Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse (Maronie Creative Services, LLC)
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Carla Laemmle, at Monster Rally 1999 held in Washington, D.C. Carla was so pleased with this photo that she asked for extra copies to send to a foreign film museum's exhibit of her famous Uncle Carl's career. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

CARLA LAEMMLE, GONE AT 104

  If I have to run one more memorial for the passing of a Hollywood great, I’m going to have to change the title of this site to Sam Maronie’s Obituary Funhouse. There’s certainly no fun in marking the pa...
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Poor Shemp is about to receive the business end of brother Moe's hammer.  This was standard behavior in the comedy team's short-subjects. Larry Fine (l) contemplates some mayhem of his own. (c) Columbia

FOR THE LOVE OF SHEMP

  They called him ‘The Ugliest Man in the Movies.’ Perhaps that’s not the nicest way to describe comedian Shemp Howard, but he was certainly one of the funniest! He was a brother to Moe Howard, the ringle...
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'Three Daring Daughters' (1948) was another of those turgid Joe Pasternak-produced musicals that dripped with syrupy sweetness!  They were always overstuffed with kitsch and guaranteed to bring on diabetes! There's birthday-girl Elinor Donahue on the far right. Back row are actresses Ann Todd and Jane Powell. Seated is pianist Jose Iturbi and  singer Jeanette MacDonald. (c) MGM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELINOR DONAHUE!

  Mary Elinor Donahue was born April 19, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington. She started out as a child player in vaudeville and later appeared in a few low-budget musicals at Universal Studios in the 1940s. She continued to appea...
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