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.  

21 comments:

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?

Thanks!

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.

Doc Sierra 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.

Sharmagne said...

Sorry I just saw this post. I was rereading mine and I have the date wrong. It was 1966. I had never met Jay before that night. There was a problem during the party when my former beau told me it was time to leave. I didn’t want to leave and told him I needed to say goodbye to our host and thank him. Jay asked me why I was leaving and I told him it was because M. was being insistent. He asked me if I wanted to leave, I said “No” and he told me to go upstairs and lock myself in the bathroom, which I did...they then asked M. to leave he refused so Jay and Norman and several of the guys bodily threw him out the door. I came back down and continued to party. Catherine’s mother showed up and they eventually drove me home. Catherine stayed over. A few days later Jay rang me and invited me out on a date. Catherine had given him my number and she was planning to go to New York to find Bob Dylan...Jay and I began dating, He loaned me Sharon’s green car because he didn’t want me hitchhiking and I didn’t own a car of my own. Eventually I gave up my apartment under Jim Dickson’s house and moved in with Jay sometime in the autumn of 1966 in the Easton Drive house ( it was actually on Rimmel just off Easton. Jay and I were a couple and we lived together until we were burgled while he was in Vegas cutting Frank’s hair. We decided I’d lease a house somewhere and stay there whenever Jay was out of town. He was worried about me being alone at the end of a cul-de-sac up in the hills. The night if the murders, I had tickets to a Peter,Paul and Mary concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Peter had arranged a front row centre box for me. Joanna Petit and Alex Cord cancelled on me at the last possible moment. I rang Jay and asked if he wanted to go and he said he was jet lagged and was going to take it easy but wanted me to phone him after the concert or come by for a swim on Saturday and stay the weekend. I invited Harry Falk to the concert and my friend Carol Gandler. I rang Jay after the concert but our answering service picked up. I left a message. He never got it. Jay checked the service every 15 minutes. He was always afraid of missing out on something more fun... had he gone to the concert with me he’d have survived the other victims. Years later I was wondering how you get Jet Lag flying from San Francisco to L.A. I guess he was just worn out from working so hard on the new shop.

Sharmagne said...

Yes, it was I... after the murders Sid said, “I lost a lot of money in that house that night”

Sharmagne said...

Sid was a guy who happened to be a drug dealer. He was a close friend of Peter Lawford who was married into the Kennedy clan. Did knew practically everyone in Hollywiod who did drugs, so he was enlisted to try to help get JFK ejected and he was more ir mess promised a consulate job to Mexico 🇲🇽... They didn’t jeep their promise. There is a photo of JFK and Dr. FeelGood boarding AirForce 1 and Sid is next to them and for some reason he is holding the doctor’s bag. Sid died possibly from a heart attack somewhere around 1973.

Sharmagne said...

Iain Quarrier was an actor and a close friend of Roman from London.Iain was Canadian. He was in Fearless Vampire Killers and Cul de Sac. He quit acting after the murders. He only made a handful of films before that.

Sharmagne said...

He was also an intimate of Emmy Lou Harris. He was fir a short time a member of the Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. After he died from a drug overdose in Joshua Tree Phil Kaufman and another friend stole his bidy from LAX just before it was to be shipped to Louisiana fir burial. They showed up in a hearse and said the family had changed funeral plans. They drive the casket with Gran in it back out to Joshua Tree and doused the coffin with gasoline planning to fulfill Grams wish yo be cremated and have his ashes scattered in California. Campers saw the smoke and notified forest rangers. The two were arrested but eventually got off with a fine and ordered to make restitution to Grans stepfather fir the $750.00 coffin. So Phil threw a big party fundraiser to pay for it. He raised $800.00! And then later hosted a funeral in Joshua Tree...