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Category: Little Known New Mexican

Penny Marshall: Nuts about Albuquerque

Posted by on September 17, 2012 | Comments Off

From her star-making turn in the classic TV sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” to her phenomenal career as a film director and producer, Penny Marshall has had a remarkable life. In “My Mother Was Nuts,” Marshall talks about where she came from and the amazing journey it was.

After graduating from Walton High School, the Bronx New York native put some distance between herself and her parents, fleeing to Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico to major in psychology.

During her junior year she dropped out and married a football-playing classmate, Michael Henry. Their daughter, Tracy—her only child—was born in 1964. Henry stayed in school and Marshall worked as a secretary and taught dance in Albuquerque, New Mexico until they divorced in 1966. Soon after Marshall picked-up once again and headed to California to team-up with her brother Gary Marshall.

The rest, as they say, is history, and it’s all chronicled in her new book.

Today while promoting, “My Mother Was Nuts” on LIVE with Kelly & Michael the actress, director, author gave her turn at University of New Mexico a shout-out, saying, “Go UNM! Beat the Aggies!”

And this Aggie says, “GO PENNY!” :)

compiled from NBC News and People Magazine

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Little Known New Mexican: Conrad Hilton

Posted by on August 5, 2011 | One comment

Conrad Hilton December 25, 1887 – January 3, 1979

Yes, the man who brought “Hilton to the world” and lent to contributing this general atrocity into the gene pool of humanity, Conrad Hilton is in fact a New Mexican.

Per Wikipedia: (By way of AMC’s inclusion of Hilton as a character in their Emmy winning series Mad Men)

Hilton was born in San Antonio, New Mexico. His father, Augustus Halvorsen “Gus” Hilton, was an immigrant from Norway, and his devout Catholic mother, Mary Genevieve (née Laufersweiler), was an American of German descent. Hilton grew up with seven siblings: Felice A. Hilton, Eva C. Hilton, Carl H. Hilton, Julian Hilton, Rosemary J. Hilton, August H. Hilton, and Helen A. Hilton.

Hilton attended Goss military institute (New Mexico Military Institute), and St. Michael’s College (now the College of Santa Fe), and the New Mexico School of Mines (now New Mexico Tech). He was a member of the international fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon. In his early twenties, Hilton was a Republican representative in the first New Mexico Legislature, when the state was newly formed. He served two years in the U.S. Army during World War I. While he was in the army, his father was killed in a car accident.[citation needed]

The most enduring influence to shape Hilton’s philanthropic philosophy beyond that of his parents was the Roman Catholic Church and his sisters. He credited his mother with guiding him to prayer and the church whenever he was troubled or dismayed — from a boyhood loss of a beloved pony to severe financial losses during the Great Depression. His mother continually reminded him that prayer was the best investment he would ever make.

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Little Known New Mexican

Posted by on February 18, 2011 | Comments Off

This exquisite vision of eighties hair & makeup was a bouncing baby girl right here in the Q long before snaring herself a “real cowboy” of the urban persuasion in 1980.

The gorgeousness that is Madolyn Smith-now-Osborne is a Native New Mexican and looks not unlike current NM res., poly-sci queen, lobbyist and all around d’lovely Erin Muffoletto.  Anyhoo…

This timeless beauty was born in Albuquerque on New Year’s Day in 19…(it doesn’t matter – she’s timeless).  Since her turn in Urban Cowboy and many more film and TV roles through 1994, she’s taken a page from the playbook of some other beauties whom I adore, by stepping out of the lime/sometimes sour/light of sho’ biz and retreating into the even more treacherous and rewarding role of full time family wrangler (see Cates/Rhodes).

On the far off chance that you don’t remember Madolyn as the scheming, sexy, citified, cubic zirconia quality, faux-cowgirl-minx, Pam…feast your eyes (at the 1:50):

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