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Vicki Star is a world famous beader. She makes beautiful works, writes instructional books, appears at conventions and teaches classes all around. I know her from my time in San Diego where we were sweeties for nine years. Also, I was blessed with her family. Spending the holidays with them was great. As you can see here, they have a unique sense of humor.

Vicki Star’s Family, spoons stuck to noses

Speaking of famous people, Vicki’s grandson Malcolm Stumpf is a movie star – playing Madonna’s young son in The Next Best Thing, the star teenager in Wild Tigers I Have Known, etc. I haven’t seen Malcolm for around ten years, however we’ve recently become ‘friends’ on FaceBook along with Vicki’s daughter, Chrystal Star, who’s also in show biz doing script supervision and P.A. work.

Here’s some of Vicki’s work and a link to her main site…

Vicki Star's Tiny Treasure Boxes

Vicki Star’s Tiny Treasure Boxes

http://vickistar.com/index.html

Vicki Star, Unknown Dudes, Kristopher Stone

Vicki Star, Unknown Dudes, Kristopher Stone

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I met Tony Curtis at the Playboy mansion one day back in the 1980’s. I loved his characters in movies as I was growing up, so it was a thrill to meet him. He was also a friend of my mother, Colleen. For those who don’t know, Tony was a great painter artist and created a huge number of paintings. Also, he and his wife Jill Vandenberg did wonderful work on their ranch, the Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, founded by Jill and her family. Tony’s artistic legacy lives on and the Shiloh Ranch continues to save lives. Thank you, good people.

Tony Curtis and Colleen Conte

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Tony Curtis art

Tony Curtis and wife Jill Vandenberg

Tony Curtis and wife Jill Vandenberg

Tony Curtis and Colleen Conte

Tony Curtis and Colleen Conte

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Many years after my stepfather Richard Conte made his expansion (as I call it), another movie star entered my mother’s life, Mr. Cornel Wilde. Recently, I found two handwritten notes from Richard (Nicky) Conte to his wife Colleen (my mother) reminding her to be sure and get a certain movie poster to Cornel Wilde as a gift. Mom had always said that Richard knew his time was short and that he wanted her to hook up with Cornel. Cornel was a full package of talent – actor, writer, director, producer, soundtrack composer, fencing champion, artist, linguist, etc. I got to know Cornel pretty well. We all went to dinner and different events together. One event that stands out was the New Year’s Eve party at The Playboy Mansion. The theme of the party was lingerie, so most of the women and some of the men were dressed for bed time. It was quite a scene. Cornel and Colleen actually got married on a cruise ship in international waters, but then never had it officiated in the US, so she remained Mrs. Richard Conte. Years later, when Cornel made his expansion, at the time he was working on the sequel to his movie The Naked Prey from 1966. He gave me the script to read and was considering me as the soundtrack artist. I wrote a story based on his 1972 TV movie, Gargoyles before I met him. Cornel was a man of solid integrity and he sincerely loved my mother, Colleen. I sang an original song, Somebody Loves You at his funeral in 1989. Here’s to you my friend.

Cornel Wilde and Colleen Conte, photo by Kristopher Stone

Cornel Wilde and Colleen Conte at La Cage Aux Folles Restaurant in L.A. photo by Kristopher Stone

Cornel Wilde

Cornel Wilde

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I met Alice Jones in Palm Desert during our college daze. She is truly an angel among us and a long time cherished friend. She now lives in L.A. with her loving husband Lee Scott, a movie sound editor. Alice has performed for the children of many famous people at private parties throughout the years. One time I went with her to Goldie Hawn’s house for the birthday party of little Kate Hudson. Kate was less than three feet tall, then. I personally helped little Kate make a puppet out of a small paper bag by drawing a face on it. She was adorable and looked just like her mother. Kurt Russell was there too. I’ve seen Alice recently on my visit to the L.A. area. She’s always clowning around. Love that girl.

Alice Jones and Kristopher Stone 1980’s

Alice Jones, Holly Jenkins, Karin Spritzler, Lee Scott, Kristopher Stone

Alice Jones, Holly Jenkins, Karin Spritzler, Lee Scott, Kristopher Stone

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If you’re over 60, you probably remember the famous actor Richard Conte. He was my mother’s third husband and she is now his widow. His friends knew him as Nicky from his given name Peter Nicholas Conte. I knew him as my step-father when I was in high school and we still feel his presence in our lives. He performed in 66 movies and 25 TV shows. His last American movie before shooting 20 some films in Europe was The Godfather. He was considered for the lead role that Brando ended up playing and was cast in the character of Don Emilio Barzini, the rival mob boss that was out to take Brando’s character down. His legacy lives on in what is called “film noir” (vintage films – primarily stylish Hollywood crime dramas) as his new following and presence online expands.

Richard Conte and wife Colleen

Richard Conte and Vittorio De Sica

Peter Nicholas Conte (Richard Conte)

Peter Nicholas Conte (young Richard Conte)

Peter Nicholas Conte (young Richard Conte)

Richard Conte Collage

Richard Conte Collage

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