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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 19, 2020

Winfield Scott “Scotty” Mattraw was born on October 19, 1880, in Evans Mills, New York. Unfortunately, little is known about his early years and later life. It appears that he remained in New York for some time until becoming an opera house manager or theater manager. He was living at 3 read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 18, 2020

Edward “Eddie” Bernard Collins was born to Edward Collins and Margaret Cassidy Collins on January 30, 1884, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. While he was attending school, Collins and his family lived in Jersey City, New Jersey. He would end his formal schooling after his first year of hig read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 17, 2020

She’s a female! And all females is poison! They’re full of wicked wiles!” –Pinto Colvig as Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Vance DeBar Colvig Sr. was born on September 11, 1892, in Jacksonville, Oregon, to Judge William Mason Colvig and Adelaide Birdseye Col read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 16, 2020

  William “Billy” Gilbert Barron was the son of entertainers. His parents were singers with the Metropolitan Opera. While his parents were on the road, Gilbert was born in the dressing room of the Hopkins Opera House in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 12, 1894. In his youth, he read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 16, 2020

As the days to TCMFF draw closer, anticipation regarding the event certainly grows! Typically, I would post about several pre-fest events in celebration of the upcoming festival. This time around, pre-fest events are fewer with the event not taking place in Hollywood among gatherings of classic fil read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 15, 2020

John Leroy “Roy” Atwell was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 2, 1878, to Joseph and Louisa Atwell. As a child, he organized amateur plays in a neighborhood barn with his friends, later inspiring him to pursue theater. His time in traditional schooling ended with 8th grade. Before achi read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 6, 2020

June Knight was a celebrated Broadway and film actress, talented in singing, dancing, and acting. On screen, her characters are energetic and vibrant—a far cry from her weak self as a child, struggling through a variety of serious health issues. Knight was born Margaret Rose Vallikett, sometimes al read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 5, 2020

Though the usual TCM Film Festival (TCMFF) as we know it is not being held in Hollywood this year, I am so delighted that TCM will be presenting a Special Home Edition of the festival for all of us to enjoy! If you have not attended a TCMFF before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so from the read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 4, 2020

Thanks so much for visiting this page! Whether you are familiar with Hometowns to Hollywood through my website, presentations, Twitter, Facebook, or are brand new to Hometowns to Hollywood, I appreciate the interest from all of my readers and program attendees. Hometowns to Hollywood is originally read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 27, 2020

“Now there’s a great place to visit. Yes, sir. The great cities of America. New York. Chicago. Los Angeles to the west. Why, that’s one place I’d like to see, like to someday end up. Los Angeles. […] Why, it’s like paradise on earth.” —The Five Acts o read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 16, 2020

“I’m not the comedian I once was. A comedian has to be slightly insulting–comedy has to be 70 percent insults–and I’m always afraid today when I say something funny it may hurt someone. If another comic makes a crack about my mouth, I just can’t insult him back.& read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 9, 2020

Jack Benny is remembered as one of the leading entertainers of the 20th century. His regular radio and television programs (which took him from the 1930s to the 1960s) had an incredible influence on the sitcom genre. Yet, if Benny’s program was important to comedy, it was important in another major read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 2, 2020

“My successes have certainly not been without problems.” –Gale Storm Gale Storm was an actress and singer who found herself starring in two popular television shows of the 1950s. Several of her songs were top ten hits, with “I Hear You Knockin'” being one of the many f read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 20, 2020

After exploring the talents behind five of the seven dwarfs, we have finally arrived to the remaining two–Bashful and Happy. Both of these dwarfs have endearing and optimistic personalities and personify their represented traits with aplomb. Happy is nothing short of jovial, while Bashful hil read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 19, 2020

After a thrilling three days of TCMFF merriment, all of a sudden, it was the fourth and final day of the festival. Though parting is such sweet sorrow, there was still a full day of classic film fun to be had and the final day of the fest certainly did not disappoint. Mad Love (1935):  As I had bee read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 11, 2020

After exploring the voice behind Doc, the leader of the dwarfs, and the talent behind his long-suffering comrade, Sneezy, it’s time to continue our progress of learning more about the artists that helped bring the seven dwarfs to life. This next article will examine three more of the dwarfs a read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 3, 2020

“I shall always remember all the grand people I worked with—many of whom are now gone.” –Nell O’Day While the Golden Age of Hollywood has stars that are iconic to this day, some are more underrated. After viewing the restoration of King of Jazz (1930), many up-and-coming read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 30, 2020

Walt Disney Studios is known for bringing many beloved stories to the screen as animated features. Though many beloved films exist thanks to the talents who worked at the studio, one of the most pivotal films to be released by the studio was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). The film was the read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 27, 2020

“You are doing a man’s work here and living a man’s life, and what you do here does count. […] If I were a man, I’d like your chance!” —The Girl from Hollywood (Burroughs 119) Edgar Rice Burroughs was a notable American author who wrote a wide variety of read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 22, 2020

In my opinion, I think that The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is the finest depiction of post-war life for soldiers in America. Brilliantly directed by William Wyler, the film’s immensely talented cast delivers performances that are believable, moving, and emotional. Moreover they succeed in read more
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