This week in the Hills, we feature three men, one world famous for being a royal, another world renowned for his bestselling autobiography on the life of a Warner Bros. Studios former contract player, whose life unfortunately went downhill, and the author’s book is a warning to many starlets in Hollywood, who somehow haven’t learned the lessons from Marilyn Monroe’s fate, to others such as Barbara Payton, Dorothy Dandridge and even Judy Garland. Some seem to never learn from the mistakes of the past, so pick up his book, and maybe you’ll not be foolish enough to make the same mistakes many of their betters did before them. Listen up Lilo!
Firstly however, it’s His Royal Hotness, Prince Harry, who spoke about his charity work Wednesday night in South Africa – and of hoping that his mother,
Princess Diana, would be proud of his efforts. Diana worked to help those with HIV/Aids and Harry, 28, is doing the same in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho that he has been visiting this week. The Prince spoke after a whirlwind visit to the kingdom. There, he checked up on the work of the charity Sentebale that he set up with friend Prince Seeiso in memory of their late mothers.
Addressing a gala dinner in Johannesburg in neighboring South Africa, Harry said he hoped both mothers would be looking down with pride. “I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name,” he said of Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. “I hope that my mother will be proud, too.”
Maybe, just maybe, they are together somewhere up there, with blueprints and sketches already mapped out! I can only hope we put the swings in the right place,” he told the guests.
“Talking about HIV and understanding it isn’t dangerous,” Harry said at the dinner. “Denying it, or not knowing about it, definitely is.”
Trust us, Harry! Diana is very proud!
And what about the bestselling author himself? John O’Dowd is a freelance writer and celebrity biographer, and the author of Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story which was published by BearManor Media in 2007. His over two dozen interviews and articles with various actors and recording artists have appeared in Filmfax, Outre, Discoveries, Motown Chatbusters, Phantom of the Movies’ Videoscope, Cult Movies, Chiller Theatre, Femme Fatales, Weird NJ, Glamour Girls: Then and Now, and Psychotronic Video magazines, as well as on the Internet.
He has worked in the publishing industry since 1989, beginning his career at the New Jersey based Gordon Publications. John is a fourth generation resident of the Pine Brook section of Montville Township, NJ, where his family owned and operated a successful, statewide dairy business for over 80 years. He is currently working with 1950s cult movie actress and former Playboy Playmate Sally Todd on her memoir, tentatively titled A Wild Child in Hollywood.
John is also working on a photo book titled Barbara Payton: A Life in Pictures, which will contain over 600 rare and previously unpublished images from the life and career of the late actress, as well as associated text from John and Barbara’s best friend and sister-in-law, Jan Redfield.
Please check out his amazing biography at Amazon.com.
See you next week!
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Prince Harry by Buckingham Palace, Barbara Payton from John O’Dowd’s private collection, which was colorized by Stephen Daddario, and Dobes by Family Dobes
Follow us on Twitter @HighlightHwd or @LightfootinHwd