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Rarified Heir Podcast
82 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast #33: Eden Alpert
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Eden Alpert, daughter of the legendary Herb Alpert. Now, if you think you know Herb Alpert, I’m here to tell you, you really don’t. Sure you know him from his iconic hits in the 1960s “The Lonely Bull,” “A Taste of Honey” and “Tijuana Taxi” and many others. But did you know he sold more albums than The Beatles in 1966? Or that he had five albums simultaneously in the Top 20 on the Billboard charts which has never happened before or since? That he’s won nine Grammy awards and that he’s the A in A&M Records? You want more? He’s also a sculptor whose Black Spirit Totems are world renown. He’s also an abstract expressionist painter whose works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US, Europe and Asia. What’s more, he’s a philanthropist and his Herb Alpert Foundation has funded programs as diverse as the Harlem School of the Arts, Homeboy Industries, The Soldiers Project and Vista Del Mar Family & Child Services which is the home to The Eden Alpert Therapeutic Music Program. We talk to Eden today about The Herb Alpert Vibrato Grill, a supper club/jazz club she runs expertly due to her outgoing personality, her youth spent in schools with the children of Sonny & Cher, Shirley Jones, Jack Lemmon and Elliot Gould & Barbra Streisand as well as getting a phone call on her 13th birthday from Peter Frampton because….well, he was on A&M Records. Those are the perks of being the child of a celebrity. And this is Rarified Heir.
77 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast #32 : Gigi Garner
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Gigi Garner daughter of James Garner, star of films like Grand Prix, The Americanization of Emily & Victor/Victoria, as well as Television icons Bret Maverick & Jim Rockford in classic shows like Maverick and The Rockford Files. We also hear about James’ love of animals which pushed daughter Gigi to start the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund (https://www.jgarf.org) in his honor after more than 30 years helping animals herself. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 15 Emmy nominations, a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award and a Television Hall of Fame inductee, we also discuss James Garner’s love of sports cars, Raiders football and his dedication to his work. He often ran lines & stayed off camera to run his lines with actors after he’d been released for the day or as a producer, coming in under budget because the crew loved him so much. In a career that spanned more than 50+ years, James Garner was able to move from light comedy to heavy drama on both television and movies easily. We also learn about his love of Italian food and current/former Los Angeles restaurants Matteos and Peppone,being the ‘fun dad’ and being the most competitive and excelling at pretty much everything he tried. It’s a romp down memory lane sprinkled with a little about Gigi’s newfound love – painting. Oh and did you know her father took on the TV studios to court, not once but twice and won or settled both? Or that he was a double purple heart recipient during his time in the Korean War? There’s lots to unpack here on the current episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
69 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast #31 : Amanda Gari
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Amanda Gari, actress, singer and impressionist who talks to us today about her grandfather Izzy Iskowitz, better known as Eddie Cantor. Starting in the 1920s until the late 1950s, Eddie Cantor was one of America’s biggest stars – from vaudeville to Broadway, from radio to television, from film to recorded music, there was arguably no bigger star in the first half of the 20th Century than Eddie Cantor, the man they called “Banjo Eyes." Amanda’s tales of growing up around her composer mother Jane Cantor Gari, actor/painter father Roberto Gari and her grandfather Eddie, we learn a great deal about what it was like growing up Cantor. We touch on names like W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, Fanny Brice, Sammy Davis Jr., Amy Sedaris, Judy Garland, Shelly Winters, Ronald Reagan and many more. We learn that Cantor co-wrote the theme tune to the iconic Warner Bros. cartoon Merry Melodies which began as “Merrily We Roll Along.” Cantor’s hyperkinetic energy and manic stage presence, are no match for Cantor’s generosity. He started the March of Dimes charity at the behest of President Franklin Roosevelt, made the song “Making Whoopie” famous, whose stance against Hitler & fascism prior to WWII caused his sponsors to leave his radio program, how he was the first president of the Screen Actors Guild and how his influence made a hit out of the then-unknown song, “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.” But even knowing all that, the moment you won’t to miss is Amanda’s spot on impression of Flipper that really leaves you wanting more. On the next Rarified Heir Podcast.
78 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #30: Bill Funt
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Bill Funt, whose father Allen Funt was creator, host, producer and force of nature behind the iconic television show Candid Camera. Founded in 1947 as a radio program called Candid Microphone Funt spun-off the property into LPs in the 1950s and even movies like What Do You Say To A Naked Lady in 1970 and Candid Candid Camera for Playboy TV in the 80s. But I digress. We talk to Bill about what his father would think about being known as the very first reality show, if Candid Camera was either a cruel show as the critics said or a fantastic human experiment as his fans believed, it’s genesis during WWI, Funt’s interview on the Ernie Kovacs hosted The Tonight Show where they do a spoof of the show called Rancid Camera, surviving a literal hijacking of their Eastern Airlines airplane to Miami which was diverted to Cuba in the 60s, his mother’s Marilyn Funt’s book Are You Anybody? interviewing celebrity wives, his aunt, Lyricist Elaine Laron whose song “Name Dropping” might as well have been the theme song for this podcast and a whole lot more. All in all we had a lot of Funt. So sit back, take a listen and “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera” on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
89 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #29 : Kelly Carlin
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we talk to Kelly Carlin, humorist, monologist, writer, therapist and all around amazing woman about growing up Carlin. That’s right, she’s the daughter of one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, the one, the only George Carlin. And boy, is this episode a winner. First off, Kelly was the inspiration for this podcast after a meeting at the grand opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York in 2018. Her book A Carlin Home Companion about growing up Carlin is a must read. It’s a wonderful and truthful look at herself and her family and she doesn’t pull punches. It’s honest and raw and gives great insight into not only her own life but the uncomfortable issues we all face with our families but rarely talk about. Her candor and insight into growing up as the child of a celebrity touches on everything from guru Ram Dass and comedian Jack Burns to Ted Knights Ted Baxter character and the alternative comedy stylings of The Jerky Boys. It’s a ‘very special episode’ of the Rarified Heir Podcast because it’s Kelly Carlin, talking to you about her own life as a Jungian therapist to her Women on the Verge program that is necessary and needed program in this wacky world we live in. We loved everything about this episode and somehow we didn’t even mention Wally Londo. Take a listen to the Rarified Heir Podcast.
80 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #28: Josh Davis & Tony Davis
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to brothers Josh Davis and Tony Davis, whose father Jerry Davis was a five-time Emmy nominee and mother actress turned Psychologist, Beryl Davis were a second family to our host, Josh Mills growing up in the 1970s. Jerry came to Los Angeles from Brooklyn where he was then writing for the New Yorker and became a fixture behind the scenes as writer/producer on TV shows such as The Odd Couple, That Girl and Bewitched. And if you listened an earlier episode of the podcast with Andy Marx who confirmed to us that it Jerry who introduced Groucho Marx to later-years-companion Erin Fleming. We also learn it was Jerry was likely the man who introduced Ronald Reagan and a then little-known actress named Nancy Davis. All this makes perfect sense and even sounds like something from one of his TV scripts. Jerry was a one-of-a-kind raconteur whose TV credits were slightly more famous than his celebrity filled Gin card games and legendary as his “Hello Jerry” dinners on the town because it took him 20 to 30 minutes to actually sit down at dinner before he made the rounds and said hello to friends, collogues, waiters, bartenders, valet parkers and anyone else in his line of vision. It’s a behind’s the scenes look growing up Davis with special guest stars, Phil Spector, Eartha Kitt, Tony Bennett and Sydney Sheldon on the Rarified Heir podcast.
70 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #27: Elmo Kirkwood
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we speak with Elmo Kirkwood, son of Curt Kirkwood from one the greatest cult bands of all-time, The Meat Puppets. Our conversation with Elmo is as anarchic as any of the bands albums as we touch on everything from punk rock, the Shut Up, Little Man tapes, the glory of fanzines, the term ‘College rock’, iconic record label SST, that infamous Nirvana Unplugged session on MTV everyone knows about and the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame where the original band reunited for the first time in more than twenty years in 2017. Speaking to us from his home in Tempe, Elmo tells us about touring with his dad and uncle, Curt Kirkwood, mid-nineties side projects the Royal Neanderthal Orchestra, Eyes Adrift and Volcano, his own recorded output, his philosophy about how to release music on Bandcamp in 2021 and the power of the power trio. As fIREHOSE once said, we’re “Under The Influence of Meat Puppets” on the Rarified Heir Podcast. Take that Huskers!
80 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #26: Doug Denoff
On this episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to Broadway theatrical producer Doug Denoff whose father was part of one of the greatest comedy writing teams of all-time, Sam Denoff. Along with writing partner Bill Persky, the team of Persky and Denoff wrote an amazing amount of the show that has arguably come to be known as the greatest and most-well-loved sitcom’s in American television – the Dick Van Dyke Show. We also a deep dive into WNEW radio from the 1950s, the Friars Club, wine, TV specials, LA restaurants, Dave Frishberg, Carl Reiner, the Brooklyn Dodgers, Le Dome, Desilu Productions and Alfred Hitchcock. Plus we get the up-to-the minute take on the reopening of Broadway, the magic of seeing a musical in person and the playbook template for a successful run on Broadway from a five-time Tony-nominated producer. This is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
83 minutes | May 25, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #25: Ethan Lawrence
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to screenwriter Ethan Lawrence, son of one of the most prolific writers in Television history, Anthony Lawrence. It’s not everyone who can play poker with Rod Serling and Harlan Ellison, contract as a day player in Audie Murphy Westerns, do karate with The King, Elvis Presley on the set of Roustabout or pen one of the most beloved scripts in the TV show Bonanza’s 23 year run, the Christmas epic entitled “Gabrielle”. Writing for film and TV seems to be all around Ethan. An accomplished screenwriter himself on shows like Eureka and The Pretender, both his mother Nancy Lawrence (who teamed up with her husband Anthony for the cult series The Phoenix and The Sixth Sense) and his wife Dee Harris-Lawrence who is currently a show runner for not one, but two current series All Rise and David Makes Manwent into writing for television. So sit back, relax and hear Ethan wax poetic about his days with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and Shelly Winters on the set of the Dick Clark produced Elvis biopic, getting a red belt in karate from Chuck Norris and smoking his first joint ever w/ Judson Scott while looking for the amulet. Wait what? This is the Rarified Heir Podcast.
77 minutes | May 18, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #24: Quincy Coleman
This week’s guest on the Rarified Heir Podcast is Quincy Coleman, daughter of actor Dabney Coleman and actress Jean Hale. While we can’t give away too much away here, it’s connection city on the podcast with Josh and Quincy as well as their acting mothers. Shhh, no spoilers! We also discuss important subjects like Dabney Coleman’s favorite Mexican Restaurant, his career in Television on shows like Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Buffalo Bill & The Slap Maxwell Story, to mother Jean’s run-in at a photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe, the Franklin Hart persona her father cultivated as one of the funniest bad guys in films like 9 to 5, North Dallas Forty, Tootsie and Wargames. We also talk to Quincy about her music career and her current project H-OM-E.ORG, a non-profit that has its roots in a stage 4 cancer diagnosis 11 years ago and runs all the way through climate change, systemic racism and global unity. It’s a call to action and it begins with this episode of the Rarified Heir Podcast.
71 minutes | May 11, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #23: James Coburn
This week on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to James Coburn, son of, you guessed it, James Coburn. It’s a wild ride on the podcast with topics ranging from Bruce Lee, The Muppets, Sam Peckinpah, the Z Channel, a 4 year trip to Africa, a Coburn biography based on his own words and much much more. It’s a deep dive into the Beverly Hills enclave of Tower Road with neighbors Jack Lemmon and Donald Sutherland, of being paid 1,0000 pesos a-day as an extra on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid in Mexico, of drives on Mulholland Drive in his father’s Ferrari Spyder which sold In 2008 for almost $11 million dollars, of iced milk in Jamaica on location with Our Man Flint and ultimately a career as a Professional Sound Mixer at the New York Film Academy. It’s all next on the Rarified Heir Podcast in THX Spatial Audio, coming up next.
83 minutes | May 4, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #22: Spencer Garrett
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to actor Spencer Garrett who you all have seen on shows like CSI & News Radio as well as films like Air Force One and most recently in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. We talk to Spencer about growing up in Los Angeles with two parents in show business with deep Midwest roots. His father, agent/manager Richard Heckencamp & his mother, actress Kathleen Nolan. We talk about what it was like moving back and forth between Los Angeles to New York while living in the Dakota as his mom was starring on Broadway, to his mother’s star turn as Wendy in the Broadway and live TV versions of Peter Pan with Mary Martin, her most beloved role in The Real McCoys and her groundbreaking stint as the first female president of the Screen Actors Guild in the 1970s. In between we talk about Walter Brennan, Burt Reynolds, Andy Dick and Chick Hearn. And watch Josh geek out when talking about Spencer’s latest role as the iconic Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer in an upcoming HBO series we can divulge almost nothing about. But the cast is mind blowing! Next on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
78 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #21: Michael Weintraub
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we are talking to Michael Weintraub, son of legendary manager, agent, producer and promoter Jerry Weintraub and his stepmother, singer/performer Jane Morgan. Michael has a million stories about being around show business and tells us some previously unheard stores from The King to the Chairman of the Board. Stories like Bob Dylan’s ridiculously long nails, watching Ringo Starr & George Harrison eat breakfast cereal for dinner, riding in a car with John Denver after the Newport Folk Festival and hearing “Country Road” on the radio for the first time and much more. Did we mention the time former President George Herbert Walker Bush threatened to burn down a country club if they didn’t reverse their “No Jews Allowed” policy in 1965? Or how Jane Morgan became the most booked female singer on The Ed Sullivan Show? Or how about the time Jerry got the final cut on Robert Altman’s classic film, Nashville? We talked about so much and still we didn’t even get to the time he traveled to Australia with Robby Benson, Susan St. James and Debby Boone. It’s stories galore on the next Rarified Heir Podcast. In THX Spatial Audio.
73 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #20 : Tara Candoli
This week on the Rarified Heir Podcast we talk to Dr. Tara Candoli, daughter of legendary trumpeter Pete Candoli and actress mother Vicky Lane, who you may or may not know as The Ape Woman in the film, The Jungle Captive. Tara’s connection run even deeper with 40s actor Tom Neal whose story is rife with violence and scandal, her stepmother, the incomparable Betty Hutton and a grandparent Kemp Niver who received a special Oscar for preserving the earliest silent films known to exist. Somehow we’ve barely scratched the surface. Did we mention, she’s also our host Josh’s step-sister? That’s right, she was Edie Adams step-daughter as well. We jump around a lot on this episode because there is just so much to talk about. So sit back and relax as we discuss Tara’s ex-boyfriend Iggy Pop, her career as a trauma therapist and making mud pies with Rock Hudson as a toddler. There’s much to explore when you are the child of a celebrity and connected to about 4 others so let’s take a listen, on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
77 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #19 : Jenny Brill
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we talk to Jenny Brill, daughter of the comedy team Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall. Married 61 years ago, Mitzi and Charlie have had an incredible career having met in 1959 at Jerry Lewis Workshop & their marriage that endures to this day. Their career spans everything from Laugh-In to Star Trek, The Ed Sullivan Show to the Silk Stalking from Pebbles & Bam-Bam to Playboy After Dark. Oh and did we mention they were guest stars on Josh’s Mom’s 1964 ABC variety show The Edie Adams Show with Sammy Davis jr.? We talk to Jenny about growing up in celebrity filled elementary school, trips on cruises where their parents were working, running around Hollywood Blvd in the 70s, having Famous Amos bake her cookies before they went commercial, a triple date to see Kramer Vs. Kramer and much more. It’s Yoda and Yoga on the Rarified Heir Podcast coming up next. Did I hear someone say, “The Trouble with Tribbles?”
84 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #18 : Tony Cobb
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast we talk to Tony Cobb, son of Lee J. Cobb. Yes, the twice Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor Lee J. Cobb aka Johnny Friendly from On The Waterfront and the originator of the role of Willy Loman on Broadway in Death of a Salesman among a huge cannon of acting work. We talk about Joe’s memories of his dad as just being a dad – a car enthusiast, a man who loved fixing anything around the house, a man who loved cigars. But we also talk about The Blacklist and his role as a “friendly witness” which almost killed him and institutionalized his then-wife. (Fun Fact: who nursed him back to health? None other than Frank Sinatra.) While an imposing figure on screen and off, we get a rare glimpse into the man who learned how to be a dad, a man who vaporized ping pong balls with a lighter, fashioned his own switch to turn off commercials from television set and loved music so much It brought him to tears. It’s what pushed Tony to become a world class pianist who played luxury cruises for a decade and standards at The Polo Lounge, The Beverly Wilshire and the Bel Air Hotel for his entire career. So sit back, relax and listen to the LEE J. COBB (do impression) on Rarified Heir
79 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #17 : Dave Jenkins
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we are talking to David Jenkins who has a three headed hydra of a connection to the business we call show. He’s proof indeed that yes, everyone has a story. David’s father was character actor Paul Jenkins who starred in more than 40 television programs in the 1970s and 80s on shows like Mannix, The Waltons, Dynasty, Barney Miller and Mash. His mother, Jane Jenkins is an award winning casting director who has worked with everyone from Francis Ford Coppola, Rob Reiner and Ron Howard while casting young actors like River Phoenix, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and Michael Keaton in their earliest films. Oh and did we mention his stepmother Sally Kemp, a classically trained actress guest starred on Bonanza, Bosom Buddies and quite a few ABC After School Specials? It’s a deep dive into the world of working actors, a forty year career in casting and the ups and downs of a life lived in the arts. So buckle up and learn how young David found himself on the set of the Rockford Files and was taught to say his name backwards by none other than James Garner. Next on Rarified Heir.
75 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast #16 : Alison Martino
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we talk to Alison Martino, daughter of Al Martino whose smooth baritone voice was sometimes classified as Popular Music or Classic Pop Romanticism but just don’t call him a crooner. We discuss everything with Alison including her father’s role in The Godfather, his incredible string of nine top 40 tunes from 1963 – 1968, Flippers Roller Boogie mecca of the 1970s, Iwo Jima, Command performances for the Queen of England, teenage haunts like LA’s The Postermat and yes, the mob and how it altered the course of Al Martino’s career pretty much as soon as it began in 1951. We also explore Vintage Los Angeles Alison’s repository for all things forgotten, neglected, buried and pushed aside in her beloved hometown of Los Angeles Her Vintage LA Facebook page alone boasts more than 400,000 followers. We get into the weeds of lost LA restaurants like The Luau, The Daisy, Café Swiss and Butterfields while paying homage to the Z Channel, Mad Man Muntz and Ben Frank’s. If you ever loved Al’s biggest hit “Spanish Eyes” or wanted to know where the best sub shop was in Atlantic City, you’ll find out next on Rarified Heir.
68 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode # 15 : Joe Gilford
Today on the Rarified Heir Podcast, we talk to Joe Gilford, son of the fantastic character actor Jack Gilford and his equally amazing mother, Madeline Lee Gilford. Of course we talk about Jack’s 50+ decade career in show business in everything from films like Cocoon to Caveman, his Oscar nominated performance in Save the Tiger as well as his comeback film, A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum along with guest starring roles in Taxi and Get Smart…and a whole lot more. But we really get a history lesson from Joe about his father’s almost decade long stint on The Blacklist. You see both Jack and his wife were called to testify before The House of Un-American Activities before Congress in the 1950s. Joe’s recollections and research of HUAC, the history of The Blacklist in Hollywood and his father’s decade inability to make films, television or radio resulted in a play called Finks. Thankfully, Jack was able to make a living on Broadway where there was no blacklist and we find out why. There is a lot of laughter on the episode, because after all, Jack Gilford was a funny guy. But we also dig deep into how one of America’s darkest hours almost completely derailed the career of a truly gifted actor and comedian. Next on Rarified Heir.
75 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Rarified Heir Podcast Episode #14 : Chris Lemmon
Today on the Podcast, we are talking to someone Josh has known his whole life, actor Chris Lemmon, son of actress Cynthia Stone and the incomparable Jack Lemmon. Jack and host Josh Mills’ mom starred together in two films, The Apartment & Under The Yum Yum Tree, Jack and Ernie Kovacs starred in four movies together which cemented a great family friendship beginning in the 1950s. So what was it like growing up the son of one of the greatest actors this country has ever produced? Not as easy but also not as hard as you’d think. We talk to Chris tribute show to his dad, A Twist of Lemmon, his memories of hanging out with Blake Edwards & Walter Matthau, helping to launch the Fox Network with his show Duets in the late 80s, his recent double lung transplant – yikes - and starring with Josh’s mom Edie Adams in the classic film, The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood. I ask you, is there any other film title that screams Rarified Heir than that? It’s a Zoom induced love fest / cry fest with a little hammering thrown in, next on the Rarified Heir Podcast.
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