Paris Hilton loved a 16×16 photo of Marilyn Monroe, shot by Murray Garrett in 1953 at Grauman’s Chinese theater as Mariiyn set her hand and footprints in the forecourt for the bow of “Gentlmen Prefer Blondes.” So she bought it at the Photographers Gallery on La Brea. Paris returned to buy another MM photo — this one 36×36 — at $6200. The picture was one of 8000 negatives and prints gathering dust in Garrett’s home. He had been shooting stars since 1948 and selling them at $25 for three 8×10 glossies. His collection is now valued at $2 milion. Garrett, 81, has donated his collection to the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Library — and says he retains rights to sell them for 50 years. A docu on Garrett shooting stars is also in the works.
Birdland has set Lucie Arnaz, daughter Katharine Luckinbill and son Joe Luckinbill for a return date, July 17-20. They were a sellout Nov.18 and 19. In the program Lucie and Kate duetted on “Quieremi Mucho” as a tribute to Desi Arnaz, Lucie’s father and Kate’s grrandfather. Meanwhile, Larry Luchinbill quick-tripped to Pine Bluff, Ark. on the 15th to be inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers’ Hall of Fame — along with Johnny Cash, Mary Steenburgen and others. Larry is readying a one-man show, “What’s Right With America,” playing Lyndon Johnson, Clarence Darrow, Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway. He says it will be “inspirational.”
Meanwhile, pianist Roger Williams, who has played for nine U.S.Presidents, says he’s asking nine Presidential candidates to post — on his web site — their feelings on the issue of music and arts education in the schools.(Non-participating candidates will be noted!!) He will again perform his annual piano marathon to raise public awareness for music education — this one on his 84th birthday, Oct.1, 2008 at the Harry S.Truman Presidential library in Independence, Missouri.
Tony Martin celebrates his 95th birthday Christmas Day. Feinstein’s at the Regency has set him to return Jan.29-Feb.2. Martin sold out Oct.21-22. He modestly tells me, “The people were wonderful.” And Michael tells me “TONY was wonderful!”…
“The Announcement of Christmas,” sung by the Choir of Benedictine Nuns of the Abbey of Regina Laudis features the reading by Mother Dolores Hart…
Eighty-nine year-old publicist, Julian Myers completed the New Las Vegas Marathon and says he’ll next compete in the Oct.8, 2008 marathon in St.George, Utah. I asked Juiian if his doctor knows about this? His answer: “My doctor is my running.”