MY FIRST STUDIES IN HOLLYWOOD WERE HERE WHERE I PRACTICED MY TAP AND BALLET.  I WAS SOMEWHAT STIFF WHEN IT CAME TO BALLET BUT EXCELLED IN TAP DANCING.  TO THIS DAY I PRACTICE MY TAP IN MY FOYER WHILE PLAYING WONDERFUL MUSIC.  MY NEXT LESSONS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA WERE PRIVATE DRAMA CLASSES FROM SAUL FRIEDMAN AND VOICE LESSONS FROM HIS WIFE EILEEN FRIEDMAN.  SINCE I HAD STARTED DOING STAGE ACTING AND DANCING WHILE STILL IN KINDERGARTEN,  ALL OF THIS WAS NOT STRANGE TO ME.  ALSO, TWO YEARS OF GLEE CLUB AT SANGER HIGH SCHOOL DID ME A LOT OF GOOD AS ONE YEAR WE SANG AT FRESNO STATE COMPETING AGAINST OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS.  OUR SCHOOL WON BLUE RIBBONS AND I WON MY OWN BLUE RIBBON FOR SINGING SOLO NOTES I HAD NEVER HEARD BEFORE.  BY THE WAY, ONE CAN TELL IN THIS PICTURE THAT I HAD NOT YET ENROLLED AT THE CAROLINE LEONETTI  MODELING SCHOOL AS I HAD NO GRACE FOR POSING AND MY HAIR HAD NO STYLE.

THE SAMUEL GOLDWYN STUDIOS WERE ACROSS FROM JERRY KOSLOFF'S SCHOOL OF DANCING AS WAS THE FORMOSA CAFE (THE FAMOUS RED STREETCAR RESTAURANT NEXT TO GOLDWYN).  SOMETIMES I WOULD SEE RED SKELTON DRIVE INTO THOSE STUDIOS TO TAPE SOME OF HIS SHOWS.

HERE I AM PRACTICING MY MODELING STANCES GETTING READY FOR CLASSES AT THE CAROLINE LEONETTI SCHOOL OF MODELING ON SUNSET BOULEVARD JUST WEST OF VINE.   CBS, NBC, RCA, TV GUIDE, KNXT, HARRY BELAFONTE STUDIOS, RECORD SALES AND THE SACRED HEART CHURCH, ETC., WERE ALL IN THAT AREA.  EVERYBODY WANTED TO HANG OUT AT SUNSET & VINE AND HOLLYWOOD & VINE IN THOSE DAYS (1950S).  AND, YES, THERE WAS A STAN'S DRIVE-IN ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SUNSET & VINE AND A DRUG STORE ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER WHERE I LOVED TO STOP BY AND EAT.  THE DRUG STORE AND ITS BUILDING WERE LATER RAZED TO MAKE WAY FOR A VERY TALL BUILDING.  ONE OF THE PARTNERS IN THAT BUILDING WAS ED CALLAHAN, AN ATTORNEY WHO HAD WORKED FOR UCB IN 1960.  I JUST HAPPENED TO BE WORKING THERE MYSELF AS A LEGAL SECRETARY.  ED WAS A CONFIRMED BACHELOR UNTIL HE MARRIED THE ACTRESS MARIE MCDONALD.  IT WAS RUMORED THAT THEY BOTH GREW UP IN AN IRISH NEIGHBORHOOD BACK IN NEW YORK.

SHORTLY AFTER THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN, I STARTED MODELING CLOTHES AT BOUTIQUES IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA.





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