Monday, January 27, 2014

Marvin Paige Memorial... "Goodbye To A Dear Friend... Goodbye Mr. Hollywood"

Marvin Paige: "It was business doing pleasure with you"  Artwork by Rick Carl

A Tribute To The Legendary Marvin Paige R.I.P.

Over 700 friends, colleagues & loved ones gathered to honor the memory of the late Marvin Paige - renown casting director, Hollywood historian, loyal friend & celebrity liason for many notable Hollywood film & television organizations.  Last October while en route to an event at the Academy a car's brakes failed colliding head on with Marvin's car heading southbound on Laurel Canyon.  Marvin spent 3 weeks at Cedars Sinai Hospital where he had a few procedures & was making progress.  Eventually he developed internal bleeding and sadly left us on November 13th.  He will be fondly remembered & never forgotten by countless individuals worldwide including myself.  A wonderful memorial & celebration of  life for this kind, talented, intelligent, loyal & caring man was held on his birthday January 26th at the beautiful  Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard where Marvin enjoyed watching countless movies & coordinated countless celebrity appearances & special events celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood.  The love, admiration & camaraderie was obvious as guests enjoyed remarks from host Stan Taffel, Randy Haberkamp, Dennis Bartok, Bryan Cooper, Karen Sharpe Kramer, Alan Rode, Foster Hirsch, Tyler Cassity, H.M. Wynant, Anne Jeffreys, Nichelle Nichols, Bruce Garrick, Bob Birchard, Garret Boyajian, Brent Zacky & Ed Lozzi.  Kat Kramer & Tom Cooper provided wonderful heartfelt musical performances & remarks.  Remarks by Rona Barret, Tony Turano & George Pennacchio who were unable to attend were also included.  Beautiful slideshows & video presentations honoring Marvin were produced by Garret Boyajian & Kevin Jordan.  Marvin began his career in New York where he did some acting & went on to produce & host the popular radio show "Luncheon at Sardi's".  He was a natural working with talent which segued into his first gig in casting on "Breakfast at Tiffany's".  For decades he was a leading casting director in film & television casting shows like  "General Hospital", "Star Trek - The Motion Picture", Mae West's last film "Sextette", "Take the Money & Run" & "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" (both for Woody Allen), "Harlow",  "Planet of the Apes" (tv series), "Lassie" (tv series), "The Mickey Rooney Show" and many many many more. His last feature film was "Edith" in 2013.  He never stopped working & always kept busy. "Age is nothing but a number... & mine is unlisted" he used to joke.  Guests in attendance at the memorial included Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Stefanie Powers, Francine York, Terry Moore, Mike Clifford, Robert Uher, Lois Aldren, Ruta Lee, Diane Ladd, Piper Laurie, Buck Waterfield, Kathleen Hughes, Monica Henreid, Margaret O'Brien, Kym Karrath, Diane Baker, Millie Perkins, Diana Herbert Markes Levitt, Kristina Wayborn, Joey Heatherton, Francine York, Monica Matulich,  Daniel Selznick, Julie Adams, Colleen Gray, Roy Mosley, Brenda Dickson, Ron Gilbert, Teresa Ganzel, Kate Linder,  Patti McCormick, Sybil Danning,  Leonard & Alice Malton, Harlan Boll, Roz Wolf, Hilary Helstein, Christopher Mitchum,  Christopher Riordan, Kathe Orrison, France Nuyen, Jeff Mantle, Christopher Rion, Marsha Hunt, Talisa Noris, Barbra Hale, George Tekai, Michael Schlesinger, Harry Dimas, Pete Hammond, Sally Kirkland, Rebecca Holden, Andre Champagne, David Hyatt, Joseph Csongei, Margot Gerber, Rick Carl, Stephanie Hibler, Anthony Tringali & many more.  Kudos to the committee that organized the event which included A.M.P.A.S., American Cinematheque, Garret Boyajian, Lisa Cahan Davis, Mike Cahill, Rick Carl, Bryan Cooper, Josef Csongei, Lee Davis, Margot Gerber, Randy Haberkamp, Hollywood Heritage, The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Jordan, Ed Lozzi,  Frank Miceli/Miceli's Restaurant, Nonstop Printing, George Ridjaneck, Barbara Smith, Tegan Summer, Stan Taffel & Robert Uher.  Special thanks to Brandon T. Contreras for helping my family friends with their seating.

Captions Soon... Photos by Bob Delgadillo, Harrison Held, Rob Coatney & Billy Bennight

This tribute to Loretta Young in a few days was one of the last things Marvin was working on at the time of his accident.  Linda Lewis, Loretta Young's lovely daughter-in-law has offered me 10 free tickets to give to friends & readers so if you'd like to attend please email me asap at or contact me on  Facebook - It will be great! Thanxs - RIP Dear Marvin you will always be in our hearts.  Report by Harrison Held.

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