- an actor for writers, a writer for actors and a director for both

Classic Hollywood has long been my inspiration and below are images I'd like to share of some of the great talents and personalities it has been my supreme pleasure to have met.



With Burgess Meredith (1908-1997) at his Pasadena, California book signing in 1994. A truly great talent with a unique personality and a style all his own, an actor and director whose career encompassed the best in film, theatre and television. His performances were unforgettable: "Winterset" (1936), "Of Mice And Men" (1939); later the famous "Twilight Zone" episode as the last man on earth; Batman's The Penguin is a lasting contribution to pop art; and his pathetic old vaudeville trouper in John Schlesinger's "Day Of The Locust" (1975) is a masterly portrayal of a sordid but ever-game loser. Oh yeah, he also played an inspiring gruff old coach in a few boxing movies too.


With Fayard Nicholas of the famous Nicholas Brothers dance team in 2000. Along with his late brother Harold (who passed away just months before this photo was taken) the Nicholas Brothers were a dancing sensation. They were hits at the Cotton Club in the early '30s and made their Broadway debut in "The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936" with Bob Hope, Eve Arden, Fanny Brice and Josephine Baker. Then they presented their fantastic dance routines in dozens of great movie musicals during Hollywood's Golden Age including "Down Argentine Way" (1940), "Tin Pan Alley" (1940), "Stormy Weather" (1943) and "The Pirate" (1948). Some of these dance numbers appear in the compilation movies "That's Entertainment!" (1974) and "That's Dancing!" (1985). The Nicholas Brothers were Kennedy Center Honorees in 1991. What a great pleasure to have met Fayard Nicholas.

On January 24, 2006 Fayard, 91, joined his brother Harold in the heavenly dance.


Eva Marie Saint, "On The Waterfront," "North By Northwest," etc. visited The Actors Studio West in March 2003.


Jonathan Harris (1914-2002), Dr. Smith of "Lost In Space" in 2000.


"The Wizard Of Oz" Lollipop Kid Jerry Maren in 2000.


Another diminutive star, Billy Barty (1924-2000) stood 3'9". He appeared in nearly 100 movies from "Mickey's Detective" with Mickey Rooney in 1928 to "I/O Error" released in 2001. He founded Little People Of America in 1957 and The Billy Barty Foundation in 1975.


Don Knotts (1924-2006) the one and only Barnie Fife.


The lovely Virginia Mayo in the 1940s. Her dramatic roles in "The Best Years Of Our Lives" (1946) and "White Heat" (1949) are unforgettable. She was also a fantastic dancer and could play comedy with the best of them.


Virginia Mayo in 2000. She passed away on January 17, 2005.


I met Annie ("Designing Women," "Ghostbusters") Potts soon after she arrived in Hollywood from Kentucky. We performed in several productions of The Shakespeare Society of America together in 1976. The above photo is from "The Merchant Of Venice." She played Shylock's daughter Jessica.


Debralee Scott (1953-2005) delightfully droll and understated on that zany '70s sitcom "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman." We will miss you!


Jack Wild, the Artful Dodger (1952-2006)


Here's Hal Roach and Laurel & Hardy, happy winners at the 1932 Academy Awards.


Fifty years later, with Hal Roach, an incredibly robust 90-year-old at his home in Bel Air, California in 1982.


Ten years after that, Hal Roach was 100-years young. He was in excellent spirits and proud as could be at reaching the centenary mark. I had met him in 1973; this was our last meeting. Hooray for a great Hollywood Pioneer and one of the best human beings I have ever known.


The Boss's employees are sneaking away from the Hal Roach Studios, aka "The Lot Of Fun."


Hal Roach with Laurel & Hardy on the set of "Our Relations" in 1936. Both comics had been working separately for years before they first teamed in 1926. When their comedies reached the screens in 1927 they became instant world-wide hits. Laurel & Hardy created their classic silent and sound shorts and later feature films at the Roach Studio until 1940. Those were their golden years. In the mid '50s they were planning a TV series in color with Hal Roach, Jr. but unfortunately ill health prevented that dream from being realized. Oliver Hardy passed away in 1957. Stan Laurel was given an Honorary Academy Award in 1961 for "creative pioneering in the field of cinematic comedy." He made his final joke (off screen, to a nurse in his hospital room) in 1965.

Roach Senior was a true pioneer: he came to Hollywood in 1912; began producing films in 1914; installed sound equipment in 1928; started producing television shows in 1948. When I first met him in 1973 he was the first to tell me about the coming revolution in television: cable. We stayed in touch over the years and in 1988 I was invited to stay at his home to help to create "PUNCH & HOODY" which was to have been his "comeback comedy." Alas, it was never produced.


At least I was able to show Mr. Roach (when he was 100) the "Laurel & Hardy" film I made for General Motors playing James Finlayson, his star comic in the early silent days and later number one comic foil for Laurel & Hardy in both silents and talkies. Here I am as "Finn" surrounded by Hal Roach character actors, including a young Jean Harlow (lower left) who appeared in three Laurel & Hardy silent shorts before becoming a star.


The original one-and-only JAMES FINLAYSON

Born in Scotland in 1887 "Finn" appeared in dozens of Laurel & Hardy comedies from 1927 to 1940.

(The only way I know for sure that I'm NOT Finn's reincarnation is because of the fact that I was born four months before he died.)


Speaking of Finn, I actually played him myself in a Laurel & Hardy short made by General Motors in 1990. I had the great pleasure of screening "Teamwork" for Hal Roach when he was 100. Here's the link:


Former Hal Roach employees Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba and Eugene Gordon "Porky" Lee, two of the Our Gang kids. Echo appeared in 24 shorts from 1930 to 1933 and Porky was in 42of them from 1935 to 1939. Here they share their Hollywood memories at a recent celebrity convention. Porky passed away October 16, 2005 still a little rascal at 71 and Echo joined him in that celestial playground on June 2, 2010 a mere lass of 85.


Tommy "Butch" Bond (1926-2005) from Our Gang & Laurel & Hardy's "Blockheads" (1938).


Richard W. Bann, author of a book about the Our Gang comedies and a long time associate of Hal Roach, shows the article published by the Laughing Gravy Tent in England about my dealings with Mr. Roach. It includes the photo taken by Mr. Bann in May 1992 with yours truly and the Comedy Maker. Photo taken August 19, 2008.



At the August 19, 2008 Way Out West meeting I had the great pleasure of meeting Lois Laurel, Stan Laurel's daughter, and Addison Randall, grandson of Hal Roach.


John Reynolds, grandson of that wonderful comedienne and actress Zasu Pitts, with two of Ms. Pitts' great-grandkids.


With Rory Flynn, Errol Flynn's daughter at Larry Edmund's Cinema Bookshop. She has published a book about her father entitled "King Of Mulholland Drive." Photo taken May 29, 2008.


Inside the great Larry Edmund's Bookshop on Hollywood Boulevard

A 1920s portrait of Sid Grauman (of Grauman's Chinese Theatre fame) as Blue Boy painted by notorious artist John Decker of the Hellfire Club.


William Powell ala Rembrandt, painted by John Decker. "Hollywood's Hellfire Club" a book by Gregory William Mank with Charles Heard and Bill Nelson has recently been published, all about the Bundy Drive Boys, that hard drinking gang who would gather at Decker's house and carouse. W.C. Fields, John Barrymore, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Sadakichi Hartmann, Gene Fowler, Erroll Flynn and Anthony Quinn were the Bundy Drive Boys, who made the Rat Pack look like Cub Scouts.



Bette Davis in the 1940s.


I first met Bette Davis backstage after her one woman show in 1978 where she graciously agreed to read a feature length screenplay I had written while at UCLA with her in mind. (At film school I had seen her in "The Letter" (1940) and "Now Voyager" (1942). Realizing she was still actively pursuing acting roles I became inspired.) Soon after our backstage meeting I received a handwritten letter from the Grand Actress Of The Silver Screen. In her missive, on lady bug stationery, was the pronouncement: "you are a very accomplished writer at a very early age." However, she felt she was too old to play the character I had created for her. "You may not realize it, but I've just turned 70."


A few years later I had an age-appropriate role: the 100-year-old Shakespearean star Lady Eulalia Winceworth. I called Ms. Davis up. "I have written a play called 'THE TURN OF THE CENTURY' with the perfect role for you. And you can't tell me now that you're too old to play her!"

Ms. Davis laughed. She read the play and loved the part. In fact, she graciously offered her advise during its adaptation to the screen.

Alas, Ms. Davis passed away in October 1989, the very month I completed the feature length screenplay.


Frank Gorshin, "Batman's" Riddler, in 2000. He appeared on Broadway as George Burns in 2002 and passed away May 17, 2005 age 71.


With legendary jazz singer Anita O'Day, 2000.

Miss O'Day warbled away Thanksgiving Day 2006


Jon Provost played Timmy on "LASSIE" from 1957 to 1964. Now he's in real estate.


Margaret O'Brien, MGM child star of the '40s.


Another child star, Jay North, "DENNIS THE MENACE" on television from 1959 to 1963. When his show was on the air, he was the character and personality I related to the most. Thank God there's more than one!


Would you believe? Don ("Get Smart") Adams who passed away September 25, 2005 at 82.


What would the '70s have been without Karen Black?


I met Alyce Faye in 1993.


Michael York


Rose Marie in 2000.


Buddy Hackett (1924-2003)


Troy Donahue (1937-2001) at a Hollywood convention shortly before his passing.


ROY ROGERS (1911-1998)

"When my time comes just skin me and put me right up there on Trigger, just as though nothing has ever changed."*

* This philosophy expressed by America's great singing cowboy is in keeping with the creed espoused by the Humanistic Taxidermy Society of America. Please peruse the HTSA page on this website.


John Agar, star of "Fort Apache" and "The Brain From Planet Arous" passed away on April 7, 2002.


TV's Wyatt Earp, Hugh O'Brian, looking great at 75+.


Julie Newmar -- Cat Woman


Yvonne Craig -- Batgirl


With Ed Asner, May 2006


Drew Barrymore


Virginia Mayo and Red Buttons share a sentimental moment.


George Clayton Johnson, author of original "Twilight Zone" episodes and "Logan's Run" (1976). This photo was taken in 2000 though it looks as though could have been in 1967. Well, Mr. Johnson is, if anything, a time traveler. I recently saw a documentary made in the early '70s in which he ACCURATELY predicted many of the details of life 30 years into the future -- the turn of the New Millennium. Gee, that's NOW!


The irrepressible & unsinkable Debbie Reynolds.

[Okay, I'll confess. I've never met Debbie Reynolds. Though I feel I've known her all my life. A friend of mine took this photo of her and I love it. -CC]


With 100-year-old English star Estelle Winwood at her Studio City home in 1983 showing her "The Turn of the Century," a play about a 100-year-old English star living in California!


In 1958 Joan Blondell, Estelle Winwood and her dear friend since the '20s, the wild Tallulah Bankhead, starred in the theatre in "Crazy October."


Gloria Stuart was only a young thing of 88 when she played a centenarian in "Titanic" in 1997. Her credits go back to "The Old Dark House," one of my favorite films, in 1932.


Another great film of 1932 Greta Garbo and John Barrymore in "Grand Hotel." My idea of true Hollywood Glamour!


The standard by which all Hollywood greatness should be measured: I was blessed to have seen the Legendary Marlene Dietrich perform in concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles in April 1974. I understood then what star magic was all about.

The glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood still beats in the romantic hearts of certain courageous individuals who defy time and fleeting fads to retain the true glamour and the real tinsel. One such heroic figure is the legendary ALEXIS DEL LAGO, one-time courtesan at ANDY WARHOL'S FACTORY in the '60s; now the terror South of Sunset and former proprietress of the lovely Scarlet Empress shop on Santa Monica Boulevard:



Speaking of horror, I am happy to report that old fashioned horror movies have not become extinct. Not long ago "HOLLYWOOD MORTUARY" slithered into existence and has the distinction of featuring ANITA PAGE, star of the very earliest talkies including "BROADWAY MELODY OF 1929" which was the first talkie to win a Best Picture Academy Award as well as former child star MARGARET O'BRIEN AND (where did they dig him up from?) charismatic film star RANDAL MALONE.



Another incident of solid evidence that HORROR is alive and well in Hollywood:

Anna Nicole Smith is starring in her first motion picture!


Looks like EVERYBODY wants to get into the act of "Wasabi Tuna." The top Anna Nichole wannabe is Arturo Gil, Hollywood's newest favorite little person, followed by 'Brown Sugar,' then Alexis Arquette and supporting them all, soon-to-be-Hollywood legend Mark ("Candice Cash") Alfa. This zany comedy unleashed upon the world May 2005.


CARROLL BORLAND (1914-1994) was Bela Lugosi's protege who appeared with him in "Mark Of The Vampire" (1935).


I met Miss Borland at a Hollywood party in 1985 and she said to me "You remind me of a young Bela Lugosi." What else could I do but sink my fangs into her pearly white neck?


Ms. Borland was a life long friend of my very dear friend and colleague Don Higdon, who gave me her hauntingly lovely portrait.


And lest you think I'm an old fogey only interested in the stars of yesteryear; may I present former lead singer of the rock band Skin; now actively working as an actor in Hollywood: super-star of the future: DANNY PAPE:





SEAN NILES lead singer of the L.A. based electro-synthcore band EXHIBITION certainly has star quality.


And on the distaff side:


The lovely and winsome Karen Kolton.

And for those who like 'em HOT: super-sensational Dillon who makes Bettie Page turn and Marily M smile:


Dillon recently posed for Bettie Page's original photographer Bunny Yeager in Miami.


August 31, 2002: Why do I look so delirious? Because on that fateful evening I met and received the authentic autograph of Hollywood's newest diva, the self-proclaimed "queen of weirdo comedy shows" PEPPER CHILDS aka Rachel Arieff. Her songs "Smoking Grandma," "How To Be Happy All The Time," "Internet Porn Polka," etc. are destined to become classics ("Weird Al" Yankovic, take heed!). Renowned for her very strange sensibilities, this scintillating, still nascent personality and sit-down comedienne has no equal. A few years ago Rachel set off to conquer Spain and today she is a star, performing her outrageous comedy and cabaret show from Barcelona to Madrid.


Driving along Sunset Blvd. one day I was startled to see the huge image of my New York actress friend CATHIE HAYES decked out as a Viking Maiden holding a cherry tomato on a fork in front of the famous Virgin Records store on Sunset Strip.


Catherine Anne Hayes, a larger-than-life personality is now in Hollywood. Move over, Mae West!

Ms. Hayes can be seen in John Waters' "Serial Mom" and in "Party Monster" with Macauly Culkin. She has some hilarious scenes as lustful Sadie putting the make on a fey Father of The Church played by Dom De Luise in "My X Girlfriend's Wedding" (2001). Television appearances include "Tales of the Darkside," "7th Heaven" and "My Name Is Earl." In my own video feature "The Calistra Zipper Story" Cathie plays Francine Delvecchio McKissick, the title character's grandmother.

With Cathie during one of her guest appearances on TV Hollywood, California.

June 27, 2005: Yours truly and Cathie Hayes perform with Edward ("Lou Grant") Asner in a play reading of my comedy "SKIDOO RUINS" for First Stage Hollywood.

Actor CHARLIE ROBINSON best known as 'Mac' on the TV series "Night Court" 1984-1992 appeared as Sgt. O'Malley in my reading of "Skidoo Ruins." Charlie has just completed filming "Jump Shot," a feature film directed by Mark Rydell which also stars Kim Basinger, Kelsey Grammer and Danny Devito.


And for future musical compositions and lyrics, we have Jeffspace.


With lovely chanteuse and Broadway performer KT Sullivan at the Gardenia Room, Hollywood, California. A superb interpreter of the classic songs of Arlen, Gershwin, Harburg, Hart, Hammerstein, Rodgers, etcetera, she sings, as reviewer Steve Callahan so aptly put it, "effortlessly, her well-trained voice utterly comfortable in finding that precise pitch at the precise instant. On the last note of a song she'll strike it absolutely dead center, with no vibrato at all. She'll hold that shaft of purity, let it swell, then, at the very last, decorate it with just the littlest garland of vibrato."


From a swank Manhattan supper club to a notorious underground nightclub is just a cab ride away...


Taking "A Walk On The Wild Side" with Holly Woodlawn, 1996

Celebrating Holly Woodlawn's birthday, 2010


And limo riding with the psychedelic SHAM who defies all categories.


Joe Sedelmaier, famed director of all those classic TV commercials from the '80s including "Where's The Beef?" (Wendy's), Federal Express (The Fast Talking Man), Alaskan Airlines, etc. was given a special night at Hollywood's Silent Movie Theater on March 24, 2009. Here I am between John (The Fast Talking Man) Moschiotto, Jr. (left) and Joe Sedelmaier himself. I appeared in one of those classic Federal Express commercials in 1981 (see below):



In 2000 I had the great pleasure of meeting Fayard Nicholas of the famous Nicholas Brothers. As we were chatting he said "I'd like you to meet my new bride," and in walked Katherine Hopkins. I snapped this photo and little did I know that eight years later (two years after Fayard's passing) Katherine and I would become fabulous and wonderful friends.


On September 20, 2009 Katherine Hopkins-Nicholas gave a wonderful one woman show at Vitello's in Studio City. In the audience was a dazzling array of Broadway musical talents who came on stage to support Katherine, including, left to right, Betty Garrett, Jane Keane, Beryl Davis, Carol Lawrence and Francine York.


What a glittering night filled with celebrities! Included in this photo are Betty Garrett in the light blue blouse, with pianist Ron Snyder next to her and Jane Keane behind her, Richard Fox in front of Ron, Nooch next to him and behind her are Carol Lawrence and Beryl Davis. At the far left next to Katherine in blue top and turquoise earrings is the late Fayard Nicholas's sister Dorothy.


What a joy to meet the great Betty Garrett, famous Broadway and Hollywood musical star. She understudied Ethel Merman in the '40s and later appeared in such MGM musicals as "Words And Music," "Take Me Out To The Ball Game," "Neptune's Daughter" and "On The Town." Her co-stars were Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Esther Williams and Margaret O'Brien. In 1955 she had one of her best roles in "My Sister Eileen" and in the '70s she appeared on TV in "All In The Family" and "Laverne And Shirley." Ms. Garrett has recently celebrated her 90th birthday! The lovely Dorothy, Fayard Nicholas's sister, can be seen behind Ms. Garrett.


Katherine Hopkins-Nicholas with the great blues singer Linda Hopkins (left) who starred in "Me And Bessie" on Broadway in the '70s, the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history. To Katherine's right is the wonderful Carol Lawrence, the original Maria of "West Side Story."


Here I am with two great ladies of song, Katherine Hopkins-Nicholas and Linda Hopkins.

With Jeffrey Combs (aka "Reanimator's" Dr. Herbert West) backstage on November 13, 2009 after his riveting one-man show as Edgar Allan Poe at the Steve Allen Theatre in Los Angeles. As young actors just starting out, Jeffrey and I performed together at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego in 1978.


A birthday party in November 2009 for Alexis Del Lago (star of "The Calistra Zipper Story") where Hollywood Artiste Anthony Feathers presented her with a show biz poster he created especially for her.

It was also a birthday party for Catherine Anne Hayes, looking elegant and completely recovered from her final disheveled appearance in the mental ward as Francine Delveccio McKissack in "The Calistra Zipper Story." And I'm not looking too bad myself -- proof that in real life I am NOT Anthony Zipper!

With Daniel DiCriscio, "The Messiah of Make Over" to the Stars, 2010


At Mr. Black's Madonna Party, Hollywood 2012 with hot new pop stars Chad Siwick and Jeffrey Space.


Lovely actress and philanthropist Marsha Hunt, a youthful 90 in 2012.


Gospel and blues singer and Broadway star Linda Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

On New Year's Day 2013 at Linda Hopkin's Hollywood Hills home.


Craig meets Sally Kellerman, April 20, 2013




Close friends and/or theatrical colleagues, who have "shuffled off this mortal coil"



My East Village cohort, inspiration, best friend who was and is out of this world.

What kind of character was Trixie? Think Seth Green in "Party Monster" mixed with Eudora Welty and more than a hint of Salvador Dali.


DON HIGDON 1950-1993

A super dear friend of many years. We shared so much, including a love of classic Hollywood movies. Don was an expert in so many areas, including The Elizabethan Era, Hollywood history and ALL its movies, England, literature, fencing.


OMAR SHAW 1965 - 2000

An intense actor with a deep, melodious voice. Omar's life was tragically cut short even as he seemed to be recovering well from a motorcycle accident. He was a most even tempered and serene actor, yet he could convey any emotion Master Shakespeare had to dish out.


1905 - 1989

Beaumont Bruestle, character actor extraordinaire, director and drama teacher. He taught Rue McClanahan a thing or two -- so rumor has it and he was the author of a number of musicals.


Pamela Gordon (1937-2003) L.A. actress devoted to new plays "of the non-linear variety." She was wonderful as Miss Pittstop in a reading of my "LIFE WITHOUT FATHER" at the Actors Studio in 2001.




A poet, Shakespearean scholar, delightful friend and mentor. Bill did not begin acting until the age of 50 and then he never stopped, performing for repertory theatres all over the United States from Alaska to Alabama. His screen appearances include "The Fisher King," "Far And Away," "Waterworld," "The Crucible," "I'm Not Rappaport" and "Illuminata."

In the '80s and '90s Bill achieved his greatest dream: performing on Broadway. He was in marvelous productions of "Arsenic And Old Lace," "Our Town" and "Ivanov." From 1993 to 1998 he amused TV audiences on "The Conan O'Brien Show" as Carl 'Oldy' Olsen.


Fabulous comic actor and director HOWARD MORRIS (1919 - 2005)


Katherine Hopkins-Nicholas

November 7, 1950 - August 15, 2012





Katherine and her hubby Fayard Nicholas visit President Clinton at the White House.


Visiting The Gravesite of Bela Lugosi, December 6, 2012






Sean Connery with Catherine Zeta-Jones at his foot print ceremony at the Chinese Theatre,

Hollywood, April 1999. Photo by Craig Calman


The Ambassador Hotel 2006: Ruins of Hollywood's Golden Age

Built in 1921, home to the famous Coconut Grove nightclub. The Academy Award dinners were first presented at the Ambassador in 1930. A tragic assassination in 1968 spelled doom for this once life-affirming, glittering monument to Hollywood and the good life. Photo by Craig Calman.

Who Killed Hollywood?

That's the title of Peter Bart's 1999 collection of essays about Hollywood post-Golden Age, movie-making in the era of the "megapic"

"The studios have lost their identities as seedbeds of pop culture. They've been relegated to a new role as mere appendages of vast multinational corporations grinding out 'content' for their global distribution mills....movies have all too often become special-effects odysseys devoid of personal story or point of view....

"Welcome to the world of movies-as-merchandise. In the era of the event picture, no one has time to worry about anachronistic issues like whether the story works or the characters are believable....Who decreed that the primary responsibility of filmmakers is to provide the equivalent of a theme-park ride rather than relating a personal story about believable characters?"

He does end on a hopeful note:

"The movie business has long since shown its talent for reinventing itself. The studios may some day emerge from their corporate cocoons and phoenix-like, take on a fresh identity. After all, the old tycoons who founded them once called them 'dream factories.' All they require is a new dream."


In a more universal vein, Ian Grey in his chilling book of 1997 "Inside The American Movie Industry: Sex, Stupidity And Greed" he equates the corporatization of all forms of mass media, including movies, with the state of our very lives:

"The ultimate effect of corporate monopolization of information is that you get a system that is not only invested in the dumbing-down of movies, but of the entire culture. Anything that rises an inch above the mediocrity-line and exposes the usual crap to be just that, crap, is either sound-bited into moronic levels or, worse, not covered at all by the press. This hastens the atrophying of intelligent conversation about reported events and the mutation of news gathering into simply another forum for the fine art of spin doctoring....

"Meanwhile, 'adult discourse' is systematically squelched in favor of 'entertainment,' which is considered sacrosanct, as well as being this country's second largest export (just behind military hardware). In this process of cultural erosion, the ability to examine, critique or even take an extended look at any part of real life is worn away by the steady profusion of mediated idiocy. Not to be depressing or anything."

Well, that's looking at it from a corporate, media-centered perspective. As for the lone creative individual living in Hollywood, unbeholden to corporate interests, one novelist and film critic has this observation:

"Hollywood promises everybody that they can write their own mythology. Nothing is imposed upon people. The advantage of L.A., if you kind of know what you want to do, it allows you to do it. It gets out of the way. I think the disadvantage for people who have no idea what they want to do is that L.A. can make you crazy. But it leaves everybody to their own devices or to their own fantasies. It encourages the individual fantasy instead of this overriding civic fantasy."

-Steve Erickson, 2008


A new building goes up behind the venerable Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 2000. This shopping mall, entertainment complex and home to the Academy Awards ceremonies opened November 9, 2001. Originally called the Kodak Theatre it became The Dolby Theatre in 2012. Note the billboard of Angelyne, who still can be seen riding around Hollywood in her pink Corvette. Photo by Craig Calman.




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