Hollywood Princess

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From Wikipedia:
“Cheryl Christina Crane (born July 25, 1943) is the only child of actress Lana Turner, from her marriage to actor-restaurateur Stephen Crane, her second husband.

On April 4, 1958, at age 14,

Cheryl Crane

stabbed her mother’s boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, to death.The killing was ruled a justifiable homicide: she was deemed to have been protecting her mother.

Stompanato was well-known to have been abusive, extremely jealous of Turner and had previously pointed a gun at actor Sean Connery [James Bond!], her co-star in Another Time, Another Place, only to have Connery “take the gun from him, beat him and force him from the movie set” and “Scotland Yard had him deported”.

Following Stompanato’s death, Crane was made a ward of the State of California and was placed in the El Retiro School for Girls in Sylmar, Los Angeles for “psychiatric therapy” in March 1960.Six weeks later she and two other girls climbed a 10-foot wall and fled. They were eventually returned to the school after she telephoned her father. Five weeks later, she again fled the campus with two other girls. They walked into Sylmar and were driven by a new acquaintance to Beverly Hills, where they were taken into custody a few hours later after being seen near her grandmother’s home. She was released from the school in January 1961 to the custody of her mother and stepfather, Frederick D. May.

In 1969, Crane was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department when three half-grown marijuana plants were discovered in the back seat of her car.

Cheryl further alleged that she was subject to a series of sexual assaults at the hands of her stepfather and her mother’s fourth husband, actor Lex Barker [Tarzan!].

Years later, Crane publicly revealed that she had told her mother she was a lesbian and that she had taken the news well. She said she regarded Crane’s partner, Joyce “Josh” LeRoy, “as a second daughter”.

Crane currently lives in the Palm Springs, California, area, retired from real estate and is married to her long time companion Joyce “Josh” LeRoy. She has written a mystery novel titled The Bad Always Die Twice, published in 2011.”

From:    DETOUR A Hollywood Story” by CHERYL CRANE:

“When she [Lana Turner] made her way to Hollywood in the thirties, that too was part of a wider migration. She had been raised dirt poor, partly in Oklahoma, but she was not one of the “Okies” described in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”, the hapless farmers who headed west to flee the Dust Bowl. Instead, her odyssey seems more of a piece with Nathanael West’s “The Day of the Locust”, in which people who simply did not fit in anywhere else came to California in search of magic. West saw them forming a subculture of misfits that swarmed like metaphoric locusts around America’s fantasy capital.”

“I was now about as tall as Mother, yet I still had to wear doll clothes –Mary Janes, little white socks, and horrid pinafores sashed with a bow.”

“Lynne wore saddle shoes; I still wore ankle-strap Mary Janes (but never made of patent leather, of course, since they reflected up a dress).”

“I was still allowed to wear only pastels, flat heels, and no makeup except lipstick.”


This is not Hayley mills:

“Let’s get together.”


Janet Mason PTA soccer mom!


“What you need is some government-funded job with a secretary that comes in every afternoon, strips down to the garter belt, and gets it up for you.”

“he had taken Nancy Williams to dinner at the Post House. He had purchased several drinks for her. Then he had taken her to the Lantern Lodge and undressed her and screwed the socks off her.” (The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George v. Higgins)


22 year old Dolly Little:



Tonya Winn: “Oh girl your gold flats are making me grow”


Monica Robinson:

Patty Duke’s rival played by Kathy Garver when “The Patty Duke Show” moved to LA in 1966.

Example of Patty Duke’s comedy genius: Describing a monster movie to Cathy, who missed it because she was sick.


Brie as Patty & Velma!


MATH 285G : Perelman’s proof of the Poincaré conjecture

Course description: The course will cover as much of Perelman’s proof as possible. Specific topics include: Existence theory for Ricci flow, finite time blowup in the simply connected case, Bishop-Cheeger-Gromov comparison theory, Perelman entropy, reduced length and reduced volume and applications to non-collapsing, Perelman compactness theorem, structure and asymptotics of ancient non-collapsing solutions, analysis of horns and necks, surgery.

“Mathematics is the most certain knowledge we possess.” (Bertrand Russell)




slave Leia

Baby Jane

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 Joan Crawford


requested the part of Blanch in the film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” Joan also recommended Bettie Davis for the part of Baby Jane Hudson!


This was perfect as in the 1930s you could argue that Joan was better looking, but Bettie perhaps more talented as an actress.

The movie was really successful, and Joan and Bettie were going to make another movie together, but the animosity level was too high. Joan, who was on the board of directors of Pepsi Cola, quit the proposed film.  

The author (Henry Farrell) of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” is a really fantastic writer. I wish I could write that good!

Also, in the movie “Whatever happened to Baby Jane,” the nosy neighbors next door had a Keane print hanging on their wall thus:



Holly Mccall!

holly mccall

(I had a rug just like that!)



Holly with her women’s Army uniform removed.

Was that Holly’s uniform or from the surplus store on Van Nuys Blvd.?


The girls:



Mandy Tyler

mandy tyler


Here are some photos from the best ever bobby-soxing scene in video:






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Bimbo Bowler brie


Back during the big recession of the 80’s, working graveyard as an inserter at the Reno Nevada newspaper for minimum wage.  “This is the lowest I’ve ever been!”
Native American named Frank with a cool long braided pony tail said to me “Why don’t you become a prostitute?”






“Ooh honey that outfit must feel amazing! xx”




Brie coffee mugs and fridge magnets available at:

Brie and Bosco the dog mouse pads sold!


Hillary summers shoe!



Brie as Princess Lay from the video:


Brie as Shirley

P.E. & Annette

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brie as Princess Leia


“Annette Funicello

born October 22, 1942 was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular “Mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles “O Dio Mio,” “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess”, as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful “Beach Party” genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.

In 1992, Funicello announced her having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died from complications of the disease on April 8, 2013.”


Jamie and I ditched P.E. to go to the Shopping Bag supermarket for coffee.

The Shopping Bag on Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta had a snack bar downstairs in the parking structure.

In fact my cousin had her first non baby-sitting job there.

I believe Jamie and I did this more than once. Anyway, the P.E. instructor found out that we were gone, and threatened to delay our graduation by flunking us in P.E., thereby forcing us to attend summer school to make it up. We did some big-time serious groveling to change his mind thereby getting one more chance.

During P.E. playing handball with Pike. Wap (smacking the handball).

Pike singing “Down by the banks of the river Charles.” Wap.

Only a glimpse of the girls on the other side of the fence wearing their cute P.E. outfits.

Can’t figure whatever happened to Jamie. Someone that clever just couldn’t disappear?!


Because  of the big earthquake, the Shopping Bag parking structure had to be reconstructed, and the snack bar was not rebuilt, only existing now as a dim memory.


Female body builder Cory Gates:


Mommy Jeena & LowKey:


Bobby-soxer Marion:



brie poodle skirt bobby-soxer:


Snazzy shoes!


Answer to last month’s mystery photo:


Oh! Almost forgot! (Lot going on lately.)

brie as Shirley the teenage bobby-soxer:

princess lay

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brie as Princess Leia:

“prances around in harem outfits, frilly bobby socks, and giant  glasses.”

from wikipedia:
Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American  actress, screenwriter and novelist. She is most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge, and her autobiography Wishful Drinking.
Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

When Carrie Fisher was two, her parents divorced, and her father married actress Elizabeth Taylor. The following year, her mother married shoe store chain owner Harry Karl, who secretly spent her life savings. It was assumed from an early age that Carrie would go into the family show business, and she began appearing with her mother in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 12. She attended Beverly Hills High School, but she left to join her mother on the road.
In 1973, Fisher enrolled at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for 18 months. She made her film debut in the Columbia comedy  Shampoo (1975) starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant and Jack Warden. In 1977, Fisher starred as Princess Leia Organa in George Lucas’ science fiction film Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, a part she sarcastically claims to have obtained by sleeping “with some nerd.”


brie as Carrie Fisher:

brie as Princess Leia from the video:



Also, for my precious darling admirers in Turkey and Saudi Arabia from the video “Princess Slave Leia:”

Princess slave Leia


Unknown wife with curly hair and socks as sexy husband makes love to her:


Summer Storm bobby-soxing with saddle shoes no less:

brie the almost nude bobby-soxer:


Nora or Dawn?

Here is the best amateur in the business, unless you prefer the typical anorexic with big fake boobs:



(cute outfit!)


I think she looks like Patty Duke with a few extra pounds!


About 10 years ago i received a lovely hand written letter, with some photos delivered to my PO box, from Alice. Here is a recent email and photo from Alice:

Alice:     hi, babydoll,

brie:     Hello dearest darling

alice:     wow, so close, yet no chance to meet.  well, you were with family anyways.  do they know about “brie”, or did you have to go to l.a. in male mode?

brie: (concerning my recent trip to Los Angeles)     I’m like Harpo Marx, without my wig, as I am not recognized in public.

alice:     glad you liked phillipe’s.

brie:      Phillipe’s is a real as it gets in LA!

I got the lamb sandwich, while my father got turkey with a custard desert washed down with 10 cent coffee, and my aunt and cousin got the roast beef. Great cup of soup — nothing like fresh ingredients— and the cole slaw is the best for sure!

alice:      hope you didn’t waste your time with olvera street.

brie:     Actually, my father and aunt think someplace on Olvera street has great taquitos that you dip in guacamole, but I haven’t been there myself.

alice:     i’ll be in laughlin, nevada, until [date deleted].  business and pleasure.
brie:     Even though I used to live in Nevada, I’ve never been to Laughlin!

alice:     always enjoy seeing you in that pose and dress.  thanks!
brie:     You’re very welcome!


The old neighborhood: