Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

The head of publicity of the Hollywood studio where I was first under contract told me, “You’re a piece of meat, that’s all”. It wasn’t very nice but I had to take it. When I made my first screen test, the director explained to everyone, “Don’t listen to her, just look”. —Kim Novak

“The head of publicity of the Hollywood studio where I was first under contract told me, ‘You’re a piece of meat, that’s all’. It wasn’t very nice but I had to take it. When I made my first screen test, the director explained to everyone, “’Don’t listen to her, just look.’”
—Kim Novak

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Black Lives Matter Unmasked

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The MSM would have you believe that the BLM movement is leaderless, a respectable grass roots protest movement. In fact, BLM was co-founded by Alicia Garza a Marxist-Leninist, America-hating revolutionary. Take a look at her profile in Discover the Networks.Org. A guide to the political left.

Born in 1981, Alicia Garza is a self-described “queer” social-justice activist who reveres the Marxist revolutionary, former Black Panther, and convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur for her contributions to the “Black Liberation Movement.” Garza is likewise a great admirer of Angela Davis (another Marxist and former Black Panther), Ella Baker (an avowed socialist who had ties to the Communist Party USA and the Weather Underground), and Audre Lorde (a black Marxist lesbian feminist). “These women really attempt and attempted to tackle some of the biggest questions facing our society,” says Garza. “Learning about them and in some cases getting a chance to meet them really underscores that everyday people, when working together with a shared vision, can accomplish extraordinary things.”

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Hidden Hollywood: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Politically Incorrect in Hollywood

Patsy Ruth Miller in “Painting the Town,” 1927. Photo by Jack Freulich. Miller shot to stardom when she co starred opposite Lon Chaney as Esmerelda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” ('23)

Patsy Ruth Miller in “Painting the Town,” 1927.
Photo by Jack Freulich.

In 1924 while shooting a film in New York, actress Patsy Ruth Miller (1904-1995) developed a close friendship with author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Frequently, Fitzgerald and Patsy Ruth would go out for dinner while Zelda remained home pleading fatigue. Patsy Ruth eventually realized that Zelda’s fatigue was acute alcoholism.

Observes Patsy Ruth:

It didn’t seem to me that Scott drank more than most of the men I knew. He seemed intoxicated on words, and sometimes we would sit, our after-dinner coffee growing cold, while Scott tried to make me see some fine point of writing, or understand why an emotion had been ill or well portrayed. But often I had the feeling that he was unsure of himself as a writer, that he was afraid of that one day he’d have nothing left to say, and I also had the impression that Zelda did little to build his confidence, even sometimes, in a perverse way, seemed to enjoy his battle with self-doubt.

Fitzgerald’s agonies of self-doubt are common among writers. The fear of having nothing left to say will, inevitably, be paralyzing. And a non-supportive spouse can act as a fatal poison to a vulnerable writer. Most witnesses observe that Fitzgerald was a heavy drinker as a student in Princeton. There is no doubt that by the time he landed in Hollywood he was a hopeless drunk. It’s a measure of how common was alcoholism in early Hollywood that Patsy Ruth didn’t think Fitzgerald’s intake was all that unusual.

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Seraphic Secret in Dallas

The Dallas Morning News gets it.

The Dallas Morning News gets it.

Karen and I are in Dallas for a cousin’s wedding.

Flags are at half-mast all across the city.

My cousins belong to Congregation Shaare Tefilla, an Orthodox synagogue, and a spectacularly gracious and hospitable congregation. During Shabbat services, Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky read the names and ages of the five fallen Dallas police officers. The Rabbi spoke with great moral clarity about what it means to be an American, a Texan, and a Jew. We are all, he said, steeped in this arc of grief together. It was deeply moving. A moment I shall never forget.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

The great Olivia De Havilland just celebrated her a 100th birthday (1 July 1916). “I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise lounge, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword.”

Olivia de Havilland just celebrated her a 100th birthday (b. 1 July 1916).
“I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise lounge, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword.”

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Hidden Hollywood: Latin Lover Ricardo Cortez is Kosher Butcher’s Son

Ricardo Cortez

Ricardo Cortez

Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977) was a handsome and talented leading man whose image, in the silent era, was that of a hot-blooded Latin lover.

In truth, his name was Jacob Krantz, the son of a kosher butcher, born and raised in the mean streets of New York’s Lower East Side.

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The Mind of Barack Obama

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David Hazony dives into the mind of the President and discovers a universe of lies and mendacity unparalleled in the history of American politics.

I. Spin is the Opposite of Policy

Whoever said that truth always wins out hasn’t spent much time in Washington. In this town of majestic monuments and post-adolescent ambition-addicts, where the campaign never ends and only impotence is considered unseemly, truth is a butterfly in a mist of acid rain. It’s hard to catch, harder still to save.

Successful leaders have always been adept at deception, of course. To say politicians are liars is to state a truism and to ignore the unpleasant fact that sometimes one must deceive in order to achieve.

But in the last couple of years, something seems different, especially relating to the Obama administration’s signature policy initiative of its second term: The nuclear deal with Iran.

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Flashback: July 4th, When Hollywood Was Patriotic

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in the dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

I like this photo of Ava Garden framed against the American flag. At the dawn of her career she did scores of bathing suit, July 4th photos. But this pic, probably from the early 50's, shows a more mature and confident actress as an American icon.

I like this photo of Ava Garden framed against the American flag. At the dawn of her career Gardner posed for scores of July 4th cheesecake photos. But this pic shows a more mature and confident actress as an American icon.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“You see, life goes on without the slightest regard for individual preoccupations. You may take what attitude you like toward it or, like most people, take no attitude at all. It doesn’t matter a darn to life. The ostrich, on much the same principle, buries its head in sand. But just as forces outside the sand ultimately get the ostrich, so life, all the time, is getting you. I’ve found that sometimes you can gamble with life, but that’s about as near as you ever come to beating it.” – Helen Twelvetrees

“You see, life goes on without the slightest regard for individual preoccupations. You may take what attitude you like toward it or, like most people, take no attitude at all. It doesn’t matter a darn to life. The ostrich, on much the same principle, buries its head in sand. But just as forces outside the sand ultimately get the ostrich, so life, all the time, is getting you. I’ve found that sometimes you can gamble with life, but that’s about as near as you ever come to beating it.”
– Helen Twelvetrees

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Rabbi Philip Harris Singer, z’l, 10th Yahrzeit

Rabbi Pinchas Zvi Singer, z'l

Rabbi Pinchas Zvi Singer, z’l

Today is the yahrzeit [anniversary] of the death of Karen’s beloved father, Rabbi Philip Harris Singer, Pinchas Zvi. This is the speech our son-in-law delivered on 6/23/16 at the brit milah [circumcision ceremony] for our grandson who was named for Karen’s distinguished father.

Our son is named after Aliza’s maternal grandfather, Rabbi Pinchas Zvi Singer, A”H. We feel that the timing is bashert [preordained], since Rabbi Singer’s 10th yarhrzeit is only 5 days from today and is being marked by a memorial in Israel.

I never met Rabbi Singer, but I have heard many stories of his expansive knowledge and astounding baekius [deep Torah knowledge]. He knew Tanach [Five Books of Moses] by heart, and was able to transmit the messages of Torah with erudition and wit.    Read More »

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How To Kill An IslamoNazi

Meet Larry, my buddy from Bensonhurst. Okay, so it’s not Larry. For reasons of security his identity cannot be compromised. But take my word for it, Larry looks exactly like Gary Cooper in High Noon. Or not.

Meet Larry, my buddy from Bensonhurst. Okay, so it’s not Larry. For reasons of security his identity cannot be compromised. But take my word for it, Larry looks exactly like Gary Cooper in High Noon. Or not.

The Obama administration has blamed the Orlando massacre on guns. Of course, the slaughter was engineered and committed by an IslamoNazi who repeatedly proclaimed his allegiance to ISIS.

In 2009, during a trip to Israel, I ran into an old friend from Brooklyn who, armed with a Glock, saved scores of innocent Jews by bravely confronting an IslamoNazi. 

This article originally appeared in Breitbart. I am republishing it now because the Democrats have become enablers of jihad by shifting focus from an evil ideology to chunks of inanimate steel.

This true story demonstrates why a free people must remain armed.

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How Anti-Semitism Became Respectable Again

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A fine article by David P. Goldman.

The world was anti-Semitic in 1944, when Ben Hecht wrote A Guide for the BedevilledThe majority of educated, civilized, and rational people believed that the Jews in some fashion had brought their own problems upon themselves. Hecht began fighting anti-Semitism after an unsettling exchange with a New York hostess, who explained to him that Jews had to acknowledge their own responsibility in the matter of their persecution. This polite Gentile lady explained:

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering — because you can’t take it all in at once.” —Audrey Hepburn

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering — because you can’t take it all in at once.”
—Audrey Hepburn

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Peace and Love and their Murderous Consequences

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Among the pile of books on my night table, there are always a few volumes about war.

It should be obvious to any clear-thinking person that war is the final arbiter of all great conflicts. Those who speak of negotiated peace speak of fiction.

The great world wars have made this world what it is, and there are numerous lessons to be learned militarily in terms of the present war with radical Islam. Thus I draw your attention to two very fine books: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman and A World at Arms by Gerhard L. Weinberg.

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Democrats Believe Orlando Massacre is America’s Fault

 

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The anti-gun fervor that grips Obama and the Democrat party serves dual political strategies.

The first is to make believe that IslamoNazi ideology does not exist. The Obama regime fantasizes that radical Islam is, um, workplace violence, or violent extremism — anything other than what it obviously is, and what the terrorists tells us it is.

Which is why the Obama DOJ are censoring—rewriting history—20 minutes of the phone calls made by the Orlando terrorist. Remember, every impulse of postmodern progressives is totalitarian.

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Why Islam is Violent

Muslim members of the Waffen-SS 13th division at prayer during their training in Germany, 1943

Muslim members of the Waffen-SS 13th division at prayer during their training in Germany, 1943

Daniel Greenfield deconstructs Islamic ideology and concludes that Islamic civilization is unstable and unsustainable.

Islamic violence is nearly impossible to deny. But why is Islam violent? The usual answer is to point to Koranic verses calling for the conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims. That certainly covers the theological basis for Islamic violence. But it fails to explain why Muslims continue to practice it. Even against each other. Violence has become the defining form of Islamic exceptionalism.

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How I Married Karen 39 Years Ago Today

My bride Karen, June19, 1977.

My bride, Karen, June 19, 1977

Today is our 39th wedding anniversary.

But as readers of Seraphic Secret know, I have been helplessly, hopelessly in love with Karen since fourth grade when I first saw her on the playground of our elementary school, Yeshiva of Flatbush.

Without Karen, I never would have accomplished much in life. It was her faith that propelled me to become a successful Hollywood screenwriter. And of course, it has always been Karen’s uncommon common sense that has turned me from an irresponsible young dreamer into a mature man who proudly shoulders the complex burdens of life.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

On life in Hollywood during the silent era: “The lifestyle was very bizarre and wild. I remember thinking nothing of having liquor all around. We all learned to smoke. No one told us it was bad for us. We had parties that would last from morning through night and then we’d go on to another house and end up in a house with somebody we didn’t even know. Yet, in a way, it was an innocent time.” —Madge Bellamy

On life in Hollywood during the Roaring 20s: “The lifestyle was very bizarre and wild. I remember thinking nothing of having liquor all around. We all learned to smoke. No one told us it was bad for us. We had parties that would last from morning through night and then we’d go on to another house and end up in a house with somebody we didn’t even know. Yet, in a way, it was an innocent time.”
Madge Bellamy

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Jew Without a Gun

Because of the Orlando massacre, I am republishing my three-part series about the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 in which Karen and I and the children were trapped for several frightening hours. We were unarmed, helpless save for our wits. The police were conspicuously absent and the bad guys—frequently armed with heavy weapons—owned the streets.

It was a defining moment in my life.

I’m reposting this series as a cautionary tale because when IslamoNazis go on murderous rampages the left invariably blames the actions of evil men on hunks of steel, piously calling for ever more gun laws. The ultimate aim, of course, is to disarm law-abiding American citizens through mass gun confiscations.

If the Democrat party’s vision is fulfilled all of America will become like those defenseless men and women in Pulse: Gays without guns.

 

Los Angeles burns, 1992.

Part One

Hollywood is Burning

Hollywood is on fire.

Karen and I lock every door in the house, shut tight the windows. We move through the house switching off all the lights.

Gazing from our bedroom window we watch orange flames lick at the darkness, pillars of black smoke climb into the sky. We can actually smell the acrid odor of burning rubber.

“Look how close they are,” says Karen.

“Just past La Cienega. Maybe eight blocks away.”

Karen gives me a long penetrating gaze:

“What do we do if they come here?”

My mind is racing away. The truth is we are defenseless. Unless I get crazy inventive like Dustin Hoffman in Straw Dogs.

“After this is all over,” I vow, “I’m going to buy a pistol.”

Karen says: “How about a shotgun?”

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It’s IslamoNazi Ideology, Stupid

ISIS IslamoNazis murder a gay man by throwing him off a roof.

ISIS IslamoNazis murder a gay man by throwing him off a roof.

I heard about the Orando massacre in synagogue during the holiday of Shavuot. A friend said: “You watch, they’ll blame it on Israel.”

I said: “They’ll blame it on guns.”

Which is exactly what Obama did in his clueless statement about the slaughter. According to the religion of leftism, a gun walked into a gay club and opened fire. Apparently, the gun also yelled “Allahu Akhbar.”

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