Sunday, January 12, 2014

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown... "Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me..." & Happy Birthday Marion Davies...

Harrison Held & Kat Kramer - photo by Billy Bennight

Yolanda Pulakis, Don Rose, Kat Kramer, Devai Pearce, Dan Tirman & Emilio Renteria - photo by Billy Bennight

Kat Kramer, Bob Delgadillo, Karen Sharpe Kramer, Dan Tirman & Robert Uher - photo by Harrison Held

The food at Seasons 52 is delicious - photo by Bob Delgadillo

Harrison Held & Karen Sharpe Kramer - photo by Bob Delgadillo

Delicious Dessert Time at Seasons 52!  Karen Sharpe Kramer, Kat Kramer, Harrison Held & Robert Uher -  Thanxs to Karen Sharpe Kramer for bringing a few "golden guests" - Karen won a Golden Globe in 1952 as best newcomer in John Wayne's "The High & The Mighty" -  when her original award was accidentally broken the Hollywood Foreign Press generously gave her a new one -  photo by Bob Delgadillo

Dan Tirman, Harrison Held, Season 52's Monica Challingsworth & Robert Uher - photo by Bob Delgadillo

Billy Bennight, Don Rose & Devai Pearce - photo by Bob Delgadillo

Diana Herbert Markes Levitt & bf Arthur - photo by Bob Delgadillo

Harrison Held & Pamela Herbert Chais - photo by Bob Delgadillo

I had a great time celebrating my birthday early this year with friends at the beautiful Seasons 52 in Century City - last month I was notified by the restaurant's Monica Challingsworth that I'd won a complimentary cocktail party for up to twenty guests...  what a nice surprise!  Soon after that I was contacted by a friend in the Philippines struggling with his family post typhoon.  At that point in time his appointment to be a teacher had been postponed because of the disaster & jobs for many were very scarce so I decided that in lieu of birthday gifts & cards my guests could donate to something I called "Operation Shelter" to help his family fix the roof of their house, buy food & get things for the household.  Thanks to everyone for the donations - the money I collected will have a very positive effect on their lives.  Also thanks to everyone at Seasons 52 for the great hospitality - the eats, treats & drinks were delicious & enjoyed by all!  The service  there is terrific as well as the ambiance.  HH

Marion Davies

William Randolph Hearst & Marion Davies

Marion Davies

Marion Davies' Guest House

Actresses in character as Marion Davies' sister & Carole Lombard

Guest & actor depicting William Randolph Hearst

Marion Davies' friend & colleague 1930's film star Mary Carlisle with friends in the guest house living room

Special guest Mary Carlisle is joined by guest, Dan Tirman & Harrison Held- photo by Darin Barnes

A friend of Mary Carlisle brought her 99 flowers & will give her 1 more on her 100th birthday early February

A great performance by Janet Klein & John Reynolds, one of her Parlor Boys

Janet Klein & John Reynolds, one of her Parlor Boys

The gang's all here - guests dress in period clothing to celebrate the birthday of Marion Davies

Guests enjoy the entertainment  for Marion Davies' birthday

Janet Klein & Dan Tirman

Photos of Marion Davies Birthday Party by Harrison Held except where noted

It was a beautiful Sunday in Santa Monica when I attended the annual birthday celebration for the late great actress Marion Davies at her former luxurious guest house at the Annenburg on PCH close to the ocean.  It was my first visit there & I wasn't disappointed  - the pictures I'd seen online of previous birthday parties had piqued my interest & the guest house, grounds & pleasant beach environment are even more beautiful in person.  I saw Marion's movie "Show People" at the Academy about a year ago which I greatly enjoyed & had gone to a great art party in the sprawling former apartment of  her lover William Randolph Hearst in the Los Altos on Wilshire Boulevard where her movie posters & photos were on display.  I love the films & history of classic Hollywood & at the guest house I had the pleasure of meeting 99 year old Mary Carlisle a movie star from the 1930's & friend & colleague of Marion's.  She shared with me what a nice kind & engaging person Marion was & how William Randolph Hearst was the perfect gentleman.  Noted entertainer Janet Klein performed with one of her Parlor Boys adding a great touch to the day.  What a nice event! HH 

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