Josh Mills and co-host Jason Klamm will bring together a wide variety of adult children of celebrities for a fun, funny, bizarre, jaw-dropping, strange and wonderful look behind celebrity by the people that know them best: their very own children.
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Today on part one of the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Peter Ackerman, son of actress Elinor Donohue and TV executive Harry Ackerman. We talk to Peter about growing up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and how his parents worked on iconic television shows from the 1950s through to the 1990s. For Harry, that meant being directly responsible for shows like “I Love Lucy”, “Bewitched”, “Gidget”, “Gunsmoke”, “Dennis The Menace”, “The Monkees” and dozens more. For Elinor that was iconic roles as Betty Anderson on “Father Knows Best as well as “The Andy Griffith Show”, “The Odd Couple”, “Newhart”, “Get A Life” and many more. Talking to Peter was a real pleasure and a walk down memory lane as we hear behind the scenes tales of family friends William Asher and Elizabeth Montgomery, a first kiss from the daughter of a famous comedian, visiting the set of “Batman”, not visiting the set of “The Monkees” due to Tork's curse and the twisted realization that your school friend actor Johnny is actually playing your mother's son in a TV show. We talk about long gone LA restaurants, restaurants still present, what it was like to be the son of an actress and then meet the child playing your mother's son on her TV show, your first kiss ever with a comedian's daughter, Sabrina vs. Serena, the end of Bewitched, the amazingly cross Paul Lynde, the lone time Peter asked for a twinkle of Elizabeth Montgomery's nose and much more. It's all here on the next episode, of the Rarified Heir Podcast. Take a listen.
Today on part two of the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking actor/musician/SAG-AFTRA VP David Jolliffe about the relatives of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. No really. David ran in some amazing circles – from Alice Cooper and The Hollywood Vampires to Rosemary Clooney, we get a deep dive into Hollywood that needs to be told. The son of actress Glorya Lord and television executive Richard Jolliffe, we hear some intense stories about everyone from pals Miguel Ferrer and Billy Mumy, We get intimate stories about George Clooney, Bruce Dern, Kent McCord and the Indianapolis 500, what it's was like doing voices for animation in the 1970s vs. today, Billy Mumy and more about the importance and the value of SAG/AFTRA. And the importance of the Rarified Heir Podcast as well. So sit back, take a listen and remember, it's Joe, not Jose to you Mr. Mills.
Today on part one of the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking actor/musician/SAG-AFTRA VP David Jolliffe about growing up in Hollywood. You might remember David from his early work on the show Room 222 as Bernie (yes, the guy with the mass of red hair). You also might know David from one of his hundred plus commercials he's been in. Or perhaps you know his from his voice over/looping work on shows like Devlin. Well, maybe not Devlin, David didn't even remember that one. Regardless, David give us the lowdown on growing up the son of actress Glorya Lord who starred in shows like Mannix & The Doris Day Show and television executive Richard Jolliffe. Our conversation brings up the world he inhabited as a youth, a young adult and all the way through to now. David has fun and fascinating stories about everyone from Bruno Kirby and Michael Constantine to Sheryl Lee Ralph and Bruce Dern. We even get to talk about old school and long gone Sunset Strip restaurant Scandia where his dad frequented. It's a wild ride of SAG/AFTRA inner workings, his close friendship and musical partnerships with Billy Mumy and Shaun Cassidy, his time in and founding the infamous Hollywood Vampires as well as the kindness of Alice Cooper. Loved talking to David for this episode, so sit back, relax and take a listen to the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast it's part two of or interview with Kristen Hillaire Glasgow PhD and we discuss her parents, manager/restauranteur Roy Silver, Actress mother Kathryn Reynolds & just tough the surface on stepmother, actress Dee Dee Rescher. This episode goes deep into uncharted 70s Sunset Strip lore with conversations about her dad's Chinese restaurant Roy's, the live show her dad produced at the Whisky El Grande De Coca-Cola, Casablanca Records Neil Bogart, the harsh realities of casting and aging in Hollywood, the ultimate show business temple, The Synagogue for the Performing Arts and lessons our father's taught us. We also bond on Melrose Ave. in the 80's, food that makes you cry, cocaine dealing waitresses, would Hitler have considered us Jewish if the faith technically didn't and many more inappropriate topics. Kristen was a wonderful guest and if all goes according to plan, she will be back for part three in the future if Dee Dee Rescher is a guest and much more. So take a listen and enjoy, part two of Kristen Hillaire Glasgow PhD coming right up.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we bring you part one of our conversation with Kristen Hillaire Glasgow PhD, daughter of manager, restauranteur, impresario, raconteur Roy Silver and actress Kathryn Reynolds. The episode sparked literally, when Kristen made the connection on Twitter to the band Sparks in our conversation with Matt Asner a few episodes back. It turns out her dad, Roy Silver managed Sparks for a bit early in their career as well as musicians and entertainers like Joan Rivers, Cass Elliott, Bill Cosby, Jackson Browne and the rock band Fanny. What's more, we learned that not only did Roy Silver manage Tiny Tim but that our host Josh Mills' parents threw a party for Ron and Tiny Tim to ‘introduce' Hollywood in Tiny Tim in July of 1968. And we have the proof to back that up. We talked a lot about all things LA in the 70s & 80s, including restaurants (like Roy's which her dad owned), how her dad ‘found' Bill Cosby at The Bitter End in NYC, her mother's folk mockumentary group Allen & Grier, her stepmother actress Dee Dee Rescher, the real story behind the all-female, all amazing rock band Fanny, the genius that was El Grande De Coca-Cola starring Ron Silver & Jeff Goldblum, the record label Tetragrammaton Records Silver and his partners founded which released Deep Purple debut album and the John Lennon and Yoko Ono album Two Virgins and much more. What's more you ask? Well we have to break this interview up into two episodes. It was that good. Part one is here, so take a listen to the Rarified Heir Podcast right now.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we talk to Jennifer Pentland, daughter of comedian and lighting rod Roseanne Barr and boy does Jennifer have a story to tell. Jennifer's memoir, This Will Be Funny Later is the focus of our conversation as she writes boldly and with humor about her experience growing up with a mother who rocketed to fame almost overnight. So how does one go from a ‘normal' life in Denver to superstardom in the 80s and 90s? We find out on this upcoming episode. Jennifer's raw and very funny take on what it was like growing up with fad diets, institutionalization, self-harm, personal chefs, tabloid journalists, divorce, weight issues and much more is a remarkable journey…with humor! This episode might also have been the most mobile we've ever recorded. With a computer on her dashboard of van and trailer during a family trip, Jennifer talks openly and honestly (with a little internet lag) about being a goth, Laura Scudder's Peanut Butter, watching Rodney Dangerfield sweat on a treadmill, cults, cutting, art classes, moving home to the mainland, throwing water balloons at yellow journalists to her mother's delight and about a thousand other things. She's intelligent, insightful and remarkably self-effacing. We have said it before on past episodes but you can now add this latest episode with Jennifer Pentland as another brutally honest Rarified Heir Podcast interview like none other. And somehow there are laughs. Lots of laughs. Take a listen.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to David Deluise, son of actor/comedian and sometime opera star Dom Deluise and actress Carol Arthur. I ask you: was there any other place to be in the 70s than working with Mel Brooks? Was there any other place in the 80s you would have rather been than working with Burt Reynolds? I think not and if David's time with us shed light on those two larger than life icons, he goes on to talk about the laughter, the fun and the friendship Dom Deluise had in show business. We talk to David about everything from Dom's early success on The Dean Martin Show which led to a variety show called The Dom Deluise Show that ultimately got him into some of the classic films of his era. Think of it : Blazing Saddles, Hot Stuff, The End, Cannonball Run I & II, Fatso, Silent Movie, History of the World Part 1, The Cheap Detective, The Muppet Movie and so many more. We also talk about Dom's love of food – both cooking and eating – his triple threat talent and the free stuff. Definitely the free stuff – including the free food. David experience growing up Deluise is on full display on this episode as is his own career started in acting – yes, he's Jerry Russo from The Wizards of Waverly Place and directing shows like Lab Rats, The Thunderman's and much more. We didn't get to Stargate SG-1, Blossom or The Gilmore Girls. But we did get around to talking about the best way to approach a celebrity during a meal, Mr. T and his comic book he handed out to everyone as well as Mel Brooks quote about Young Frankenstein after a night out with his parents. Take a listen on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Brad James, son of legendary television personality Dennis James. We talk to Brad about his dad's career that began in New Jersey radio in the 1940s (where he became friends with a young Frank Sinatra) and moved to television in New York shortly after. A man of firsts, Dennis James (aka The Dean of Game Show Hosts) was the first person to: appear in a television commercial, host a wrestling event on television, emcee a variety show, appear on video tape, appear in an infomercial and on and on and on. The man started in television when there were likely only 300 in the entire New York area. He went on to have a 6 decade career as a host of the United Cerebral Palsy telethon which raised a billion dollars over the years, hosted a variety of game shows like Name That Tune and The New Price Is Right as well as play himself in films like Rocky IIIand The One and Only. Somehow we get through all of this and find time to discuss meeting Elvis Presley, believing comedian Foster Brooks was Santa Claus, parking cars at The Playboy Mansion, befriending local LA legend Mad Man Muntz over a thoroughly inappropriate videotape and much more. If you love game shows, stories about the birth of television, watching Jeopardy with Bob Hope and golfing with Kevin Costner, take a listen to this episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Victoria Riskin about growing up the daughter of Hollywood royalty. We first became of Victoria via her 2019 book, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin : A Hollywood Memoir and were intrigued not only about her actor mom and screenwriter father but in how she wrote it, which we discuss on this episode. We talk about her father's Oscar winning career writing for Frank Capra and others as well as her mom's six decade career in movies. From silent films, talkies, pre code, horror movies, comedies and later in AIP exploitation films and television, it's a distinguished career that involves much more than giant apes named King Kong. Victoria's mother's iconic name is kept alive today as its synonymous in current pop culture in comic strips, punk bands and the lyrics from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. We also talk to Victoria about her own career as both a psychologist and later as a producer along with her Emmy-winning writer/husband David Rintels. Their television work including The Last Best Year w/ Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, World War II: When Lions Roared w/ John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine as well as an adaptation of Willa Cather's My Antonia among others. Along the way we talk about the gone but not forgotten CC Brown's ice cream parlor in Hollywood, the first years of Palisades High School and if the term “scream queen” is still valid. It's all up next, on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we talk to Julie Nimoy and husband David Knight about Julie's dad, actor and raconteur Leonard Nimoy. It was great to connect with Julie about her father and what it was like being the daughter of a pop culture icon. The thing is, Leonard Nimoy was so much more than just Mr. Spock. He was a photographer, a poet, a singer, a director, a voice over artist, a pitchman and more. Did you know he directed the top grossing movie of 1987 which was NOT a Star Trek film? Did you know he was such a fan of Vincent Van Gogh that he wrote a one man show, starred in it and had it taped for PBS? Nimoy was also the host of In Search of….where he showed off his amazing collection of houndstooth jackets and turtleneck shirts. He replaced Peter Graves in Mission Impossible. He stared inNight Gallery, Deathwatch, an independent film directed by pal Vic Morrow, a TV movie A Woman Called Golda which got him an Emmy nomination, The Outer Limits and much more. Nimoy was also interested in the paranormal, science (and cars) which led him to Baffled!which is synonymous for our host Josh Mills with Afrin and fever dreams, he recorded albums for Dot Records such as The Touch of Leonard Nimoy, did summer stock, owned a single engine plane he flew, a boat at Lake Mead…it's like they based the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension on Leonard Nimoy the man. So it was great talk to Julie and David about their PBS documentary Remembering LeonardNimoy about his battle with COPD as well as their upcoming documentary Wilder! on comedian Gene Wilder & his battle with Alzheimer's. Did you know who directed Wilder in the film Funny About Love? You guessed it. And yes, we talk more about University High School, LA restaurants, the Century City Mall and much more on the next episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast. Take a Listen.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we talk to Matt Asner, son of seven-time Emmy winner, actor Ed Asner. Of course, most of us know Ed Asner as Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as the dramatic series Lou Grant that followed. But as Matt told us on this episode, Ed Asner was generational. To some, it was his seventies and eighties television work that made an impact. To others, it might be his work (and his voice) from a host of animated series in the 90s from Batman or Superman or Spider Man. Some know him as Santa in the Christmas classic Elf. Others know him as Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's Up. Still others know him as the bad guy from the sixties film They Call Me Mr.Tibbs and even others from mini-series like Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man. Regardless of how you know the gruff but lovable actor, Ed Asner was known as a consummate professional, head of the Screen Actors Guild, tireless activist for a variety of causes, and Matt tells us all about them on the latest episode. We also get to hear about Gavin MacLeod's bubble gum obsession, “Uncle” Ted Knight, The Compass Players who Ed was a member of that birthed Second City, Paul Newman & Fort Apache The Bronx, death threats as well as family LA haunts like Art's Deli, Madam Wong's West and The Ed Asner Family Center. The Center promotes self-confidence, balance and wellness in differently-abled individuals and their families. And it's all next on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Take a listen. Oh Mr. Grant!
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast encore edition, we talk to Michael Weintraub, son of legendary producer/agent/manager/promoter Jerry Weintraub. We talk about the legendary career Jerry made as a film producer, talent agent, concert promoter and even as an actor. It's a truly amazing career working with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, to Bob Dylan and John Denver, George Clooney to The Carpenters. Along the way, we hear about Michael's step-mother Jane Morgan, an entertainer who, like host Josh Mills' mother Edie Adams, recorded albums, performed on stage, screen and cabaret acts. We hear some great stories including hearing John Denver on the radio for the first time, dealing with Colonel Tom Parker in booking Elvis Presley, evenings with Ed Sullivan, Bob Dylan's fingernails, dinner with half of the Beatles and much more. It's a fist hand account of what it was like to work on projects like Oceans 11, managing The Moody Blues, booking Led Zeppelin and a whole lot more. It's all next on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Take a listen!
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we bring you Richard Duggan, son of the late and great character actor Andrew Duggan. There were so many jumping off points actor who had almost 200 acting credits to his name on Broadway, television and film, we simply chose to jump right in. Andrew Duggan was known for a variety of roles in war films, Westerns, horror movies. For film buffs, he starred in films like Seven Days in May with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglass. and In Like Flint with James Coburn. For TV fans, Duggan starred in everything from Alfred Hitchcock Presents to Lancer which plays a major role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He was the voice of Bud Light for years as well as the Clio winning “Friend of the Family (Rust in Peace.” He starred on stage in The Rose Tattoo and Fragile Fox. He even starred in TV movies like The Deadliest Season with Meryl Streep in her first role and Rich Man, Poor Man. And that doesn't even begin to tell the story of his roles in The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Doctor Detroit or F-Troop. We talk about Richard's years growing up in Westwood where we find out he and our host went to the same high school as well as Richard's years acting and doing improv which led to roles in Troma's Toxic Avenger, Sam Arkoff's Q: The Winged Serpent, and Larry Cohen's It's Alive!. Most importantly, this might be the only podcast where you learn that Robin Williams studied Improv at the Pitzer colleges, Richard's alma mater. It's all next, when we talk to Rick Dalton, I mean Richard Duggan, on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast Encore Edition we are talking to Dr. Tara Candoli whose father/Musician Pete Candoli who also happened to be our host Josh Mills' step-father. Which also means, that Josh's mum was Tara's step-mother. Tara's mother, actress Vicky Lane is famous for her portrayal of The Ape Woman in the film, The Jungle Captive & who also had a recording career. As if this wasn't confusing enough, Tara's other step-mother was actress/singer Betty Hutton. Not enough of a showbiz connection? We talk about her grandfather Kemp Niver who won a special Oscar for the preservation of the earliest silent films, actor Tom Neal whose explosive temperament led to scandal & even murder and that's just the beginning. We talk about Tara's professional career as a trauma therapist, making mud pies with Rock Hudson as a toddler, hitting recording and taping sessions with her dad, her wild days as a teenager in seventies LA, iconic makeup men who worked on her mom's films and much more. It's all right here, right now, on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on this encore edition of the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Jenny Brill, daughter of the comedy team Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall. Our host Josh Mills and Jenny grew up together in the San Fernando valley and went to elementary school together. Not only that, her parents starred on an episode of Josh's mom's variety show in the mid-sixties Here's Edie aka The Edie Adams Show, with Sammy Davis Jr. We discussed quite a lot with Jenny including her journey to become one of the top yoga instructors in Los Angeles, her parents appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9th, 1964 when a new band called The Beatles,made their American television debut, their numerous game show appearances in the 1970s, their comedy LP From Our Point of View, Mitzi's early work with Jerry Lewis, their appearances on the night time series Silk Stalkings, Mitzi's numerous cartoon voice credits and much more. So get ready listeners, like it or not, we talk about elementary school at Oakwood, celebrity and much more. It's all right here, coming up next on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Ike Eisenmann who you will likely remember from television, commercials and film. From Double Mint Gum ads to Escape from Witch Mountain to Fantastic Journey, Ike was about as in demand a child and young adult actor was in the 1970s and 1980s. What you may not know about Ike however, if you didn't grow up in Houston, Texas is that Ike's dad Albert was the creator and host of a massively popular local children's show, Cadet Don which ran for close to a decade from 1959 to 1968. We talk to Ike about quite a few topics including his Pop Culture Retro Podcast, local programming on television that simply doesn't exist anymore, the influence the Cadet Donshow had on children (including two celebrity brothers) as well as the role NASA played in the show. We also hear from Ike about what it was like about becoming a child actor and the salvation it presented for him. You've heard of Stage Mothers? We hear about his Stage Father, who was somewhat difficult and overly aggressive guardian who often shared his own head shots with casting directors while Ike auditioned for a role. Ike was incredibly generous to talk about the dark times as well as the folly. What folly you ask? Disco dancing with Brooke Shields and Lisa Whelchel at Disneyland? Or how about working with ex quarterback playboy ‘Dandy' Don Meredith on a pilot that never went to series? Regardless, Ike was most insightful and open about growing up the child of a celebrity as well as his own celebrity and you can listen to that now, on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we bring you yet another first on this episode. We are talking to our first great-grandchild of a celebrity. We are talking today with Keaton Talmadge who is a the great-grandchild of comedy genius Buster Keaton as well as silent film star Natalie Talmadge. Whoa. We talk to Keaton about growing up in an era where most had no idea what Buster Keaton looked like – you will hear an example of that on the episode, as incomprehensible as it might sound. We also talk about the Brooklyn-born Talmadge sisters, of which her mother was one, who were incredibly famous in the silent film era. Sisters Constance and Norma were at one time named the top female film stars of 1921. We're talking big! So what did we talk about with Keaton? We talk about the century old legacy of Buster and how, still today, there are dedications and events in his name, all the time. We also talk to Keaton about her own career as a voice over actor, who has voiced roles in television, commercials, podcasts, video games and more for everyonre from Apple to Netflix to Nintendo and more. In fact, Keaton schools our host Josh Mills on everything from Looping to E-learning. We also talk about Keaton's time at Cal Arts, studying to become an actress, her years auditioning, how she started a Hula-Hoop company (you know, for kids) and how she landed at the perfect spot in her acting career, right now. It's all next on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to actress Jessica Pinfield, daughter of VJ, DJ, personality & record executive Matt Pinfield. When we booked Jessica for this episode, we had lots of questions that may have seemed superfluous. What we got was anything but. Jessica was incredibly open and honest about her father, her mother and her family in ways we simply did not anticipate. What we thought might be an interview about what it was like hosting MTV's 120 Minutes or USA Network's Farmclub.com became a much deeper dive into addiction, parenting, therapy, Covid and even murder. Jessica spoke her truth about things we rarely talk about in person, let alone a podcast. Yes we talk about what it was like hanging out with dad when he was trading in records at the Princeton Record Exchange and answering phones at WHTG in New Jersey as well as hearing her story about growing up in a household not feeling love from either parent. Thankfully, a lot of growth has taken place over the years and dad and daughter are living together now, mending fences and connecting in ways it would be hard to imagine they could even a few short years ago. So if you think this episode is about the ‘wild and wacky days of MTV's golden years' this isn't the podcast for you. It's a brutally honest episode that frankly, we didn't see coming. It's next, on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are trying something new. That's right, not one but two guests. Yes, we've had more than one guest on at a time but so far that's been siblings only. Today, we have two previous guests on the podcast talking about the genesis of what drove them to become musicians yet both come from a familial acting background. Our returning champions are Jordan Summers, son of Yale Summers and Dave Jenkins, son of actor Paul Jenkins. Both grew up with parents who did a ton of television. Yale Summers starred in the hit series Daktari & had guest starring roles on The Outer Limits, McMillan and Wife and General Hospital among many others. Paul Jenkins was on The Waltons, Dynastyand Night Gallery and perhaps 200 more. So we posed the question: why did they choose music and not acting? The answer was fairly surprising. It was filmmaking and technology that led them from making Super-8 movies which led them to music. We hear great stories about how a high school band can go from three years of rehearsing to playing their first gig at the world Famous Troubadour with a homemade demo cassette handed out directly to the venue as their calling card. We hear about how Jordan Zevon's grandmother would try and cut the bands cables after rehearsal to ‘cut down that racket.” We hear about the time Herbie Hancock showed up at an early gig. And then there was the time TV theme song guru Mike Post managed their band. What, that never happened to you? We also hear about jam sessions at The Kibbitz Room with Rick James and Chrissie Hynde, of an all-star high school jazz band with Brian McKnight, superstar producer/musician Greg Kurstin and members of Buckcherry, The Wallflowers and more and long gone LA music venues like: FM Station, 14 Below, Luna Park, The Alligator Lounge and The Central. We're keeping time on this episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story. Take a listen.
Today we bring you yet-another encore episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast as we talk to Tony Cobb, son of acting great Lee J. Cobb. Tony was a great guest, full of stories and also doing a great impression of his dad that still has us laughing today. We talk about the storied career of a man who was known best for his stage and screen persona, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman as well as his roles in classic films of all genres, including The Exorcistin the 1970s, In Like Flint in the 1960s and On The Waterfront in the 1950s. We also touch an uncomfortable subject that we broached in an earlier encore episode, The Blacklist. And while it's absolutely true that Lee J. Cobb in fact, named names during a terrible period in US History during Senator Joseph McCarthy's HUAC witch hunts, it was truly edifying to hear Tony's side of things. Tony was able to crystalize the stress and the heartache of this time period, about the pressure and the stress his father was put under to give the government what they wanted. It's a horrific story about wire-tapping, passports being confiscated, not being allowed to work as an actor and being tailed by the FBI. And that's just the beginning. You'll have to hear Tony's story and for us, that's when we began to see that not everything is so black and white when taken at face value. Thankfully, we get to hear great stories about how Cobb was an obsessive tinkerer in their San Fernando Valley house, but that he was very much a model kit maker and practical joker. We hear how Tony's sister dated a young actor who went on to star in American Graffiti prior to his Academy Award and how his dad's booming voice was both a source of teasing and worry to the adolescent Tony. And lastly, we hear what was one of Tony's best memories of his dad? Seeing a film at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood with his dad and their rolling out of the red carpet when they realized one of paying customers was Lee J. Cobb. It's all next, on this encore edition of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on another encore edition of the Rarified Heir Podcast, we bring you our conversation with Dave Jenkins whose father was character actor Paul Jenkins, his mother is famed casting director Jane Jenkins and his stepmother, actress Sally Kemp. We hear all about growing up the son of Paul Jenkins who starred in more than 40 TV roles – from shows like Mannix to MASH. We learn about the ups and downs of trying to be a working actor in Hollywood and all that comes along with it. From Philly to LA, it was a grind but it was a what a person does to live out their dream to be an actor. Sally Kemp mines much of the same territory here – with roles on Bonanza to Bosom Buddies – for the classically trained actress. Again, we hear first hand accounts of perseverance, dedication to their craft and their dream. For mom Jane Jenkins, her route to Hollywood from the East Coast brought her to the doorstep to some of the biggest films and A-List directors in the Easy Riders and Raging Bulls era and beyond. She worked for Rob Reiner and Francis Ford Coppola while casting the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, River Phoenix and Michael Keaton in some of their earliest films, if not their first role ever. So take a listen, set your internal clock back a little bit and take a listen to Dave Jenkins on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we bring you an encore edition with guest Joe Gilford, son of the great Jack Gilford. While most of you will remember Jack best from his role in the Ron Howard film Cocoon, there was a rich and varied career acting career that frankly almost wasn't. You see, Jack was blacklisted and was only able to work on stage and not in film or television for years. Joe's recollections of how the red scare, Joseph McCarthy and HUAC was frankly some of the most vivid and compelling first-hand accounts we've ever heard. Even to hear the word “Fink” aka someone who named names and also testified against others in Congress was eye opening. It's a real lesson of the devastation brought about by the U.S. Government's plan to root out communists on the backs of countless writers, actors, directors, producers in show business in the 1950s. Thankfully, there are many laughs too as Jack Gilford was a funny, funny guy. Joe gives us a great window into what it was like growing up as Jack's son and we hear stories about everyone from Zero Mostel and Josh's mom Edie Adams to Cracker Jack's and the explosive producer Joel Silver. We also hear antidotes about being a working actor in New York in The 60s and 70s – from never waking your dad up while napping to never being able to see a Walt Disney film for reasons mentioned above. It's a fascinating listen. Another child of a celebrity interviewed by the child of a celebrity. Everyone has a story. This is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we present to you an encore episode with guest Chris Lemmon, son of Jack Lemmon. Chris spoke with us last year in the midst of Covid and was holed up as his home on the East Coast due to a pretty intense compromised immunity which he speaks about at length. In addition to his health, we speak to Chris about what it was like growing up Lemmon, the son of one of America's greatest actors and why he chose to go into acting as well. We further talked to Chris about some familial bonds as well – his father and Josh's mother Edie Adams were close friends beginning in the 1950s when Jack and Edie's first husband Ernie Kovacs starred in several films together. They were not only co-stars but fast friends. We talk about a trip to Venice Italy in 1984 that Chris and Josh attended where hotel guests included Hollywood super-agent, Sue Mengers, Gore Vidal and Christopher Walken, who was shooting the James Bond film “A View To A Kill” as villain Max Zorin. There were dinners, conversation and drinks at Harry's Bar all week that was both strangely normal and surreal. It was a great conversation with Chris and a fun catch-up to have him on the podcast. So take a listen as this is the Rarified Heir Podcast encore episode with Chris Lemmon. Everyone has a story.
Today we bring you a first on the Rarified Heir Podcast, a bonus episode in tribute to Gilbert Gottfried and the Gilbert Gottfried Amazing Colossal Podcast. Our guest today is not a child of a celebrity but Ben Model is the archivist to the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams archive which is run by our host Josh Mills. In 2019, Ben and Josh were guests on the Gilbert Gottfried Amazing Colossal Podcast to celebrate the Centennial of Ernie Kovacs. Truly shocked and saddened by Gilbert's passing last week, Ben and Josh wanted to share some stories about how terrific their time was on the Gilbert Gottfried Amazing Colossal Podcast and how warm, funny and truly insane Gilbert and co-host Frank Santopadre were n he best possible ways. Clearly not celebrities, Frank took a chance on having Ben and Josh on as guests because he knew Kovacs was an important comedy figure and perhaps they should take a chance to talk about Kovacs to listeners who maybe knew about him but perhaps not enough. Somehow by taking that chance, the episode in question became an odd mix of silent film accompaniment, risqué stories about Josh's mom that Gilbert loved and by both accounts, a moment that happens all too rare in life – a genuine connection. Basically, this bonus episode is a tribute to Gilbert Gottfried and also a huge thank you to Frank Santopadre & unofficial podcast booker Gino Salamone for taking a chance on two nobodies who just thought it would be a fun idea. We miss you Gilbert. We are sorry there wont be a second chance to connect but we know you are cursing out Walter Brennan in heaven and that makes us smile. We'll miss you Gil.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Jim Meskimen, an actor, impressionist, comedian and oh so much more, who happens to the son of Mrs. C. That's right, he's the son of Happy Days' Marion Cunningham aka Marion Ross. Hailing from Albert Lee, Minneapolis, Marion Ross was drawn to acting at an early age. She even changed her name before high school because she thought it would read better on a theater marquee. In fact, her first love was indeed theater – which she did before, during and after her most famous role as America's mom. But it was television that made her a household name. In a career that spans more than 60 years, Marion Ross is still occasionally does voice overs at ninety -f'ing three years old. Her words, not ours. It was great to learn from Jim about how a head of household, who happened to be a divorced mother of two was able to make it after quite a few years of struggle in show business. It was purely by chance that she took a bit part in Airport, the 1970 disaster movie, that led to a chance meeting with the head of casting for Happy Days. And although Tom Bosley wasn't particularly nice as Mr. Cunningham (which you can read all about in her autobiography My Days: Happy and Otherwise), a decade-long run on a hit television series was an ideal way to make a living doing what she loved. It's a pleasure to talk to Jim about his mother as well as discussing his own career that launched a successful YouTube channel, iconic commercials playing Colonel Sanders for KFC and Geiko as well as starring in an upcoming Starz production called Gaslight with Julia Roberts and Sean Penn. We talk about his stints on America's Got Talent as well as stories about Rich Little, Phylis Diller and Clark Gable. It's all next on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Charlie Matthau, son of acting great Walter Matthau and Carol Matthau. It's been a while since we've seen Charlie. You see, the connections run deep on this episode. Because our host Josh Mills mother, Edie Adams was close to Jack Lemmon, via the film The Apartment and Jack and Ernie Kovacs friendship on films like Operation Mad Ball, It Happened To Jane, Bell Book and Candle in the 1950s there was a familial bond. Cut to the 1970s and each Christmas, Edie and family would attend Jack Lemmon's Christmas party at his house which of course, always included the Matthau's. Additionally, all the families gathered on Broad Beach Road in Malibu each Summer which further cemented their friendship. There was much to talk about including conversations about The Fortune Cookie, Truman Capote, Howard Hughes, Micky and Nicky, Don Siegel, The Bad News Bears, Charly Varick, Billy Wilder, Vic Morrow, The Grass Harp, the Mormon Church, 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, Jimmy Stewart and much more. Furthermore, we discuss how Charlie's mom – then known as Carol Grace - was the basis of the Holly Golightly character in Breakfast at Tiffany's played by Audrey Hepburn, how Walter Matthau once hosted the Oscars with an earpiece listening to a ballgame, how Walter got hired for a role for being ‘British.' Carol's much loved novella A Secret in the Daisy, Walter's middle name (cough) and much more. It was great to go down memory lane with Charlie on the latest episode of The Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story. Take a listen.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are airing an encore episode of our conversation with Andy Marx, who has not one but two well known grandparents. Yes, you heard that right. Andy is our only guest so far who is the grandchild of a celebrity. One grandfather, as you might have guessed from his last name was indeed Groucho Marx, of, who else, Marx Brothers. What's more, his other grandfather was songwriter Gus Kahn who wrote standards as “It Had To Be You”, “Dream a Little Dream of Me, ”Makin' Whoopie” and many more. Gus was so famous, Andy heard from none other than George Harrison that Gus was one of his favorite songwriters. We talk to Andy about everything from spending time with grampa Groucho at his Beverly Hills house in the late 70s and helping him preserve a truck full of “You Bet Your Life” episode that might have been tossed had it not been for Andy's insistence they stay. We also talk about a wide ranging number of celebrities such as Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Ron Wood and Marcel Marceau who all inhabited the Marx orbit. We even get into the wild and the wacky Erin Fleming who was Groucho's companion for the last years of his life. So say the secret word and stick around…it's all next on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Oy the kvetching in this one! This is part two of our conversation with Alison Martino and boy are she and our host working themselves up in a lather about the changes in LA. That's what happens when you get two born and bred Los Angelinos together talking about Vintage Los Angeles. But when you have a brand such as Alison's own Vintage LA, how could you not? So just get ready for a deep dive into long gone LA landmarks like The Garden of Allah, Butterfields, House of Blues, Tower Records and more. Aside from old LA, we also get to take hear some fabulous insider stories about Alison's dad Al Martino getting the part of Johnny Fontaine in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfatherwhich is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year as well as Paramount+'s streaming service limited series, The Offer. What's the series about? It's about the alleged/fictional/partly true story of how Al Martino got offered the part in The Godfather. If you love the inner workings of old Vegas, check out the stories about when ‘da boys' ran it as we hear first-hand accounts of how to get guests on the floor and gambling when Edie Adams was in the room We are certainly eavesdropping on a conversation today, which is very much an apt description of today's episode suggested by Alison. So thank you Alison. And we will take you up on the offer to host an upcoming episode….Josh would love to be your guest. This is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Alison Martino. Again. As in a second time. Alison was one of our first interviews we did post pandemic so it seemed only fitting that we connect with her again as we are slowly coming out of the pandemic. It also seemed fitting that she would be the perfect person to be the first guest we've ever had on the podcast twice. Sure it didn't hurt that Alison's first episode was one of our most listened to episodes but what was fantastic about that first conversation was that both she and our host Josh Mills really had so many experiences that hit home that, in some ways, their experiences intertwined. And as Alison says on this episode, “There's a difference between show business and acting.' How right you are Alison. On this episode, we talk about her father, singer and yes actor, Al Martino who is having a resurgence of sorts in 2022 with the 50th anniversary of The Godfather this year but also that his song “I Have But One Heart” is featured in the film and the soundtrack to the superhero megahit, The Batman. We also talk about a new series coming from Paramount+ called The Offer which is based on the (somewhat) fictionalized tale of how Al Martino got the part of Johnny Fontaine in The Godfather. And while this is very much an Al-fest (not the real thing but an incredible simulation), we also do a deep dive into Alison's Vintage LA phenomenon. What started out as Facebook group made on a lark has become a massive social media presence and has literally hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We delve into the beginnings of how this passion for her hometown spawned a rabid and loyal fanbase which has turned into a career as a journalist for Spectrum TV, a writer and also a recognized resource for people who live in and are fascinated with the City of Angels all over the world. If it's happening in Los Angeles, you kind of do need Alison's stamp of approval to make it a truly successful event. It's so great to talk to Alison a second time as the Los Angeles from our youth is still very much alive on this podcast even if Greenblatt's delicatessen is not. These memories and conversation starters are all right here, in this episode, of the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we present Part 2 of our interview with Daisy Torme & James Torme, children of the great Mel Torme and actress Janette Scott. This episode is a long one. This entire conversation was almost three full hours because there was just so much to talk about. We really get a glimpse into the life of these two international siblings who lived in both England and America, spending time with both their parents after the divorce. These trips brought Daisy and James closer and made their time with both their parents all the more special. Their bond and their love for their parents shines through in every story. We also hear about how dad said goodbye to them from the Ambassadors Lounge at LAX on their transatlantic trip back to the U.K. and how he would turn down gigs in the Summertime and Christmas so he could spend time with his kids. Their mother, who made her last film in about 1967 starred in so many sci-fi classic films she actually has an annual film festival dedicated to her and how she became part of pop culture lore as she is namedropped in the song “Science Fiction/Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And we haven't even discussed their their grandmother, iconic British actress Dame Thora Hild whose 70 year career in film and TV in England made her a household name and her passing was treated like a state funeral. It's story after story on part two of our episode with Daisy and James. Names like Eddie Fisher, David Frost, Glenn Frey, Edith Head, Buddy Rich and more are just some of the people we discuss. Wait for the Tony Randall in Tokyo story and you might have heard it all, because that one blew us away. It's next on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to family. Our guests this week are Daisy Torme and James Torme, the children of legendary singer (and musician and songwriter and arranger and author et all) Mel Torme, aka The Velvet Fog.) This is a special episode because of how it began – with a message over Twitter that reconnected our host Josh Mills with Daisy and James after losing touch a long time ago. You see, Josh's dad, music publisher and later photographer Martin Mills was one quarter of a four-headed hydra of best friends that included Mel Torme, perhaps the greatest drummer of all-time, Buddy Rich and iconic entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. They were four friends who lived life in the fast lane after the end of WWII in New York and then in Los Angeles when each was breaking big in their field. In fact, you can read all about it in the Sammy Davis Jr. biography Yes I can. This is the first of a two part episode because frankly, we talked a lot. It had been a long time. We talked about Mel's roots on the South Side of Chicago, his love of movies, the story behind writing one of the biggest holiday tunes of all-time “The Christmas Song,” his Mountain Dew commercials in the 80s, how he missed out on a secret code name, a little-known TV movie produced by William Shatner called “Challenge to Survive” with Mel as a mountain man, Mel and the Mel-Tones and much more. It's a lot of silly, fun, outrageous talk on part one of our conversation with Daisy Torme and James Torme and it's all right here on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the encore episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Jeff Sherman, son of Robert Sherman or one half of songwriting team - The Sherman Brothers. Don't think you know The Sherman Brothers? Actually, I'm positive you do. They wrote some of the greatest songs every recorded for film and television. Such as? How about “A Spoonful of Sugar?” from Mary Poppins? Or “It's A Small World” – perhaps the most played song on earth? Or maybe “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” from the same film? See, you know The Sherman Brothers. Along with his brother Richard, The Sherman Brothers wrote some of the most beloved songs of all-time. They scored films and write songs for films such as “Tom Sawyer,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “The Jungle Book,” “Charlotte's Web,” “The Tigger Movie, “The Aristocats” and many more. Our conversation covered a lot of ground with the brothers as well as their father Al Sherman, also a songwriter as well as the career Jeff had in television on shows like “Boy Meets World” as well as his comedian & wife Wendy Liebman. So pull up a comfy chair, sit back and listen to your youth as we talk to Jeff Sherman for this week's encore episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Jordan Summer, whose father Yale Summers was an actor who was both beloved by actors in front of the camera and perhaps more so behind the camera. You see, while many fans might remember Yale from his years on the television sixties series Daktari as Jack Dane, it was his time working for the Screen Actors Guild that realty endeared him to his fellow actors. A co-founder and producer of the SAG Awards which is a mainstay during awards season it was Yale's work as a union man that is his lasting legacy. He was a passionate advocate for actors and the acting profession as he was both secretary and treasurer for SAG and also trustee of the SAG Pension and Health Fund. This episode with Jordan was the first episode we ever recorded on Zoom as Covid hit pretty hard as we all remember and this was a fun episode to record. You see, Jordan and host Josh Mills attended high school together in the 80s. No, not Oakwood but University High School. We get to hear about an amazing Uni High music class Jordan attended that featured a future Grammy winner, Warren Zevon's son – also named Jordan – and future members of The Wallflowers, Buckcherry and Fishbone. We bounce back and forth between Yale and Jordan talking about Yale's eclectic acting career in shows such as The Outer Limits, My Three Sons & Emergency! as well as summer vacations spent with Michelle Lee & then-husband James Farentino and some of the amazing phone messages Yale would receive from celebrities that were commonplace. And with that's, it's time for the Rarified Heir Podcast encore episode with Jordan Summers. Everyone has a story.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we ask the question – who is Alex Trebek's daughter? The answer is today's Daily Double, we are talking to Nicky Trebek, daughter of famed Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. Nicky and our host Josh grew up together on the same street in the 1970s, Josh with his Schwinn banana seat bike and Matchbox cars and Nicky with her skateboard and her ever present Leif Garrett posters spent quite a bit of time hanging out on a street with very few kids on it.. Their mothers were thick as thieves, as both Josh's mom Edie Adams and Micky's mom Elaine Trebek spent much of their time with Sacha Stallone, wife of Sylvester Stallone who was on the cusp of her infamous divorce from the Italian Stallion. We talk about those 70s years in the sun baked Los Angeles canyons as well as everything that followed. We get the lowdown on what motivated Alex Trebek to host Jeopardy! for an astounding 37 years, his off camera hobbies, his love of hockey, his friendship with fellow Canadians Eugene Levy and Hall of Fame goalie Rogie Vachon and his ideal time to be home for dinner after taping. Nicky also tells us about her dads very public illness and his passing just 14 months from pancreatic cancer that is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It's a first-hand look into both the professional and personal life of one of television's most beloved figures – from Alex's ideals and charitable side to his most ideal vacation spot. It was great to reconnect with Nicky all these years later and it's a rare look inside at one of America's best loved quiz shows and most importantly, one of America's best loved quiz show hosts in Alex Trebek. This is Final Jeopardy! This is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to musician Rachel Haden. A go-to musician and singer in her own right, we learned from our interview, Rachel is part of a musical tradition that frankly, we had no idea the depths of until we started talking about it with her for this episode. Her father, bassist Charlie Haden was one of one of the greatest bassists of all-time. Spoken about in hushed tones next to greats like Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius and Ron Carter, Charlie is perhaps best known for his time in Ornette Coleman's ‘free jazz' Quartet in 1960 that literally helped revolutionize jazz. The free jazz movement pushed the boundaries of what jazz was and what it would become. Now if that were all Charlie Haden ever did, he'd still be a legendary figure if his career ended there. However ever the next 50 years, Charlie Haden worked with everyone from Keith Jarrett, and Ginger Baker, to Elvis Costello, and Hank Mobley and even son-in-Jack Black. Born into a musical family in the 1930s, Charlie Haden grew up with country and American folk music as part of his roots. The Haden Family, much like The Carter Family, were songwriters and performers and even had their own radio show in Iowa in the 1940s. Their musical traditions were passed down in handmade books, much like a family bible, that still exist today. Which is why talking to Rachel is so much fun. Along with her sisters Petra and Tanya, The Haden Triplets have recorded two full-length albums as the Haden Triplets, based on the music of their grandparents while covering classic American country and folk music. Their debut was produced by Ry Cooder on Jack White's Third Man Records and their 2020 sophomore follow-up called The Family Songbook, was a bucket list project that brings their family musical legacy full circle. A bass player/singer/keyboardist herself, Rachel Haden co-founded the band That Dog in the 1990s with her sister Petra and performed & recorded with a veritable who's who in music including Weezer, Todd Rundgren, Beck, Brendan Perry, Jimmy Eat World, Neil Hamburger, The Rentals, The Martini's and more. Her older brother, Josh Haden is also a musician, having founded the late 80s SST punk rock band Treacherous Jaywalkers and later, the band Spain. So what was it like growing up with the preeminent jazz bassist for a dad, an older brother bass player following in his dads footsteps and sisters Petra on the violin & Tanya on the cello? We'll find out, on this episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are running an encore episode in tribute, an episode we recorded almost a year ago. We talk to Amanda Aday, daughter of Marvin Lee Aday aka Meat Loaf. We are running this interview a second time as a tribute to Meat Loaf and all his fans but specifically to Amanda, who speaks so glowingly about her father. There is humor, love, affection and ultimately a real familial and genuine bond that Amanda shares with us that we think you might want to hear at this time. Losing a parent is perhaps one of the most difficult things in life but to do it in public is something altogether different and unique. Sometimes it's a comfort to know that others care and sometimes, it's a heavy burden to be reminded of it constantly. We just wanted to make sure that Amanda (and her family) know how much her father meant to his fans and also to let her know we were thinking about her. Thankfully, Amanda shared a lot about her father in this episode that might give some great insight to who he was behind the ‘rock star.' There are some great, fun stories about touring the world as a family, how her father taught his kids sports and his need to be concerned dad rather than an absent one. We also hear about her father's youth growing up in Dallas, his early years in Detroit in early groups Popcorn Blizzard as well as the Motown flavored Stoney and Meatloaf, how he stumbled into a production of Hair, his Joseph Papp Public Theater performance before his singing career took off, his work in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, his partnership and collaboration with Jim Steinman, his mega hits Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II, touring the world (and elsewhere), his acting roles in films likeRoadie and Fight Club and about a million other things. This is our encore episode of our conversation with Amanda Aday and it is a tribute to her father, the one and only Meat Loaf. As we like to say on the podcast, “Everyone has a story.” Today, we hear Amanda's story about her father as well as the entertainer. It's funny, enlightening, fascinating and honest. Thank you Amanda. We are thinking about you.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we have and we promise you, one of the most unique, fascinating, jaw dropping, emotional and sometimes shocking interviews we've ever had on the podcast. Today we are talking to Grammy-winning musician/composer/vocalist/violinist Lili Haydn, whose sophomore album from her band Opium Moon Night and Day is up for another Grammy next month. She's also a composer, has recorded six solo albums and performed with everyone from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Herbie Hancock, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Roger Waters, The Jayhawks, Tom Petty and Parliament/Funkadelic to name just a few. Talking to Lili was frankly, unlike anything we have covered before on any episode. Lili and host Josh Mills talked for a long time which is why this is a two-part episode. There was just too much amazing stuff, we couldn't cut any of it. We talked about her comedian/author/writer mother Lotus Wienstock, a free spirit who not only was engaged to Lenny Bruce but became one of the beloved comedians of her era. She was a trail blazer and influential stand-up comedian and was loved and respected by contemporaries like Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Sandra Bernhard and Jerry Seinfeld, She excelled in her own personal and inclusive brand of comedy that was as much a shared audience experience as stand-up could be. She was the impetus behind The Comedy Store founding “The Belly Room,” where only women could perform, in an era when comedy was essentially a men's only club. Lotus also wrote a fantastic book called The Lotus Position, changed her name twice and had her music recorded by Ritchie Havens. And that's just the beginning. Lili's father David Jove is a mythical figure himself. He was known as “King Acid David” in the mid-sixties due to fact that he was one of the first ever to mass-produce L.S.D. A friend of The Rolling Stones, he may or may not have been directly responsible for infamous “Redlands” bust of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull and others in 1967. He was also a colleague of Stanley Owsley The Grateful Dead soundman and L.S.D. aficionado, created two early music video shows including New Wave Theater which mixed punk rock, SCTV and SNL alums and was hosted by enigmatic host Peter Ivers whose unsolved murder we discuss on the episode. There is so much to unpack in our conversation with Lili in part one of this episode that it frankly left us a little spent. And oh yeah, Lili did this interview while quarantining at home with her second bout of Covid, a real trooper. All I can say is, buckle up….this is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we have and we promise you, one of the most unique, fascinating, jaw dropping, emotional and sometimes shocking interviews we've ever had on the podcast. Today we are talking to Grammy-winning musician/composer/vocalist/violinist Lili Haydn, whose sophomore album from Opium Moon Night and Day is up for another Grammy next month. She's also a composer, has recorded six solo albums and performed with everyone from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Herbie Hancock, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Roger Waters, The Jayhawks, Tom Petty and Parliament/Funkadelic to name just a few. Talking to Lili was frankly, unlike anything we have covered before on any episode. Lili and host Josh Mills talked for a long time which is why this is a two-part episode. There was just too much amazing stuff, we couldn't cut any of it. We talked about her comedian/author/writer mother Lotus Wienstock, a free spirit who not only was engaged to Lenny Bruce but became one of the beloved comedians of her era. She was a trail blazer and influential stand-up comedian and was loved and respected by contemporaries like Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Sandra Bernhard and Jerry Seinfeld, She excelled in her own personal and inclusive brand of comedy that was as much a shared audience experience as stand-up could be. She was the impetus behind The Comedy Store founding “The Belly Room,” where only women could perform, in an era when comedy was essentially a men's only club. Lotus also wrote a fantastic book called The Lotus Position, changed her name twice and had her music recorded by Ritchie Havens. And that's just the beginning. Lili's father David Jove is a mythical figure himself. He was known as “King Acid David” in the mid-sixties due to fact that he was one of the first ever to mass-produce L.S.D. A friend of The Rolling Stones, he may or may not have been directly responsible for infamous “Redlands” bust of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull and others in 1967. He was also a colleague of Stanley Owsley The Grateful Dead soundman and L.S.D. aficionado, created two early music video shows including New Wave Theater which mixed punk rock, SCTV and SNL alums and was hosted by enigmatic host Peter Ivers whose unsolved murder we discuss on the episode. There is so much to unpack in our conversation with Lili in part one of this episode that it frankly left us a little spent. And oh yeah, Lili did this interview while quarantining at home with her second bout of Covid, a real trooper. All I can say is, buckle up….this is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast encore episode we talk to Shawn Kay, daughter of Steppenwolf's John Kay. Our host Josh Mills grew up with Shawn in Los Angeles – they even saw The Police's 1982 Ghost in the Machine tour at the Forum back in middle school. This encore episode is a deep dive as we discuss her father being born in Prussia, his emigration to Canada founding his early band The Sparrows in Toronto and his move with his soon-to-be wife move to LA and the formation of Steppenwolf. The band sold more than 25 million albums and had huge mega hits such as “Born to Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Rock Me” in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. We discuss the hit counterculture film Easy Rider which cemented Steppenwolf's place in pop culture history. We also talk to Shawn about everything from her hippie parents to the lean years when a John Kay-less New Steppenwolf was touring after the real band broke up. This forced her father to reignite the band to control their legacy and hit the road again in the late 1970s all the way through into the 2000s. We also hear about Halloween parties with music executive Lou Adler & Cheech & Chong, how Shawn and fellow podcast guest Carnie Wilson introduced The Beach Boys in concert as well as her stint at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Records in the 90s. But today, it is her passion for animals – dogs, elephants, you name it – that motivates her. Her Mind, Body, Dog dog training business is her passion now and as a client, Josh couldn't recommend her highly enough. We hear all about this and more as we head out on the highway on this week's encore episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast encore episode, we are talking to Jason Culp, son of actor, writer and director Robert Culp. TV fans of the 1960s will remember Robert Culp as Kelly Robinson on the groundbreaking television show I Spy, co-starring with comedian/actor Bill Cosby which was the first American television show to feature a black actor as a lead character. TV fans of the 1950s will remember him as Ranger Hoby Gilman in the western series Trackdown and fans of 80s will remember him as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell in the hit series The Greatest American Hero. Culp starred in hundreds of film and television roles but as Jason tells us on this episode, his real love was writing and directing. Culp did both and we hear not only about his directorial debut on the film Hickey & Boggs but about a never-before-released documentary on civil rights which we hope gets to be seen one day soon. We discuss a lot in this episode from Sammy Davis Jr. & Anthony Newley to Paul Mazursky & Sam Peckinpah. One of our earliest recordings, again pre-pandemic, this is another encore episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast with Jason Culp.
Today on another encore episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast, we talk to Adam Shawn, son of the immensely talented and hysterical comedian Dick Shawn. Adam and host Josh Mills have quite a connection here as Dick Shawn and Josh's mom Edie Adams starred together in films like It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, television movies like Fast Friends and Evil Roy Slade and a TV variety show, Here's Edie, hosted by, who else, Edie Adams. The connections don't stop there. Shawn and Ernie Kovacs, Edie's first husband starred in the war-time comedy, Wake Me When it's Over. We recorded this in person, pre-pandemic and got to talk to Adam about some of his father's best roles including L.S.D. in the original version of Mel Brooks' The Producers, his one-man show The (2nd) Greatest Entertainer in the World and his antics on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and even on a Fat Boys album in the 1980s. Adam spoke with us about his dad's stint in the minors playing for the Chicago White Sox affiliate, a very intense incident in Miami Beach with a mobsters moll (evidently) & how to this day, his father's inventive and genius comedy is severely underappreciated. Oh the places you'll go, on this encore episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to actress and writer Dinah Manoff, who you know from her film roles in Grease, Child's Play and Ordinary People as well as on television in series' like Empty Nest, Soap and State of Grace. She's a Tony award winning stage actress who created the role of Libby in Neil Simon's I Ought To Be In Pictures on Broadway and went on to star in the film with Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret. It's only fitting that the daughter of Oscar and Emmy Award winning actress and director Lee Grant and writer Arnold Manoff would one day write her very first novel, The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold, which is out now. While not her story exactly, The Real Life Story of Jackie Gold is about celebrity, Hollywood, paparazzi, the business of celebrity and seeks to answer the question: did Jackie Gold jump or was she pushed? It's the story of a white hot actress who recounts her life in flashbacks from her hospital bed after a tragic accident which is both funny and ripped from today's headlines. We talk to Dinah about a wide range of other topics including the blacklist, Neil Simon, Marie Osmond, Peyton Place, growing up in the Malibu Colony, Richard Mulligan, Tony Curtis, her mother's Oscar winning documentary Down and Out in America, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Victor Buono, Cal Arts, soft core porn made at her home and so much more. It was a real thrill talking to the woman behind Marty Maraschino (like the cherry) who was funny, open and ready to talk. It's coming up next on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Ann Marie Snyder, daughter of journalist, news anchor and talk show host Tom Snyder who will soon be the topic of a documentary of his life, called Tom Who? Known primarily as the host of his late night program, The Tomorrow Show in the 1970s and his Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder in the 1990s, Tom Snyder was a charismatic, deep-thinking, irreverent and ethical personality who pioneered the long form, single subject interview on American television beginning in the early 1970s. Unlike say Johnny Carson or Merv Griffin (or even Steve Allen or Ernie Kovacs), Snyder considered himself a journalist first. His interviews with everyone from Charles Manson to John Lennon, Johnny Rotten, Kiss, Henry Miller and Howard Stern were either casual conversations you could slip into like a soft pair of slippers or occasionally cantankerous affairs, usually done with a cigarette in hand and a hearty laugh. Snyder loved his audience and his audience loved him. Frequent call-in guests to his three-hour radio show in the 1980s were Sherman Helmsley, Robert Blake and some guy from Indiana who turned out to be David Letterman. We talk to Ann Marie about her dad and we hear stories about everything from how she was forbidden to visit the 9th floor where Saturday Night Life taped at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, how her dad and Neil Young bonded over their mutual love of Lionel Trains and how her dad refused to allow her to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at Madison Square Garden when guest and original Tom Petty drummer Stand Lynch gave Ann Marie two tickets and use of the band limo to the gig at age 15.It's a great conversation with Ann Marie as we talk about her dad, who hated network interference, loved a stiff drink and was quite possibly the Godfather of the podcast as we know it today. And so as Tom might say, "Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air." This is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Rain Pryor, daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Like many of our episodes, this one covers a lot of ground and thankfully, Rain was not only game for all of it but she was thoughtful, funny and eloquent talking about a myriad of subjects. We touch upon everything from her years growing up in a household where words like Motherfucker were used as exclamation points, her favorite films of her father's career, her own career as a performer, stand-up comedian, author, activist, producer and speaker and her astronomer mother. Wait what? Yes, it's true. She also is a mother and a cancer survivor. It's a deep and deeply funny conversation with Rain because we can touch on everything from how she not only tried sushi for the first time with comedian Danny Kaye (and that that he actually made it for her) but also her stint running for Baltimore City Council. Like her one woman show, Fried Chicken and Latkas, about her black and Jewish roots, Rain is a dichotomy of two worlds. The thinker who gets certified from Cornell as well as the choice to follow her dad's advice and do stand-up. It's a great conversation where serious subjects lead to lighter moments (or vice versa) and odd coincidences like how she has been Josh's house and he never knew it. We've wanted to talk to her for so long and it's finally here. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you, the awesome Rain Pryor.
Well look at this. A true two-part episode of our conversation with the children of comedian/dancer Harry Ritz of The Ritz Brothers, Janna Taninbaum and Michael Ritz. And we really have to thank them. True troopers, they dealt with some major technical issues on our end and the occasional Zoom lag for a second sit down, two days after our original conversation. Lots to unpack here – from anti-Semitism faced by Harry to out of this world gambling stories to the Catskills to what made the funniest of them all, laugh. So set your internal clocks back a decade or two, sit back and listen to Janna and Michael wax philosophical about race horses owned by Betty Grable, the previously unknown Tupelo Brothers, life in Las Vegas in the seventies and some racy behavior from Don Rickles and a telescope & Betty Grable's aversion to toilet seats. Ahem! If names like Jan Murray, Tyrone Power and Erroll Flynn thrill you, take a listen, to this episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
Today on part one of the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to not one but two children of celebrities, Janna Taninbaum and Michael Ritz, son of comedian Harry Ritz of The Ritz Brothers. Now, you may not know the work of Harry Ritz or even heard name sadly enough but let's be clear: without Harry Ritz, there is no Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis or Milton Berle. Beginning in vaudeville in the 1920's, The Ritz Brothers, Harry, Al and Jimmy moved to Broadway in the 1930s and were the highest paid act on stage and during the depression. Known for their syncopated dancing, singing and slapstick comedy, the brothers rivaled another team of siblings, The Marx Brothers in popularity. Starring in 19 films and shorts, the Ritz Brothers were led by “the guy in the middle” (Harry) whose antics included funny faces, outlandish dance routines and manic energy made him a crowd favorite. In fact, he was asked twice – once by Irving Berlin and once by 20th Century Fox head, Darryl Zanuck to go solo but Harry refused. He had promised his mother he would look after his brothers and they remained a trio until 1966 when Al died during a club date and Jimmy and Harry went out on their own. The duo opened the El Rancho and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, they toured together well into the 1970s and because they were still headliners well into the 1960s, they solely focused on their live act. So why isn't Harry Ritz or The Ritz Brothers as well known today as the comedy innovators they clearly were? Quite a few reasons actually and we discuss that in the first part of this episode. Thankfully, the funniest comedians of their time knew who their mentor was. It was Harry who told Uncle Miltie to wear a dress if he wanted more laughs, Jerry Lewis's unabashed mugging that was clearly influenced by Harry and Mel Brooks said, “As far as I'm concerned, Harry Ritz is the funniest man ever.” And we break it all down to you today, on part one of this episode of the Ritz-ified, I mean, the Rarified Heir Podcast. Take a listen.