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1921 – Concerning Carmel’s Past

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They’re starting a journalism class seventh period “come and join” said the red-haired youth.  Aw I’ve got to memorize my part for dramatics objected the snub-nosed one.  You can do that later. All the bunch is in the class come on.  So the two climbed the hill that September afternoon in 1914 by the ivy-covered buildings of Los Angeles High School.  Along cool corridors they went and into a large but rather dark classroom. Many boys and a few girls were listening to a teacher who was talking about the “why” “what” “who” “when” and “where” of something or other. Details were hazy, for to the mind of one of the newcomers there was but one distinction in the room. That was a face that stood forth from the gray blur of othe faces vividly, as a black and white oil paintingwould in an exhibition of sepia washes.  It was the face of a fresh dark-haired girl, a young girl, startingly young even for high school. She was vivacious, piquant, as central a figure in that room as a musical comedy star is when the spotlight is on her. The face had the oval fullnessof an infantile Mona Lisa.  After class the red-haired youth was exceedingly bashful to the side of the girl and said “Carmel Myers this is Teddy Taylor. He’s kind of a nut about wanting to be an actor and Teddy this is my sister. She thinks she is going to be a writer. At the end of the school year, Carmel Myers had the longest string of clippings contributed to the school weekly of any one in the class and the string included a notice of a performance in which Teddy Taylor appeared such a flattering notice that young many was unjustly accused of writing it himself. Carmel Myers was then 13 years old, and an interscholastic baby vamp, if there ever was such a creature though she won’t admit it. Some half hundred moons have waxed and waned, and the scene now shifts to Universal City, where Carmel Myers has signed a 3 year movie contract to star after a flyer in musical comedy in New York. She seems the same exquisite girl but she must be some older 19 years of age. But she is still just as delightful though perhaps a trifle more reserved than in her high school days. ‘Hello Carmel, I haven’t seen you in a long long time”. “Wny hello Teddy! then she glanced nervously around. “Mr. Hertzman I’m not late for my interview am I? You said someone was going to be here. Your talking to him laughed the impresario of publicity.  Teddy! Why are you  ” That started an avalanche of questions and it looked as if the intereview had been snowed under, despite the fact she was now the thespian, and I was the writer.  Finally, I steered around to the subject of her sojourn in New York. “I was there only about a year” she told me. “You know, I’ve always wanted to go on the stage, so when my first contract with Universal expired, I decided to try it. It’s wonderful, but I am so disappointed to find that I can’t play in pictures and behind the footlights at the sametime. It’s physically impossible. Do you know the thing that impressed me most? The California complexion. The girls from the west seemed to have such a healthy color even under paint and powder, in contrast to the lilly pallid city girls of the east.  I saw ever so many old friends. Houston Peterson came backstage one night. He was a professor at Columbia University and now talks in a deep voice and looks the part. We laughed.”  Momma Myers had been gazing earnestly at me. “Are you the young man who came home with my son Zion one time and ate up the chicken for our Sunday dinner while I was away?” “No no, mother”Carmel fibbed tactly.  “Well I just wondered” said Mrs. Myers. then she amicably changed the subject. Carmel made her first stage appearance in “The Lady of the Lake” at the old Custer Street School and she wore a Scotch costume, and was ever so excited about the play” “Yes, said Carmel and my her was a blond six footer who forgot his lines in the middle of a passionate love scene. You were sitting on a nail keg said Mrs. Myers. Supposed to be a rock with bottles scattered around scenery! What made me feel bad was ringing down the curtain. Bu they raised it again, and we started over and I prompted he hero in all his lines.” You weren’t doing any acting at Los Angeles High School were you Carmel?” “Only in our cellar at home. I was a scrub only in the 9th grade so all I could do at school was debate. The teacher in Journalism used to accuse me of being crazy about the boys, and I wasn’t at all except that I liked to talk to you about Morris. then we chatted about schoolmates the class poet, the girl-hater who married, the star debater who got a job in a pickle factory and the verses Carmel used to contribute to the weekly I helped edit.  “Do I? Bessie Love was in that contest, too we rode on the same float in the parade, as mades of honor. That was the very happiest year of my life up until then”..

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17 Sep 1923 – Oh Horrors Girls Rodolfo is Baldo

Rodolfo Valentino, the Shiek of Shieks, arrived in Paris last week accompanied by his red-lipped wife Winifred Hudnut. He had a rousing reception from a large crowd and posed for almost an hour for photographs for French newspapers and photograph service, but one thing the Parisians found out that Americans have failed to notice. Rodolfo is bald. According to a dispatch carried in the Los Angeles Times there is no doubt about it. He is bald. Between the shining and lacquered flairs over his Apollo-like head gleams the unmistakable whiteness of Valentino’s skull. Three years hence those black hairs will not even l)e able to conceal the gaping spaces, so girls resign yourselves to the truth. Both the Valentinos unanimously and voiciferously declared to reporters that they are going to have their own company when they get back to America. Rodolfo will act and Winifred intends to design his costumes. His contract with Lasky is up in January, and by that time he will have his own company duly organized and under way. Rodolfo made quite a hit on the boulevards. He kissed the hands of all the European ladies present, and Winifred, smiling with her startling red lips from her dead white face, allowed her hands to be kissed in faultless Parisian manner. They made deep impressions on crowds of Parisian celebretieh, who considered them .sharply different from the previous visitors from Hollywood who did not know how to eat, or talk, or bow or smile. Rudy and his wife have the grand manner, as if they were brought up in the world of cosmopolitan society.

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1921 – Film Still’s from Four Horsemen

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12 Sep 1967 – Gerardo Cetrulo, Foils Expert Assisted Valentino in Movie Career

Gerardo Cetrulo, 89 world fencing champion who lived at 556 Clifton Ave, died Sunday at Clara Mass Memorial Hospital. “Fencing whets the minds appetite” he said, at the age of 73 when he agreed to teach the sport at the Boys Club of Newark, New Jersey. “It develops alert mental faculties and stars a youngster on the road to clear thinking. A youngster who has his wits about him is not apt to get into any mischief”.  Mr. Cetrulo came from Caposele, Italy to New Jersey before the turn of the century and was introduced to the sport that was to dominate his life thereafter.  A colorful figure, Mr. Centrulo was the center of many controversies among fans of the sport.  His sharpest rivalries were those with Don Generos Pavese, his former teacher and Gus Troxier.  Mr. Cetrulo helped Rudolph Valentino get a start on his film career.  Valentino studied fencing in Newark under Mr. Cetrulo who introduced him to D.W. Griffith, movie mogul who was then working at movie studios in Ft. Lee, New Jersey.  After reaching stardom Valentino always returned to Mr. Cetrulo for fencing lessons before a new picture.  Mr. Cetrulo was a former fencing instruction at Barringer High School. In 1929, he won the collegiate fencing championship, New York Athletic Club.  Mr. Cetrulos 8 children were all fencers. Two of them, Dean a teacher in Parasnippay, Dr. Gerald Cetrulo were members of the American Olympic Team at different times.  Mr. Cetrulo’s 3 daughters were also accomplished fencers.

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11 Sep 1926

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5 Sep 1926- Actress Friend of Rudolph Valentino committs Suicide

Peggy Scott, 27 a film actress, a former friend of the Late Rudolph Valentino committed suicide by taking poison at a West Village Flat. She rushed to a friend in an adjourning building crying out “Don’t leave me, I’m dying” and collapsed and died. It is stated that she had minor roles in films, and met Valentino three years ago at Blaritz. Her room contained autograph photographs of Valentino, while she invariably carried one in her handbag. She was out of work, and used to seek out every film where her hero was appearing. She frequently danced with him during his recent visits to London and also corresponded with him in America. She left letters in one of which she wrote “When I read of his death, something seemed to say in my hear, There is nothing left to live for.”
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1981 – Cake Baking with Gloria Swanson

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Gloria Swanson’s Butterless Devil’s Food Cake

Ingredients

5 cups unsweetened chocolate powder
1 cup milk
4 eggs, separated
1.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 cups sugar
Icing or jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dissolve chocolate in the warmed milk and let cool. Beat egg yolks with sugar then add to the chocolate mixture. Mix flour and baking powder into a separate bowl and add gradually to the chocolate. Whip egg whites until stiff, and gently fold into the chocolate mixture. Divide between two cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then turn out onto cooling trays. When cake is cold, sandwich layers together with icing or jam.

 

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1 Sep 1919 – What’s Difference Between Studio and Insane Asylum?

June Mathis, heart of the Metro scenario department and her secretary, Florence Heim were most amused hy the actions and unties of the crowd of actors on the setting where Viola Dana, in Not Married,” was escaping from a hotel fire actors were guests at the hotel aid, dressed in pajamas, nighties or kimonos, rushed madly back and forth as tlie smoke poured nut of the building. “What propounced Miss Mathis, is the diference between a motion picture studio and an insane asylum?” “Well.” said her secretary, “you can go out of a studio and not in. You can go into an insane asylum and not out.” “Right.” said Miss Mathis.

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