Karl Dane Biographer Interview

Allan Ellenberger interviews biographer Laura Petersen Balogh, whose book on silent film comedian Karl Dane has just been published by McFarland. Here's a brief snippet: Why Karl Dane? What is it about him and his story that moved you to write a biography? I had always known who Karl Dane was, being a silent film buff my whole life, but he never really made that […]

Joey Luft (Judy Garland Son) + Marsha Hunt Remembers Anthony Dexter & Rick Carter Honor

Lollipop Guild member Jerry Maren, Judy Garland's son Joey Luft 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 […]

'The Shifting Fog' aka 'The House at Riverton': Unbilled Miriam Hopkins on Kate Morton Book Cover

'The Shifting Fog' a.k.a. 'The House at Riverton' book cover featuring Hollywood actress Miriam Hopkins. Kate Morton 'The Shifting Fog' book cover featuring (unbilled) Hollywood star Miriam Hopkins Australian author Kate Morton's bestselling novel The Shifting Fog, known as The House at Riverton in the US and the UK (see comments section below) chronicles the emotional and romantic travails of two beautiful sisters from a […]

Miriam Hopkins Biography: Q&A with Allan Ellenberger

Remembering Miriam Hopkins Although relatively forgotten and, when remembered, usually dismissed as a second-rate talent (quite possibly by those who have never seen her on film), Miriam Hopkins was actually a highly capable performer who worked with some of the most renowned directors in Hollywood history – Rouben Mamoulian, Ernst Lubitsch, and William Wyler, among them. Hopkins was also a household name in the 1930s, […]

Silent Film Actress Anita Page Turns 98: Starred in First Talking Best Picture Academy Award Winner

Silent film actress Anita Page turns 98: Featured in first all-talking Best Picture Academy Award winner Author Allan Ellenberger, currently working on a biography of Miriam Hopkins (Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Becky Sharp), pays tribute to Anita Page, The Last Surviving Silent Film Star. Page, among whose leading men were William Haines, Ramon Novarro, John Gilbert, Buster Keaton, and Lon Chaney, turned 98 […]

Tito Guízar Centennial Tribute Tonight + Why Miriam Hopkins Biography?

The Cervantes Center of Arts & Letters will celebrate the birth centennial of Mexican actor-singer superstar Tito Guízar (1908–1999) with a screening of the 1936 cowboy musical (“charro”) Alla en el rancho grande / Over at the Big Ranch this evening at 7pm at USC's Leavey Library Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Free admission. (Parking at Figueroa St. – Gate # 3; for more information/RSVP.: […]

'Celebrities in the 1930 Census' Q&A: Garbo & Gangsters Go Missing

'Celebrities in the 1930 Census': Amelia Earhart in, but Garbo and gangsters wanted to be left alone. 'Celebrities in the 1930 Census': Mae West and Marie Dressler find Fountain of Youth, Greta Garbo and Al Capone go missing As it says on the cover, Allan R. Ellenberger's Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland, 2008) is a compilation of household data – as collected by 1930 […]

Anita Page: The Last Surviving Silent Film Star

  Back in the late 1920s, Anita Page could never have dreamed that eight decades later she would be a celebrity of sorts: The Official Last Surviving Silent Film Star. In truth, Anita Page was never a star in silent movies. She appeared on screen later in the decade, right at the time when the part-talkie The Jazz Singer was revolutionizing the industry. In those […]

Pioneer Female Movie Producer June Mathis: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger

June Mathis / © Allan Ellenberger Collection June Mathis. The name means nothing to most of today's filmgoers and to the vast majority of self-proclaimed film historians. Yet, nearly nine decades ago June Mathis was, next to Mary Pickford, one of the two most powerful women in Hollywood. "She fairly lives and breathes motion pictures," reported the New York Morning Telegraph in February 1924, "and […]

Valentino: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger

Rudolph Valentino death, funeral, and legacy discussed in new book: The Valentino Mystique Allan R. Ellenberger's meticulously researched The Valentino Mystique: The Death and Afterlife of the Silent Film Idol (McFarland & Company) describes in great detail the circumstances surrounding Rudolph Valentino's death and funeral in 1926. The star of the blockbusters The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, and Blood and Sand was […]