about Tony Dexter was – and I don’t mean that it was obtrusive – but he didn’t have an ego. And I was amazed during rehearsals, this Anthony Dexter, who had played Valentino; larger than life, you know, macho man dramatic hero of all womanhood, didn’t seem to have an ego.”
Alice Terry, Valentino’s co-star in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (above) and The Conquering Power, sued Columbia Pictures for $750,000 on the grounds that the studio’s Valentino showed a character representing her (played by Eleanor Parker as a sort of Alice Terry-Mae Murray combo) having an affair with Valentino both before and after her marriage to Rex Ingram, the director of the two Valentino-Terry efforts and with whom Terry remained married until his death in 1950. She won a six-figure out-of-court settlement.
Following Valentino, Anthony Dexter – who bore an uncanny resemblance to the silent film idol – made a few B films in the 1950s (The Brigand, Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl, Five Maidens from Outer Space), but was unable to sustain his film career. He died in 2001 at the age of 88.
Marsha Hunt, who’ll turn 92 next Oct. 17, lives in the Los Angeles area.
Rick Carter to Receive Production Designer of the Year Award
Academy Award-nominated Production Designer Rick Carter, whose work will be featured in James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar, will receive the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award at the festival’s October 26 Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Carter’s Oscar nomination was for Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump (1994). Additionally, he received two nominations from the Art Directors Guild for a couple of his collaborations with Steven Spielberg, Amistad (1997) and Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001).
Among Carter’s other screen credits are Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993), Munich (2005), and War of the Worlds (2005), plus The Goonies (1985), Three Fugitives (1989), and Zemeckis’ Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Cast Away (2000), What Lies Beneath (2000), and The Polar Express (2004).
He also worked on the Emmy Award-winning television series Amazing Stories from 1985-1986.
Previous recipients of the Hollywood Film Festival’s Production Designer Award are Robert Boyle, Henry Bumstead, Stuart Craig, William Creber, Dante Ferretti, Sarah Greenwood, Grant Major, Harold Michelson and John Myhre.
Tom Sherak Elected Academy President
Tom Sherak was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday night, Aug. 18, by the Academy’s Board of Governors. He succeeds Sid Ganis, who served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms in office.
A marketing, distribution, and production executive, Sherak is currently a consultant for Marvel Studios and is just beginning his seventh year as an Academy governor representing the Executives Branch.
Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios where he oversaw the release of more than 40 films, among them Black Hawk Down, Anger Management, Rent, and Across the Universe. He began his film industry career at Paramount Pictures in 1970, and later held various executive posts at 20th Century Fox.
In addition, Actors Branch governor Tom Hanks was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy and Writers Branch governor Phil Alden Robinson were elected to vice presidents posts; and Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor John Lasseter was elected secretary. Ganis, representing the Public Relations Branch, will serve as “immediate past president.”
Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.
Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.