Felix In Hollywood

A Blog for the Smart Set

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pleasure Cruise

Please report directly to your state room.
Captain Garbo vants to be alone.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Take Charge Girl

Legendary director William Wyler being led through the Columbia backlot by actress Barbra Streisand, 1968

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Mystery Gets Revealed!

Personally I'm usually horrible at this game.  But over my time in blog-land, I've found that you guys are typically brilliant at the "guess who" thing.

So it's with some surprise I announce that no one guessed the identity of this sweet little girl.

She is perhaps the embodiment of the the idea that "little girls grow up to be big girls" indeed!


Mlle.  Brigitte Bardot!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Um, Wow.

Last known photo of John and Paul together.  Mar '74, photo by May Pang

“It was during the Harry Nilsson [Pussy Cat]  sessions… All of a sudden I looked up and said, “Paul?” John turned around and said, “Oh, hello, Paul.” It was like they’d seen each other just the night before. John hadn’t seen him in a couple of years at that point. Then Paul’s heading to the drums; he just went to Ringo’s drum kit and started to jam. Stevie Wonder happened to drop by. Stevie’s on the electric piano, Linda’s on the Hammond B3… . Everybody was just hanging out and jamming.” 
-May Pang from her book, "Instamatic Karma"

The address of this happening was 625 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica, a house with a history of it's own.  Owned by Louis B. Mayer in the '30's, it was later purchased by Peter Lawford.  During the Kennedy administration it was nick-named "The Western White House" and was the stomping grounds of the Rat Pack and reportedly hosted the affair between Jack and Marilyn.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mystery Guest, Will You Enter And Sign In Please!

So, if you've seen this picture before, or know for sure who this lass is, feel free to send me an email, but let the gang have a go at it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

And Now, A Word From Dorothy Arzner.

In 1937, Louis B. Mayer, impressed with the way in which Miss Arzner had turned Rosalind Russell into a star in “Craig’s Wife,” talked her into an MGM contract in the hope that she could alter Joan Crawford’s no-longer-popular image. 

“Joan had been a hey-hey girl and the public didn’t seem to want that anymore. But I thought I was going to direct Luise Rainer in ‘The Girl from Trieste,’ Molnar’s intimate case history of a young girl who is forced to take to the streets. I was out scouting locations when I got the news that Miss Rainer had been suspended for marrying a communist and that Joan would replace her in the movie, which was now being called ‘The Bride Wore Red.’ Right away, I knew that would be synthetic, but Mayer knelt down, with those phony tears in his eyes, and said, 'We’ll be eternally grateful to the woman who brings Crawford back.’ I never liked that man; he wasn’t honest and he didn’t keep his promises. He used to duck out the back door of his office when he saw me coming."
-New York Times, 1977

Behind the scenes on "The Bride Wore Red" with Dorothy Arzner and Joan Crawford

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's The Weekend, Why Don't You...

...do a little house cleaning, a little hanging out, maybe shoot some hoops. 

But whatever you do, do it with the beauty and brilliance of Lucy and Orson!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Givin' Tours And Takin' Names!

I said I would be keeping you updated on the Tour Company, so I figure it's time I file a report!

I have yet to do any advertising or marketing other than this bloggy thing, yet here's where I stand:

* In the last two weekends I have given four tours, and have five more scheduled between now and the middle of November!  Two of the five come from readers of this blog.

* My dear friend David Deluise (of TVs "Wizards of Waverly Place" and son of the late, magnificent Dom Deluise) twittered, I mean tweeted about the tour for me, and encouraged his fans to take it.  

* The Tour website has only been up for 14 days and has already been viewed 367      times!

* I have filed a DBA for the company and, through the help of one of the inner circle of readers of this blog, have been connected and enrolled in the Small Business Development Center to learn more.

* My best friend Chad (the other felix) took the tour and invited a PR person who has given me a list of emails for concierge people of various LA hotels, and the aforementioned inner circle person arranged a list of emails for reporters from various business and general publications.

* I googled 'how to write a press release' but I've been scared to send one out without it being reviewed by a professional, since the last thing I want is to send out something with a format flaw and have press people dismiss me from the gate.

* My next immediate needs are, a telephone number dedicated to the tour, business cards, and fancy bi or tri-fold brochures to leave at hotels and such.

Being a complete believer in signs and the old axiom, "there are no coincidences", I had a wild day on Wednesday.

By complete happenstance, I met Sunhee and Chinhee Park, Korean-Identical Twin-Psychics.  Through chit chat, they revealed what they do, and I revealed what I was starting to do.  They got that psychic-y look in there eyes and started babbling away.  And they had nothing but fabulous things to say about the company's eminent success and they were genuinely excited that I was doing it.  They're pretty cool, check 'em out.

Then, driving home from work that evening I saw a gorgeous double rainbow in the sky.  Remarkable since it hadn't been raining where I was! (and I wasn't hallucinating, there was a picture of it in the paper the next morning)  I was stopped at a red light when I first saw it.  the second arc was pretty faint, but the main arc was bold and unbelievably vibrant.  Now the trippy part:  from my vantage point it appeared to have it's one end coming from the mid point of my tour route, and the other end coming from my house!!!

All in all, I think I'm doing the right thing...