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Being With a Sex Goddess on Her Birthday

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Celebrating Rita's 50th Birthday together in Toledo, Spain

Rita and Budd together on her 50th birthday Oct. 17th, 1967

Each year on October 17th, I find myself looking back at one of my fondest memories of being with the world’s most famous sex goddess on her 50th birthday. The first time I saw her in the movie “Blood and Sand” I couldn’t have dreamed that one day I would be one of Rita Hayworth’s best friends, let alone her agent.

I had brought Rita to Spain to replace the legendary Joan Crawford in the Italian co-production of “I Bastardi”. The producers had given her a surprise birthday party on the set the night before and they told me she could have the day off to enjoy her birthday.

I told her that I had a special day planned in Toledo, which was just an hour away from Madrid. We visited the home of the painter El Greco, saw Goya’s famous paintings, and marveled at the great “Portrait of Innocent” and “Las Meninas” of the master Diego Velazquez in the historic Santa Iglesia cathedral. I also arranged an intimate lunch in an old cave, which was a Four Seasons restaurant. Paella and roast pheasant were her favorite dishes that day.

At the end of the afternoon, as we sat in the town square waiting for our driver to arrive, a paparazzi spotted us and took this photo that went around the world that day.

If you want to hear more about my adventures with Rita and other famous Hollywood stars I will be appearing on ‘Larry King Now’ on October 21st. Also, my new book called “Budd Burton Moss Presents Hollywood” comes out around the end of November, which shares other wonderful stories about Rita—what a woman and what an actress!

HONORING MY DEAR FRIEND WAYNE DYER: MASTER TEACHER, SOUL-AWAKENER, LIGHTWORKER, COSMIC MESSENGER, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS ASCENSION FROM THE BODY from Dr. Barbara De Angelis

Monday, August 31st, 2015

 

One hour ago I received a message that my old friend and colleague bestselling author and master teacher Wayne Dyer had unexpectedly and suddenly left his body. Like all of us at the ‪#‎HayHouse Family, as well as all who loved Wayne, I am shocked and grief-stricken at the thought that Wayne has departed for higher realms so soon. And yet I fully know and believe that he has leapt out of his body into the most effulgent urlLight, and is being heralded and celebrated by angels, divine beings, guides, ancient teachers and gurus for his absolutely devoted and supreme service to the planet during his time here.
I have known Wayne since the 1980’s when he along with the magnificent Louise Hay, the brilliant Deepak Chopra and myself all toured together giving speeches and conferences on transformation. How privileged I felt to be among such luminaries! We spent many contemplative hours together in deep discussion about life, the spiritual path and the mysteries of karma, love, and every other intense topic.

Wayne was always so generous with me over the years, endorsing my books, appearing in my TV infomercial, and just this year, writing a spectacular endorsement and review of my new book Soul Shifts. It was so delightful to see him again at Hay House events. The photo below was taken just a few months ago at the I CAN DO IT Denver event.
I have always said that Wayne was one of my fellow teachers for whom I had so much respect because of his own personal dedication to the exploration and unfolding of his consciousness. He was a serious spiritual student, and sought out the Truth wherever he could in whatever way he could, even when it took him into areas that were outside of the conventional realm of psychology or public approval. In this way, he was an authentic, sincere and humble seeker, and took the path of awakening seriously. I believe this is one of the reasons we had such mutual respect–he also recognized me as a serious seeker and always honored me for having had formal spiritual teachers and training, and having dedicated my life to spiritual freedom.

There are times of grace when life makes sense and we feel we are in tune with its mysteries, and then there are other more baffling times when we cannot fathom why things happen as they do. This is one of those times, when I know how many more lives Wayne could have touched if he had remained on the planet. And yet, who knows what divine task he has been assigned in the invisible realms, one I am certain that will be showering blessings down upon us all, those who knew and loved him, and even those who did not and are yet to discover his gifts by reading his many books, listening to his audios, drwaynedyer.com or studying his message through the legacy of wisdom he is leaving through Hay House.

I know Wayne lived as I try to–fully drenched in the state of Love, giving all to everyone and to every moment, constantly praying to be of high service to the upliftment and awakening of the planet, so that whenever he left this world, he would know that he had fulfilled his destiny.. and he has.

I offer my love and comfort to Wayne’s family and children, to all of my fellow authors and teachers and the staff at his Hay House Family, to my friend and his beloved longtime right-hand angel Maya Lobos, and to all of his readers, followers and fans around the world.

I bow in humble gratitude, my heart bathed in tears of love and deep appreciation to you beloved Wayne, as you ascend now to merge with the Supreme Love, Supreme Bliss, and Supreme Light.
May your soul be blessed now and forever on its divine journey, and may the Divine Embrace of the Creator tenderly welcome you Home.

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Photo below was taken for Titus Gladstone’s back to school “HOW I SPENT MY
SUMMER VACATION”  show and tell presentation for the fall. Not a bad gig
for grandpa’ s  primary summer activity either.

The Dalai Lama and Sustainability

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Check out the Dalai Lama’s important message about sustainability, and see some priceless photos from his 80th birthday celebration in this blog post, “The Dalai Lama Sounds the Alarms for Sustainability”:  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/natalie-pace/the-dalai-lama-sounds-the_1_b_7870938.html

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM KAUAI

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ʻĀINA means “that which feeds us” in the Hawaiian language. This 23 minute film highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health crises facing the island of Kauaʻi – and of island Earth:

 

http://ainafeeds.us/film805293041_b16a06f896_o

The Literary Life

Monday, July 27th, 2015

In the 1950s and 1960s, I grew up in Westchester County, thirty minutes from New York City (think Don Draper in “Mad Men” for the  typical train commute), and I was the son of a book publisher 9k=living in the center of the literary world.  My dad would have frequent parties with other book publishers including Sol Stein, the founder of Stein and Day; Max Schuster of Simon and Shuster; Jovanovich of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Nat Wartels, the founder of Crown; luminaries such as Bennet Cerf of Random House; and many others whose names have receded into the mists of publishing history.  I remember the parties and the characters, they seemed larger than life and enjoyed every aspect of living with great emphasis on fine food and drink.  After all these years I forget many of their names, but their companies (such as Sterling) live on, now owned by larger corporations which have changed the publishing world and which, no doubt, in fifty years will in many cases have disappeared as well.

The literary life itself has changed.  As a society we do not cultivate great writing; we really don’t.  I am not sure if great writing is still possible.  And this is not because of technology, but in spite of it. More people are writing more books more easily than ever before. There are more writer’s groups,  more writing courses, more “How to be a Best Selling Author” seminars, and more access to getting books published than in any previous moment in history.  So the problem with the lack of great writing is actually neither access nor time to the tools and the profession. The problem, as far  as I can determine, is with the times in which we live.

There is much focus on commercial success and seeming relevance that it is rare for those who read to take the time to cultivate great writing.  Great writing takes time. Great writing takes  rewriting.  Great writing does not ensure commercial success.  The recent release of Harper Lee’s  “Go Set a Watchman” is a case study that proves why there is little if any great writing or great publishing at this moment in time. “To Kill a Mockingbird”  is a great book, it has withstood the test of time.  It will still be read fifty years from now, more than one hundred years after it was published. But I doubt that even five years from now “Go Set a Watchman” will be read. It is not great writing. It was not meant to be published; it required rewriting.  The rewriting is what created the timelessness of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  The editor took time, months of back and forth with Harper Lee, hundreds of hours of thought and comment from both editor and author.  This could never happen today.  Both publisher and author can not  take the time to have a book percolate. There is too much financial gain or loss at stake.  And besides, is anyone other than a few literary critics or erudite publishing industry or academic specialists going to notice the flaws in books not truly gestated, not truly edited, but published for great financial benefit?

I write books myself and they are well written. One, “The Twelve”, has sold more than 500,000 copies. My authored books however are not great writing.  I was not motivated to write a great book. I hired an outside editor. I had a wonderful editor provided by the publisher. They did as good a job as the time and money allocated justified. Readers have enjoyed my books, and I receive wonderful compliments from them. For some my books have changed their lives for the better.  They are good books, just not great.  In the fullness of time my books are unlikely to survive.  Only truly great works of art survive.

I recommend that those of you interested in writing strive for greatness. It will not be easy, there will be distractions. You will have to find great editors and you will have to pay them.  You will have to allocate time. You will have to be unattached to the financial results.  You will have to cut back on your social media and dedicate all of your creative energy to the book itself and not the marketing. You will have difficulty finding a major publisher. But if you write a truly great book, your words may live forever.

Now, that would be a true literary life.

“The Doing Good Model” Book Release Party

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Shari Arison, Bill Gladstone SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015 The Yale Club,  NYC May 26, 2015 © A. De Vos Photo, Inc. Photo by Amber De Vos

Shari Arison, Bill Gladstone
SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015
The Yale Club, NYC
May 26, 2015
© A. De Vos Photo, Inc.
Photo by Amber De Vos

Bill Gladstone, Shari Arison SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015 The Yale Club,  NYC May 26, 2015 © A. De Vos Photo, Inc. Photo by Amber De Vos

Bill Gladstone, Shari Arison
SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015
The Yale Club, NYC
May 26, 2015
© A. De Vos Photo, Inc.
Photo by Amber De Vos

Atmosphere SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015 The Yale Club,  NYC May 26, 2015 © A. De Vos Photo, Inc. Photo by Amber De Vos

Atmosphere
SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015
The Yale Club, NYC
May 26, 2015
© A. De Vos Photo, Inc.
Photo by Amber De Vos

Bill Gladstone, Shari Arison SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015 The Yale Club,  NYC May 26, 2015 © A. De Vos Photo, Inc. Photo by Amber De Vos

Bill Gladstone, Shari Arison
SHARI ARISON The Doing Good Model Book Release Party 2015
The Yale Club, NYC
May 26, 2015
© A. De Vos Photo, Inc.
Photo by Amber De Vos

Memories of a Goddess: Bullfighting, Spain, and Rita Hayworth (Guest post by: Burton Moss)

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

When I was 11 years old, in the 1940s, my dad  was a film editor at Fox Studios.  One dayunnamed-10 he took me to a cast and crew screening of “Blood and Sand”.  This was a classic and romantic film of a young matador (Tyron Power) who goes to Sevilla to seek fame and fortune, and at the peak of his success he is seduced by the most beautiful woman I had ever seen as a young boy.  I remember saying to my dad, “She has beautiful red hair, just like Mom.” I secretly fell in love with her and thought to myself, “One day I will marry her and become a famous Bullfighter” (even though I knew nothing about bullfighting at the time).

I did not end up marrying Rita, but bullfighting did come back into play in my romantic life.  Years later, my dad introduced me to Anthony Quinn (Tony), who was one of the stars of the film and also good friends with my dad.  From then on Tony became a friend and came in and out of my life until he passed away.  He even introduced me to my first wife, actress Ruth Roman (best known for her role in  “Strangers on a Train”) at a bullfight in Tijuana in 1956.

But let’s get back to Rita:  In 1947, when I was 17 years old and working as a bus boy at the commissary at  20th Century Fox studios, in walked Rita Hayworth with Daryl F. Zanuck (the head of the studio).  I froze and said to myself, “Finally, there’s Rita!  I have waited all these years to meet her.  What should I do?  Do I tell her that I had dreamed about marrying her when I grew up?”  Then, the headwaiter threw a wet towel that hit me and he said, “Budd, wake up and go and clean table number 12 right away!”  For the moment, my quest to meet Rita was over.

It wasn’t until I became an agent, in the 1960s, that I met Rita socially and told her about my childhood dreams.  I later became her agent and one day Ed Feldman, the head of Warner Brothers Studios, called me and said he had a script called “Il Bastardi”.  He explained that it would be made in Spain and that Joan Crawford was going to take the role, but that there were creative problems so they needed to replace her.  He wanted to know if Rita would be interested in the role.   

Rita and I in Toledo, Spain on her birthday (October 17th, 1967).  The studio gave her the day off and Rita and I got to spend her 50th birthday together.  It is one of my greatest memories.

Rita and I in Toledo, Spain on her birthday (October 17th, 1967). The studio gave her the day off and Rita and I got to spend her 50th birthday together. It is one of my greatest memories.

Within days, Rita read the script and thought she would enjoy playing the villain in the film.  So a few weeks later, in October of 1967, we went to Madrid for three weeks to make the film.  To make a deal happen so quickly for Rita was a dream come true.  It was my most exciting adventure as a young agent.   

THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD LIVES ON

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Gayle and I were the guests of Hollywood superstar agent Budd Burton Moss, and his lovely wife Carolyn, at the 100th anniversary dinner for Anthony Quinn, hosted by Katherine (Mrs. Anthony) Quinn, held at the lavish and tasteful Greenacres estate of Billionaire Ron Burkle in Beverly Hills.  The  gala was to support the Anthony Quinn Foundation, which provides scholarships for high school students wishing to pursue acting, writing, painting and other artistic careers.  Anthony Quinn was not just a great actor, but a great artist himself.  One of the special gifts given to each attendee was a coaster with an image painted by the great actor himself.

(From left to right) : Jasmine Coussinat (mother of Arianna Gardiner); Arianna Gardiner, one of the 2014 Scholarship Recipients; Katherine (Mrs. Anthony Quinn); actor Edward James Olmos; actress Bo Derek; actress/attorney Denise Grayson; Larry King; and actor Robert Forster

(From left to right) : Jasmine Coussinat (mother of Arianna Gardiner); Arianna Gardiner, one of the 2014 Scholarship Recipients; Katherine (Mrs. Anthony) Quinn; actor Edward James Olmos; actress Bo Derek; actress/attorney Denise Grayson; Larry King; and actor Robert Forster

Derek

Most readers will remember Anthony Quinn for his role as Zorba in “Zorba The Greek”, the heavyweight in “Requiem for a Heavyweight”, or the emotionally troubled strong man in “La Strada”.  Anthony Quinn was a man’s man and one of the truly larger than life figures from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  In attendance were many super stars including Robert Forster (with his partner Denise) who starred with Quinn, Bo Derek the perfect “TEN” (who also starred with Quinn), Edward James Olmos, and host for the evening the impeccable Larry King.  Larry shared some wonderful stories that revealed both the humanitarian warmth and strength of Anthony Quinn.

Gayle and I were seated with Anthony’s youngest daughter Antonia Quinn.  She is just graduating from college this May and will be pursuing her own creative dreams in the world of film.  She is likely to have a wonderful career, and Budd already has a project for her that is in development for the CW channel.  The golden age of Hollywood will live on in her blood.

Budd is writing a book about and titled “Hollywood”.  He will tell stories about Rita Hayworth, Jack Valenti, President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and former aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Sidney Poitier among many other actors, including Budd’s client Tom Bosley (Happy Days Star from the Golden Age of Hollywood).  Through his book, his stories of the Golden Age of Hollywood will survive for future generations to enjoy.  And lucky for us, for a night Gayle and I were part of that Golden Age.

Rave Review of “Dr and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer”

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

So pleased about this Rave Review of “Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer.” This is what makes writing worth it:

“Hi Bill,

I cracked open your excellent book and was absolutely enthralled with what I read…I love the intimacy you achieve in your storytelling…very authentic and believable. Your ideas are cogent and well-organized…really wonderful writing.

Though I’m a short way into your story, even within the first few pages I began to feel an overwhelming urge thank you.”
–RICHARD DEL MAESTRO
AUDIO DIRECTOR • PRODUCER • WRITER