Backstage Vancouver

Backstage Vancouver

Book - 2004
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What do Boris Karloff, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Goldie Hawn and Pamela Anderson have in common? They are all legendary entertainers who made stops in Vancouver, BC. A wonderful horde of showbiz lore has accumulated over the decades but has been jealously guarded by industry insiders. For example, Coquitlam's Steelhead Lodge, a secluded fishing retreat, was frequented by the likes of Clark Gable and Kim Novak, whose surnames grace street signs in the neighbourhood to this day. Celebrated stage and screen star Sarah Bernhardt also came for the fishing, while African-American opera singer Marian Anderson loved attending hockey games. Comedians Jack Benny and Dick Martin met their future wives in Vancouver, and swashbuckling actor Errol Flynn met his maker. Backstage Vancouver presents rarely seen photos for the first time.
Publisher: Madeira Park, B.C. : Harbour Pub., c2004
ISBN: 9781550173345
Branch Call Number: ANF 791.092
Characteristics: 190 p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Red


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Jun 01, 2017

The innocent days of theater, music & movie stars relaxing in sleepy Vancouver long gone with social media & paparazzi.
Learned a lot on the flawed golden age stars like Mary Livingston aka "Mrs. Jack Benny" was such a diva , blotto Bing Crosby couldn't remember taking picture with restaurant owner, Boris Karloff worked constructing PNE or Errol Flynn death here with an underage girl or he have venereal warts on his penis.
X-file star disdain on Vancouver's rain well documented.
Sure were a lot of local eccentric characters.

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