I love riding the plane across the country to California... this time on American Airlines... the gorgeous corals,
blues, turquoises and gold surrounding the snow-topped Rocky Mountain ranges and the cumulus and stratus
clouds...it still is a magical world. Hollywood, a...t least in the mind... is still a magical town. It is not the Hollywood
of the glamour days of the mid 20th century, and certainly no longer the exciting little sleepy place full of fresh air
and orange groves and pepper trees of the days when the magic of motion pictures was so new and ethereal
Hollywood is now large and loud, beautiful and a little seedy too, still capturing the imagination of the world with
its enormous Oscar event attracting fans and press from around the world. It is the center of glamour and
excitement on Oscar weekend, and there are literally hundreds of parties to celebrate the event. I attended Night
of a Thousand Stars at the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, invited by Irene Michaels where a few hundred televison
directors, producers and actors, music stars, gorgeous models and former Oscar winners walked the enormous
200-foot-long "step-and-repeat" to be photographed by at least sixty photographers and video cameras.
Following the event, I attended BJ Murrays Third Annual Oscar Gathering party back in Hollywood along with our
Red Carpet Concierge team and it was filled with friendly people, many who once lived in Chicago and New York
and are now in Hollywood for a myriad of reasons, most of them in the film world.
The Saturday before the Oscars, I had an interview with Carley Johnson of the Directors Guild Magazine at the
oldest restaurant in Hollywood, Musso and Frank's, on Hollywood Boulevard. Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Frank
Sinatra and everyone you can imagine once ate at the charming establishment with round leather booths, built in
1919 and still retaining the original murals and decor. My new book, STARRLIGHT-Glamorous Latin Movie Stars of
Early Hollywood featuring Rita Hayworth and Carmen Miranda will be reviewed and featured in an upcoming
edition of the beautiful periodical, and I will be submitting to them a new story on one of my favorite 1940s Film
Noir stars, Ida Lupino, who excellently directed films and television scripts as well. I visited the Hollywood
Museum and ate at the famed Mel's Diner across the street from the Kodak Theatre.
Just to be on the Red Carpet at the Kodak was an experience to remember forever... seeing the other journalists
from around the world, watching Tim Gunn prepare for the enormous onslaught of fashion and stars he would
interview and the hundreds of cameras getting ready for the biggest night of the year was great excitement. The
photos of myself there are among my favorite ever....thrilling... and next year... many more pictures as I continue
my favorite profession.
Thank you so much to Sandra Smith-Doghmi of Red Carpet Concierge of Chicago for including me in the