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War Cancels Rose Parade, Dec. 14, 1941

Note: This is a post from 2011. Dec. 14, 1941: The Rose Parade is canceled and the Rose Bowl – between Duke and Oregon State – is moved to Durham, N.C. The streets of Pasadena were oddly quiet on New … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 14, 1944

Oct. 14, 1944: Danton Walker says: David Sarnoff, RCA president, predicts a television gadget that will be worn on the wrist but contains a practical television screen. Louella Parsons says: Constance Moore and Dennis O’Keefe report next week for “The … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 10, 1944

Oct. 10, 1944 Walter Winchell: All Around the Town The Waldorf’s special entrance for private railroad cars … Ramshackle Lower East Side apartments without any bathing facilities – in the world’s most modern city .. The 22 reservoirs that supply … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 9, 1944

Oct. 9, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Wendell Willkie* didn’t know the real reason for his hospitalization. Intimates persuaded news and air reporters to “play it down.” … When the flash of his passing reached midtown spots at 2:30 Sunday ayem … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 7, 1944

Oct. 7, 1944 Danton Walker says: Agnes De Mille is the unseen star of “Bloomer Girl,” as she is the star of almost any show for which she is choreographer. This much-touted extravaganza, though gorgeously costumed, sumptuously set and brimming … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 3, 1944

Oct. 3, 1944 Walter Winchell says: You probably have been frightened no little in the past two years by the many articles which threatened inflation … The following (from Fortune) was reprinted in The Reader’s Digest in 1934: By next … Continue reading

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Alice Cooper Knits 180 Pairs of Socks

Oct. 2, 1944 A 93-year-old Glendora woman says that she has knitted 180 pairs of socks and 12 sweaters for servicemen since Pearl Harbor. “I should know how. I took my first lesson in knitting 85 years ago,” says Mrs. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Oct. 2, 1944

Oct. 2, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Joan Fontaine’s intimates suspect that if she weds again the groom will be producer D. Lewis … The postponed Edgar Bergen marriage is just a nice way of saying it is off for good… … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 30, 1944

Sept. 30, 1944   Danton Walker says: Government officials want 20th Century-Fox to release “Winged Victory” on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor day, as a boost to the country’s morale. Lucille Ball, since her separation from Desi Arnaz, has gone to … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 26, 1944

Sept. 26, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Many of the staffers at Time-Life are said to be “tired of anonymity” and are taking sides… The big musical hit in town, “Song of Norway,” advertises Milton Lazarus as adapting the book … … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 25, 1944

Sept. 25, 1944 Walter Winchell says: Capt. J. Patterson (or his double), according to startled staffers, made visits to the Times publisher several times last week. What’s cookin? … Morton Downey and Molly Vanderbilt are the town’s most serious romance … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 23, 1944

Sept. 23, 1944 Dear Martha Foster: I’m not such an old-fashioned biddy as to believe that the standards of our Puritan forebears can be held up as a way of life in this hardboiled age, but it frightens me sometimes … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 18, 1944

Sept. 18, 1944 Walter Winchell and Danton Walker refer to the Aug. 5 fight between Jon Hall and Tommy Dorsey in the so-called Battle of the Balcony at Dorsey’s apartment on the Sunset Strip. Walter Winchell says: Norma Shearer is … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 16, 1944

Sept. 16, 1944 Danton Walker says: Frank Sinatra’s father has just been made chief of the Fire Department of Hoboken, N.J., in case you care. Louella Parsons says: A scout in New York telegraphed that Sidney Kingsley, the playwright, has … Continue reading

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Wife Stabs Venice Man to Death, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Charles Holdren, 45, lived at 1515 Trolleyway, Venice, with his wife, Ellen, and daughters from a previous marriage: Virginia, 20, Peggy, 18, and Lois, 13. He worked as a fish cutter and after Charles and Ellen had … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 12, 1944

Sept. 12, 1944 Danton Walker says: Huge orders for railroad cars, motors, trucks, etc., have already arrived here from France, first indication of U.S. industry’s bite of postwar business. Louella Parsons says: Hunt Stromberg’s plan to make “Blood and Guts” … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 9, 1944

Sept. 9, 1944 Danton Walker says: Jackie Gleason (“Follow the Girls”), who originally got his start in burlesque, will play the role of a press agent for a burlesque company in his first picture for 20th Century-Fox. Louella Parsons says: … Continue reading

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Left in Car While Mother Goes Dancing, Boy, 6, Drinks Fatal Shot of Whiskey

Harry Truman, friend of libraries! Sept. 5, 1944 Maria Fierro of 879 1/2 Lookout Drive decided to go dancing with Robert Fierro (apparently her brother) and Robert Gomez at a cafe in the 4600 block of Brooklyn Avenue (now Cesar … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 4, 1944

Sept. 4, 1944 Danton Walter says: Brazil and Colombia plan to cut coffee exports to the U.S. if the OPA price ceiling isn’t lifted … FDR has requested James Byrnes to hold up his resignation until after election day … … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 2, 1944

Sept. 2, 1944 Danton Walker (who turns out to have been Alexander Woollcott’s secretary for a couple of years), says: Several magazines are racing to put out German editions which would be the first published works to give occupied Germany … Continue reading

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