Hal Schaefer: The ‘Piano Man’s’ Other Claim to Fame

Posted on 12/19/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyHal Schaefer was an accomplished pianist, composer of movie scores and vocal coach to Hollywood stars — so multitalented, in fact, that he not only arranged the rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” for the classic 1953 Marilyn Monroe film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but also coached Monroe into giving a scintillating performance of the song. But Schaefer, who died on Dec. 8 at age 87 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had another claim to fame. His brief affair with …

A Forever Fan Wants Your Marilyn Memories

Posted on 08/5/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

EntertainmentFifty years ago, on August 5, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood home. Had she lived, she would have been 86-years-old. I have a longstanding Marilyn obsession, which makes this post tough to write. What could I reveal that hasn’t possibly already been said, written and speculated about her life?  What unique photo can I share? What evidence could I provide about the mystery surrounding her death? Perhaps you can relate to …

The Artist: Movies for Grownups 2012

Posted on 02/4/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“The Artist” is a nearly silent film that resonates deeply with 50+ viewers who appreciate its classic French cinema feel. Adult viewers will find a visual feast in the film’s pastiche of 1920s Hollywood. Jean Dujardin plays the protagonist, a silent movie star whose fortunes fade with the advent of ‘talkies’, and as demand for silent movies wanes. With a focus on high drama, emotional nuance and human pathos, ‘The Artist’ is a reminder that the past continues to inform …

I Want to Go Back to Summer Camp

Posted on 05/10/2011 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyI miss summer camp. Sure, it’s been about 30 years since I went but I miss it and want to go back. I don’t give a fig about the rickety cots, prisonlike food or even fist-size insects, I still want to go.

“Gray-listed” by Hollywood

Posted on 08/25/2008 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentA huge age discrimination lawsuit was settled recently about screenwriters over 40 who are saying they were “gray-listed” by the TV industry and pushed out of their jobs in preference for younger writers.

Takin’ it to the Big Screen

Posted on 07/21/2008 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentFormer Philadelphia cop Patricia Getty is making the most of her retirement years…as an actor!