Friday, July 31, 2015


 I've recently brainstormed a possible series for TCM entitled "Where's My Bess." Bob Osborne would be the host and there would be four panelists with laser beams. One of the panelists would be a celeb along the lines of Little Baby Peggy, Marsha Hunt or Mary Carlisle. A film clip would be shown containing a crowd scene in which Bess Flowers, Queen of the Dress Extras (869 films), appears as a background player. The first panelist who spots Flowers and flashes on her image with his/her beam wins. When they do so, they must also shout out "There's my Bess." It has to be those EXACT words or it doesn't count.They would win a dinner with Leonard Maltin or Richard Lamparski or Tony Slide. Meanwhile, I guess I've just got too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(voice of Westbrook Van Van Voorhis) On this day in history in 1984 . .

. . .  Queen of the Dress Extras, Bess Flowers, ascended unto that great cattle call in the sky

Friday, July 03, 2015

I Get Dizzy Just Thinkin' About It

Here is the final lineup of "Dramatis Personae" in my forthcoming book (now called) "Shared Air: My Six Decade Interface with Celebrity" To be published by Landfill Press, Fall 2015 *** Charles Laughton - Robert Blake - Little Jimmy Scott - Lou Levy - Nico - Severn Darden - Tim Hardin - Tim Reid - Jane Harvey - Dusty Springfield - Chris Connor - Mary Ann McCall - John F. Kennedy - Lizabeth Scott - Joe Franklin - Stanley Siegel - Dan Propper - Elizabeth Montgomery - Djuna Barnes - Myrna Loy - Billy Wilder - Shelley Winters - Chet Baker - Lucy Ann Polk - Jo Stafford - Paul Weston - Oscar Brown, Jr. - Marilyn Bergman - Nat Shapiro - Fayard Nicholas - Charlie Mingus - Fred Katz - Carl Van Vechten - Frank Zappa - Salvador Dali - Dame Joan Collins - Barbara Stanwyck - Neal Cassady - Ricky Jay - Chuck Berry- Blossom Dearie - Miles Davis - Nino Tempo - Leslie Nielson - Priscilla Presley - Ricardo Montalban - Gore Vidal - Ruth Olay - Sir Richard Rodney Bennett - Demas Dean - Bumps Blackwell - Sally Marr - Richard Berry - Charles Manson - Page Cavanaugh - Paul Giamatti - Frances E. Williams - Wonderful Smith - Johnny Carson - Michael Legrand - Herb Jeffries - Dave Frishberg - Sir Ian McKellen - Van Dyke Parks - Annie Ross - Sarah Vaughan - Cynthia Harris - Jimi Hendrix - Bette Midler - Noreen Nash re: Lucille Bremer - Walter Shenson re: The Beatles - Alan Livingston re: Yma Sumac - Don Bagley re: Julie London - Clayburn Pierson - Tuesday Weld - Barbara Harris