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On this day in 1915, an entertainment legend was born…celebrating the centenary of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra! (b. Francis Albert Sinatra; December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998)

“May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.”

THE SIGNS AS QUEENS OF THE SILVER SCREEN

ARIES: Marlene Dietrich
TAURUS: Ingrid Bergman
GEMINI: Barbara Stanwyck
CANCER: Gene Tierney
LEO: Rita Hayworth
VIRGO: Vivien Leigh
LIBRA: Grace Kelly
SCORPIO: Bette Davis
SAGITTARIUS: Lauren Bacall
CAPRICORN: Joan Crawford
AQUARIUS: Audrey Hepburn
PISCES: Myrna Loy

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Mocambo opened in 1941, and became an immediate success. The club’s Latin American-themed decor cost $100,000. Along the walls were glass cages holding live cockatoos, macaws, seagulls, pigeons, and parrots. With big band music, the club became one of the most popular dance-till-dawn spots in town.
In 1943, when Frank Sinatra became a solo act, he made his Los Angeles debut at the Mocambo.
In the mid 1950s, Ella Fitzgerald became the first black performer at the Mocambo, after Marilyn Monroe lobbied the owner for the booking.
The club’s main stage was replicated on the TV series I Love Lucy as the “Tropicana” Club.
The Mocambo closed in 1959. The site is now a parking lot for a Burger King restaurant that features artwork from the interior of the original building.

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PIONEERS: FIRST WOMEN FILMMAKERS

Indie distributor Kino Lorber is partnering with actress Illeana Douglas to restore the early films of American women directors. 

  • Ruth Ann Baldwin: 49-’17
  • Alice Guy Blaché: Canned Harmony, A House Divided, The Ocean Waif
  • Grace Cunard: The Purple Mask serial (misc. episodes)
  • Dorothy Davenport Reid: The Red Kimona
  • Gene Gauntier: A Girl Spy Before Vicksburg, Further Adventures of the Girl Spy
  • Helen Holmes: The Hazards of Helen serial (misc. episodes)
  • Cleo Madison: Her Defiance, Eleanor’s Catch
  • Frances Marion: Just Around the Corner
  • Mabel Normand: Caught in a Cabaret, Mabel’s Blunder
  • Ida May Park: Bread
  • Nell Shipman: Something New
  • Lois Weber: Fine Feathers, From Death to Life, The Rosary, Suspense, Hypocrites,Where Are My Children?
  • Elsie Jane Wilson: The Dream Lady

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