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January 15, 2007

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It's true. Rita Hayworth has much more patience with you than I do, and she happily gives over control. To misquote All About Eve, maybe all wives should be dead for twenty years! Just to add my PS on our Hailey Garrett Parks MIller connection. My father was as in love with Betty Garrett as your mother was with Larry Parks. Plus, I fell in love with you when I asked on our very first date that soul-revealing question:" Who's your favorite movie actress?" and you answered Betty Garrett. We may not have a song, but we certainly have a couple! Thank you, Betty and Larry, for my own Danny Miller! (But I'm always happy to share you with Rita). And you missed a MAGNIFICENT speech by Danny Miller's other crush Meryl Streep on the Golden Globes. But I tivoed it for you. Could Rita do that????

danny... my daughter jennifer levant is a blogpal of yours.. i too went to burr oaks camp maybe with your mother.. i am also a movie fan... get real... this movie which i have seen is an another retelling of the pygmalion(sp?) legend..as is another broadway show of the period... music by kurt weil"one touch of venus"this movie was so similar betty garret is also remembered as the neightbor of laverne and shirley on the show of the same name jens brother was a writer on happy days at the same period..betty g sang "south america take it a way" in a memorable broadway revue written by harold rome..."call me mister" she was a sensation.. wonderful to have such a long and fruitfull career.. rita h was pregers in gilda and the famous dress (jean louis) was made to disguise the enlarging tummy but she was great and so glenn ford my very favorite.. keep up the great blogs

Darn. I don't know of any film character who has my name. Maybe if I watched more Irish films, I'd run into it. Which actor would I want to hear lovingly saying my name in a movie? Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Paul Newman, and especially Randolph Mantooth in an episode of Emergency.

Oh My Lord...I don't know where to begin...! LOVE LOVE LOVE this post Danny...Do I remember Betty and Larry talking about "RITA"? Yes! Larry LOVED Rita...as did Betty...They both thought she was a fabulous wonderful dear sweeet person...And someone in her family---a brother or someone, used to sell Christmas Trees on the corner of Franklin and La Brea...and B.and L. bought their Christmas trees from that lot...and even after our dear Larry died, and Rita died, too, Betty & "the boys", bought their Christmas Trees from Rita's dear family---till that lot was sold to some developer and an Apartment House was built right there on that empty lot! You know who else fell in love with Larry Parks in "DOWN TO EARTH"? Carole Cook. Ask her about it sometime....! She has always talked about that movie and 'falling in love with Larry Parks' in that movie.....

The Golden Globes were pretty damn good, my dear...And I am VERY VERY GLAD that Kendall "tivo'd" it for you, because Meryl's speech was GREAT.

One more thing: Can you believe that Donald Trump got a STAR on Hollywood Blvd, today and our dear LARRY PARKS, has NO star????

This is a true travesty. Who the hell is this asshole Donald Trump???
And Larry Parks, who actually had a true "career" and whose star belongs on Hollywood Blvd, has none.....Explain this to me, PLEASE....!

Dear God, a star for that pig Donald Trump and nothing for Larry Parks? What an outrage!! The sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard should be buckling in agony. Have there been any queries to the Hollywood Historic Trust to get Larry a star? I know it costs a ton of money (usually given by a studio). Do they even award posthumous stars? I'll look up where Trump's star is so I can avoid the stink.

So happy to hear that Larry and Betty loved Rita.

Wow. Are there any movies in which Christopher Plummer's love interest is Emily that I can watch?

I'll have to get a copy of Down To Earth! I'm looking forward to it!

The only Down To Earth I've ever seen was with Chris Rock, and the only reason I saw it was because a dear friend's son composed the soundtrack. The movie wasn't that great, but there WAS a guy who died and came back to life in it. I can't even remember the plot. Didn't make much of an impression on me.

There is definitely more real Hollywood glamour in this post than in the dull Golden Globes Awards.

I remember seeing 'Down to Earth' years ago, but I've never seen 'Here Comes Jordan.' Looks as though I've seen the wrong picture!

Mark

The two Jolson movies were among my childhood favorites. Somehow it dawned on me for the first time that people actually wrote the songs we sing. Inspired, I wrote my first song and the rest, as they say, is history. Not really, of course, but I have been composing ditties ever since...it's sort of involuntary, like Restless Leg Syndrome.

I can remember my grandparents talking about Larry Parks' run-in with the House Un-American Activities Committee. What a shameful time in our history!

Another good post, Danny.

Mark

Hi there,
I do not want to offend any Larry Parks fan, but this man was the main casting mistake in this musical besides, of course, the pretty banal musical numbers. Rita was at the height of her beauty, almost every man would have looked bad, but they should have chosen a leading man with more charisma, like Astaire or Kelly with whom she had worked before,thank god.
Today poor Mr. Parks is totally forgotten and I have to say ; I understand. Rita was
a charismatic and talented star plus a glorious beauty; Parks was just a normal guy.

Hi there,
I do not want to offend any Larry Parks fan, but this man was the main casting mistake in this musical besides, of course, the pretty banal musical numbers. Rita was at the height of her beauty, almost every man would have looked bad, but they should have chosen a leading man with more charisma, like Astaire or Kelly with whom she had worked before,thank god.
Today poor Mr. Parks is totally forgotten and I have to say ; I understand. Rita was
a charismatic and talented star plus a glorious beauty; Parks was just a normal guy.

There's a new Danny Miller in town! Running at the Pasadena Playhouse is a play called "Looped". It's a fictional accounting on a factual event.

In 1965 Tallulah Bankhead went into a looping session to rerecord one line of dialog for her final film "Die, Die My Darling". Should have taken 5 minutes. Eight hours later they were still there! The playwright imagines what might have happened in those hours. Funny as hell and poignant to boot.

The extraordinary Valerie Harper absolutely nails Talloo. And the character of the recording supervisor (played beautifully by Chad Allen) is named....DANNY MILLER!!

Just thought you should know..............

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