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Working With James Dean and Jack Lemmon: Dick Van Patten on Live Television

24 June 2015 4:19 PM, PDT

 Most people associate the late Dick Van Patten with the TV series Eight is Enough, or his appearances in a handful of Mel Brooks comedies. But millions of people (including my wife) grew up watching him on Mama, the heartwarming show that began in television’s infancy and remained a mainstay for nine years: nine years of live performances, 44 weeks a year! Dick was a genial fellow and needed no prodding to talk about this phase of his life. People used to call out to him on the streets of New York—not by his real name but by the boy he played on Mama. No wonder he named one of his sons after that character, Nels. Hollywood had its version of Kathryn Forbes’ autobiographical...

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- Leonard Maltin

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All Hail Hollywood Heritage

22 June 2015 7:44 PM, PDT

Last week a group of friends and supporters gathered on the roof of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Hollywood Heritage, the non-profit organization that’s been “fighting the good fight” to preserve the history that surrounds us in this ever-changing community. Current president Bryan Cooper enumerated the many victories Hh can claim over its long history, including the listing of 13 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (including more than 100 buildings) on the National Register of Historic Places. The eloquent actor Michael York, a longtime supporter, reminded us that we all live in the equivalent of a World Heritage Site: the problem is that too many...

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