1968: Tragedy in Tinseltown

June 6, 1968:

It’s not a GOOD MORNING in Hollywood — regardless of party or candidate affiliation. And outside showbiz no one can find fault with Hollywood’s political record — it puts its money and talent where its ballots — instead of bullets — go. It can also proudly point to the election of a senator, governor, plus other officers from the ranks of performers … This year, the enthusiastic support given by showbiz to the primaries topped any previous record. Thus the shock and sorrow of Hollywood perhaps tops any community in the nation … The scene at the Factory yesterday morning was utter contrast from the usual, noisy, happy scene. It defied comparison: Usually closed on Tuesday, it was to be open for a small group (25) of Robert Kennedy’s family and friends, post-victory speech at the Ambassador. Peter Lawford and Milt Ebbins awaited the arrival of the group — to include Andy and Claudine Williams, John Frankenheimer, the Milton Berles and Pierre Salinger … While awaiting the arrival of the Kennedy party, Lawford and Ebbins watched TV — to see the horrendous drama unfold … John Frankenheimer was houseguesting the Robert Kennedys at his Malibu house, had driven them to the Ambassador Tuesday evening. Following the victory speech, Frankenheimer departed the Embassy room to get his car to drive the Kennedys to the Factory party. When he returned to the hotel front, he was ushered out of the way to make room for the ambulance … 2006 update: Emilio Estevez’s film “Bobby” has been seen by only one Kennedy family member to the knowledge of the Weinstein Company. Kerry Kennedy has seen some footage, and she and the family issued a statement saying they support the film and are encouraged by this idea that a new generation is going to hear the words of Bobby Kennedy “at a time when our country needs to hear his words more than ever.”

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