Pearl Sindelar

Pearl Sindelar: the Silent Star Who Became a Cult Leader

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“Why, the name ‘Sindelar’ is that of my husband….He’s a commercial artist and we have the nicest studio apartment; it’s on 42nd Street. And Charles does the loveliest work. “ — Pearl Sindelar Source: Mabel Condon (1913) “I’m striving to reach that ‘something else’ because I like the work so well. I’ve been with the […]


Valdeo & the Countess Adrienne de Coriche

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The lives of few entertainers have ever matched that of actress/dancer/vaudevillian Valdeo Lord Parker and her mother, Maude. Both performed under many aliases throughout their lives, which requires a lot of reading between the lines to understand who they were and what happened to them. According to U.S. Census records, Valdeo was born in Lincoln, […]

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Betty Bradley and her pet deer “Bennie” – 1927

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Photos of a teenager named Betty Bradley and her pet deer “Bennie” (sometimes spelled “Benny”) in 1927. Betty, it appears, came from a broken home. Her father, James Pierson worked as a miner when he married Florence E. Bagley. Together, they had four daughters: Edwina, Byron, Dorolou and Betty. By 1920, the Piersons were divorced and Florence […]

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Morton Thompson Jr. – Ice Pick Murderer – 1962

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On the evening of February 5, 1962, Morton “Bud” Harold Thompson Jr., 27,  fatally stabbed his mother, Helen Sincere Scheuer, 53, with an ice pick at their small apartment at 11734 1/2 La Maida Ave., North Hollywood. Scheuer, who worked for a Lockheed Martin factory in Burbank, was trying to solve a crossword puzzle at her kitchen table […]