Sunday, November 29, 2015

RIP Gloria Grant

The Desert Sun
November 29, 2015

GLORIA GREER died peacefully in her sleep at home on Oct. 30 with daughters Norma and Ann by her side, after a valiant and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Born in New York City she was the daughter of Broadway producer-composer Anatol Friedland and Rosalind Schiff. Playmates included Hal Price. Parents' friends included Ed Sullivan and Dolores and Bob Hope. After her father's death Gloria and her mom moved west, where her Mother re-married Emmy Nominated Director Lew Landers. Gloria attended Beverly Hills High School and studied at UCLA. A natural athlete Gloria rode her first horse at 5 years old, swam every day during the summer through 2014, and could do cartwheels into her 60's. During high school, moxie Gloria joined Circle Theater in Hollywood, and acted and wrote under the name Gloria Grant. She wrote about what kids in Hollywood were doing, and then hosted her own teen TV show on KHJ Channel 9. Gloria was the original "Trudy Bower" on the Guiding Light radio show. Her journalism talent came naturally, her mother wrote for the New York World and a great uncle was editor at the Frankfurter Zeitung in Frankfurt, Germany. For more than 20 years, Gloria was columnist and feature writer for the Pulitzer Prize winning Press-Enterprise, with her "Stars on the Desert". Greer was a correspondent for Variety (weekly), Newsweek Magazine, Newsweek News Service, Associated Press, and Town and Country Magazine, where one contribution was a 23-page spread on the Coachella Valley. When TV came to the desert, Greer brought her Stars on the Desert to the local ABC affiliate, and then to the NBC affiliate, KMIR, where she appeared for 25 years on the nightly news. She edited and published Sand to Sea magazine, founded in 74' with her mother, and then sold to Palm Springs Life in '99. After leaving KMIR, Greer, created, produced and hosted two television shows for Time Warner and PBS in Southern California: Conversations with Gloria Greer and Exploring the Arts. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' inducted Greer into its prestigious Silver Circle for her 25 + years on air. Greer was the first journalist to receive a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 1997. Other honors include one of the women "We Most Want to Watch" by the Desert Post Weekly, recipient of the California Hispanic Print Media Award; Television Personality of the Year Award - Sun City Community Association, Desert Business Achievement Awards' Spirit of the Valley Award, the Spiritual Life Ministries Award, the Athena Award as Entrepreneur of the Year, and Patriot of the Year by the Association of Naval Aviation for a two part series she filmed from the aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln; Good Samaritan of the Year award, the Woman of Achievement Award from The American Friends of Hebrew University, the Palm Springs Woman's Press Club's named her Press Woman of the Year, and Palm Springs Women in Film & Television's Broken Glass Award. Gloria believed true success is measured by giving back to those less fortunate. She was passionate about both the performing and visual arts. She served on numerous non-profit boards. (For a full list, visit In 1999, when daughter Norma was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Gloria founded ACT for MS. She served on the board until her death, as well as being a current board member of Opera Showcase, the Palm Springs Air Museum and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Diminutive in stature Gloria Greer had a larger than life personality. She was afraid of nothing. She traveled the world and read voraciously. She asked questions of perfect strangers who became lifelong friends and arrived late at every party, but as friends said "when Gloria arrived ….the Party began." Greer was preceded in death by her husband, Norman J. Greer, Jr. She is survived by her golden retriever Tallulah, her twin daughters Ann and Norma, and two grandsons, Christian and Jean-Paul Chalupa. A Celebration of Life open to the public at the Camelot Theater on Monday, Nov. 30th, 5 PM Social hour and 6 PM Formal program. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ACT for Multiple Sclerosis, the Palm Springs Air Museum or Opera Showcase of the Desert.

GRANT, Gloria (Gloria Friedland)
Born: 10/11/1928, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/30/2015, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.

Gloria Grant’s westerns – actress:
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1951 (Mary Gage)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Ann Hartley, Donna Turek)
Circus Boy (TV) – 1957 (Alice Lilly)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

RIP Norbert Gastell

Simpsons - voice actor Norbert Gastell deceased

November 28, 2015

Norbert Gastell is dead. The actor and voice actor died on Thursday in Munich.  He is best known as the German voice of Homer Simpson.  In September he spoke the lyrics for the upcoming season of the animated series.

In 1929 Norbert Gastell was born in Buenos Aires. After moving with the family he visited in Munich Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium and went before his Abitur at the drama school of Ruth von Zerboni. In 1950 he got his first stage commitment in Tübingen. Six years later, Munich became his artistic home, where he was engaged, inter alia, the People's Theatre.

In the 60's Norbert Gastell was often seen on television, among other things, he played the Forestry Director Leonhard in the ZDF series Forsthaus Falkenau.

But he was known for his many activities as a voice actor. He voiced among other things, the neighbors Trevor Ochmonek in the series ALF and is the German voice of Homer Simpson. He had more engagements among others for Gummibärchen Bande, Spiderman and his extraordinary family and South Park.  In addition, he said, the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter. In September, he was responsible for the coming season, the words of Homer Simpson.

GASTELL, Norbert (Emilio Norberto Otto Max Gastell)
Born: 10/14/1929, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 11/26/2015, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Norbert Gastell’s westerns – voice actor:
River Pirates of the Mississippi – 1963 [German voice of Roy]
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 [German voice of Aldo Sambrell]
Blood at Sundown – 1966 [German voice of Carlo D’Angelo]
Count Bobby, the Terror of the West – 1966 [German voice of Mavid Popovic]
5 Giants from Texas - 1966 [German voice of Vassili Karamesinis]
The Big Gundown - 1967 [German DVD 2004 voice of Walter Barnes]
The Leatherstocking Tales (TV) - 1969 [German voice of Pierre Massimi, Indian]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [German voice of Mel Gaines]
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 [German voice of Jean Louis]
Hellhounds of Alaska – 1973 [German voice of Voyo Goric]
Zorro – 1975 [German voice of Giampiero Albertini]
Cold Mountain - 2003 [German voice of Donald Southerland]

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

RIP María del Puy

Suddenly at 78 years of age the Navarre dies actress María del Puy Alonso González has died

She worked at RNE, Radio Continental and Radio Madrid and was "the voice" of actresses like Ingrid Bergman, Liz Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Glenn Close Liza Minelli or ...

Noticias de Navarra
November 25, 2015

MADRID. Navarre actress María del Puy Alonso González suddenly died today in Madrid at age 78, as reported by Efe her son Javier.

The cause of death of the actress, explained his son was "a heart attack or stroke."

It is envisaged that the chapel this afternoon to open in Parcesa facilities in Tres Cantos.

The last work of the artist in the theater was in "Slander" Fiorella Faltoyano next eight years ago.

Alonso, graduated in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, the city where she also studied acting at the Royal College of Dramatic Arts and the School of Cinema.

She worked at RNE, Radio Continental and Radio Madrid and was "the voice" of actresses like Ingrid Bergman, Liz Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Glenn Close and Liza Minelli.

Among its leading titles are "Mi calle", of Edgar Neville, released in 1960, the year of "Mi último tango" and "Navidades en junio".

She starred in "Yo la vi primero," directed by and starring Fernando Fernan Gomez, and "El juego del diablo" by Jorge Damel, both of 1975, "Batida de raposas" by Carlos Serrano, in 1976 and "El gran Serafin" by José María Ulloque, 1987.

del PUY, María (María del Puy Alonso González)
Born: 1938, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Died: 11/25/2015, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

María del Puy’s westerns – voice actor:
Tres hombres Buenos – 1963 [Spanish voice of Charo Del Rio]
Two Mafiamen in the Far West – 1964 [Spanish voice of Loretta Gagliardini]
A Place Called Glory – 1965 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 [Spanish voice of Sophie Daumier]
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Tour Grave – 1971 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
A Town Called Hell – 1971 [Spanish voice of Stella Stevens]
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave – 1972 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
The Call of the Wild – 1972 [Spanish voice of Michele Mercier]
Three Musketeers of the West – 1973 [Spanish voice of Karin Schubert]
White Fang – 1973 [Spanish voice of Carole André]
The Stranger and the Gunfighter – 1974 [Spanish voice of Betty Shepard]
California – 1977 [Spanish voice of Paola Bose]

RIP Hugh Chapman

Daily Breeze
November 25, 2015

Hugh Chapman our husband and father died on November 22, 2015. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Yvonne and his children Cindy, Mike, Paul, Mark and Louise. He was preceded in death by his son Chris. Hugh also leaves his grandchildren Sean, Eileen, Ryan, Megan, Evan, Kevin, Hugh and Julie. Hugh was a child actor in Hollywood during the 1930's and 1940's in many movies and the Little Rascals. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Hugh, a 60 year resident of Torrance, had distribution dealerships with Herald Examiner and LA Times. He owned Frank's Liquor Store in downtown Torrance and was an usher for 9 years at St. James Catholic Church. Hugh always had a joke or story to tell. He loved to make you laugh. We will miss our Irishman! Viewing and rosary at Rice Funeral Home Wednesday 12/2, 5 -9pm and Funeral at St. James Catholic Church, Thursday 12/3 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to the Alzheimer's Association . Visit to send the family messages and share memories.

Born: 12/23/1927 Hillrose, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2015, Torrance, California, U.S.A.

Hugh Chapman’s westerns – actor:
Tom Sawyer – 1938 (schoolboy)
Belle Starr – 1941 (Tench’s son)

RIP Elmo Williams

Brookings' Elmo Williams dies at age 102

Curry Coastal Pilot
By Scott Graves
November 25, 2015

Long-time Brookings resident and retired Hollywood film producer Elmo Williams died peacefully in his home at 4:30 a.m. today (Nov. 25) at the age of 102.

Williams, who had been in a semi-lucid state since Friday after taking medication for heart trouble, spent his final days surrounded by family and friends. They celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday, setting a plate for Elmo at the dinner table near his bed and serving his favorite food and toasting him with his favorite German wine.

“It was a very peaceful passing,” said Elmo’s adult daughter Stacy Williams.

A memorial for Elmo is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Brookings Elks Lodge. The time of the event is high noon, after the movie High Noon, in which Elmo received an Academy Award as film editor. The family will hold a private service before then.

Check Saturday's Curry Coastal Pilot for a full story and photos about Elmo Williams.

WILLIAMS, Elmo (Elmo James Williams)
Born: 4/30/2013, Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 11/25/2015, Brookings, Oregon, U.S.A.

Elmo Williams’ westerns producer, director, cinematographer, film editor:
Hellgate – 1952 [film editor]
High Noon – 1952 [film editor]
The Tall Texas – 1953 [director, film editor]
The Cowboy – 1954 [producer, director, cinematographer, film editor]
Apache Warrior – 1957 [director]
Hell Canyon Outlaws – 1957 [film editor]