Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Check out the July issue of Phoenix Magazine

…for my article about the history of the “Molokan” (Russian sectarian) community in Glendale. It’s on pages 42-43 of the magazine, or you can read it here. It’s on page 18, however, that you can behold the handsome contributor photo of Your Humble Narrator, taken by none other than The Kid, thereby making her debut as a published photographer before reaching ten years of age.

Welsh character actor Victor Spinetti, familiar in films ranging from A Hard Day’s Night and Help! to Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew, has passed on at 82; RIP to him and to character actress Susan Tyrell, memorable in such films as Fat City, for her performance in which she was Oscar-nominated, Big Top Pee-Wee, Cry-Baby and Masked and Anonymous, passed on at 67.


  1. Was anyone else of interest in the movie "Cry-Baby" other than the late Ms. Tyrell? Anyone at all? Hmm? Can you think of anyone to mention who might have shared screen time in "Cry-Baby"? I'm pretty sure there was someone but I'm having trouble thinking of the name at the moment. Any help? Oh, wait a moment. There it is over on the right side of this very page just about half way down....

  2. Priscilla White20 June, 2012 06:03

    Just saw "Fat City" for the first time on TCM the other day. Susan Tyrell was absolutely the best thing in that and there were good performances by Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges as well. Great movie!

  3. Alas, I didn't get to see Tyrell during the two days I worked on "Cry-Baby." I won't soon forget, however, the looks of terror on the faces of Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords & Amy Locane as they were led behind the bars of the maiximum security Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup, Maryland. I was pretty uptight myself.

  4. Strangely enough I remembered later that I saw Victor Spinetti in a play at Stratford-on-Avon when we were there. It wasn't a Shakespeare play but another one from that era. The theater was a replica of the Globe I think. I'll have to ask James about it.

  5. He played Lord Foppington in John Vosburgh's "The Relapse" at the RSC in 1995; could that have been what you saw?