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Clarence Hotel on a fragrant
evening in Seneca Falls, NY
in the summer


Martinis in the Winter snow... in Seneca Falls NY

 

Martinis in the Winter snow...in Seneca Falls NY

There is a dream swirling around to create an It's a Wonderful Life Museum in Seneca Falls New York. There are a lot of folks like me, who have collections of It's a Wonderful Life memorabilia. What better place for exhibiting these precious items than in Seneca Falls, the home of the "It's a wonderful Life Festival" in December.There is a building that was the original town movie theater in the early 1900's. This would be a perfect location for folks to enjoy the film  nostalgia all year long
I would love to be able to share my displays for all to enjoy.

We are working on funding for the museum and could use all the help we can find. If you have ideas, items to exhibit or would like to contribute.

Please contact:
Anwei Law
alaw@idealeprosydignity.org

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A recent photo of Bob Anderson


Bob Anderson in
It's a Wonderful Life

 

Robert J. Anderson, child actor who was young George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, passed away on June 8th, 2008.

By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Robert J. Anderson, a former child actor best known for playing the young George Bailey in the 1946 Christmas film classic "It's a Wonderful Life," has died. He was 75.

Known as Bobbie when he was young and Bob as an adult, Anderson died Friday of melanoma at his Palm Springs home, said Stephen Cox, a family friend and author of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book."

Anderson was 12 when director Frank Capra cast him as Jimmy Stewart's youthful counterpart in the heartwarming tale set in Bedford Falls. As the adult George Bailey contemplates suicide, his life is told in flashback so his guardian angel Clarence can get to know him. Young George rescues his brother from drowning, dreams about being an explorer and saves the town pharmacist, Mr. Gower, from accidentally poisoning a customer.

In 1996, on the 50th anniversary of the movie's release, Anderson recalled shooting scenes with H.B. Warner, who played Mr. Gower.

"He actually bloodied my ear," Anderson told Cox for a Times story. "My ear was beat up, and my face was red and I was in tears. . . . I didn't know what we were building for. H.B. was perfect. He reached the crescendo. At the end when it was all over, he was very lovable. He grabbed me and hugged me, and he meant it."

The film, which initially flopped, became a holiday favorite in recent decades after it started airing repeatedly on TV when the copyright lapsed in the 1970s.

Anderson was born March 6, 1933, to a Hollywood family. His father, Gene Anderson, was involved in production at Columbia Pictures, and his uncle, William Beaudine, was a prolific director. Bobbie Anderson first appeared on screen as a toddler and went on to roles in the 1940 Shirley Temple movie "Young People," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945) and "The Bishop's Wife" (1947), among others. He also appeared on TV, including a supporting role to Disney's "Spin and Marty" characters in the 1950s.

After serving in the Navy as a photographer, Anderson became an assistant director, production manager and producer for various studios.

"Most people don't know what happened to him, mainly because he stayed behind the cameras," Cox said Saturday. "Not that he didn't like 'It's a Wonderful Life.' He was very proud of his work in it."

Anderson is survived by his wife, Victoria; three sons, John of Lake Arrowhead, Bob Jr. of Long Beach and Joe of San Bernardino; three daughters, Kathleen Inman of Nyack, N.Y., Deborah Gutierrez of Boise, Idaho, and Heidi Anderson-Robinson of Ventura; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Beau Anderson; and a sister, Virginia McAfee.

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Karolyn with Argentina Brunetti at a recent event

DATELINE - ROME, ITALY - 20 DECEMBER 2005: ARGENTINA BRUNETTI passed away in her sleep last night at the age of 98.

She left us with the knowledge that she had fulfilled her dream of recounting the story of her theatrical family to the world and that her novel on this subject, “In Sicilian Company”, had finally been published. Among her last wishes were that proceeds of her book and any future related movie or TV mini series would go to the Argentina Brunetti Foundation, to help needy children throughout the world. She also did not want to have her ‘Argentina Brunetti‘s Hollywood Stories’ weekly weblog stopped. Her son, Mario Brunetti, has promised his mother that all these programs will continue.

Argentina’s entertainment legacy began in 1907 when she was born and baptized on the stage of the Arbeo Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her dream of following in her mother’s footsteps as an actress would not be daunted and through tenacity and determination, she overcame many adversities in her long life, following that dream, first expressing her artistic attributes as a painter and pianist in school, then appearing in stage plays all over the world, voice synchronizing motion pictures in Hollywood, followed by her acting in movies, beginning with “It’s a Wonderful Life” and television, totaling one hundred and thirty five films. She was also a song writer, radio script writer and talk show host, Voice of America narrator, Hollywood Foreign Press journalist, author and even weblogger.

She has been honoured for her artistic and journalistic achievements throughout her career and was awarded the title of "Cavalier of the Republic" by the government of Italy, for her efforts in enhancing Italian – U.S. relations through her many positive film portrayals of Italians and Italian Americans. She has also been nominated for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Throughout her life, Argentina always had a positive attitude and considered life a series of challenges where anything and everything was possible if one made the required efforts. She not only hoped for a better world, but did many things to make it happen and for this she will be truly missed by family and friends around the world. Argentina will rest in peace along side her husband Miro at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Visit her webblog at www.ArgentinaBrunetti.com or see her book available at www.InSicilianCompany.com.

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  George Bailey Ranked in Top Fifty Heroes of all Time

The American Film Institute (AFI) recently revealed the top fifty heroesof all time. The fifty heroes were chosen from 400 character nominees on ballots sent to 1,500 actors, directors and critics.

George Bailey was voted ninth.... out of that 400.

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New York Times Quotes Cannes Film Star Ludvine Sagnier on how she Identified with Zuzu

July 4, 2003 (Karolyn's birthday!)

Ludvine Sagnier, at Cannes had not one but two films recognized at the festival.

Ludvine Sagnier, born and raised in France is a strikingly sensual 23 year old actress who appeared in two Cannes features. Francois Ozon's "Swimming Pool" and Claude Miller's "Petite Lili", is the real thing...

She traces her fascination with movies to her early childhood. "When I was a kid I had my own version of an Oedipal crisis, except I fixated on James Stewart instead of focusing on my father. It was because of Zuzu, James Stewart's daughter in It's a Wonderful Life. I identified with Zuzu. Some people identify with the Rosebud of Orson Welles. I identify myself with Zuzu's petals in It's a Wonderful Life."

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