In the photo above you will notice I am wearing a cast on my hand. It is there because I hit the wall in Kathy’s apartment where Marilyn was living in 1963. Marilyn told me she had slept with a twenty six year old German jet-setter, a real international player. Marilyn was sixteen, and was now a player. Her dream was to be a concert pianist and composer.
Kathy was Mayor Yorty’s ex-girl friday who he was blackballing because she would not seduce a political enemy and get information on him. Kathy was twenty four, and was dating the producer and announcer for ABC GOLF. Marilyn met Kathy as a baby sitter for her newborn son, and was over Kathy’s a lot before she took the spare bedroom.
One day, I caught Arnold Palmer looking at Marilyn’s ass when she walked in the room. Kathy had a lot of celebrity friends. She called up the actor Raymond Burr and told him he should meet me because I was a talented artist. Raymond is a collector of art. We talked for a few minutes, and he invited me to his home. After hanging up, Kathy warned me Raymond was a homosexual. I wondered if I was being set up because LA is full of predators who employ the casting couch in order to have power over others. I began to wonder if Kathy was using my beautiful young girlfriend to keep her in the game, she not the player she once once was now that she had a child out of wedlock. Was it possible Kathy was procuring young heterosexual boys for Raymond? I was seventeen – and a virgin!
Boy, am I being negative and overly suspicious, something my daughter accuses me of all the time. Randall Delpiano was getting women in his bed by pretending to be Bob Weir. Was he promising them a recording session, or, getting them to invest in his sound company? The Berkeley Barb put Heather’s pretend father on the cover with a warning about Randall ripping off hip people’s electronic components. When Patrice put my baby in his arms, he was a ex San Quninton convict.
I think most folk in LA knew an actor or two. Marilyn’s neighbor was John Lupton who starred in Broken Arrow. Marilyn and I were over John’s house babysitting. He brother married John’s daughter.
When I met my sixteen year old daughter for the first time in 2000, I learned she was an aspiring movie star, and singer. She showed my thirty video taken by Rex, Patrice boyfriend, and Heather’s surrogate father who was mentally disabled and on SSI. He found extra money to buy a video camera and follow my Randall DelPianos daughter to her school functions, her plays, her recitals, ect. ect.
Twenty minutes after we met, Heather is strumming on her guitar as we sat on the couch together. The, it’s off to the karaoke Bar where she sang ‘My Heart Belongs To Daddy’. When I told Heather and her stage Mom, I was the only one in my family who did not get Cash & Prizes from my famous sister’s artistic legacy, they disappeared from my life.
It was my aunt Lillian who gave me a clue as to why I was un-invitd to my daughter’s high school graduation. She told me Stacey Pierrot sent her a photograph of Heather and her mother at the reopening of the Rosamond gallery, and Heather had brown hair! When I met Heather a month later, she had died it blonde. This meant Heather met Pierrot before she met me. Stacey sent me and Vicki a e-mail telling us she had been contacted by Patrice via her new webpage that advertised for people who knew Christine to share their story.
Heather and her mother had no intention of contacting me, but, they wanted to be in Rosamond’s biography, I assume for the publicity, as a means to promote Star Child, so she could support her poor mother. This was Heather’s ‘Dream’ that she did not want me to be a part of – just my deceased famous sister. When Stacey realized Patrice and Heather never knew Christine, and there might be a big problem with the REAL FATHER, she suggested they had better contact me, after all, my REAL DAUGHTER is a minor! I mean, we dont’ want anyone to be guilty of exploiting a child – do we!
How dare this phoney con-artist say this to me! Who does she think she is – a famous artist, a movie star, a country western super star? Heather, and her family are none of these things. But they invaded my families privacy and glommed on to the fame and, hopefully – THE MONEY! Delpiano captured my beautiful baby, and knew he was not the father, because Patrice told me his family was upset that he had not fathered a child, given them a grandchild. Heather was upset that I was not her Party Daddy a rich guy with a great tan – and a luxury boat!
“I trusted you to be in my life. Let you know everything about me and those I am close to and some how, when you get angry, you find a way to twist information and make everyone out to be sick, evil, and abusive. That is not my reality and never has been. I have not always been perfect but I always learn from my mistakes and move on.”
aymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. His early acting career included roles on Broadway, radio, television and in film, usually as the villain. He won two Emmy Awards in 1959 and 1961 for the role of Perry Mason, which he played for nine seasons between 1957 and 1966. His second hit series, Ironside, earned him six Emmy nominations, and two Golden Globe nominations. He is also widely known for his role as Steve Martin in both Godzilla, King of the Monsters! and Godzilla 1985.
In addition to acting, Burr owned an orchid business and had begun to grow a vineyard. He was a collector of wines and art, and was very fond of cooking.
After his death from cancer in 1993, Burr’s personal life came into question as details of his known biography appeared to be unverifiable.
In 1996, Raymond Burr was ranked #44 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.
Later accounts of Burr’s life explain that he hid his homosexuality to protect his career. In 2000, AP reporter Bob Thomas recalled the situation:
It was an open secret…that he was gay. He had a companion who was with him all the time. That was a time in Hollywood history when homosexuality was not countenanced. Ray was not a romantic star by any means, but he was a very popular figure…if it was revealed at that time in Hollywood history [that he was gay] it would have been very difficult for him to continue
Upon graduation from New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lupton secured immediate stage work. Then he was signed as a contract player at MGM in Hollywood. Lupton was lanky and handsome like James Stewart or Henry Fonda, but never achieved similar fame.
In the 1954-1955 television season, Lupton appeared in several episodes as a college student in the CBS sitcom, The Halls of Ivy. In 1957, he was cast in the ABC western series, Broken Arrow, which ran for two seasons. In feature films he is primarily remembered for his role as “Sister Mary” in Battle Cry and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter.
In 1965, Yorty was reelected over Democratic Congressman James Roosevelt, son of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt’s campaign put up hundreds of billboards, handed out bales of bumper stickers and buttons, appeared often on television with 15-minute and half-hour shows, plus so many other spots that his electronic omnipresence became irksome. Roosevelt’s campaign cost around $450,000. Yorty spent less than half that amount. Roosevelt called Yorty a stooge of Democrat Jesse (“Big Daddy”) Unruh, the controversial California Assembly Speaker. He attacked Yorty’s membership in a segregated private club, endlessly criticized Yorty for having a bad temper. Yorty was certainly irascible, but he held his temper throughout the campaign, seeming almost cool in contrast to Roosevelt. He pointed to the fact that he had cut city taxes, streamlined city government and improved garbage pickups. He outpolled Roosevelt 392,775 to 247,313, picked up 57.9% of the vote to Roosevelt’s 36.5%, with the rest going to six other candidates on the ballot.
Although he was the first mayor to have a female deputy, and the first to have a racially integrated staff, his appeal did not extend to most of the city’s large African-American population. Disaffection with high unemployment and racism contributed to the Watts Riots of August 11–17, 1965. Yorty’s administration was criticized for failing to cooperate with efforts to improve conditions in neighborhoods such as Watts, but he accused other leaders of raising false hopes and of action by communist agitators, having always categorically rejected any criticism of the city’s police or fire departments.