Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sharmagne Leland-St. John identifies some photos for us...

I first met Jay Sebring around May 31, 1965. It was my girlfriend Catherine's sweet 16 birthday and her party was going to be at Jay's Easton Drive home. The former home of Jean Harlow and Paul Bern.

Catherine was living upstairs in the home of Jim Dickson the manager of the Byrds, Odetta, Paul Revere and the Raiders and several other rock and roll bands. She came downstairs where I was living in Michael Clarke's recently vacated apartment under Jim's house and asked if I could get some celebrities to come to her party. So I called the salon and told Charlene that I was Catherine's social secretary I asked her to please give me the phone numbers for certain celebrities.  I gave her a list of the ones I wanted. At first she didn't want to give them to me. So I asked her to run it by Mr. Sebring.  She came back a few minutes later gave me George Hamilton and a few others on the list.

Catherine's mother, who was married to Travis Edmonds from the folk duo Bud and Travis was supposed to turn up to drive us there but she was late and we weren't sure how we were going to get to the party. We lived on Hillside Drive up in the hills behind the Continental Hyatt House house aka "Riot House" and Jay's home was way up Benedict Canyon.

My former boyfriend whom I had recently broken up with showed up at my door for some reason, so we enlisted him to drive us to the party.

We parked the car and made our way down a long flight of slate steps to the front door.

The first thing we were asked as we entered the high beam ceilinged living room of this Tudor style mini mansion, was, "Would you like some punch? It has acid in it!"

We three all imbibed.
I think David Astor is the first person (on the far left), then it's Alex Cord (for Sure), and Me.
Gene, Roman, Connie Kreski, Victor Lownes
Gene Gutofsky (He died this year. He was Roman's Longest time best friend). He was married for a bit to my friend Corinna Liddel (her great Aunt was Alice Liddel Alice in Wonderland).
Henry Fonda (Jay used to cut his hair) and Kirk Douglas (Jay created the haircut for Spartacus).

Ian Quarrier (actor friend of Roman), Sid Kaiser (Drug Dealer), Sheila Wells (Sharon's best friend forever), Freddy Bier (Sheila's late husband).
John and Michele Phillips née Gilliam. We used to spend many an evening at their home in BEl Air. They lived in the old Jeanette MacDonald/Gordan MacRae Mansion complete with moat.
Ian Quarrier, Sid Kaiser, and unidentified woman *(Sid died around '73). Ian was almost there that night, but got hung up on a shoot in the desert. Lady Patricia Pelham-Clinton-Hope knows the whole story.  She was in London with Roman supposedly, when the call came in. They had been riding around Chelsea in a rolls royce drinking champagne with Maurice André and someone else. Maybe Tony Greenberg, because they all wound up at Aratuso (sp) afterward.  I am confused about this.  Trisha claims the call came in to Aratuso, but I read somewhere that  he was at the hotel.  Richard my late husband told me Dr. Tony came to the hotel and gave him a sedative to knock him out or calm him down.
Steve and Neile McQueen (Possibly Geraldine Chaplin) and Warren Beatty.  I think I mentioned, Warren is my daughter's god-father.
Simone Hessera was a very close friend of ours part of the Brain Morris, Mr. Hatami crowd and they all lived at the Chateau Marmont as did Roman and Sharon.
Victor Lownes  and Connie Kreski. Connie was Playmate of the year and generally that spot was reserved for Victor's girlfriends!  Victor hosted the first of the London Wedding receptions after the wedding at the registrar's office.  


katie8753 said...

Merry Christmas everyone!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Merry Christmas!

maudes harold said...

Merry Christmas Lynyrd, Katie and everyone!!

Dilligaf said...

Merry Christmas to all of you, thanks for a great site, and always great input.

katie8753 said...

Thanks guys! Merry Christmas!!!

Shar, thanks for you input!

Would you please explain your relationship with Jay Sebring? I know you said that your friend had a party there, but how else do you know Jay?


Bobscamarumbump said...

Was it Sharmagne who labeled Sid Kaiser as a drug dealer? Kaiser knew Phil Kaufman who knew Harold True who lived on Waverley. There he is next to Quarrier, who is believed to have connection to Waverley.

Bobscamarumbump said...

In the meantime Robbie Robertson from The Band had heard about me through a friend named Sid Kaiser and called. He said, “I have a friend who told me you really know how to take care of business.” So I called Gram back and said, “Looks like I’m in demand. The Band wants me to be their road manager. Do you still want me?” He said, “Yes.” So that was sort of it and more than 40 years later, he we are. - Kaufman

This strengthens the drug/music nexus with Cielo, Music and the Family.

katie8753 said...

Who is Sid Kaiser?

katie8753 said...

And who is Robbie Robertson, a/k/a Gram?

katie8753 said...

And who is Quarrier? I know that's a lot of questions.

katie8753 said...

Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds both died, 1 day apart. I'm surprised that nobody tried to invoke them into the Manson saga, like Angela Lansbury or Doris Day.

A sad day for such amazing talent to die....

grimtraveller said...

And who is Robbie Robertson, a/k/a Gram?

Two separate people. Robbie Robertson was the guitarist in the Band. He played live for a while with Bob Dylan when Dylan started touring with an electric guitar and electric band in the mid 60s.
Gram Parsons was one of the guys in at the dawn of country rock. He was a good mate of Keith Richards and ended up dying young of a drug overdose.

Unknown said...

Parsons was also a former member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Sharmagne said...

I see Lynyard posted the info I shared with him re: the identities of the people in the news footage of Jay's funeral.

I made a mistake I'd like to correct. The day/evening Roman was informed of the murder of his wife and unborn child they were driving around Chelsea in a little sports car, possibly a Triumph NOT a Rolls Royce as I stated earlier.

Katie, Jay was my boyfriend. After I met him at Catherine's party we started dating and I eventually moved in to Easton Drive with him. I may be wrong about the date of the party too. It might have been in 1966. Before I went to live with him, he loaned me Sharon's car to drive because he was worried about my hitchhiking. Then Sharon needed it back but by that time I was already living with him.

Ian Quarrier was an actor and a very close friend of Roman's. Roman had asked him to look in on Sharon, because she was unhappy about Voytek being at the house. Luckily he got stuck on a film shoot in the desert so he didn't go to the house that weekend as he was planning to. Ian did have a connection to Waverly, but I can't remember what it was. I believe he did live in Los Feliz.

Sid Kaiser was a close friend of Peter Lawford and was supposed to get an ambassador ship or consulate job under JFK for helping to get votes for Kennedy in the 1960 election. They screwed him. He was a drug dealer in L.A. There were some photos floating around of him getting off Air Force One with Kennedy and "Dr. Feel Good." Sid was "the Bag Man" He'd usually be carrying the black doctor's bag full of the drugs Kennedy was addicted to because of the pain from his war injuries.

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Yes, it was I who gave that detail. Sid was promised an ambassador job under Kennedy. (JFK) because he always carried the drugs when Kennedy traveled or when Peter Lawford was helping to campaign. Did was very well connected via his drug sales. Sid was to get the Hollywood crowd to vote for JFK. In the end Sid was not given anything.