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Post by Nicky80 on Sun 02 Mar 2014, 16:51

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pictures of that nursing home in this link


 At the nursing Home of Hollywood: The Jurassic Park

Pensions? For real stars no problem. However, the ground personnel of the U.S. film industry often destitute ages, even the ex-"Dallas" producer is depleted. Him and many other Hollywood has the pensioners home Woodland Hills donated, in the sun, the old men in the splendor of yesteryear.

People like Bob Martinez are the backbone of Hollywood. Throughout his life, has struggled the 80 -year-old behind the scenes of film and television , as a stage manager , assistant , dogsbody . Until he had to reluctantly put to rest . "Eventually ," he says, smiling , " you just can not anymore."

But while the big stars rarely have to worry about their retirement , the nameless assembly line workers of the dream factory aged are often left with nothing. So also Martinez . Why he , skeptical at first , together with his wife and two dogs moved here ten years ago , the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital - onsite in Hollywood nursing home.
We meet in the Social Hall Martinez , a plush room where the past lives . The tables are finely covered as for a banquet , hanging on the walls black and white photos of those icons whose fame Martinez and his colleagues have been possible. Liz Taylor. Alfred Hitchcock . Cary Grant with Grace Kelly. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

" Wonderfully here , is not it ? " Says Martinez , who has made clear peace with his new home . "Where else can I go the other way ? "

The Jodie Foster - pool

In the suburb of Woodland Hills northwest of Hollywood hiding this worldwide unique nursing home - a retirement haven of U.S. cinema industry . Funded by donations, spend here about a thousand filmmakers together the late autumn of life: studio executives, actors , screenwriters, directors , cameramen , extras , agents, animators , masks and costume .

"In our business , you can climb quickly and crash again," says Bob Beitcher , chief executive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund ( MPTF ), which operates the Country House . "There is no safety net. "

Approximately for Merv Adelson : The ex- Mogul , whose production company Lorimar Film and Television once dominated ( "Dallas ," " Falcon Crest ," " An Officer and a Gentleman" ) , was deeply fallen and lived in abject poverty. As a "Vanity Fair" revealed his misery , Beitcher invited him to Woodland Hills: "One day the curtain falls for everyone. 

Next door lives Connie Sawyer. The 101 -year-old is the oldest member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars - and Hollywood's oldest active actress . " She drives nor even to audition ," says Beitcher , " except in the evening. "
Seventeen acres includes the land of meadows, hills and gardens. The idyll is almost unreal : birds chirping , the smell of jasmine, somewhere someone practicing scales on the piano.

Between the hedges cut to bungalows, houses, a hospital , a named after Jodie Foster swimming pool, a modern cinema and a health center with medical offices find . In the gym dozens seniors play with medicine balls and giggle it.

The Country House offers financial advisory services , nursing services and social contact through activities such as card games and a private TV cable stations . At the Academy Awards on Sunday evening ( starting from 1 clock in the live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE ) they are planning a big viewing party with " cakes and light refreshments ."

Donation by George Clooney

Next to the library ten spirited old men sit around a table , the weekly writing group. Topic: memoirs. "We have to tell a lot of stories ," says Tony Lawrence , 85, a legendary producer ( "Bonanza" ), whereupon the ladies whistle .

The decor is as old as Hollywood itself your story began in 1921 with the ancestors of the then young silent-film industry - Charlie Chaplin , his best friend Douglas Fairbanks sen , whose wife Mary Pickford and DW . Griffith, the director of the legendary early work " The Birth of a Nation" (1915 ) .

In order to offer their crews hopeful prospects , they founded a foundation. The first donations were modest : " Fred needs a new suit for the role," is on the registration card No. 1 "Five dollars. "

1940 was Foundation President Jean Hersholt built the first residence in 1948 was followed by the clinic. However, the image suffered over the years . Last 2009, when the then leadership suddenly decided to close the long-term care department for reasons of cost and their 138 patients - some of which were only recently been drafted in good faith - to put on the road.

A protest campaign revealed financial discrepancies and allegations of abuse, a woman died shortly after she had moved out. Finally MPTF boss David Tillman resigned. His successor was Beitcher, who previously led the Panavision camera manufacturer. 
New calls for donations again brought money into the empty treasury. Stars such as George Clooney and DreamWorks studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg involved. The current financial campaign should run in $ 350 million, of which more than $ 300 million are already there. 

The people disturbs the eddy little old. "I would not know where I would be if not here," says Bob Martinez. What he most appreciates here? Because he thinks not long after: "I am no longer needs to worry about tomorrow."
Casamigos with Mr Clooney

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Post by LornaDoone on Sun 02 Mar 2014, 20:33


A listing of 10 famous people who have lived at the Motion Picture Country House.

In 1940, Jean Hersholt did a very cool thing - he bought nearly 50 acres of land through the Motion Picture Relief Fund, which he co-founded, and turned part of the property into the Motion Picture Country House. It was a place for those in the motion picture industry to retire and be cared for (if need be) when they had nowhere else to go. What's so cool about it is that the people who lived there only paid based on their ability to pay - if they couldn't afford to, they didn't have to. Sadly, at the beginning of this year, the Motion Picture & Television Fund and Jeffrey Katzenberg (the current chairman) announced that the House would be closing due to financial difficulties. Some people suspect that the Fund invested with Bernie Madoff and lost a ton of money (as Katzenberg did), but the Fund has so far said that's not true.

At any rate, it will be a great loss to the Hollywood community. People with film careers ranging from lighting and makeup to A-List actors and actresses have found a home there during their times of need "“ here are 10 of them.

1. Bud Abbott, of Abbott and Costello fame, of course.

2. Mary Astor, who was one of the biggest movie stars in the 1930s and is probably best known for her role in The Maltese Falcon opposite Humphrey Bogart. She died of respiratory failure at the House in 1987.

3. Norman Fell, AKA Mr. Roper! But you already knew that.

4. Curly Howard, the Stooge Jim Carrey is putting on 50 pounds to play in an upcoming movie. Toward the end of his life, Curly's mental health deteriorated and he spent some time being cared for at the House. He was later transferred elsewhere as his needs were too extreme for the House. He was only 48 when he died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

5. DeForest Kelley, best-known for his role as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the Star Trek empire.

6. Hattie McDaniel, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

7. Jean Parker, an actress who had parts in a lot of westerns over the years and also starred on Broadway.

8. Anne Ramsey, whom you likely know from The Goonies and Throw Mama From the Train.

9. Johnny Weissmuller, the sixth Tarzan. Although he was the sixth, he was probably the most well-known thanks to his distinctive Tarzan yell. After suffering a series of strokes, he stayed at the House for a few weeks before moving to Acapulco to live out his last few years. He died in 1984.

10. Norma Shearer, lest you think it's just bit players and people who mismanaged their money who go to the Motion Picture Country House. Norma was not only one of the most celebrated actresses ever (she was nominated for six Best Actress Oscars over the course of her career), she was also considered the "Queen of MGM" when she married Irving Thalberg, a producer and executive at MGM. She died at the House in 1983 of pneumonia and Alzheimer's complications.

This list pre-dates the article above, because of course, the facility did not close since as noted in the article above, top Hollywood movers and shakers have donated a good portion of the money they needed to keep the facility open.

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Post by it's me on Sun 02 Mar 2014, 23:20

so sweet
so important for them!
it's me
it's me
George Clooney fan forever!

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