Friday, November 22, 2013

LIZ SMITH: Can't Let Go ...

Lamar Waldron Won't Let Go Of The Kennedy Assassination ... Raquel Welch is "Able and Willing" ... Kim Kardashian and her "Contours" ... Marilyn and Chanel No. 5. (She Doesn't Want to Say "Nude.')
Friday, November 22, 2013
by Liz Smith

“TO THIS day I have serious doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone,” the Secretary of State John Kerry said in a slightly un-noticed public speech to Tom Brokaw just the other day.

If you have “had it” with more word on this famous conspiracy, which is being enacted during the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, you can skip what follows. But, don’t.

My friend Lamar Waldron, whose book “The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination: The Definitive Account of the Most Controversial Crime of the 20th Century,” which I praised the other day, adds this to his historic charges.

And there are many news breaks that haven’t been written about before. Author Waldron wants to ask you, the reader, to act to help by petitioning the White House to release files and get pardons for ex-Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden. They only need 99,999 more signatures to go.

After you read this, here’s the link where you add your name.
LOST among all the coverage is that a Congressional Investigation, that had access to far more information; for instance that the 1964 Warren Commission concluded back in 1979 that JFK was most likely killed by a conspiracy involving godfather Carlos Marcello.

Waldron in 1985 warned that the FBI had convinced Marcello to confess. He provides even more background in his new book. A prison cellmate of Marcello, Jack Van Laningham, got the latter to talk. (Later Jack passed the FBI’s polygraph test so the FBI believed he wasn’t lying.)
Carlos Marcello before the Senate Rackets Committee in March 1959.
Marcello told Laningham that the shooters for JFK’s hit were imported from Europe. They practiced shooting on Marcello’s New Orleans estate. He already controlled Jack Ruby and his nightclub in Dallas. He also controlled godfather Santo Trafficante and Mafia don Johnny Rosselli, friend to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. (Rosselli’s body was later found in a drum, his legs chopped off.)

Godfather Marcello attempted to have his gang kill JFK three weeks before Dallas when the President was in Chicago. The Kennedys kept this evidence out of the press for the sake of security.
The Cosa Nostra men (l. to r.) Attorney Jack Wasserman, Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, Frank Ragano, Attorney Anthony Carollo, Frank Cagliano and John Marcello at La Stella Restaurant.
Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden with his wife Barbara, 1964.
THE FBI continues to withhold all the Marcello tapes, although they should have been released a decade ago. Experts say there are ten of thousands of pages that have not yet been released.

Waldron also wants the release of an agent named Abraham Bolden, the first black presidential Secret Service agent chosen by JFK. Bolden was framed by the Mafia says the author. And he fights to clear his name ever since.

The planned film on Marcello and the undercover operation “Legacy of Secrecy” is still in the works. Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and play FBI informant Laningham with Robert De Niro playing Marcello. Director David O. Russell will no longer direct because of conflicts with his movie “American Hustle.”

But DiCaprio still wants the movie made and you can help make the White House release all the FBI information on this.
FORMER Parade editor Walter Anderson knows I’m fond of his daughter, Melinda, and writes to say that the other eve, on the U.S.S. Intrepid, during the Marine Corps Ball, famed international photographer John Moore, proposed and Melinda accepted.

They should make quite a couple — John has the Pulitzer Prize for his photos from Getty Images and Melinda is an Internet expert.
Engaged! Melinda Anderson and John Moore.
MM and Chanel — a little dab'll do ya.
“PEOPLE ASK what I wear to be bed. Like, pajama bottoms or tops? So, I say ‘Chanel No. 5’ Because I don’t want to say ‘nude.’ But, that’s true!”

By now many of you have seen the brilliant Chanel No. 5 TV commercial with great clips of Marilyn Monroe — usually fighting her way through mobs of fans and press — and her own words used, talking about what she does (and doesn’t) wear to bed.

The Chanel people could have shown glamorous photos of MM — including the classic of her holding a Chanel bottle while dabbing the fragrance into her cleavage. But these candid moments, and her own words, in her real voice, is more visceral and exciting.

It is truly a phenomenon. No star has held onto the popular imagination as securely as Monroe. Others were as beautiful and talented, but very few had that essential quality of vulnerability that stood her apart from others during her lifetime and made her a historical figure in death.
RECEIVED A lovely e-mail from Raquel Welch, responding to our rave here about her appearance at the Governors Awards last week.

Miss Welch says that she hopes this new chapter of her life will bring her the kind of roles “I can really run with ... and believe me I am willing and able to work hard to make that happen!”
Hollywood, are you listening?
SEVERAL FANS of Kim Kardashian wrote in (very nicely) to say that Kim’s “new face” is really her old one, with a different kind of makeup. She’s wearing less, they insist, but there is “more contouring” involved.

I do not sit with Miss K. at her dressing table so maybe this is true.
OKAY, ALL you “It’s a Wonderful Life” fans, relax (for now.) Paramount Pictures, which bought the rights to the 1946 RKO classic some years ago, says that those who wish to now make a sequel — a grisly idea! — don’t have sequel rights and won’t get them, if Paramount has anything to say about it.

I hope Paramount sticks to its guns and tinsel.

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