Monday, August 10, 2009

Oh my, I can't believe how long it has been since I have visited blog land. Life just seems like such a whirl wind, and I just can't seem to catch my breath. I guess I need to catch up here with life's happenings.
I just got back from the Atlantis in the Bahamas again. I just love that place. This was a very special trip. It was just my dear daughter and myself. We had some quality time together doing what we do best..NOTHING.... we hung out at the pool all day, and hit the casino for a bit in the evening. We did go to bed early which was nice to catch up on my R&R.







It was the perfect place to celebrate my dear daughters 29th birthday. I can't believe my baby is almost 30.





We have baby news. My friend now has her first grand daughter. And soon will be welcoming her third grandson.










My daughter has a new man in her life, and we are happy to welcome Jake into our lives

Jen also has purchased her first home, and she hope to close on the 30th of September. So much to blog when the renovations start.






A very proud moment as niece Stephanie graduates. We are so proud...YOU GO GIRL!







Stephanie's sister Kati marries her prince charming Jeff.


And coming soon is my comic son who will be performing at the Hanover theatre. http://www.norvue.com/0-WOGOtalent.html. I am so proud that he is doing his comedy act for a wonderful charity. The proceeds will go to the Shriner's hospital. GO JEFF we are sooooo soooo proud of you. You are awesome buddy......


I guess I have been busy and need to stop in blog land more often.
Huggles,
Ellen

Beaded ornaments

My 50th Birthday banner my sister made for my surprise party

Hedda Hopper


Birth:

May 2, 1890
Death:

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons