The Hollywood Museum Celebrates Ida Lupino And Dame Olivia de Havilland

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The Hollywood Museum played host to author, Mary Anderson (personal assistant and confidant to TV and film star, Ida Lupino, for the release of her new book “IDA LUPINO: BEYOND THE CAMERA: 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.”  Hand written letters from the late star were presented and film legend, while Olivia de Havilland, was celebrated for what is her 103rd birthday today.2ODLtrs5x7

Donelle Dadigan (Founder/President of The Hollywood Museum), invited a celebrated roster of stars to celebrate author Mary Anderson  and her new book, IDA LUPINO: BEYOND THE CAMERA: 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, with a special presentation as part of the ongoing lobby series  at The Hollywood Museum (www.thehollywoodmuseum.com).  This special gathering also celebrated the 103rd birthday of movie legend Olivia de Havilland (July 1st)
Donelle Dadigan, Founder & President of The World Famous Hollywood Museum, unveiled and book hand written letters between Lupino and movie legend Olivia de Havilland. For the first time ever, these personal letters are on display in addition to a special note that Olivia de Havilland sent from Paris for this occasion.

Kathleen Hughes (Who launched her career in Rad House with Ida Lupino), Donelle Dadigan and Terry Moore

Kathleen Hughes (Who launched her career in Rad House with Ida Lupino), Donelle Dadigan and Terry Moore

“We are thrilled to have Mary Anderson who was the  confidant and personal assistant to film and TV star  Ida Lupino,  pioneer actress turned director . she was one of the only female filmmakers working during the 1950’s in the Hollywood studio system” Donelle Dadigan, owner of The Hollywood Museum
Among the celebrated guests who shared comments were …
Susan Olsen (Brady Bunch) – “Ida Lupino was a true pioneer for women in Hollywood. Todays ladies can learn quite a few lessons from this great talent!”
Tracey Weisert (Neighbors) – “What a joy it was to be at this evening’s festivities to celebrate 2 of Hollywood’s grande dames! Olivia DeHavilland’s 103rd birthday & female director/actress Ida Lupino’s fine contributions to the film industry. It was delightful soiree at the terrific Hollywood Museum.”

Mary Anderson and Donelle Dadigan toast Ida Lupino, whose photo (signed to Max Factor) appears on the Max Factor Studio lobby wall.

Mary Anderson and Donelle Dadigan toast Ida Lupino, whose photo (signed to Max Factor) appears on the Max Factor Studio lobby wall.

Kate Linder (Y&R) – “There is always something new and wonderful to experience at The Hollywood Museum. Last night was no exception. Olivia de Havilland turns 103 today so we all celebrated the famed actress together with letters, movie posters, her favorite kind of birthday cake, complete with a champagne toast enjoyed by all. It may have been June 30 in Hollywood, but it was already July 1 in Paris, where the Oscar-winner lives.”
Rico Anderson (Orville) – “As one of the last surviving members of Hollywoods Golden Age of Classic Hollywood, and still alive and doing well at the age of 103 today, Olivia de Havilland has definitely earned the respect and admiration that she has fought hard for and continues to fight for throughout her illustrious career. Happy Birthday and many many more!  As one of the first female filmmakers in Hollywood, Ida Lupino put thousands of cracks in a glass ceiling that has helped to pave the way for female directors and power players such as Ava Duvernay, Sophia Copola, Penny Marshall and Debbie Allen to name a few. Add her amazing acting career in the mix and you have a double threat that was rarely heard of in a world where women weren’t expected to excel like she and very few had at the time.”

Mary Anderson with film poster from "Road House" starring Ida Lupino

Mary Anderson with film poster from “Road House” starring Ida Lupino

and, of course, two time Emmy nominee, Lee Purcell (Valley Girl), who has the distinction of playing Ms deHavilland (with permission) in “My Wicked, Wicked Ways, the story of Errol Flynn,” remarked, “What a wonderful experience it was to honor Hollywood legends Ida Lupino and Olivia de Havilland at The Hollywood Museum! Ms. Lupino was a pre-eminent actress and director and Ms. de Havilland was a major star of the era. The crowd was enthralled by personal stories of both legends told by their personal assistant Mary Anderson, who is the author of “IDA LUPINO: BEYOND THE CAMERA: 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.”  As Ms. de Havilland is celebrating her 103rd birthday in Paris, she was feted with champagne and cake at the Museum. I had the good fortune to play Ms. de Havilland in the miniseries “My Wicked, Wicked Ways, the story of Errol Flynn,” so the evening had a special meaning for me.”
Stars turn out to celebrate Dame Olivia de Havilland's 103rd birtjday include Kate Linder, Susan Olsen, Kathleen Hughes, Mary Anderson, Darby Hinton, Donelle Dadigan, Rico Anderson, Lee Purcell, Terry Moore, Brenda Dixon and Tracy Weisert.

Stars turn out to celebrate Dame Olivia de Havilland’s 103rd birtjday include Kate Linder, Susan Olsen, Kathleen Hughes, Mary Anderson, Darby Hinton, Donelle Dadigan, Rico Anderson, Lee Purcell, Terry Moore, Brenda Dixon and Tracy Weisert.

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Lee Purcell, Donelle Dadigan and Mary Anderson

Lee Purcell, Donelle Dadigan and Mary Anderson

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