Jackie Chan leaves imprints in Hollywood for the second time

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Chan, 59, told a crowd gathered for the occasion that he had always dreamed of having his prints in cement at the theater. "My first time in the Chinese Theatre, I walked on the red carpet ... and I see that there are so many stars doing the interviews. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://movies.yahoo.com/news/jackie-chan-leaves-imprints-hollywood-second-time-035023151.html

But Esther Williams, who died at 91 this week, was so, well, vivid and so legendary, so good humored and honest she easily qualifies in that airy realm of being permanently imprinted in my memory. Oddly enough I was never a fan of Williams lavish Technicolor swimming spectacles, the movies that made her an enduring global star from the 1940s until today. In fact Id never seen most of them. But I knew from research they were incredibly popular, not just in the USA but in Asia, South America, where they continued to play for decades. When i first met and interviewed Williams nearly 20 years ago, it was a few years before her 1999 autobiography, the bestselling tell-it-like-it-was THE MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID where she laughed off the notion of sexual harrasment and suggested that macho '50s movie costar Jeff Chandler was secretly a drag queen. We met at the Ivy, the fashionable West Hollywood restaurant. Williams made a suitable movie star entrace, driving herself to the valet in a huge 70s gold Rolls that resembled an armored truck. It was Fernandos, he always liked it, she said almost apologetically, referring to her long-gone husband Fernando Lamas who had died in 1982. We lunched on the outdoor terrace and as we were talking, a mild earthquake hit. The dishes on the Ivy walls rattled and everyone was suddenly silent. Then with a big smile, Williams leaned over to me, took my hand and said, Was it as good for you as it was for me? I left that lunch knowing that the one thing Williams resented the most was the betrayal of her fellow actors by Ronald Reagan who in line with his agent, the powerful Lew Wasserman, had agreed as head of the Screen Actors Guild in the late '50s to mark 1950 as the arbitrary line for residual payments. All movies made before 1950 which included many Williams hits would generate no income for stars like Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Van Johnson and so many others. I want to be able to see my movies on Turner Classic Movies and know Im getting paid for them, she declared. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://bostonherald.com/entertainment/movies/hollywood_mine/2013/06/let_us_remember