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Loretta Young’s son says ‘40s star remained devoted to her faith during final years: ‘She had a moral compass’

Chris Lewis has always known his mother was special. And now he wants to share his admiration for her with the world.

Loretta Young, a reigning Hollywood actress of the ‘30s and ‘40s who first appeared on screen at age 4 and would later make her mark on television, passed away in 2000 at age 87 from ovarian cancer, the New York Times reported. In her lifetime, the Oscar-winning star appeared in nearly 100 films alongside Lon Chaney, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Tyrone Power and Cary Grant — to name a just few.

Now items worn by the Old Hollywood icon, as well as personal mementos she collected over the years, are now up for grabs online at Los Angeles-based auction house Julien’s Auctions in a sale titled “Property From the Estate of Loretta Young.” According to Lewis, longtime fans of one of Hollywood’s most famous stars can own her pieces such as jewelry, jewelry, couture and more.

Lewis and his wife, Linda, spoke to Fox News about why they’re auctioning off Young’s dazzling belongings now, what it was really like growing up with Young, her final years, how she overcame personal scandal, as well as how she never gave up on her faith.

‘BRADY BUNCH’ STAR SUSAN OLSEN REMEMBERS HER FRIENDSHIP WITH FLORENCE HENDERSON: ‘ALL THE LOVE WAS GENUINE’

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Actress Loretta Young in a scene from the 1940 movie ‘He Stayed for Breakfast.’ (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

SUSAN LUCCI RECALLS HER ‘WIDOW-MAKER’ HEART ATTACK SCARE: ‘I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN UP’

Fox News: What compelled you to participate in this auction and why now?
Chris Lewis: Since my mother passed away in 2000, my wife and I have been going around the country doing trunk shows of her possessions and talking about her career in film festivals. And over the years, we’ve acquired a lot of her belongings. But we’re getting older and we’re cutting down. We’re not doing as many of those events anymore. So we decided it would be best for everybody if we just shared these things with her fans.

Fox News: Were you hesitant to auction off any of your mother’s personal possessions?
Chris: Everything has its time, you know? [laughs] They weren’t doing any good in our closet or in storage. And even if you weren’t a fan of Loretta Young, my mother had some wonderful furniture and dresses from her years as a movie star.

Linda Lewis: Many of the furniture pieces at the auction were found or made by grandma, Loretta’s mother. Many, many years ago Grandma and Mom came with a U-Haul truck filled with some very special pieces of furniture *laughs*.

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ STAR BARBARA EDEN SHARES THE SECRET BEHIND HER 29-YEAR MARRIAGE: ‘IT’S NOT EASY’

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Loretta Young’s Gucci purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

‘50S STAR TERRY MOORE RECALLS DATING JAMES DEAN, BEFRIENDING MARILYN MONROE AND POSING FOR PLAYBOY

Fox News: How determined have you been to keep your mother’s legacy alive?
Chris: Very determined, of course. She was unique in the industry. She had a 70-year career. She was successful in both movies and television. She won an Academy Award in 1948 and then won three Emmys during the ‘50s. She grew up with Hollywood and survived in television. She had a remarkable career, but more importantly, she was a remarkable person. She wasn’t at all a diva like you would expect from a movie star. She was very down to earth and just as generous as a person.

Fox News: When did you realize that your mother was different from other moms?
Chris: When you grow up in an environment as we did, you always think it’s normal. We grew up in a big house with 18 rooms, an elevator and service. You assume everyone lives that way. [laughs] But both my parents worked and they were very successful. So we had a nice home. But the first time I really figured she was different was when we would go to church. We were Catholics so we would go to church in Beverly Hills every Sunday. When leaving the church, people would ultimately come up to mom and ask for her autograph. She would always say, “I don’t give autographs when I’m out with my children.” I noticed that didn’t happen to everyone else.

AUDREY HEPBURN, OSCAR-WINNER FOR ‘ROMAN HOLIDAY,’ CONTINUES TO INSPIRE HOLLYWOOD STARS, EXPERT SAYS

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American actress Loretta Young (1913 – 2000), circa 1940. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

‘TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT’ STAR LYDIA CORNELL RECALLS OVERCOMING ALCOHOLISM: ‘A RIVER OF TEARS JUST FLOWED’

Then the time that really made a difference? I was 8 years old. My mother was doing a movie called “It Happens Every Thursday” with John Forsythe. It was done at Universal Studios. My dad told me and my brother one day, “We’re going to have lunch with mom at the studio.” We didn’t know what that meant but we went with him. When we got to the studio, we went over to the stage where they were filming. And when we got there, the stage was dark and everyone was on their lunch break. But I saw the set, which was supposed to be this little newspaper office. And then after lunch, I remember going to what they called dailies, which allowed the crew to watch what they shot the day before to judge their performances. My mother was insistent upon seeing dailies on all her films. But that same newspaper office I saw earlier had come to life. It was bustling with people. And my mom was up there on the screen. So it kind of clicked with my mom.

‘FACTS OF LIFE’ STAR LISA WHELCHEL EXPLAINS WHY SHE DIDN’T RELEASE MORE MUSIC AFTER HER ’80S SOLO ALBUM

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Loretta Young made her mark both in film and television. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast via Getty Images)

‘MY THREE SONS’ STAR TINA COLE DITCHED TWIN BEDS WITH ON-SCREEN HUSBAND DON GRADY

And I remember one night in New York … Mom and I went to see some play. As we walked down the aisle to get our seats, people in the theater stood up and applauded mom. During the intermission, it got so crowded that we couldn’t leave our seats. But people were so respectful of her. And at that time, I was just 13-14 years old. But that made a lasting impression on me.

Fox News: What are some fun facts about your mom that would surprise fans today?
Chris: She was an excellent seamstress. Especially during the later years, she would sew [dresses] for her friends. She would get these really great fabrics and turn them into gifts. She had this little Singer sewing machine she used all her life, which is part of the auction, along with her sewing table. She especially loved sewing with my sister. Mom and Judy would sew all the time. And at the end of her life, she did a lot of philanthropy. She would visit AIDS patients, go to hospices, spend a lot of time with veterans – she used her time well. But she did it quietly. She didn’t have cameras there and all that stuff. She just wanted to do it herself. She was a great role model. When she was a child, her mother ran a boarding house in Los Angeles. So it was there where mom learned how to serve others and help people. She came from humble beginnings and she never forgot that.

RONNIE WOOD’S EX-WIFE JO WOOD RECALLS PHOTOGRAPHING THE ROLLING STONES OVER THE YEARS: ‘THEY DIDN’T NOTICE’

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Loretta Young in her later years. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

CURLY HOWARD’S GRANDSON DESCRIBES LEARNING HE WAS RELATED TO THE THREE STOOGES ICON: ‘NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE US’

Fox News: Is it true she was a devoted Catholic in Hollywood?
Chris: She was very Catholic and would go to mass every day [in her later years]. Usually at 11 o’clock in Beverly Hills. In Palms Springs, the earliest mass was eight in the morning, but she didn’t get up early. [laughs] The Desert Regional Medical Center even named its chapel after her because she would attend the mass there all the time. [laughs] … [And] there were a whole bunch of people in Hollywood who were Catholics. Bob Hope’s wife was very Catholic. John Wayne’s wife, very Catholic. And they were all lifelong friends. There was even a group called the “Catholic Mafia” in Hollywood [laughs] so there were a bunch of them. And our house was full of priests all the time.

RISQUÉ STORIES WRITTEN BY ED WOOD REVEALED DECADES AFTER FILMMAKER’S TRAGIC DEATH

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Loretta Young’s Hermes purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

HUMPHREY BOGART’S EX-WIFE MAYO METHOT STRUGGLED TO BOUNCE BACK IN HOLLYWOOD AFTER DIVORCE, BOOK CLAIMS

Fox News: How did she feel about her work on television?
Chris: She was very passionate about it. She was a pioneer in the business. She was one of the first women, aside from Lucille Ball, to produce her own television show. Mom was the executive producer of her own television show, so she was also a pretty good businesswoman. And television was the enemy back then. She was told by executives that if she pursed television, she would never do another film again. … But Dad was in the advertising business and it was really him who pushed her into television. She was in her late 40s at the time. So your chances of continuing your career as a woman, at the time, was very tough. So you had to redefine yourself. And mom never liked the parts she was given by the studio executives. So she thought about getting into television. She got to play all the parts she wanted to play and she was the executive producer, which meant that she called the shots.

DEAN MARTIN’S DAUGHTER DEANA RECALLS GROWING UP WITH ‘THE KING OF COOL,’ THE RAT PACK AND JERRY LEWIS

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Tyrone Power holds Loretta Young in publicity portrait for the film ‘Love Is News’, 1937. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

MICHAEL HUTCHENCE’S SISTER RECALLS GROWING UP WITH INXS SINGER, FINAL TRAGIC YEARS FOLLOWING BRAIN INJURY

Fox News: What do you believe was the secret behind her lasting success?
Chris: She had a moral compass. Growing up for us kids, you always respected everybody. We treated everyone equally. She knew she never wanted to play parts that were negative or brought people down. She fought the studios and got suspended several times because she refused to do the movies that the studio guys wanted her to do. That can ruin a career. But I think people sense that moral compass. She would take six months off and not get paid because she was suspended. But she would then come back and get her way.

Linda: She told me — when she was 85 — “Even now when I leave the room, I hope people say, ‘What a nice girl!’” [laughs] She really cared about everybody. She really listened to people. She was genuine. And because she played so many different characters, she truly had empathy for everyone. She put her toe in the water of every lifestyle you could possibly have. Therefore she truly led from her heart. And I really think that had a lot to do with her success.

LIBERACE TOLD ELVIS PRESLEY HE NEEDED ‘MORE GLITZ’ IN HIS SHOWS BEFORE LAS VEGAS TRANSFORMATION, BOOK CLAIMS

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Judy Lewis and her actress mother, Loretta Young, at an American Film Institute cocktail party held aboard the Pacific Princess cruise ship in California, circa 1974. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

MARLON BRANDO AND MYSTERIOUS FIRST WIFE ANNA KASHFI HAD VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP, BOOK CLAIMS

Fox News: You previously spoke out about your sister, Judy Lewis, and the identity of her father. According to the New York Times, Judy maintained in her 1994 autobiography “Uncommon Knowledge” that Clark Gable was her father and she was conceived during the making of 1935’s “Call of the Wild.” Looking back, why did you choose to speak out?
Chris: I didn’t think that Judy should have written the book while mom was still alive, but that was Judy’s decision to make. … She needed her catharsis, her voice to be heard I guess. I wouldn’t have written it while mom was alive though because it was embarrassing to mom. But it’s not an unusual story. Hollywood is just about that, but that wasn’t about me. That was about Judy and mom. And I certainly didn’t want to get involved with that… The thing is Judy had a great life just like my brother and me and it was provided by mom.

Fox News: It sounded like, based on your mother’s final years and her work, she must have made some sort of peace with the situation.
Chris: Oh yeah, of course. After the book came out all of my mom’s friends said, “Oh, that’s terrible! You should take Judy out of the will!” Stuff like that. But mom was above all that. She got a lot of advice from priests. But the last thing mom would ever do is get retribution. In the end, everyone got equal in mom’s will. And mom reconciled it very easily.

Fox News: What do you hope audiences will get from this auction and your mother’s contributions to Hollywood?
Chris: As a celebrity, her work speaks for itself. She was a beautiful actress, but she took her business seriously. She could light a set as well as any director of photography. That’s because she worked with all the best, yes, but she also paid attention. She would get a script and it was as if she had a photographic memory. She would know what page a certain line was on. It never took her much time to read a script.

JANIS JOPLIN ENJOYED ‘THE MANY PLEASURES THAT CAME HER WAY’ TO COPE WITH INSECURITIES, BOOK CLAIMS

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Loretta Young’s coat. (Julien’s Auctions)

‘30S STAR THELMA TODD ‘WAS BECOMING’ TIRED ‘OF HOLLYWOOD’ BEFORE HER MYSTERIOUS DEATH, BOOK CLAIMS

Not only did she take her craft seriously, but it was just as important for her to be a good wife and mother. To me, that was amazing because the film business takes a lot of your time. You go to work at five in the morning and not return until nine at night. And then to balance your personal life on top of that? That’s why a lot of Hollywood marriages don’t work because they’re never there and everybody wants something from you… but she remained very dedicated. She was just special.

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Loretta Young’s son says ‘40s star remained devoted to her faith during final years: ‘She had a moral compass’

Chris Lewis has always known his mother was special. And now he wants to share his admiration for her with the world.

Loretta Young, a reigning Hollywood actress of the ‘30s and ‘40s who first appeared on screen at age 4 and would later make her mark on television, passed away in 2000 at age 87 from ovarian cancer, the New York Times reported. In her lifetime, the Oscar-winning star appeared in nearly 100 films alongside Lon Chaney, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Tyrone Power and Cary Grant — to name a just few.

Now items worn by the Old Hollywood icon, as well as personal mementos she collected over the years, are now up for grabs online at Los Angeles-based auction house Julien’s Auctions in a sale titled “Property From the Estate of Loretta Young.” According to Lewis, longtime fans of one of Hollywood’s most famous stars can own her pieces such as jewelry, jewelry, couture and more.

Lewis and his wife, Linda, spoke to Fox News about why they’re auctioning off Young’s dazzling belongings now, what it was really like growing up with Young, her final years, how she overcame personal scandal, as well as how she never gave up on her faith.

‘BRADY BUNCH’ STAR SUSAN OLSEN REMEMBERS HER FRIENDSHIP WITH FLORENCE HENDERSON: ‘ALL THE LOVE WAS GENUINE’

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Actress Loretta Young in a scene from the 1940 movie ‘He Stayed for Breakfast.’ (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

SUSAN LUCCI RECALLS HER ‘WIDOW-MAKER’ HEART ATTACK SCARE: ‘I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN UP’

Fox News: What compelled you to participate in this auction and why now?
Chris Lewis: Since my mother passed away in 2000, my wife and I have been going around the country doing trunk shows of her possessions and talking about her career in film festivals. And over the years, we’ve acquired a lot of her belongings. But we’re getting older and we’re cutting down. We’re not doing as many of those events anymore. So we decided it would be best for everybody if we just shared these things with her fans.

Fox News: Were you hesitant to auction off any of your mother’s personal possessions?
Chris: Everything has its time, you know? [laughs] They weren’t doing any good in our closet or in storage. And even if you weren’t a fan of Loretta Young, my mother had some wonderful furniture and dresses from her years as a movie star.

Linda Lewis: Many of the furniture pieces at the auction were found or made by grandma, Loretta’s mother. Many, many years ago Grandma and Mom came with a U-Haul truck filled with some very special pieces of furniture *laughs*.

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ STAR BARBARA EDEN SHARES THE SECRET BEHIND HER 29-YEAR MARRIAGE: ‘IT’S NOT EASY’

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Loretta Young’s Gucci purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

‘50S STAR TERRY MOORE RECALLS DATING JAMES DEAN, BEFRIENDING MARILYN MONROE AND POSING FOR PLAYBOY

Fox News: How determined have you been to keep your mother’s legacy alive?
Chris: Very determined, of course. She was unique in the industry. She had a 70-year career. She was successful in both movies and television. She won an Academy Award in 1948 and then won three Emmys during the ‘50s. She grew up with Hollywood and survived in television. She had a remarkable career, but more importantly, she was a remarkable person. She wasn’t at all a diva like you would expect from a movie star. She was very down to earth and just as generous as a person.

Fox News: When did you realize that your mother was different from other moms?
Chris: When you grow up in an environment as we did, you always think it’s normal. We grew up in a big house with 18 rooms, an elevator and service. You assume everyone lives that way. [laughs] But both my parents worked and they were very successful. So we had a nice home. But the first time I really figured she was different was when we would go to church. We were Catholics so we would go to church in Beverly Hills every Sunday. When leaving the church, people would ultimately come up to mom and ask for her autograph. She would always say, “I don’t give autographs when I’m out with my children.” I noticed that didn’t happen to everyone else.

AUDREY HEPBURN, OSCAR-WINNER FOR ‘ROMAN HOLIDAY,’ CONTINUES TO INSPIRE HOLLYWOOD STARS, EXPERT SAYS

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American actress Loretta Young (1913 – 2000), circa 1940. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

‘TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT’ STAR LYDIA CORNELL RECALLS OVERCOMING ALCOHOLISM: ‘A RIVER OF TEARS JUST FLOWED’

Then the time that really made a difference? I was 8 years old. My mother was doing a movie called “It Happens Every Thursday” with John Forsythe. It was done at Universal Studios. My dad told me and my brother one day, “We’re going to have lunch with mom at the studio.” We didn’t know what that meant but we went with him. When we got to the studio, we went over to the stage where they were filming. And when we got there, the stage was dark and everyone was on their lunch break. But I saw the set, which was supposed to be this little newspaper office. And then after lunch, I remember going to what they called dailies, which allowed the crew to watch what they shot the day before to judge their performances. My mother was insistent upon seeing dailies on all her films. But that same newspaper office I saw earlier had come to life. It was bustling with people. And my mom was up there on the screen. So it kind of clicked with my mom.

‘FACTS OF LIFE’ STAR LISA WHELCHEL EXPLAINS WHY SHE DIDN’T RELEASE MORE MUSIC AFTER HER ’80S SOLO ALBUM

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Loretta Young made her mark both in film and television. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast via Getty Images)

‘MY THREE SONS’ STAR TINA COLE DITCHED TWIN BEDS WITH ON-SCREEN HUSBAND DON GRADY

And I remember one night in New York … Mom and I went to see some play. As we walked down the aisle to get our seats, people in the theater stood up and applauded mom. During the intermission, it got so crowded that we couldn’t leave our seats. But people were so respectful of her. And at that time, I was just 13-14 years old. But that made a lasting impression on me.

Fox News: What are some fun facts about your mom that would surprise fans today?
Chris: She was an excellent seamstress. Especially during the later years, she would sew [dresses] for her friends. She would get these really great fabrics and turn them into gifts. She had this little Singer sewing machine she used all her life, which is part of the auction, along with her sewing table. She especially loved sewing with my sister. Mom and Judy would sew all the time. And at the end of her life, she did a lot of philanthropy. She would visit AIDS patients, go to hospices, spend a lot of time with veterans – she used her time well. But she did it quietly. She didn’t have cameras there and all that stuff. She just wanted to do it herself. She was a great role model. When she was a child, her mother ran a boarding house in Los Angeles. So it was there where mom learned how to serve others and help people. She came from humble beginnings and she never forgot that.

RONNIE WOOD’S EX-WIFE JO WOOD RECALLS PHOTOGRAPHING THE ROLLING STONES OVER THE YEARS: ‘THEY DIDN’T NOTICE’

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Loretta Young in her later years. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

CURLY HOWARD’S GRANDSON DESCRIBES LEARNING HE WAS RELATED TO THE THREE STOOGES ICON: ‘NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE US’

Fox News: Is it true she was a devoted Catholic in Hollywood?
Chris: She was very Catholic and would go to mass every day [in her later years]. Usually at 11 o’clock in Beverly Hills. In Palms Springs, the earliest mass was eight in the morning, but she didn’t get up early. [laughs] The Desert Regional Medical Center even named its chapel after her because she would attend the mass there all the time. [laughs] … [And] there were a whole bunch of people in Hollywood who were Catholics. Bob Hope’s wife was very Catholic. John Wayne’s wife, very Catholic. And they were all lifelong friends. There was even a group called the “Catholic Mafia” in Hollywood [laughs] so there were a bunch of them. And our house was full of priests all the time.

RISQUÉ STORIES WRITTEN BY ED WOOD REVEALED DECADES AFTER FILMMAKER’S TRAGIC DEATH

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Loretta Young’s Hermes purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

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Fox News: How did she feel about her work on television?
Chris: She was very passionate about it. She was a pioneer in the business. She was one of the first women, aside from Lucille Ball, to produce her own television show. Mom was the executive producer of her own television show, so she was also a pretty good businesswoman. And television was the enemy back then. She was told by executives that if she pursed television, she would never do another film again. … But Dad was in the advertising business and it was really him who pushed her into television. She was in her late 40s at the time. So your chances of continuing your career as a woman, at the time, was very tough. So you had to redefine yourself. And mom never liked the parts she was given by the studio executives. So she thought about getting into television. She got to play all the parts she wanted to play and she was the executive producer, which meant that she called the shots.

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Tyrone Power holds Loretta Young in publicity portrait for the film ‘Love Is News’, 1937. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

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Fox News: What do you believe was the secret behind her lasting success?
Chris: She had a moral compass. Growing up for us kids, you always respected everybody. We treated everyone equally. She knew she never wanted to play parts that were negative or brought people down. She fought the studios and got suspended several times because she refused to do the movies that the studio guys wanted her to do. That can ruin a career. But I think people sense that moral compass. She would take six months off and not get paid because she was suspended. But she would then come back and get her way.

Linda: She told me — when she was 85 — “Even now when I leave the room, I hope people say, ‘What a nice girl!’” [laughs] She really cared about everybody. She really listened to people. She was genuine. And because she played so many different characters, she truly had empathy for everyone. She put her toe in the water of every lifestyle you could possibly have. Therefore she truly led from her heart. And I really think that had a lot to do with her success.

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Judy Lewis and her actress mother, Loretta Young, at an American Film Institute cocktail party held aboard the Pacific Princess cruise ship in California, circa 1974. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

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Fox News: You previously spoke out about your sister, Judy Lewis, and the identity of her father. According to the New York Times, Judy maintained in her 1994 autobiography “Uncommon Knowledge” that Clark Gable was her father and she was conceived during the making of 1935’s “Call of the Wild.” Looking back, why did you choose to speak out?
Chris: I didn’t think that Judy should have written the book while mom was still alive, but that was Judy’s decision to make. … She needed her catharsis, her voice to be heard I guess. I wouldn’t have written it while mom was alive though because it was embarrassing to mom. But it’s not an unusual story. Hollywood is just about that, but that wasn’t about me. That was about Judy and mom. And I certainly didn’t want to get involved with that… The thing is Judy had a great life just like my brother and me and it was provided by mom.

Fox News: It sounded like, based on your mother’s final years and her work, she must have made some sort of peace with the situation.
Chris: Oh yeah, of course. After the book came out all of my mom’s friends said, “Oh, that’s terrible! You should take Judy out of the will!” Stuff like that. But mom was above all that. She got a lot of advice from priests. But the last thing mom would ever do is get retribution. In the end, everyone got equal in mom’s will. And mom reconciled it very easily.

Fox News: What do you hope audiences will get from this auction and your mother’s contributions to Hollywood?
Chris: As a celebrity, her work speaks for itself. She was a beautiful actress, but she took her business seriously. She could light a set as well as any director of photography. That’s because she worked with all the best, yes, but she also paid attention. She would get a script and it was as if she had a photographic memory. She would know what page a certain line was on. It never took her much time to read a script.

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Loretta Young’s coat. (Julien’s Auctions)

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Not only did she take her craft seriously, but it was just as important for her to be a good wife and mother. To me, that was amazing because the film business takes a lot of your time. You go to work at five in the morning and not return until nine at night. And then to balance your personal life on top of that? That’s why a lot of Hollywood marriages don’t work because they’re never there and everybody wants something from you… but she remained very dedicated. She was just special.

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‘Brady Bunch’ star Susan Olsen remembers her friendship with Florence Henderson: ‘All the love was genuine’

Susan Olsen still has vivid memories of “a lovely lady” who happened to be her TV mom.

Florence Henderson, who is famously known as perky matriarch Carol Brady in the ‘70s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” passed away in November 2016 from heart failure at age 82. Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — would have been her birthday.

“Florence was the ultimate team player,” Olsen, who played the youngest daughter Cindy Brady, told Fox News. “She not only got along well with cast members but everyone on the set — electricians, makeup, everyone was a respected team member and one of her goals was to get everyone home to their families as soon as possible.”

“That said, if time allowed, she enjoyed creating deliberate bloopers,” the 58-year-old continued. “She would purposefully screw up a scene to get everyone laughing. Florence was all about putting smiles on peoples’ faces! When Joe Namath was our guest star, we were filming the scene where he says goodbye to the Brady family. In one take, Florence threw her arms around him and shouted, ‘Joe please take me away! I’m so sick of these kids!’ Joe didn’t miss a beat, he picked her up and carried her off-screen.”

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Florence Henderson (left) with her TV daughter Susan Olsen. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)

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Henderson was making a film in Norway in 1969 when she was asked to appear in the pilot episode of “The Brady Bunch,” the New York Times reported. The actress began her career as a stage musical performer in the 1950s. She was also a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” and, in 1966, became one of the first women to be the show’s guest host.

“The Brady Bunch” ran from 1969 until 1974, but also spawned TV films, reunion specials, spinoffs and even two feature films, the outlet noted.

Olsen, a former child star, said Henderson was eager to share plenty of motherly advice when the pair weren’t filming.

“[She would tell me to] know your face, know how to do your own makeup,” Olsen explained. “Florence still arrived in the mornings for touch-ups but her point was to never be dependent on the makeup person. I think she may have learned this lesson herself on the day of her screen test for ‘The Brady Bunch.’ She arrived clean-faced and they had a makeup artist from the set of ‘Star Trek’ make her up. He made her look like some galactic siren, not what was suitable for Carol Brady.”

“In the early ‘90s when we were making the smash flop ‘The Bradys,’ we were all in Florida doing a talk show to promote it,” reflected Olsen. “It was outside and it was raining. The makeup people were stuck in traffic. Florence came to me and said, ‘Aren’t you glad you’re camera-ready? You never know what’s going to happen.’ Florence and I were the only ones made up and ready to go. We didn’t need to wait for the makeup people who were stuck in traffic.”

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Susan Olsen and Florence Henderson filming a scene of “The Brady Bunch,” circa 1969. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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Long after “The Brady Bunch” came to an end, Henderson kept busy pursuing her passion for performance. In 2010, she appeared on “Dancing With the Stars,” but was eliminated in the televised competition after performing a tango to the “Brady Bunch” theme. Shortly before her death, Henderson was spotted in the show’s studio audience to support Maureen McCormick, who played her daughter Marcia Brady in “The Brady Bunch.”

Olsen said it’s easy to understand why Henderson is still such a beloved TV mom.

“I’ve always said that people are more psychic than given credit for,” she said. “Our audience saw that Florence’s love was genuine. All of the love between the cast members was genuine and people were drawn to that.”

Today, Olsen hopes audiences will remember Henderson for the way she made them feel, as well as how “their spirits [were] lifted and their faces smiling from her art.”

“That’s what she wanted to give,” Olsen added.

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Back in 2016, shortly before her death, Henderson told Fox News she was grateful to stay in touch with her “Brady” family.

“I do keep in touch with my Brady family,” she said at the time. “I was heartbroken over the loss of Ann B. Davis — Alice. She was such a great friend and a great talent. But I do keep in touch with them. And they all turned out to be really wonderful adults.”

Henderson also said she was “very proud” to be recognized as one of America’s favorite TV moms.

“I’m the youngest of 10 children,” she said. “And yet, I always feel like the mother of my siblings. That’s just the way it is. I have four children. I have five grandchildren. And, I don’t know, it’s like I’ve always been a caregiver.”

Henderson married Broadway casting director Ira Bernstein in 1956 but divorced in 1985, the New York Times noted. She married Dr. John Happas in 1987 and that union lasted until his death in 2002.

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When Henderson was asked in 1999 by the Archive of American Television on how she wanted to be remembered, she responded: “Probably as someone who survived for a long time in a very tough business and, hopefully, managed to retain a sense of humanity.”

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‘American Gigolo’ star Carole Cook recalls working with Richard Gere: ‘He was carrying the mother lode’

On Feb. 8, 1980 “American Gigolo” premiered in theaters, quickly transforming Richard Gere into a sought-after sex symbol and the Armani suit into a fashion-must have.

But for Carole Cook, it was another gig she was eager to take on — one that left an unforgettable impression on her.

The mystery film, directed by Paul Schrader, tells the tale of how a Los Angeles male escort (Gere), who mostly caters to an older female clientele, is accused of a murder he did not commit. The film also stars Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt, as well as supermodel Lauren Hutton, among others.

The movie caused a stir for showcasing full-frontal male nudity, which Gere, now 70, previously told Entertainment Weekly that it happened naturally and wasn’t originally in the script.

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Feb. 8, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of “American Gigolo” featuring Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Carole Cook and more. (Paramount Pictures)

Cook, who appeared in the film alongside Gere, spoke to Fox News about the original actor who ultimately turned “American Gigolo” down, what it was really like working with Gere, and how she unexpectedly paid tribute to her pal Lucille Ball while filming.

Fox News: Does it surprise you that “American Gigolo” is still getting a lot of buzz 40 years later?


Carole Cook: No, it doesn’t. The reason why I wanted to do it so much was that Paul Schrader wrote it and directed it. He was edgy – I love that word. And Paul Schrader is terrific. So for me, it was fabulous for me to do this. But 40?! I want you to know I was a child star at the time *laughs*.

Fox News: Is it true that John Travolta was originally in the film before Richard Gere?
Cook: That is true. At the time, his manager approached me and said, “There’s a part in the film that I think you should consider.” I said, “Loved to.” And that was that. But then I heard that John Travolta was not doing it.  Then I thoughts, “Oops, there goes the part.” But Paul Schrader met with me anyway. He said, “You still have the part – welcome aboard.” That’s when I then learned of Richard Gere. And this film made Richard a star.

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Supermodel Lauren Hutton starred in the motion picture, which premiered in 1980. (Paramount Pictures)

I wish I could remember which movie John Travolta ended up doing after getting out of “American Gigolo.” But whatever he did, he did it well too *laughs*. They both are still big stars today.

Fox News: What was your first impression of Richard?
Cook: A gentleman. He was so cordial. All my scenes were in his in the movie so I really didn’t get to know anybody else. But he was so friendly right from the beginning. My scenes with him were so wonderful. I do remember that he was always very quiet and so observant.

And apparently, he was carrying the mother lode on that movie! But I’m telling you, he looked fabulous and he was a wonderful actor. I was very impressed with him. He really was there to work and be the best that he could be. And that was good enough. There was no ego.

I remembered how fabulous he looked. When he would get his ensembles together in a scene – oh, how wonderful. I remembered at the time, “This is something you would normally see the woman do in a film. But he made it look so swell.” He made Armani so popular and it’s easy to see why.

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“When Richard looks at you, he really sees you,” Cook tells Fox News of Gere’s acting chops. (Paramount Pictures)

I love doing those intimate scenes with him. He made me feel like a Southern grande dame. And I took to that right away. I almost needed a mint julep after filming a scene *laughs*. It was just swell! When Richard looks at you, he really sees you. And that helped! It certainly inspires you. Let’s not get dirty here. But it does. Forget sexual – he had a very seductive manner to him. You just wanted to talk to him and find out who he really is.

Fox News: What did you think of Paul Schrader?
Cook: I just thought Paul Schrader was wonderful. As I said, he had an edge, which I loved at the time.

Fox News: What did you think of Lauren Hutton?
Cook: She was a very famous model at the time. I thought that was damn brave of her to do that. That was a big part for her to take on. I wished I was able to work with her more closely, but all my scenes were with Richard – not that I’m complaining. But I remember it being a very enjoyable experience.

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Carole Cook revealed that John Travolta was originally in the film before Richard Gere. (Getty, Reuters)


Fox News: This film is recognized as a mainstream Hollywood movie that showcases frontal male nudity. How shocking was this back then?

Cook: That was the talk all over Hollywood. But I thought it was the men that make the motion pictures, which is why you don’t see frontal male nudity in films. Sure, they’ll have women do all sorts of things and put them in all kinds of positions, but they don’t have the men doing the same because apparently, the men are the ones in charge.

But everyone was talking about it at the time. But even seeing a man where all the gorgeous clothes – generally, that was a woman’s part in a movie. I thought it was daring. I mean, we are still talking about it now. It certainly made Richard’s career. And I guess John Travolta didn’t do so bad himself. *laughs*.

Fox News: What’s a fun fact about the film that would surprise viewers today?
Cook: I actually wore a dress in it that my dear friend Lucille Ball gave me. It was actually one of her favorite dresses to wear. She later gave me the dress and it stayed in my wardrobe… I remember going through my wardrobe one day and seeing it again. I thought, “That’s a perfect dress for the film.”

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“American Gigolo” was directed by Paul Schrader and follows a Los Angeles male escort, played by Richard Gere, who omstly caters to an older female clientele. (Paramount Pictures)

Lucille Ball called me and said, “Well honey, I saw that you wore my dress!” I sure did. I still remember it vividly. It was brown with a brown mink collar. I brought several dresses to the set and Paul chose that one. You may not be stunned by it when you see it, but I thought it was an elegant dress to wear, one that was given to me by a dear friend. And somewhere in my closet, I still have that dress. It’s funny, I have red hair still and I always joke, “Lucille Ball left me all of her old hair dye and I’m almost running out because she didn’t know I was going to live this long!”

Fox News: Have you stayed in touch with Richard?
Cook: I haven’t seen him much over the years. But my opinion of him has held up over the years. In fact, I remember doing the Broadway show “42nd Street” and he was on Broadway too doing “Bent.” We saw each other then and he couldn’t have been nicer. He was also wonderful in the play. It only confirmed it for me – I was right about his acting. Not only does he look good, but he can act! I just have fond memories of working with him. That’s all there is to it.

And I gotta tell you, he looks better with grey hair, I think. He looks fabulous. Well, I guess it’s because I have quite of bit of grey hair under this red dye. That’s gotta be it.

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Lou Diamond Phillips recalls Ritchie Valens’ sister breaking down on the set of ‘La Bamba’

Lou Diamond Phillips can still vividly recall the one moment filming “La Bamba” that forever changed his life.

The biopic, released in 1987, tells the story of singer Ritchie Valens who died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959, alongside Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. Through Don McLean’s 1971 hit song “American Pie,” that tragic date would become known as “The Day the Music Died.”

Valens, who was 17 at the time, was a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who captivated teens with songs like “Donna” and “La Bamba.” Phillips played the late star, a role many fans still recognize him for.

Phillips, now 57, told Fox News it was crucial to get the final moments of Valens’ life “right” for the big screen.

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“The scene of Ritchie getting on the plane was probably the one event that really brought it all home,” he explained. “His sister Connie [Lemos], who I’m still in contact with, came to the set that day. Our producer warned her not to do that because it would probably be too emotional for her. And it was. But she wanted to be there.

“She came up to me on set and said, ‘Can I say something to you, Lou?’” Phillips recalled. “It was interesting because we had been shooting for weeks and [his family] never called me Lou. They always called me Ritchie. I thought, ‘Oh my, there must be something wrong because she’s calling me Lou, not Ritchie.’ I thought maybe I had done something to offend her. But I said, ‘Of course, Connie.’”

At the time, Phillips was still getting touched up in the makeup chair before filming the emotional scene. And once he got up, Lemos completely broke down.

“Connie just fell apart,” he said. “She started weeping and then collapsed into me. She kept saying over and over again, ‘Why did you go? Why did you have to go?’ It was this moment, this catharsis for her that was, I don’t know, 30 years in the making. She was 12 years old, so therefore she was fully capable of understanding what had happened to her brother and felt the full impact of his loss. She carried that lack of closure for 30 years.”

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“At that moment, I realized this isn’t just another role,” he continued. “This is something that meant something and continues to mean something for his family. And maybe that’s why people still love the film and are still affected by it. Because it really, really goes straight to the heart.”

The Winter Dance Party tour, which kicked off on Jan. 24, 1959, had opened the previous night at George Devine’s Ballroom in Milwaukee. Despite a successful encore performance in Kenosha, the grueling, nonstop tour was plagued with freezing temperatures and broken-down buses.

The final straw was when a bus stalled in Duluth, Minn. Holly’s drummer, Carl Bunch, was hospitalized due to frostbite on his feet.

An exhausted and frustrated Holly refused to step foot on another bus. The bands rocked the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before Holly, then 22, booked the next flight he could find to the tour’s next stop in Moorhead, Minn.

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In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 file photo, flowers adorn a memorial at the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed, killing all aboard on Feb. 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa. The three young singers were in a single-engine aircraft flying in a light snowstorm in 1959 when the pilot apparently lost control. Holly decided to fly because his tour bus was having heating problems. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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Tommy Allsup, a member of Holly’s band, flipped a coin to see whether he or Valens would get a seat on the plane. He lost and took a bus to the next stop on the tour.

The chartered plane, which carried Holly, Valens, Richardson, 28, as well as pilot Roger Peterson, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all four people aboard.

Phillips said he’s grateful longtime fans still praise the film, as well as Valens’ legacy, and that new, curious visitors are discovering it all for the first time decades later.

“I will never resent the amount of love that ‘La Bamba’ gets,” he said. “It put me on the map. It was my Cinderella story. Even though it’s an ‘80s film set in the ‘50s, it still feels timeless. People are rediscovering it all the time. It’s a true story. Therefore, it touches people’s hearts in a way that a lot of fictionalized stories don’t. It hasn’t gone away — not that I would ever want it to go away. People who saw the film at ages 18, 19 are now showing it to their kids. It’s replayed on television all the time. It’s a film that will never go away. People are continuing to love it. And I’m grateful it gave me this opportunity to meet Valens’ family.”

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Rock ‘n’ roll singer Ritchie Valens poses for a photo during the filming of ‘Go, Johnny, Go!’ on January 20, 1959, in Los Angeles, California. ((Photo by Richard C. Miller/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

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Back in 2017, Lemos told LA Weekly Valens’ family has become devoted to keeping his legacy alive.

“He was a big brother,” she said. “He teased you, he chased you and he watched over you. But since my mom worked, he was also a father figure; he fed us, he entertained us, watched over us.”

And as a budding star, Valens not only remained loyal to his family, but he was eager to give them a better life as his success grew. According to the outlet, Valens wrote 22 of the 33 songs he recorded in his brief lifetime.

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Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela) and president of Del-Fi Records Bob Keane on a TV show in 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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“When he bought us the house, we all drove up, parked outside, and I couldn’t believe it,” she recalled at the time. “It was monumental, for people in our position. I said, ‘We are going to live here? It’s like a castle!’ That was the happiest day in my mom’s life, but it also was the saddest, because she really couldn’t live there after he died. She’d rather have him alive, with us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lou Diamond Phillips recalls Ritchie Valens’ sister breaking down on the set of ‘La Bamba’

Lou Diamond Phillips can still vividly recall the one moment filming “La Bamba” that forever changed his life.

The biopic, released in 1987, tells the story of singer Ritchie Valens who died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959, alongside Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. Through Don McLean’s 1971 hit song “American Pie,” that tragic date would become known as “The Day the Music Died.”

Valens, who was 17 at the time, was a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who captivated teens with songs like “Donna” and “La Bamba.” Phillips played the late star, a role many fans still recognize him for.

Phillips, now 57, told Fox News it was crucial to get the final moments of Valens’ life “right” for the big screen.

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“The scene of Ritchie getting on the plane was probably the one event that really brought it all home,” he explained. “His sister Connie [Lemos], who I’m still in contact with, came to the set that day. Our producer warned her not to do that because it would probably be too emotional for her. And it was. But she wanted to be there.

“She came up to me on set and said, ‘Can I say something to you, Lou?’” Phillips recalled. “It was interesting because we had been shooting for weeks and [his family] never called me Lou. They always called me Ritchie. I thought, ‘Oh my, there must be something wrong because she’s calling me Lou, not Ritchie.’ I thought maybe I had done something to offend her. But I said, ‘Of course, Connie.’”

At the time, Phillips was still getting touched up in the makeup chair before filming the emotional scene. And once he got up, Lemos completely broke down.

“Connie just fell apart,” he said. “She started weeping and then collapsed into me. She kept saying over and over again, ‘Why did you go? Why did you have to go?’ It was this moment, this catharsis for her that was, I don’t know, 30 years in the making. She was 12 years old, so therefore she was fully capable of understanding what had happened to her brother and felt the full impact of his loss. She carried that lack of closure for 30 years.”

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Ritchie Valens (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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“At that moment, I realized this isn’t just another role,” he continued. “This is something that meant something and continues to mean something for his family. And maybe that’s why people still love the film and are still affected by it. Because it really, really goes straight to the heart.”

The Winter Dance Party tour, which kicked off on Jan. 24, 1959, had opened the previous night at George Devine’s Ballroom in Milwaukee. Despite a successful encore performance in Kenosha, the grueling, nonstop tour was plagued with freezing temperatures and broken-down buses.

The final straw was when a bus stalled in Duluth, Minn. Holly’s drummer, Carl Bunch, was hospitalized due to frostbite on his feet.

An exhausted and frustrated Holly refused to step foot on another bus. The bands rocked the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before Holly, then 22, booked the next flight he could find to the tour’s next stop in Moorhead, Minn.

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In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 file photo, flowers adorn a memorial at the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed, killing all aboard on Feb. 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa. The three young singers were in a single-engine aircraft flying in a light snowstorm in 1959 when the pilot apparently lost control. Holly decided to fly because his tour bus was having heating problems. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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Tommy Allsup, a member of Holly’s band, flipped a coin to see whether he or Valens would get a seat on the plane. He lost and took a bus to the next stop on the tour.

The chartered plane, which carried Holly, Valens, Richardson, 28, as well as pilot Roger Peterson, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all four people aboard.

Phillips said he’s grateful longtime fans still praise the film, as well as Valens’ legacy, and that new, curious visitors are discovering it all for the first time decades later.

“I will never resent the amount of love that ‘La Bamba’ gets,” he said. “It put me on the map. It was my Cinderella story. Even though it’s an ‘80s film set in the ‘50s, it still feels timeless. People are rediscovering it all the time. It’s a true story. Therefore, it touches people’s hearts in a way that a lot of fictionalized stories don’t. It hasn’t gone away — not that I would ever want it to go away. People who saw the film at ages 18, 19 are now showing it to their kids. It’s replayed on television all the time. It’s a film that will never go away. People are continuing to love it. And I’m grateful it gave me this opportunity to meet Valens’ family.”

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Rock ‘n’ roll singer Ritchie Valens poses for a photo during the filming of ‘Go, Johnny, Go!’ on January 20, 1959, in Los Angeles, California. ((Photo by Richard C. Miller/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

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Back in 2017, Lemos told LA Weekly Valens’ family has become devoted to keeping his legacy alive.

“He was a big brother,” she said. “He teased you, he chased you and he watched over you. But since my mom worked, he was also a father figure; he fed us, he entertained us, watched over us.”

And as a budding star, Valens not only remained loyal to his family, but he was eager to give them a better life as his success grew. According to the outlet, Valens wrote 22 of the 33 songs he recorded in his brief lifetime.

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Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela) and president of Del-Fi Records Bob Keane on a TV show in 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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“When he bought us the house, we all drove up, parked outside, and I couldn’t believe it,” she recalled at the time. “It was monumental, for people in our position. I said, ‘We are going to live here? It’s like a castle!’ That was the happiest day in my mom’s life, but it also was the saddest, because she really couldn’t live there after he died. She’d rather have him alive, with us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘The Beach’ turns 20: Where is the cast now?

It’s been 20 years since Leonardo DiCaprio went searching for a secret tropical paradise in “The Beach.”

In the film, DiCaprio, now 45, plays Richard, a young man visiting Thailand on the lookout for an adventure. Richard’s pal Daffy dies and leaves behind a map to a secret island community that he previously lived in.

Richard convinces his two new friends, Françoise and Étienne, to join him on a journey to the island. However, things do not go as planned for the trio.

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Let’s take a look at where the film’s cast is these days:

Leonardo DiCaprio – Richard

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Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Beach” (left) and at at the Directors Guild Of America Awards in 2020 (right). (Getty)

This one doesn’t need much explanation, but after starring in “The Beach,” DiCaprio would go on to star in a string of hit films.

The actor added “Catch Me If You Can,” “Inception” and “The Great Gatsby” to his resume, and earned Academy Award nominations for his work in “The Aviator,” “Blood Diamond,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

DiCaprio won an Oscar in 2016 for “The Revenant,” and is now nominated for his role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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Robert Carlyle – Daffy

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Robert Carlyle has appeared in film, television and video games since appearing in “The Beach.”

Carlyle also played multiple characters on the fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time” for its entire run.

The 58-year-old actor’s other notable roles include his Emmy-nominated performance in “Human Trafficking,” appearing as Durza in 2006’s “Eragon” and most recently, making an uncredited cameo in “Yesterday” as John Lennon.

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Virginie Ledoyen – Françoise

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Virginie Ledoyen’s most notable role was in “The Beach,” but she also had a successful career in French language films as well.

In 2000, the same year “The Beach” was released, Ledoyen, now 43, played Cosette in a television mini-series version of “Les Misérables.”

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Guillaume Canet – Étienne

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Like Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet has starred in a number of French and English language productions since appearing in “The Beach.”

Canet, 46, has been in a relationship with actress Marion Cotillard since 2007 according to People, and they share two children. They have never married but they have appeared onscreen together in “Love Me If You Dare.”

Interestingly, Canet is also a showjumper and even appeared in a documentary series about the sport.

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Tilda Swinton – Sal

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Tilda Swinton at “The Beach” premiere (left) and at the Marrakech International Film Festival in December 2019 (right). (Getty)

After starring as the manipulative leader of the island community in “The Beach,” Tilda Swinton, 59, went on to star in a large number of successful films including “Vanilla Sky,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Trainwreck” and “Doctor Strange.”

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The actress also bagged an Oscar for her work in the film “Michael Clayton,” and appeared in “Avengers: Endgame,” the highest-grossing movie of all time.

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John Travolta on reuniting with Olivia Newton-John: ‘We love each other’

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More than 40 years later and grease is still the word.

Despite being released in 1978, “Grease” still has a strong fanbase as evidenced by crowds gathering in Florida back in December for special “Meet ‘N’ Grease” singalong screenings of the film hosted by stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

And at a fundraising event on Saturday, Jan. 25, Travolta, 65, gushed over the experience.

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“It was one of the highlights of our lives to see the joy of people’s unrequited love happening from 40 years of people waiting to be with us,” told the press, according to Us Weekly.

Travolta and Newton-John, 71, both donned their 1950s-inspired costumes, leather jacket and cardigans included, for the screenings.

“It was awesome,” Travolta said of wearing the costume once again. “For whatever reason, like, the bald head suits me, so does that ’50s getup. So either I’m gonna go bald or wear a Danny ’50s hairdo. It suits my appearance.”

As to how the stars have maintained a friendship spanning several decades, Travolta’s answer was simple.

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“I think we love each other and when you love someone you stay in touch,” he said.

Among the challenges the duo has faced together is Newton-John’s ongoing battle with cancer, which has spread to her bones after previously fighting off two bouts of the disease. Travolta, however, still feels optimistic.

“Olivia is a survivor and she’s smart and she’s got a lot of life in her,” said the “Hairspray” star. “I think she looks at it from the glass half full, always, and that’s her beautiful, natural approach toward life and I think we all need to do that.”

Newton-John also commented on her health.

“Life is a gift and I’ve had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer of course,” the “Physical” singer said, according to People magazine.

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Newton-John said she’s “winning over it well” and “getting stronger and better all the time.”

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‘Knots Landing’ stars initially didn’t know premise: ‘I thought it was about Andy Griffith and a houseboat’

In Hollywood, when a formula proves itself to be successful, it’s often replicated or developed into a different property. Such was the case with “Knots Landing,” a spinoff of the wildly popular television series “Dallas” that premiered in December 1979 and ran for 14 seasons and 344 episodes before its ending in May 1993.

“Knots Landing” surrounded the ebb-and-flow lives of four married couples who converged on a fictitious southern California cul-de-sac known as Seaview Circle.

The series’ three leading ladies – Donna Mills, 79, Joan Van Ark, 76, and Michele Lee, 77 – captured the hearts of women in households throughout America and ushered in a new way of storytelling that allowed mothers and women of different backgrounds to connect.

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Joan Van Ark, left, Michele Lee, right, and Donna Mills attending the Hollywood Museum’s 40th Anniversary Of “Knots Landing” tribute on Jan.18 in Hollywood, Calif. (Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)

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However, what ballooned into a tribute-worthy series with a history all its own began as a confusing concept that some within the cast couldn’t grasp, at least initially.

“I went on the show in the second year and I didn’t… I had never seen the show. I thought it was a show about a houseboat with Andy Griffith,” Mills told Fox News exclusively on Saturday night at the 40th-anniversary lobby tribute at the famed Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles.

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“But then, when I got on the show, I said, ‘This show could be really good,’” she continued.

“It was not serialized at that point. They did a separate episode every week, and I said to them, I said, ‘You gotta put a hook at the end, and get them back next week.’ And, they ended up doing that and that’s when the show started to really blossom and really take off.”

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“Knots Landing” co-stars (from left) Donna Mills, Michele Lee and Joan Van Ark posing for a portrait in Los Angeles, in July 2019. (Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

Michele Lee, who played Karen on “Knots,” told Fox News she’s most proud of the show’s overall ability to pivot with the times. She also enjoyed the “everyday people” dichotomy of its existence.

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“That show had a wonderful sense of humor about it, as well as… a pretty good look at a world and America as it changed,” Lee said. “I always like to say that we changed as America changed. And so, it wasn’t about rich people up on a hill and our need to be wealthy, right, it was everyday people – except for maybe some of us,” she quipped. “But, everyday people living around a cul-de-sac, loving our neighbors and hating our neighbors.”

Lee came clean and admitted that at first glance she also wasn’t sure of the direction the show was readying itself to take. However, she noted that paying attention to the characters in “Dallas” helped her compartmentalize the role she ultimately played. Lee said off the bat, she wasn’t sure she could even play Karen but made a point to note the character’s transcendent personality, which showcased her as a strong woman.

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“At first I didn’t know what the h— the show was about,” she explained when asked if she had reservations going in about the show’s chances of success. “And then, when I read it, I thought, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I could do this. This woman is just so out there.’ She’s banging down doors and being rather ‘ridiculous’ in the way she’s handling the world around her.’”

Lee maintained: “But then, I saw ‘Dallas,’ and I thought, oh, that’s what it’s about. It’s like ‘Dallas,’ except we weren’t, because we were more everyday people. And certainly, my character was really… she was someone who was so right about the place women were, or should be in the world, that she was the Rock of Gibraltar of the show and it was one of the things that I loved about my character.”

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The ladies of Seaview Circle saw their show as one worthy of recognition 40 years after its first episode aired. When asked about its ability to connect with its audience, the consensus was unanimous – “Knots Landing” managed to do it on a level that changed the course forever.

“I’ll tell you, when there’s relatability in a show where they say, ‘Hey, that’s just like…’ – ‘This Is Us’ right now is doing it,” Van Ark compared. “It’s the relatability that maybe people didn’t relate as well to ‘Dallas,’ which was a wonderful, incredible, iconic show. But, with ‘Knots Landing,’ there was many storylines and many fights and many marriages and dates – family dynamic on a different level… and it was rich, it was deep and relatable, and that’s why it went so long.”

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“What’s so great right now is that the ‘Housewives’… the ensemble shows with ensemble women is coming to the forefront,” she added.

“’Knots’ did that way back when. But, we were ahead of our time and it still works and it works even better now because women are becoming empowered and getting equal pay for equal work.”

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‘My Three Sons’ star Tina Cole ditched twin beds with on-screen husband Don Grady

Tina Cole wasn’t afraid to break the rules as America’s sweetheart.

The actress, who starred as Robbie Douglas’ wife Katie in the hit series “My Three Sons,” made a bold move when she and her on-screen husband Don Grady decided to share the same bed in front of cameras. It was a risky decision in the 1960s, but one that needed to be done, they insisted. And the sitcom didn’t suffer from the risky choice. In fact, the show thrived and stayed on the air until it finally received the ax in 1972.

Cole, 76, is still keeping busy as an actress. In fact, she’s set to star in “Reawakened,” which will be released this year. Cole, the daughter of one of the famous big band-era King Sisters, spoke to Fox News about ditching the twin beds, her epic romance with Grady, who passed away in 2012 at age 68, and what her life is like today.

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Tina Cole, circa 1965. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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Fox News: Looking back, how did you get the role of Katie in “My Three Sons”?
Tina Cole: I was 19 and took over the female lead in a show called “Hawaiian Eye,” which was the first show ever shot in Hawaii. I was under contract to Warner Bros., but then it ended. I did a few shows after that. Then “The King Family” started. We had a weekly variety show on ABC and that kept me busy.

Then the fourth year, I got a call from the producer of “My Three Sons.” He said, “We’ve seen you. Come out and audition for the wife of the oldest son Robbie.” I figure, Why not? I went in and, apparently, they had looked at about 2,000 girls. They screen-tested 20. They were really trying to find the right girl.

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Fred MacMurray (right) stars as widowed aeronautical engineer Steve Douglas, raising his three sons with the help of William Demarest (left) as Uncle Charley., Don Grady (as Robbie Douglas-top center), Barry Livingstone (as Ernie Thompson Douglas -bottom left) and Stanley Livingstone (as Chip Douglas). ((Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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They wanted her to be sweet, but not too sweet. There was a fine line for her… After the audition, I remember a casting director went running to the elevator, chasing me. He was screaming, “Wait a minute, you forgot to sign the contract!” I got the part and was due to start in a week. I became a permanent member from that day on and loved every minute of it.

Fox News: What was your relationship like with the cast?
Cole: It was interesting [laughs]. I got along with everybody. They instantly welcomed me, loved me, showed me around – it was wonderful. But I found out a couple of years later that Don Grady, who played Robbie, didn’t really want me to be cast.

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Don Grady, Fred MacMurray and Tina Cole starred in “My Three Sons.” (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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Fox News: Why didn’t Don want you for the part?
Cole: He didn’t think I was the right girl for him–well, for his character. He was really into surfer girls, Peggy Lipton style — skinny and blonde. And then there’s me [laughs]. I had no idea he really fought the casting. And I guess he felt awkward about it.

Fox News: Did you and Don Grady face any challenges on set?
Cole: When we were filming, we were supposed to show how this couple falls in love. But instead of kissing, our noses would just bump into each other — things like that. I remember the director one day said, “Stop, that’s enough. We’re going to take a break, but then we are going to film another scene and you two have to kiss. It’s got to work. I want you guys to go to the back of the stage and practice kissing.” And we did [laughs]. We had to, so it looked natural!

Fox News: What’s the story behind the twin beds on set?
Cole: I remember for one episode, Robbie and Katie get home from their honeymoon. We walked into what is going to be our bedroom. There were twin beds. Now, this is 1967. Don said, “There’s no way. We can’t do this. We’ve gotta have a big bed. There’s no way we can have twin beds.” So they had to scramble to find this big bed. I think we were one of the first shows that had a couple on the same bed together on television.

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Tina Cole claimed she went on to have an off-screen romance with her “My Three Sons” co-star Don Grady. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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But there were major rules that went with it. You could talk and lay in bed next to each other. You could look at each other, but when the scene was done, you had to roll over, back to back. You couldn’t end the scene facing each other. It was too suggestive. I remember we had to do something very daring in one scene – we had to end the scene in an embrace. We all took a chance with that. We actually broke the rules by ending the scene with a kiss in bed. Isn’t that crazy? [Laughs]

Fox News: How did you feel about this whole dilemma? Your character is supposed to be married.
Cole: I completely agreed with Don. I thought it was ridiculous. It was just unrealistic — it was silly. I mean come on, this was the ‘60s. But at that time, we were representing the traditional family. People still wanted that in their lives and yet the whole world was going crazy with free love and drugs. We had hippies and Vietnam going on. And yet, we couldn’t be on the same bed. We represented this idea that some people were holding on to. I guess that’s why people liked the show so much. It’s what they wanted in their lives instead of all this chaos.

Fox News: How did your relationship with Don change?
Cole: Two years later, after I joined the show, I was divorced. Don and I started doing telethons together. We were singing and fell madly in love. That’s when I found out he originally didn’t want me in the show. But we were just crazy about each other. We went together on and off for about eight years. He wanted to marry me, but I wasn’t ready. I loved him madly, but I had a son and I just wasn’t sure. I wasn’t quite ready.

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Don Grady (right, wearing green) passed away in 2012 at age 68 after a long battle with cancer. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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I remember he asked me to live with him. But I just couldn’t. He said, “Then I need to find somebody who will then.” He then got married. We did one of the first reunion shows with “The Patridge Family,” which was really odd because we weren’t even on the same network. I remember Don and me locked eyes when we saw each other for the first time. He then said, “I made a huge mistake. I will call you when I’m no longer married.” And he did a couple of months later.

Fox News: Did you and Don get back together?
Cole: Oh yes, we got back together. But then he wanted to go to New York and try Broadway. He said, “Come with me.” I told him, “I will as your wife.” Then he said, “No, come as my friend.” I told him that I just couldn’t. We never did marry, but it was a very wonderful love for many years. It’s funny because he initially didn’t like me at all because I apparently wasn’t his type.

Fox News: What caused “My Three Sons” to end?
Cole: Fred Silverman took over as programming director for CBS. He did not like any of those little sitcoms on TV. He wasn’t into the whole all-American, apple-pie look.  He hated all of those shows like “My Three Sons” and “Petticoat Junction.”

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Tina Cole today. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

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So he kept putting us in these strange time slots like 10 o’clock on a Saturday night – odd times where no one would watch us. We still had decent ratings, but he kept working on it until he was able to cancel it. Even though the public still wanted shows like “My Three Sons,” he didn’t like us at all.

Fox News: What have you been up to since?
Cole: For 24 seasons, I’ve directed musical theater for children in kindergarten through third grade. It’s all interactive with a curriculum. We teach them theater etiquette, they learn the music. It’s the most thrilling thing for me to do. I adore it. It was just women from the community who wanted to give back to the kids. I’m also keeping busy with “The King Family.” I believe we were the first family to have a television show in the ‘60s.

My mother is one of the King Sisters. She and her sisters were big band singers. They were nominated for one of the first Grammys ever. They had an amazing four-part harmony sound. Well, we’re putting together a tribute for my mom and it will premiere this summer. I also moved to Sacramento to be a wife and a mom… It’s been a lovely place to live and it allows me to be Grandma, which I love.

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