Category:Writers from Palm Springs, California
Pages in category "Writers from Palm Springs, California"
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Ray Bradbury – Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author and screenwriter. While most of his best known work is in speculative fiction, he wrote in other genres, such as the coming-of-age novel Dandelion Wine or the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows. Recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Citation, Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick, many of his works were adapted to comic book, television and film formats. On his death in 2012, The New York Times called Bradbury the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. Bradbury was born on August 22,1920 in Waukegan, Illinois, to Esther Bradbury, a Swedish immigrant, and Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and he was given the middle name Douglas, after the actor Douglas Fairbanks. Bradbury was related to the American Shakespeare scholar Douglas Spaulding and was descended from Mary Bradbury, Bradbury was surrounded by an extended family during his early childhood and formative years in Waukegan, Illinois. An aunt read him stories when he was a child. This period provided foundations for both the author and his stories, in Bradburys works of fiction, 1920s Waukegan becomes Green Town, Illinois. The family arrived with only US$40, which paid for rent and this meant that they could stay, however, and Bradbury—who was in love with Hollywood—was ecstatic. Bradbury attended Los Angeles High School and was active in the drama club and he often roller-skated through Hollywood in hopes of meeting celebrities. Among the creative and talented people Bradbury met this way were special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, throughout his youth, Bradbury was an avid reader and writer and knew at a young age that he was going into one of the arts. Bradbury began writing his own stories at age eleven, during the Great Depression — sometimes writing on the available paper, butcher paper. In his youth, he spent much time in the Carnegie library in Waukegan, reading such authors as H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, at twelve, Bradbury began writing traditional horror stories and said he tried to imitate Poe until he was about eighteen. In addition to comics, he loved Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan of the Apes, the Warlord of Mars impressed him so much that at the age of twelve he wrote his own sequel. The young Bradbury was also a cartoonist and loved to illustrate and he wrote about Tarzan and drew his own Sunday panels. He listened to the radio show Chandu the Magician, and when the show went off the air every night he would sit, as a teen in Beverly Hills, he often visited his mentor and friend, science fiction writer Bob Olsen, sharing ideas and maintaining contact. In 1936, at a bookstore in Hollywood, Bradbury discovered a handbill promoting meetings of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society. Excited to find there were others sharing his interest, Bradbury joined a weekly Thursday-night conclave at age sixteen, at age 17, Bradbury read stories published in Astounding Science Fiction, and read everything by Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C
2. Truman Capote – At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced of Capote novels, stories, and plays. Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, an absence from his mother. He had discovered his calling as a writer by the age of 8, Capote began his professional career writing short stories. The critical success of one story, Miriam, attracted the attention of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, Capote earned the most fame with In Cold Blood, a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home. Capote spent four years writing the book aided by his lifelong friend Harper Lee, a milestone in popular culture, In Cold Blood was the peak of Capotes literary career. In the 1970s, he maintained his celebrity status by appearing on talk shows. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Capote was the son of 17-year-old Lillie Mae Faulk and his parents divorced when he was four, and he was sent to Monroeville, Alabama, where, for the following four to five years, he was raised by his mothers relatives. He formed a fast bond with his mothers distant relative, Nanny Rumbley Faulk and her face is remarkable – not unlike Lincolns, craggy like that, and tinted by sun and wind, is how Capote described Sook in A Christmas Memory. In Monroeville, he was a neighbor and friend of author Harper Lee, as a lonely child, Capote taught himself to read and write before he entered his first year of school. Capote was often seen at age five carrying his dictionary and notepad and he was given the nickname Bulldog around this age. Capote received recognition for his work from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 1936. In 1933, he moved to New York City to live with his mother and her husband, Joseph Capote, a Cuban-born textile broker. However, Joseph was convicted of embezzlement and shortly afterwards, when his income crashed, of his early days, Capote related, I began writing really sort of seriously when I was about eleven. I say seriously in the sense that other kids go home and practice the violin or the piano or whatever, I used to go home from school every day. In 1935, he attended the Trinity School in New York City and he then attended St. Joseph Military Academy. In 1939, the Capote family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, and Truman attended Greenwich High School, where he wrote for both the schools literary journal, The Green Witch, and the school newspaper. When they returned to New York City in 1942, he attended the Franklin School, an Upper West Side private school now known as the Dwight School and that was the end of his formal education. While still attending Franklin in 1943, Capote began working as a copyboy in the art department at The New Yorker, years later, he reminisced, Not a very grand job, for all it really involved was sorting cartoons and clipping newspapers
3. Howard Hawks – Howard Winchester Hawks was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. Critic Leonard Maltin called him the greatest American director who is not a household name, Hawks was a versatile director whose career included comedies, dramas, gangster films, science fiction, film noir, and westerns. His most popular films include Scarface, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River, The Thing from Another World, and Rio Bravo. His frequent portrayals of strong, tough-talking female characters came to define a type—the Hawksian woman and his work has influenced some of the most popular and respected directors such as Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, John Carpenter, and Quentin Tarantino. Howard Winchester Hawks was born in Goshen, Indiana, the child of Frank W. Hawks, a wealthy paper manufacturer, and his wife, Helen. Hawkss family on his fathers side were American pioneers and his ancestor John Hawks had emigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1630. The family eventually settled in Goshen and by the 1890s was one of the wealthiest families in the Midwest, Hawkss maternal grandfather, C. W. Howard, had homesteaded in Neenah, Wisconsin in 1862 at age 17. Within 15 years he had made his fortune in the paper mill. Frank Hawks and Helen Howard met in the early 1890s and married in 1895, Howard Hawks was the eldest of five children and his birth was followed by Kenneth Neil Hawks, William Bellinger Hawks, Grace Louise Hawks and Helen Bernice Hawks. In 1898, the moved to Neenah, Wisconsin where Frank Hawks began working for his father-in-laws Howard Paper Company. Between 1906 and 1909, the Hawks family began to more time in Pasadena. Gradually they began to only their summers in Wisconsin before permanently moving to Pasadena in 1910. The family settled in a house down the street from Throop Polytechnic Institute, Hawks was an average student at school and did not excel in sports, but by 1910 had discovered coaster racing, an early form of soapbox racing. In 1911, Hawkss youngest sibling Helen died suddenly of food poisoning, from 1910 to 1912, Hawks attended Pasadena High School. But in 1912, the Hawks family moved to nearby Glendora, California, while in New England, Hawks often attended the theaters in nearby Boston. In 1914, Hawks returned to Glendora and graduated from Pasadena High School that year and that same year, Hawks was accepted to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he majored in mechanical engineering and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. In 1916, Hawkss grandfather, C. W. Howard, bought him a Mercer race car and it was at this time that Hawks first met Victor Fleming, allegedly when the two men raced on a dirt track and caused an accident. Fleming had been an auto mechanic and early aviator when his old friend Marshall Neilan recommended him to film director Allan Dwan as a good mechanic
4. Gary M. Green – Gary M. Green is a musician, author, gaming consultant and entrepreneur. He was vice president of marketing for The Trump Organization and appeared on the reality game show The Apprentice. He was also on the 2004 television special New Years Eve with Carson Daly, Green was executive vice president of Synergy Gaming, and the public face of the company. He is the spokesman for Ortiz Gaming, Green recorded three folk-music albums from 1977 to 1982 with Folkways Records, which worked with other folk artists including Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Folkways was later acquired by the Smithsonian Institution as part of the Smithsonian Folkways exhibition, Green also composed music for the crime drama film Fort Apache, The Bronx. The film, starring Paul Newman and Ed Asner, is life in New York Citys South Bronx from the point of view of a police officer. In the 1970s, Green was a journalist for the The Gaston Gazette, a newspaper in Gastonia, North Carolina and he earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations for his writing. In 2010, he wrote Marketing Donald Trump, a guide explaining how Green marketed Trump which can be applied to other marketing applications, in 2012, he wrote Gambling Man, which details Greens life as a modern-day casino boss through personal anecdotes. In the early 1990s, Green purchased part of a Russian circus and he established it as a Euro Circus attraction at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After he sold the circus, he joined Smith-Gardner, a Florida catalog software company, at Smith-Gardner, Green aided in development of software to take orders online when the company changed their focus from telephone and mail orders. By 1979, Green was working with casinos in Atlantic City and he patented a casino-management system based on customer relationships. He was vice president of marketing for The Trump Organization and the Trump 29 Casino near Palm Springs, Green was named president of Absentee Shawnee Gaming Enterprises in July 2004. He was general manager of the Thunderbird Wild Wild West Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, in 2005, Green co-founded Las Vegas-based casino management and development company Southern Dutch Gaming with Frank Haas, who he worked with at Trump 29. Synergy Gaming hired Green in 2009 as its vice president. He purchased the former Gold Mine Casino in 2011, Green serves as spokesman and senior consultant to the president for Ortiz Gaming. Gary Green, Vol.1, These Six Strings Gary Green, Vol.2, Allegory Gary Green, Vol.3, Still at Large Marketing Donald Trump Gambling Man Gary Green at the Internet Movie Database
5. Betsy Drake – Betsy Drake was a French-born American actress and writer. She was also known for being the wife of actor Cary Grant. Drake, the eldest child of two American expatriates, was born in Paris, France and her grandfather, Tracy Drake, and his brother had opened the Drake Hotel in Chicago on New Years Eve in 1920. The Drakes lost their money in the 1929 stock-market crash, as a result, she returned to the U. S. on the SS Île de France with her parents, brothers, and a nanny. She grew up in Chicago, Westport, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Virginia, North Carolina and she went to 12 different schools, both private and public, before concentrating on theatre and acting at National Park Seminary. She began looking for work as an actress in New York City and she met the playwright Horton Foote, who offered her a job as an understudy in his play Only the Heart, which enabled her to join the Actors Equity Association and thus become a professional actress. After coming to the attention of the producer Hal Wallis, Drake was pressured by her agent to sign a Hollywood contract and she hated Hollywood and managed to get herself released from the contract by declaring herself insane. She returned to New York City and, in 1947, read for the director Elia Kazan for the role in the London company of the play Deep Are the Roots. Later that year, Drake was selected by Kazan as one of the members of the Actors Studio. Cary Grant first spotted her in 1947 while she was performing in London, the two, who both happened to be returning to the U. S. on the RMS Queen Mary, struck up an instant rapport. New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther called her performance “foxily amusing”, on Christmas Day 1949, Drake and Grant married in a private ceremony organized by Grants best man, Howard Hughes, and deliberately chose a low-key, introspective private life. They delved into transcendentalism, mysticism, and yoga and she took up causes including the plight of homeless children in Los Angeles. In 1954, they bought the Las Palomas estate in the Movie Colony neighborhood of Palm Springs, the couple co-starred in the radio series Mr. and Mrs. Blanding. Drake subsequently gave up acting to focus on her other interests, under the name Betsy Drake Grant, her novel Children, You Are Very Little was published by Atheneum Books. She worked as a volunteer and studied at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Drakes last screen appearance was in the documentary film Cary Grant, A Class Apart, in which she reflected on Grant and their time together, and denied rumors alleging he was bisexual. In July 1956, Drake survived the sinking of the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria, at the time, she had been visiting Grant in Spain and was returning to the United States. Drake sailed as a passenger, occupying a single cabin on the ships boat deck. When the Doria collided with the Stockholm, Drake waited with the passengers for rescue
6. Jolie Gabor – Jolie Gabor, Countess de Szigethy was a Hungarian-born American socialite known as the mother of actresses and socialites Magda, Zsa Zsa, and Eva Gabor. Jolie Gabor was born Janka Tilleman on September 30,1896, in Budapest and her parents were Jona Hersch Tilleman and Chawe Feige Tilleman, both born of Jewish ancestry in Galicia, then part of the Austrian Empire, near present-day Poland and Ukraine. The Tillemans were jewelers who owned a shop known as The Diamond House. The couple changed their forenames to Josef and Franceska, the Tilleman familys Jewish descent was also cited by a surgeon, Dr. Lazslo Tauber, also Jewish, and a family friend and neighbor of the Gabors in Budapest. Following the death of Josef Tilleman, his widow, Franceska, married a doctor and general physician. Addressing her birthname, usually reserved for Hungarian males, Gabor stated, My parents were so eager to have a son they named me Jancsi and her birth certificate, however, indicates her birth name was Janka. The third of five surviving children, Gabors siblings consisted of three sisters and one brother, Dora, Eugénia, Rozália, and Sebestyén, while there is little information available on Jolies sisters, this extract indicates they survived the war. Her sister, Rozália, emigrated to Australia with her husband in 1956, Jolie Gabor was the aunt of Annette Tilleman, daughter of Jolies brother Sebastian Tilleman and wife of Hungarian-American U. S. Sebastian and his mother, Franceska, were killed during a raid on Budapest during World War II. Although born in 1896, Gabor claimed to have born in 1900. Her obituary in The New York Times gave a birth year of 1900, on a ships passenger manifest dated December 30,1945, Gabor gave her age as 45 years and two months, which would make her year of birth 1900. Her birth certificate, however, confirms her birth year to be 1896, author Dominick Dunne stated, in 1995, that Gabor was believed to be 109, which would mean a birth year of approximately 1886. The 1987 edition of Biographical Dictionary, however, cites Jolie Gabors complete birthdate to be September 29,1896, eventually there were five such shops in the Budapest area. The firms jewels also incorporated semiprecious stones and were admired for their old-fashioned settings, just like Bulgari is known in Rome, thats how well-known I was in Budapest, Jolie once stated. Jolies did so well that at time they were standing outside in line waiting until somebody goes out from the inside. The rise of Nazism in Germany forced her to curtail her retail business, Gabor recalled, Everybody told, Jolie is crazy to go now to Berlin and Leipzig for jewelry. She was forced to close the stores when Hungary was occupied by the Germans, at which time she, an article in Vanity Fair stated in 2001 that it was under Sampaios guidance that the family. Had been spirited out of the country and her brother, Sebestyén, also a jeweler, spent part of the war in labor camps, beginning in 1942, until he and their mother, Franceska, were killed in a Budapest bombing raid during World War II
7. Moss Hart – Moss Hart was an American playwright and theatre director. Hart was born in New York City and grew up in poverty with his English-born Jewish immigrant parents in the Bronx and in Sea Gate. Early on he had a relationship with his Aunt Kate. She piqued his interest in the theater and took him to see performances often, Hart even went so far as to create an alternate ending to her life in his book Act One. He writes that she died while he was working on out-of-town tryouts for The Beloved Bandit, later, Kate became eccentric and then disturbed, vandalizing Harts home, writing threatening letters and setting fires backstage during rehearsals for Jubilee. But his relationship with her was formative and he learned that the theater made possible the art of being somebody else… not a scrawny boy with bad teeth, a funny name… and a mother who was a distant drudge. The play was written in collaboration with Broadway veteran George S. Kaufman, during the next decade, Kaufman and Hart teamed on a string of successes, including You Cant Take It with You and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Though Kaufman had hits with others, Hart is generally conceded to be his most important collaborator and you Cant Take It With You, the story of an eccentric family and how they live during the Depression, won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for drama. When director Frank Capra and writer Robert Riskin adapted it for the screen in 1938, the Man Who Came To Dinner is about the caustic Sheridan Whiteside who, after injuring himself slipping on ice, must stay in a Midwestern familys house. The character was based on Kaufman and Harts friend, critic Alexander Woollcott, other characters in the play are based on Noël Coward, Harpo Marx and Gertrude Lawrence. However, he became best known during this period as a director, among the Broadway hits he staged were Junior Miss, Dear Ruth and Anniversary Waltz. By far his biggest hit was the musical My Fair Lady, adapted from George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, the show ran over seven years and won a Tony Award for Best Musical. Hart picked up the Tony for Best Director, Hart also wrote some screenplays, including Gentlemans Agreement – for which he received an Oscar nomination – Hans Christian Andersen and A Star Is Born. He wrote a memoir, Act One, An Autobiography by Moss Hart and it was adapted to film in 1963, with George Hamilton portraying Hart. The last show Hart directed was the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot, during a troubled out-of-town tryout, Hart had a heart attack. The show opened before he recovered, but he and Lerner reworked it after the opening. That, along with huge pre-sales and a cast performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, in 1972,11 years after his death, Moss Hart was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. He was one of 23 people to be selected into the Hall of Fames first ever induction class that year, Hart married Kitty Carlisle on August 10,1946, they had two children
8. Gypsy Boots – Gypsy Boots, born Robert Bootzin, was an American fitness pioneer, actor and writer. He is credited with laying the foundation for the acceptance by mainstream America of alternative lifestyles such as yoga and his books Barefeet and Good Things to Eat and the memoir, The Gypsy in Me, gained him a cult following. Bootzin was born in San Francisco, California to Russian Jewish immigrants and his father, Max, was a broom salesman. Bootzins older brother, John, died of tuberculosis as a young man, by 1933, he had dropped out of high school and left home to wander California with a group of self-styled vagabonds. In the 1940s, Bootzin, along with 10-15 other tribesmen, lived off the land in Tahquitz Canyon near Palm Springs, slept in caves and trees, and bathed in waterfalls. Decades ahead of the Hippie movement, Bootzin and his companions had long hair and beards, the group became known as Nature Boys. A combination of the philosophy of the Nature Boys and growing counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s in California may have been responsible for the emergence of California spirituality in the 1960s. The 1948 Nat King Cole hit Nature Boy was inspired by Bootzin and his fellow tribesmen, in 1958, Bootzin married Lois Bloemker, a conservative, academic woman from Fort Wayne, Indiana and settled in the Hollywood area. They had three children, Daniel, Alex and Freddie, the two divorced in the late 1990s. His health food store Health Hut was one of the first of its kind in the world, the original Health Hut, located on Beverly Blvd just west of La Cienega Blvd, had an authentic Tiki style to it made with leaves and bamboo. Bootzin personally advocated never eating meat, drinking alcohol, or smoking tobacco and he was an early believer in the health properties of organic foods. One of these organic foods was garlic—and he later became a spokesperson for the Kyolic variety and he also did work for a Sonoma cheese factory. His childhood vegetarian lifestyle was something Bootzin continued with his own family as his son Daniel Bootzin corroborated, when friends came over, Bootzin said his parents offered the guests fresh carrot juice, a novelty in the 1960s. Bootzin died in Camarillo, California, just 11 days short of his 90th birthday and he was survived by his former wife, Lois Bootzin, a Lutheran, two of his sons Daniel and Alexander, three grandchildren, and a sister. His son Freddy died in 2001, Bootzin received national exposure in 1955, when he appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marxs network TV show You Bet Your Life. Introduced as Boots Bootzin, he espoused his philosophy of clean living, exercise. Even though he was over 40, he acted like a gangly, goofy, when asked by Groucho to demonstrate how he sold figs, he stepped toward the edge of the stage, shouted an attention-getting sales pitch for a few seconds, and then performed a perfect pratfall. In the game portion of the show, he whispered the spelling of the word motif to his partner