American actress and singer Mae West, was born on this day in 1893. West's career began on vaudeville during her teenage years, under the moniker 'Baby Mae', while she incorporated various personas into her act. She eventually ended up on Broadway, where she directed and starred in a 1926 play titled, 'Sex'. The play drew the ire of religious groups and subsequently local officials, who prosecuted her for moral charges. Her success and publicity on Broadway led her to signing a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1932, where she would star in films like, 'She Done Him Wrong' (1933), 'I'm No Angel' (1933), 'Belle of the Nineties' (1934), and 'Klondike Annie' (1936), the first two of which co-starred Cary Grant. Aside from her acting career, West released several albums, including, 'The Fabulous Mae West' (1955) and 'Way Out West' (1966).
Got a box of free tapes, most was garbo or stuff I had already this is what I kept. Bubble Boy, Panic Room, Mulholland Drive, Juwanna Mann, WWF Unforgiven 99 (no slip), The Jungle Book (Blockbuster tape) and bunch of other random stuff. Oh well it was free.
“They” say that LA has car culture. Obviously! For a city that built out instead of up and one that really grew after the mass attainment of motor vehicles... yeah, cars are a big deal in LA. And so are our drives. Looking at this sweet pic by @ezequiel_don1 makes me want to driiiiiiiive!⠀
What are your favorite LA drives? I usually suggest the PCH, Mullholland, and Angeles Crest Highway. But share your favorites... I’m always looking for new recommendations! ⠀
Great time had at the Hollywood Bowl. Who else caught Oscar D’Leon and Gustavo Dudamel last night? Growing up with el Sonero del Mundo as a part of my life’s soundtrack, each song brought back so many vivid memories. The only thing missing was vocalist, Vladimir. Do you have a favorite Oscar D’Leon song? Mine is, “Mira Pa’ Ahi.”
My homegirl Mallie from the Valley is a homecare nurse 👩⚕️😇 and the first passenger I’ve ever picked up a second time so she deserves a song 🎶. She opened the door to get in and we both just laughed 🤣 as I’d picked her up a couple months ago to drop her with a client. This photo 📷 was taken at her new clients home 🏡 on top of Mulholland Drive overlooking the city. 🚙💊
Then I dilly, dally, I drove through the alley
I bumped into my homegirl Mallie from the valley
This was a girl that was hard to forget
So I said "Hop in!" cause she looked upset
She said uh, "It's all because of you
that our first ride is through
You drove away
And my commute is filled with alternate ways
I missed you so
How much you'll never know
You dropped me off and drove away from me".
Detail: “Born to Lose; Live to Win” painting by my assistant, Nikita Budkov who celebrated his 23rd Birthday yesterday,8/16/2018. So young and so talented. “Born to Lose; Live to Win”
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American actor Robert De Niro was born on this day in 1943. The only child of two painters, De Niro found solace in acting at an early age and decided to pursue acting by age 16, studying at HB Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. His first role came in Brian de Palma's 1963 film, 'The Wedding Party', which not released until 1969, after he began gaining recognition for his work off-Broadway. His appearance in Martin Scorsese's film, 'Mean Streets' (1973) began a successful collaboration between the two filmmakers with works like 'Taxi Driver' (1976), 'Raging Bull' (1980), 'Goodfellas' (1990), and 'Casino' (1995). It was his portrayal of a young Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather Part II' (1974) that earned him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first such actor to win the award speaking mainly in a foreign language. His other Academy Award came for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull', also starring one of his frequent collaborators, Joe Pesci. Pictured above is De Niro as Don Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's, 'The Godfather Part II'.