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My Trip Back to the 80s with the L.A. Meekly Podcast

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself seated in the famous red leatherette “Slash booth” at The Rainbow Bar & Grill in the heart of Hollywood with Daniel Zafran and Greg Gonzalez, the congenial hosts of one of the top-rated podcasts about Los Angeles, L.A. Meekly. The first time I parked it there, in 1983, it was just a booth. The world at large wouldn’t know the name Slash until 1987 when the first Guns N’ Roses album, Appetite for Destruction, was unleashed. (Also, in 1983, Daniel and Greg weren’t even born.) The Sunset Strip hotspot was opened on April 16, 1972 by owners Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri, kicking off with a party for ivory-tickler Elton John. Though you might be

Cinematic Cats

Several years ago, I wrote the definitive Guide to Animal Movies. It’s out of print now, but you can still get it on Kindle. The book covers all kinds of four-footed stars—from ferrets to felines, and everything furry thing in-between. When I released the book, I was especially happy to be able to put the spotlight on cat movies. Dogs and horses usually get the lion’s share when it comes to screen time. I even added a sidebar interview with my mom (Nancy Bacon) because as a young starlet in Hollywood in the 1960s, she had modeled with Zamba the lion (Fluffy) and Sir Tom the cougar (Disney’s The Cat). Sometimes I wish I could do a sequel or an addendum to Animal Movies Guide. But, this blog i

All Booked Up!

I noticed that I’ve been acquiring books at a faster rate than I can read them. Some were sent by publicists, some were given as gifts, and some were inherited from friends who downsized, but I must confess that most were bought by me and thrown on the to-be-read stack. I decided to count them, and came up with the alarming number of 50. Even more alarming is the fact I’ve had some books sitting there for the better part of a decade (sorry, Stieg Larsson). Here’s an overview of inviting spines… …you may notice a preponderance of fiction, leading you to believe I love fiction. Actually, it’s my last resort so that’s why there’s so much left over. I tend to dive right into biographies and memo

6 years = leaps & bounds

It's hard to imagine that my first short film premiered 6 years ago... and all that I have created since then! (Thanks for the reminder, Facebook.) I said in my post that I don't feel like I have accomplished all that much. I guess it's all relative, and how one measures "success" - is it the creative expression, accolades and awards, or is it the cold cash? #AnnabelLee #EdgarAllenPoe #ShortFilm #Filmmaker

Jayne Mansfield – Supreme Sex Symbol &… My Mom’s Flawed Friend

Famed gossip columnist Nancy Bacon (aka, my mom) published her mesmerizing memoir Legends and Lipstick last month – in it, she shares countless never-before-told and super-scintillating stories about the stars she knew intimately. There’s detailed dishing on Paul Newman, Rod Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Jay Sebring, and Jayne Mansfield to name only a few. Thanks to new TV shows like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon and The Feud, there’s been a resurgence of morbid curiosity about Old Hollywood. “I think it’s human nature to romanticize anything that’s past in memory,” TV creator Ryan Murphy said at a press conference when asked about our fixation on tarnished Tinsel Town.