Remembering a local starlet: Matinee fest
The Daily News of NewburyportRemembering a local starlet: Matinee fest celebrates late Hollywood actress Thelma ToddThe Daily News of NewburyportShe performed opposite tough-talking klutzes Patsy Kelly and ZaSu Pitts, the duos stumbling through scenes ruled by Murphy's Law, dusting themselves off after slips, pratfalls and disasters. The birthday party screening includes some of these selections.
Posted on 27 July 2017 | 12:08 am
The night Dickey Betts broke my guitar - CL
CL CharlotteThe night Dickey Betts broke my guitarCL CharlotteBefore I became a humorist, there was a period of time when I was absolutely sure I was a great musician. Of course, this is a bit disturbing because there was also a period when I thought I was the reincarnation of actress Zasu Pitts. However, given ...
Posted on 28 May 2017 | 7:50 am
'Blues Is a Woman' mixes history, music and
Santa Rosa Press Democrat'Blues Is a Woman' mixes history, music and theater in PetalumaSanta Rosa Press DemocratIf you watch the blues being adapted through decades it's still there,” said Rose, 60, a veteran of the popular Bay Area soul ensemble The Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra. “You hear it from the early field hand songs to church music to vaudeville blues ...
Posted on 4 May 2017 | 10:00 am
Renovation revives Parkway's glittering past
Baltimore SunRenovation revives Parkway's glittering pastBaltimore SunOther Hollywood veterans, including ZaSu Pitts, Edward Everett Horton, Charles Coburn (in "You Can't Take it with You") and Magda Gabor (in "Pajama Tops"), walked the Parkway's tiny stage. Basil Rathbone, who appeared in films as Sherlock Holmes, ...
Posted on 11 March 2017 | 6:05 am
Who Was Hedda Hopper? -
TownandCountrymag.com (blog)Who Was Hedda Hopper?TownandCountrymag.com (blog)Spencer Tracy once confronted Hopper at Ciro's and kicked her in the behind for printing a "blind item" on his affair with Katharine Hepburn. ZaSu Pitts compared her to a ferret and Joan Bennett actually had a live skunk delivered to her. The Sweet ...
Posted on 3 March 2017 | 10:53 am
Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars You Never Knew:
On August 5, Mariah Carey became the 2,556th star who earned a permanent spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—whose lights already illuminated the path? Each week, PopCrush will look into the oft-forgotten icons of yesteryear. Between Slim Summerville (?
Posted on 13 August 2015 | 11:03 am
Mae Questel: The Voice Behind Betty Boop
Mae was in at the beginning as the voice of Olive Oyl, basing the character's fretful stream of chatter and flutterings on comedic movie actress ZaSu Pitts. For Swee'Pea, she supplied babyish goos and gurgles. When the Fleischer Studios moved from New York ...
Posted on 6 August 2015 | 2:13 pm
Jeff Jardine: Two lives converge for CASA
In 1983, Steve Ashman formed the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, which has toured the world. Now, as head of CASA of Stanislaus County, he’s bringing his old musician friends to town to raise money for the agency that supports foster children through the ...
Posted on 30 September 2014 | 6:00 pm
Hal Roach's film legacy explored in
The producer-director was successful enough by 1919 that he was able to expand, building the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City ... Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, ZaSu Pitts and Jean Harlow. Roach, who died in 1992 at age 100, also had an uncanny knack for ...
Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:00 pm
Maurice Tani is Friday's headliner at
Maurice Tani, once with Zasu Pitts and Big Bang Beat, brings his solo act to Freight & Salvage. Over the years, Maurice Tani has performed in several bands - including Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat. He's now pursuing a solo career ...
Posted on 30 April 2014 | 9:01 am