Posts in category "Hollywood"

Barbara Walters retirement: on spending an evening with her at the Variety Club of Illinois celebrity ball

Barbara Walters retirement: on spending an evening with her at the Variety Club of Illinois celebrity ball
Dear Barbara, Remember in the early spring of 1978 when you came to Chicago and accepted our annual Queen of Hearts award? It was then that we met.  You and Claudia Crown, your assistant were coming to Chicago to accept your award. The ball was being held in the Hyatt Regency of Chicago in the... Read more »

Dancing With the Stars partner swap: a one night stand thank heaven!

Dancing With the Stars partner swap: a one night stand thank heaven!
There are plenty of opinions swirling around the internet about Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars,  ranging from Julianne Hough’s dress to many heated comments on the scoring. I saw jealousy and fangs between the competitors and unfortunately among the judges.  And, I am more than sure the viewers each have their own opinion about... Read more »

The Oscars 2014: How Bette Midler stole the show and Ellen delighted us all

The Oscars 2014: How Bette Midler stole the show and Ellen delighted us all
Normally I find the Oscars a boring three hours but the show this year was an absolute delight. Thank you Ellen DeGeneres for a happy show! My only complaint is that I didn’t get a slice of pizza. And how much was the actual tip to the delivery pizza man? Ellen, you had the audience... Read more »
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My two days with Shirley Jones: or the time I got to hang out with Mrs. Partridge

My two days with Shirley Jones: or the time I got to hang out with Mrs. Partridge
I met Shirley Jones in 1987 when she appeared at the Variety Club of Illinois annual celebrity ball to raise money for children’s charities.  At that point in time I was the Chairman of the event and worked alongside some of Chicago’s movers and shakers. Each year we honored a King and Queen of Hearts... Read more »

Burt Lancaster at The Oriental Theater; oh, what a day that was

Burt Lancaster at The Oriental Theater; oh, what a day that was
I saw Burt Lancaster in person at the Oriental Theatre. It was supposed to be a minor part but his scenes in ‘The Killers” as the Swede propelled him to stardom. Then everyone wanted to know who he was. It was discovered he was a circus performer with his partner Nick Cravat.  And a natural athlete. ... Read more »

The Ten Commandments, Easter, Charlton Heston = ham

The Ten Commandments, Easter, Charlton Heston = ham
I look forward to Easter each year, not only for the religious aspects, but for Charlton Heston. Oh yes, it’s a must to see Moses played by Heston in the Cecil B. DeMille campy version of the Ten Commandments. I have the video for the movie but I enjoy watching it only Easter Sunday. I... Read more »
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