Woody Allen

Woody Allen

By Jill Jackson
HOLLYWOOD … SHE’S BAAAACK! Possibly you’ve heard or read already about Lindsay Lohan’s return to Filmtown. This go-round with dark black hair. When she departed it was a reddish brown. She also is wearing that alcohol detection device on one leg. That’s it for now, but never fear, there will be more when Lindsay is around.

Just in case you haven’t heard about Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, “Listen up!” Here are some of the items in its collection: Marilyn Monroe’s pink satin dress from “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” Julie Andrews’ carpet bag from “Mary Poppins,” Johnny Depp’s scissor hands, a “Jeannie” bottle from “I Dream of Jeannie,” The Wicked Witch of the West’s hat, and on and on. Every collector would like to own these things, and many tried at an auction held this week.

Watching “Lost” brought memories of “Gilligan’s Island” and my friend and mentor Natalie Schafer, who played Lovey. In her personal life there was a Lovey, a tiny multi-colored Chihuahua who went everywhere Natalie went in a small carrier. One side was cut out and replaced with a screen so Lovey could look out and Natalie and friends could look in. There also was a ramp up to Natalie’s bed so Miss Lovey could climb up. She was far too small to jump.

Always something going on in the Kirk Douglas family. Now Cameron, his grandson, the son of Michael, has been cited on drug charges. Amazing how calmly Michael takes all the ups and downs in his family. His career keeps on going, and he keeps on winning awards.

All kinds of festivals in the month of June. A big one being the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, which will honor Phedon Papamichael (try that one at your spelling bee), a cinematographer of many major motion pictures. The action is at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Woody Allen’s latest is big time. “Midnight in Paris” is the title, and of course it is shooting in the “City of Lights.” The cast also is a BIG one. I can’t name them all, it would take pages, but it includes Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Kurt Fuller, Allison Pill (yup, that’s her name) and on and on. As to “the Woodster’s” private life, it seems to be loping along uneventfully with Soon-Yi.

Aside to Nanette E. of San Diego: Yes, I knew the Treme area of New Orleans when I lived there. It is America’s oldest black neighborhood. At the time I thought I would be a social worker (I have degree in psychology and sociology), and the Treme area was part of my beat. A far far cry from Hollywood!
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BITS ’N’ PIECES: So many famous “ones” have initials as names, and to name just a few — Cecil B. DeMille (Blount) … W.C. Fields (William Claude) … D.W. Griffith (David Wark) … David O. Selznick (Oliver). And that’s enough for now. … I recently read somewhere that Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper had a love affair while making “Farewell to Arms.” I wonder about that. Knowing Miss Hayes, I doubt she had “affairs.” However, who really knows?

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