Are these the oldest and most expensive shoes in the world? Probably!
Monthly Archives: June 2011
Yep, “Oz” memorabilia is still HOT!
A big thanks to Kay Shackleton for reporting all the details from the auction.
Well, the big day is here…the much-anticipated Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Memorabilia Auction is THIS weekend! I’m thinking there’ll be a few records set for some of the one-of-a-kind pieces on offer…that said, I still have a sense of sadness that these iconic items will be forever separated 😦
Well, my Lupe Vélez manuscript, along with photos, electronic files, notes and permission letters that clear words from various contributors to print has been packed up and is now winging its way to my publisher…the box weighed 3.7 kilos (about 8 pounds) and cost a whopping $86 to send via airmail! Almost two years of my life, from thought process to finished package has gone into this project…letting it go is bittersweet. Of course, it WILL BE BACK – eventually. The proofs and indexing are to come, but that’s months and months away. For now, and for the first time, it’s outta my hands…my work is done!
See my photo below…yep, it was HEAVY!
Rondo Hatton needed no make up for his film roles, he used his disfigurement to his advantage and carved out a Hollywood career that has given him cult-status.
And, he got his start in Hell Harbor (1930), starring, Lupe Vélez!
Author Michelle Vogel has done an enormous amount of research and with the help of Ralph Grave’s Jr. (who knew Borden when he was a child) has reconstructed Olive’s story while delving into her career at Fox, her lengthy ill-fated romance with screen hunk George O’Brien, her abrupt parting with Fox, her unsuccessful marriages, bouts with alcoholism, and her freefall into oblivion, and her death in 1947 at the Los Angeles Mission.
While this book is crammed with pictures of Borden and does a great job tracking her short but productive career, what specifically impressed me about this book was Vogel’s determination and talent. Vogel not only resurrected Borden but managed to get a lot of significant information about someone who had died over 60 years ago but who had been virtually forgotten and abandoned for so much longer. Vogel made me care about Borden. Her intensity and passion for Borden became this reader’s also. Bottom line is that Vogel has raised the mark for what a biography should do. Vogel didn’t leave anything unsaid and really fleshed out Borden for me and made me care.
I’ve been pretty busy finishing up my latest book on the life and career of Lupe Vélez, so my Amazon cruising has been limited of late. I only became aware of your post this evening. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough and complimentary review of my book. A review such as yours makes all the hard work worthwhile. Compiling a life story for someone who died so long ago is really tough, thank you for appreciating and acknowledging my efforts. I’m really pleased you enjoyed (and became engrossed) in Olive’s story so much. Thanks again! 🙂
Best wishes, Michelle Vogel.
And I absolutely agree with her. I’d be heartbroken too. A collection of this magnitude shouldn’t be split up. I don’t know why a Hollywood Museum can’t be planned by someone. There’s enough rich Hollywood folk out there who could set it up without putting the slightest dent in their bank account!
Take a good look at the items up for sale while you can…there’s a very good chance that most of the pieces will be purchased by private collectors and hoarded away for decades! 😦
As any hardworking author will tell you, it’s always a glorious day to print the last page of a manuscript that has taken so long to complete. I’m pleased to announce that today (June 7, 2011) is another one of those GLORIOUS days for me!
Yes, that’s right, my biography/filmography on the life and career of Lupe Vélez is complete! I’m getting ready to submit it to my publisher (McFarland & Co.) and to top off the excitement, I’m almost three months ahead of my deadline…won’t they be happy?!
Of course, there’s still a long way to go before an actual book will be available for sale. The manuscript will sit for months at the publisher…copy-editing is done and then page proofs are compiled. I then get the manuscript back to check the editing process and compile an index. Once that’s done, the proofs and index are returned to the publisher for a final correction and insertion of the completed index…THEN the printing and distribution begins.
That said, I would estimate the book to be available a third of the way thru 2012. I’ll keep you updated, of course!
As for now…I need a drink!!! 🙂