Saturday, March 25, 2017

RIP Perry Sheehan Adair

Las Vegas Nevada

PERRY SHEEHAN ADAIR Perry Sheehan Adair passed away peacefully and suddenly March 6, 2017. She was born Margaret Sheehan in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from St. Brendan's Diocesan High School and business college, she began her professional career as a John Robert Powers model in New York City. She moved to Hollywood in 1949 and, after several small acting roles at RKO, Columbia and Paramount Pictures, landed an acting contract with MGM in 1950. Under contract to MGM for the next seven years, Perry was featured in over 50 films with the major stars of that time. She was the official pin-up girl for the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and a model for Max Factor cosmetics. Perry moved to Las Vegas in 1957 to marry Dunes Hotel and Casino co-owner, J. Carlton Adair. At the Dunes, she produced, wrote and starred in "Noon at the Dunes," a talk show broadcast live daily from the Dunes Hotel. Her daily television show was later broadcast from Channel 8 as the Perry Sheehan Adair Show. Her career in film, television and commercials spanned over four decades. She was very involved in the Screen Actors Guild for many years, devoting countless hours to the Guild and serving as President of the Nevada Branch and as a member of the National Board of Directors. In years past, Perry was also active in numerous charitable organizations, including as a director of Opportunity Village, a charter member and officer of the Assistance League of Las Vegas, a director of St. Jude's Women's Auxiliary, President of St. Anne's Hospital Auxiliary (Los Angeles) and with the Mesquite Club, among others. She was preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband, J. Carlton Adair; and sister, Esther Tansey. She is survived by her daughters, Susan and Valerie Adair; sister, Emily Arena; two nieces; a nephew; and numerous grand and great nieces and nephews. No services are scheduled.

ADAIR, Perry Sheehan
Born: 1922, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/6/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Perry Sheehan Adair’s western – actress:
The Electric Horseman – 1979 (Mrs. George Phillips)

RIP Jean Rouverol

Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home
March 25, 2017

Jean Rouverol Butler passed away in Pawling, Friday, March 24, 2017 at the age of 100. Born in St. Louis, MS on July 8, 1916, she was the daughter of Joseph Rouverol and playwright Aurania (Ellerbeck) Rouverol, who created Andy Hardy and many films for MGM. After spotted in a high school production, she acted in her first Hollywood movie at 17, appearing as W.C. Fields’ daughter in It’s a Gift (1934). She acted in another eleven films until 1940 when she married screenwriter Hugo Butler.

Having four children, she did not return to film acting during the 1940’s, but performed on radio, including playing Betty Carter on One Man’s Family. While her husband served in WWII, she wrote her first novella and sold it to McCall’s magazine in 1945. By 1950 she had her first screenplay made into a film, but her career was interrupted as a result of investigations by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) into Communist influence in Hollywood.

In 1943, Jean and her husband joined the American Communist Party. In 1951, when agents for HUAC attempted to subpoena them, Jean and her husband chose to self-exile to Mexico with their four small children rather than face a possible prison sentence endured by some of their friends who were dubbed the “Hollywood Ten”. Labeled as “subversives and dangerous revolutionaries” by the government, they did not return permanently to the US for thirteen years, during which time they had two more children.

While in exile she continued to write screenplays; she wrote short stories and magazine articles to earn money. Three screenplays she co-wrote with her husband were accepted for filming by Hollywood studios because agent Ingo Preminger (brother of director Otto Preminger) arranged for friends from the Writer’s Guild of America to put their names on the scripts.

In 1960, the family moved to Italy so she and her husband could work on a film script. In 1964, they moved to Mexico for a short time and then returned to the United States for good. Living in California, she and her husband continued to collaborate on screenplays, and she wrote a book on Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her husband passed away in 1968.

She returned to writing in the 70’s. She scripted an episode of Little House on the Prairie, wrote three books in three years (two young adult biographies and a Gothic novel), and was then hired as co-head writer for the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild of America Award. Jean left the show in 1976 at the age of sixty. In 1984 she authored “Writing for the Soaps” and taught writing at the University of Southern California and at the UCLA Extension. She also wrote scripts for the soap operas Search for Tomorrow and As the World Turns.

She served four terms on the board of directors of the Health and Pension Plan of the Producer-Writers Guild of America, and in 1987 she received the Guild’s Morgan Cox Award. In 2000, at the age of eighty-four she published "Refugees from Hollywood: A Journal of the Blacklist Years", that told of her family’s life in exile.

Jean moved to Pawling, NY in 2005, where she lived with her beloved partner, Clifford Carpenter, another former blacklisted artist; he predeceased her on January 9, 2014.

She is survived by her son Michael Butler and five daughters, Susan Butler, Becky Butler, Mary Butler, Emily McCoy, and Deborah Spiegelman; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service to be held at a future date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY.

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Born: 7/8/1916, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 3/24/2017, Pawling, New York, U.S.A.

Jean Rouverol’s westerns – actress, writer:
Bar 20 Rides Again – 1935 (Margaret Arnold)
The Law West of Tombstone – 1938 (Nitta Moseby)
Western Jamboree – 1938 (Betty Haskell)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974 (writer)

RIP Gino D'Achille

March 20, 2017

Gino D’Achille was born in Rome in 1935 and displayed a precocious talent as an artist from a very young age – being invited at 11 years old to present a portrait he’d made of Pope Pius XII to the pontiff himself. From 13 he studied at Rome’s Liceo Artistico, going on to the University of Architecture at 19. By now, he was already drawn to the world of commercial art, producing advertising illustrations for the prestigious agency Studio Favalli in his spare time. This led him to pursue a full-time career in Milan, where he gained the attention of British scouts, and in 1964 Gino was persuaded to move to London. Here, he immediately established his credentials with his illustrations for David Kossof’s popular Bible Stories, commissioned by WM Collins.

His international reputation gained hold with his 1973 paintings for the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, going on to create over 100 cover paintings for other science-fiction titles published by Daw Books, Ace, Ballantine and various other publishers. He is also well known for his series of covers for the much-loved Flashman series of novels by George Macdonald Fraser, as well as countless western adventure stories, crime thriller and war stories, romance novels and children’s books.

Gino lived in London and Corsica with his wife, painter Mim Hain.

Born: 11/30/1935, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 2/10/2017, London, England, U.K.

RIP Giorgio Capitani

Giorgio Capitani is dead, the father of the "Maresciallo Rocca "

March 25, 2017

Giorgio Capitani is dead.  The director passed away last night at the hospital Belcolle of Viterbo.  Capitani was 89 years-old and was born December 29, 1927.

 For years it was closely tied to the city of Viterbo, where he had decided to set the TV series of "Maresciallo Rocca" with Gigi Proietti and Stefania Sandrelli.  Among the films that have seen him behind the camera "Samson and His Mighty Challenge" (1964), " Pane, burro e marmellata" (1977), " Io tigro, tu tigri, egli tigra" (1978 ), " Vai avanti tu che mi vien da ridere" (1982), "Missione eroica - I pompieri 2" (1987), "Rimini, Rimini - Un anno dopo " (1988).

For television he directed, besides the series of " Maresciallo Rocca" between 1996 and 2005, including "E non se ne vogliono andare ", "Papa Luciani", "Il generale Dalla Chiesa", "Enrico Mattei."

The funeral will be held Monday at 10 in the Basilica of Santa Rosa.

Born: 12/29/1927, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died:  3/25/2017, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

Giorgio Capitani’s western – director:
The Ruthless Four - 1968

Friday, March 24, 2017

RIP Tony Russel

Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 24, 2017

TONY RUSSO Tony Russo a.k.a. Tony Russel passed away March 18, 2017, in Las Vegas. He was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Kenosha, Wis. He was a former film, stage and television actor. He was noted for having worked in the Italian film industry in the mid-60s and for his work as a voice actor where he was founder and president of English language Dubbers association (ELDA) in Italy. Tony had the privilege of turning down the lead role in "A Fistful of Dollars." He developed and interest in acting at an early age and following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Air Corps. He took up language, speech and drama at the University of Wisconsin. He won a best supporting actors award for the role of Eddie Fuseli in a production of "Golden Boy" at the university. With that, he asked the Government for a transfer to the Pasadena playhouse which they okayed. He graduated from the playhouse in 1952. After the playhouse, Tony got his big break when the film "War is Hell" won an award out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1961. At that time, he became a big hit in Italy. He worked in Italian adventures, crime dramas and "spaghetti westerns." After eight years in Italy, he went back to Hollywood and became part of the dinner theater circuit, working with actors like John Barrymore, Gene Raymond, Elvis Presley in "King Creole," Robert Fuller, Fabian, Richard Egan, Jackie Coogan, June Wilkenson, Virginia Mayo, Lyle Talbot, Carol Lynley and Kathryn Crosby. His last film was "Vegas Strip Wars" starring Rock Hudson in 1984. He did the Walt Disney sign of Zorro in which there was three different episodes. Tony and his wife, Renee, lived a quiet life playing golf every day and being shareholder members of Stallion Mountain and Black Mountain golf courses, up until three years ago when he took ill and had to stop playing. Among Tony's starring roles are parts of the sci-fi epics, "Wild Wild Planet" in 1965 and its sequel "War of the Planets" film concurrently in 1971. He worked as "Big Red" in the "Hard Ride" and starred in "Soul Hustler" in 1973. Tony will be missed by many. Services will be at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, in Boulder City. Everyone is welcome.

RUSSEL, Tony (Antonio Pietro Russo)
Born: 11/23/1925, Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 3/18/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Tony Russel’s westerns – actor:
Hiawatha - 1952
26 Men (TV) – 1957 (Black Eagle)
Zorro (TV) – 1957-1959 (Carlos Martinez, Pedro Avila
Broken Arroe (TV) – 1958 (Anaka)
Behind the Mask of Zorro – 1965 (Patricio/Alfonso/Zorro)
Last Train from Gun Hill – 1969 (Pinto)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1969 (Mike Cassidy)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970 (Ricardo)
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1973 (Gentleman Jim Sachet)
The Mystic Warrior (TV) – 1984 (Red Lake)

RIP Lola Albright

Akron native Lola Albright, glamorous Hollywood actress, dies at age 92

Akron Beacon Journal
By Mark J. Price
March 23, 2017

Akron native Lola Albright, the former West High School student and WAKR receptionist who grew up to be a glamorous star in Hollywood, died Thursday morning in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 92.

Albright was perhaps best-known for playing nightclub singer Edie Hart opposite Craig Stevens in the NBC television show Peter Gunn, which aired from 1958 to 1961. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1959 for the role.

“She went very peacefully,” friend Eric Anderson said. “She died at 7:20 a.m. of natural causes. We loved her so much.”

Funeral arrangements were pending.

The blue-eyed blonde shared the silver screen with some of the biggest names in show business. She appeared in nearly 40 movies, including Champion (1949) with Kirk Douglas, The Good Humor Man (1950) with her future husband Jack Carson, The Tender Trap (1955) with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds, Kid Galahad (1962) with Elvis Presley and Les Felins (1964) with Jane Fonda. She also appeared in dozens of TV shows before retiring from show business in the 1970s.

Albright, the daughter of Marion and John Paul Albright, was born July 20, 1924, and grew up on Fairfield Avenue in West Akron. She attended King Elementary School and graduated in 1942 from West High School, where her class voted her as “best looking girl.” The Rodeo yearbook described her as adorable, moody and talented.

“I have very wonderful memories of my hometown,” she told the Beacon Journal more than a decade ago in her final interview with the newspaper. As a matter of fact, I considered very seriously when my life ‘fell apart’ back in the ’70s, to come back to Akron and live. That turned out not to be a good idea. You can’t go home again.”

That was literal for Albright. The house at 552 Fairfield was demolished years ago. “My house was a great, big, really old house, and really ugly,” she said. “Interesting inside, but really ugly. I can’t really blame them for tearing it down. It was old when I lived in it. ... Helen Waterhouse, who was a reporter, bought the house I lived in after my parents and I moved away.”

Recalling King Elementary, she said: “I was very, very lucky to get to go there. They had good teachers. I went there from kindergarten on, and we had this great playground and we had great baseball teams and basketball teams. And I broke my nose playing basketball. Well, it was just a wonderful place.”

At West High School, Albright said she belonged to a group called the TADs. “It stood for ‘Tomorrow Is Another Day,’ ” she said. “Very clever, don’t you think? We hung together.”

She was surprised when the former school was converted into senior apartments on Maple Street.

“I remember somebody sending me the front page of the paper, the Beacon Journal, and there was my West High School,” she said. “It had been turned into condominiums.”

After graduation, Albright found a job as a receptionist at WAKR radio in the First National Tower in downtown Akron. She left WAKR to go to Cleveland’s WTAM, where she wed announcer Warren Dean, a marriage that ended in divorce a few years later. Moving to Chicago, she worked as a photographer’s model and was discovered by a talent scout. The next thing she knew, she was getting screen tests in Hollywood.

“That wasn’t my plan at all,” she said. “I had no plan to go into the movies whatsoever. It never entered my mind.”

At age 23, Albright won bit parts in the musicals Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, and The Pirate (1948) with Garland and Gene Kelly. After she appeared as Kirk Douglas’ love interest in Champion, she said she went home and cried after seeing the screening.

“I look so awful and act worse,” she complained at the time.

Audiences disagreed and Albright, who spoke in a low, sultry voice, became a hot commodity in movies and television. She always tried to maintain her privacy, though.

“I gave an interview — it was the first interview I ever gave — many, many, many, many years ago,” she told the Beacon Journal. “More than I care to think. And I rue the day because it was on the front page above the fold. I didn’t understand at the time how an interviewer could get at you. She’d be so persuasive and so sweet and so kind and make you say things you should never have said.”

The Akron actress married actor Jack Carson in 1952, but the couple divorced in 1958, the year that Peter Gunn debuted. Many people remember the TV show today for its jazzy theme song.

As a vocalist, Albright recorded the albums Lola Wants You (1957) and Dreamsville (1959) with Cleveland native Henry Mancini.

In 1961, Albright married pianist Bill Chadney, but the couple divorced in 1971.

“I had seven stepchildren,” Albright said. “I have no children of my own.”

Albright gave up acting in the late 1970s and never looked back. She remained single and enjoyed taking care of her pets. She no longer wanted to be in the public spotlight.

“I value my privacy,” she explained.

Albright fractured her spine in a fall three years ago and had been in declining health, but family friends said she was still very witty and sharp.

“What was Lola like?” actress and friend Sahar Bibiyan asked. “Feisty, very giving, generous. Full of stories. Very private. Very humble. She was one of the funniest people I ever met.”

In her final interview with the Beacon Journal, Lola Albright offered this:

“Your 40s are your best time, honestly. If I had my druthers about when to live a whole life, I would say in the 40s. Just stay there. Because you’ve learned a few things by then.”

ALBRIGHT, Lola (Lola Jean Albright)
Born: 7/20/1924, Akron, Ohio, U.S.A
Died: 3/23/2017, Toluca Lake, California, U.S.A.

Lola Albright’s westerns – actress:
Tulsa – 1949 (Candy Williams)
Sierra Passage – 1950 (Ann Walker)
The Silver Whip – 1953 (Waco)
Treasure of the Ruby Hill – 1955 (May)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1955 (Lucy Hunt)
Oregon Passage – 1957 (Sylvia Dane)
Pawnee – 1957 (Meg Alden)
Seven Guns to Mesa – 1958 (Julie Westcott)
Rawhide (TV) – 1964, 1965 (Maribelle Ashton-Warner, Lottie Denton
Wagon Train (TV) – 1964 (Leonora Parkman)
Branded (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Ann Williams)
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Lilah Evans)
Bonanza (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Ann, Dolly Bantree)
The Way West – 1967 (Rebecca ‘Becky’ Evans)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Stacy Houston)