My best-selling biography on the life and career of Lupe Velez is now available to be optioned for a film. A previous option agreement has now lapsed due to lack of funds, making it available once again.
See link below. If interested, please contact my publisher for a copy of the book. I believe this bio-pic would be a great fit for Netflix, appealing to both English and Spanish-speaking audiences. If anyone has an “in” with a Netflix exec., put in a good word…pretty please 😊
Marilyn Monroe’s life needs no fictional embellishment. It was rags to riches, triumph and tragedy, and then there was the almost-Hollywood-like scripted, mysterious and untimely end. She was exploited in life, and far more so in death.
Her last taped interview with Richard Meryman was published in Life Magazine (August 3, 1962), one day before her death. At the conclusion of that interview, Marilyn said, “Please don’t make me look like a joke…”
I feel that it’s so very important to honor those words, and that wish. It’s our duty to give her legacy something she explicitly asked for. It was as if she knew how she’d be portrayed in death, when she had no voice to fight back, because she fought so desperately hard, for everything, when she lived. Some sixty years on since her passing, we are still debating and deciphering the lies from the truth.
That said, it’s essential to remember that Blonde is not a biopic. It walks the precarious tightrope of artistic licence and historical fiction.
“You Must Remember This” is the podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. Lupe Velez is featured in the above-linked episode. Grab a coffee and take a listen.
This morning I was made aware of the below linked YouTube video from one of the people involved in the channel who produced it. Thank you to Travis Monroe Neese and the whole team at the Hidden Hollywood YouTube channel for featuring Lupe Velez on today’s episode.
My book, which fully, and unequivocally debunked Lupe’s, “died with her head in the toilet” myth takes centre stage in today’s episode, and the truth is told. The lies are slowly being unraveled.
Lupe’s death, and the “big lie” that had legs, for decades, made Lupe’s untimely and tragic passing the punchline to many jokes. I am really proud that I could unravel the truth, bury the lie, and get the real story told. It’s about time.
The clip below is well worth a listen. There are more episodes on other Hollywood stars too. Looks like an interesting channel for old Hollywood and classic movie buffs. Be sure to follow it. Enjoy!
Forty-five years ago, Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw fell in love on screen in Love Story. Now, almost five decades on, they get the opportunity to re-ignite their love in A.R. Gurney’s play, Love Letters.
O’Neal is now 74 years old, MacGraw is two years his senior at 76 years. By their own admission, they’ve never had a bad word and the chemistry is still there, which bodes well for a successful, sell-out run. This hotly-anticipated stage reunion is long overdue. Their journey begins (or continues) with eight performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, and more dates are being added to the 12 weeks already booked.
Only four pair of those famous ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are known to exist, and one of those pairs was stolen nearly a decade ago. Where are they? Who knows! However, a pretty sweet one million dollar reward has now been offered for information leading to their return. While the famous footwear, probably the most well-known piece of Hollywood memorabilia ever, was insured for one million at the time of the theft, estimates are now putting them at a worth of between three-to-four million! In all likelihood, they’ve been exchanged on the black market. Will a million dollar temptation be enough to get someone to tell?
CORRECTS TO U.S. DOLLARS, NOT CANADIAN DOLLARS – FILE – This April 10, 1996 file photo shows one of the four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” on display during a media tour of the “America’s Smithsonian” traveling exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to a pair of the sequined shoes which was stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown, Grand Rapids. The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August 2015. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)