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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 23, 1944

April 23, 1944 Don’t get me wrong. Loretta still is a glamor girl and never prettier than she is at this moment, but with a difference. She’s found what any woman would give 10 years of her life to have … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 22, 1944

April 22, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 21 – Jean Arthur’s contract with Columbia ends with “The Impatient Years” and she is not re-signing with this company, or any other. Jean is doing what Claudette Colbert did when she announced recently she … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 17, 1944

April 17, 1944 A VERY PRETTY COMPLEMENT HAS BEEN PAID Mrs. Lillian Fontaine, mother of Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland, by Mark Dennison, who writes to say: “I should think Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland should be terribly … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 15, 1944

April 15, 1944 EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD PATRICIA MUNZEL*, the singing thrush from Spokane, who got herself into the Metropolitan by winning an audition, has a Hollywood job. She is signing a contract with Jack Warner that will pay her in … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 3, 1944

April 3, 1944 The rumors were widely circulated last week that Lana Turner and Steve Crane had reached a breaking point. So I asked Lana. “Oh for heaven sakes,” she said, “we have been so peaceful for a year. There … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons

April 1, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, March 31 – If Olivia de Havilland can straighten out her affairs and if there are no legal complications, she will do “Made in Heaven” at RKO. Charles Koerner just bought the comedy from — and … Continue reading

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Chaplin Indicted on Mann Act!

Feb. 11, 1944: A P-38 rushes from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and back in an hour to get penicillin for a Jimmy Doyle, 15 months old, who has peritonitis. “Precious little of the stuff is available and that is … Continue reading

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Sinatra Makes Film Debut, Jan. 29, 1944

Jan. 29, 1944: The Times reports Frank Sinatra’s film debut in “Higher and Higher”: A generous quota of young girls attended the first showings and their ecstatic whinnyings recorded each and every appearance of their hero. In one house, at … Continue reading

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What to Expect in 1944

Jan. 1, 1945: We jumped ahead to see what The Times considered the top stories of 1944, the year we’re going to focus on in 2014. The D-Day (current Times style being D-day) invasion is the most important story, followed … Continue reading

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Stories of the Year — 1943

Happy New Year’s Eve 1943 from the pen of Ernie Bushmiller! Dec. 31, 1943: The Times lists the top stories of 1943. For Los Angeles, that included Zoot Suit Riots (June 7), the 48-hour work week (July 21) and Frank … Continue reading

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‘I Took the Gun and Shot Him Once in the Leg, Just for Fun’

Maybe it was murder. Maybe it never happened at all. Was she telling the truth or was it all a lie? Early on the morning of Nov. 20, 1953, acting on a tip, LAPD Detectives John Olsen and P.R. Brooks … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Tells of Fighting on Tarawa

Dec. 12, 1943: Times columnist Tom Treanor, who will be killed in August 1944 covering the liberation of France, files a story about fighting between U.S. and Nazi troops around Filignano, Italy, about 100 miles southeast of Rome.   Crawling in … Continue reading

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PROHIBITION ENDS!

The Times marks the end of Prohibition with a front page cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale, who  quit in 1934 and went to the Examiner in a dispute over The Times’ editorial policies. Dec. 5, 1933: With the passage … Continue reading

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Mitchell Leisen — ‘Lioness’ Tamer

Nov. 28, 1943:  Rumors of what will be known as the Tehran Conference (Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 1943) of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. Opening soon: “In Old Oklahoma,” starring John Wayne, Martha Scott and Albert Dekker, at the Paramount, Hollywood and … Continue reading

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Riot at Tule Lake Internment Camp?

Nov. 3-16, 1943: It’s almost impossible to get a clear idea from these stories of what was actually occurring at the internment camp at Tule Lake. Early in the saga, one official said “there’s nothing to it,” but later on … Continue reading

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‘Love Child’ Abandoned in Movie Theater as Parents Die in Suicide Pact

Nov. 8, 1933: Los Angeles history is so rich that all you need to strike gold is to poke a stick in the ground, and today is a perfect example. We have the story of Jack Bodin Sr., 41, who … Continue reading

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Restaurant Manager Turns Tables on Robbers

Oct. 25, 1943: Three bandits who hit a handful of businesses met their match at a cafe at 1306 S. Main St. when they tried to hold up assistant manager Joe D. Poindexter. Two of them came into the cafe … Continue reading

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Errol Flynn Named in Paternity Suit

Oct. 18, 1943: Los Angeles is in the middle of a paternity suit brought by Shirley Evans Hassau, 21, against Errol Flynn. Hassau charged that Flynn was the father of her daughter Marilyn, who was 3. Hassau was seeking $1,750 … Continue reading

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Jury Disinherits Two Pet Dogs

Note: Here’s a post I originally wrote for the 1947project back in 2005. Pat and Gunner, 6-year-old Irish setters who were left a $30,000 estate by their late master, Carleton R. Bainbridge, retired attorney, yesterday were disinherited by a jury … Continue reading

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American Troops Enter Bomb-Shattered Naples

Oct. 4, 1943: Tom Treanor, who will be killed in a Jeep accident in France, writes about the liberation of Naples. “The Germans left Naples in a truly deplorable condition. In a huge hospital for incurables I myself saw 70 … Continue reading

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