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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 13, 2021

“I could have happily lived my entire life in Cincinnati, married to a proper Cincinnatian, living in a big old Victorian house, raising a brood of offspring, but preordination…had other plans for me.” –Doris Day Doris Day was a beloved actress and singer who entertained generations read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 12, 2021

Long have I waited for a biography all about Ida Koverman! While her name has been referenced often in historical fiction works such as Elizabeth Letts’s Finding Dorothy or Adriana Trigiani’s All the Stars in the Heavens, celebrity autobiographies like Esther Williams’s The Million read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 11, 2021

“I once spent a year in Philadelphia. I think it was a Sunday.” –W. C. Field Of the many legends of American comedy, W. C. Fields certainly held his own as a gifted comedian, actor, and writer. Executing the persona of a hard-drinking and egotistical character, he balanced his perf read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 10, 2021

Renowned as a beloved actor, gifted comedian, and frequent Oscar host, Bob Hope’s dedication to entertaining U.S. troops around the world is also a strong part of his legacy. For roughly five decades, Hope traveled around the globe to perform specifically for American and Allied troops with th read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 4, 2021

Judy Holliday is one of my all-time favorite performers. She was a triple-threat talent with brains and beauty, in addition to carrying out a variety of memorable roles. When Hollywood Kitchen announced that they were recreating Judy Holliday’s stuffed tomatoes, I definitely wanted to cook al read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 2, 2021

“I enjoyed every moment of it–concerts, movies, stage. When I didn’t enjoy it anymore, I quit.” –Allan Jones The voice of Allan Jones is one that is well-documented in classic films and a variety of recordings. Boasting a tenor range and possessing a strong on-screen pr read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 1, 2021

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to presentations that profile individual p read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 25, 2021

Author John Kobal was an accomplished film historian with a deep interest in the massive body of work that director and producer Cecil B. DeMille achieved. DeMille is rememberd as one of American cinema’s founding fathers, producing many commercially successful films in the Silent Era and well read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 24, 2021

The image of Vampira is certainly iconic. With her memorable and striking image, Vampira cemented herself as a star of horror, fashion, and drama. While many will certainly remember Vampira as a horror goddess, the story of Maila Nurmi–the woman behind Vampira–has long needed to be told. read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 17, 2021

“Actors are emotional. If somebody would come up to us and say, ‘Sign here. Everybody’s doing it for civil liberties,’ or ‘Sign here to save the bread of children of writers banned from the studios because of their political beliefs,’ I would sign because it was a read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 15, 2021

Being a fan of classic television as well as classic film, I was particularly saddened to learn of the passing of Dawn Wells. Wells, of course, famously portrayed the wholesome Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan’s Island throughout the show’s three-season run and three feature films. A delight read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 4, 2021

While Doug McPhail’s name may not be well remembered today, his brief time in the film industry is to be appreciated. Typically appearing in lighthearted musical fare with his booming, melodious voice, McPhail is best remembered for his appearances in early MGM musicals alongside the likes of Judy read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 2, 2021

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to presentations that profile individual p read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 1, 2021

Dame Olivia de Havilland was an iconic Hollywood legend beloved by fans all over the world, spanning multiple generations. Boasting a lengthy career as a popular leading lady, her 104 years made her a witness to many changes within the film industry and in history. Moreover, she secured highly covet read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 19, 2021

Miss Wiggins: Maybe, someday, you will meet a prince, and you’ll live happily ever after. Connie: Those fairy stories haven’t come true for over 100 years, Miss Wiggins. Miss Wiggins: Fiddlesticks! We just have to dust them off…streamline them a bit. —First Love (1939) While read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 15, 2021

Katharine Hepburn‘s brownie recipe is one that certainly intrigues classic film fans. When I first encountered the recipe in a cook book, I immediately wanted to get a “taste” of classic film history and indulge in this recipe from a confident and celebrated classic film star. The read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 15, 2021

“I will never retire. Put that down and underline it. The world is too nice – and so have been all the breaks.” –Miriam Hopkins Miriam Hopkins is among some of the most celebrated Pre-Code film stars. A versatile actress with an especially impressive roster of films from the read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 12, 2021

“I don’t want to go back to Hollywood if I can help it. I want to go back to the stage. The trouble with Hollywood is everybody is crazy for money. The producers are trying to make pictures cheaper and faster. They do not realize the public is becoming more critical, and can see the chea read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 5, 2021

Life is full of dynamic duos–two halves from opposite ends of the spectrum colliding at just the right moment, and instantly creating iconic perfection. It gets to the point where you can’t have one without the other. In similar fashion, it is hard to imagine Mr. Laurel without the jovial (although read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 5, 2021

In 2020, I viewed a number of Douglas Sirk films for the first time, including Lured (1947), Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952), Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), and Written on the Wind (1956). It after watching the last three melodramas–Magnificent Obsession, All That read more
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