Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Home of KATE MANX' fiancé.

569 Via Del Monte, Palos Verde, CA
Nearly hidden today behind a couple of huge trees is this house overlooking the Pacific on the exclusive Palos Verde peninsula. In 1964 the home belonged to Dr. Samuel Stornelli, a neurologist with offices in Hollywood. At 11 pm on November 14, 1964, Dr. Tornelli's houseguest, movie starlet Kate Manx, woke her host and fiancé with the alarming news that she had swallowed a lethal dose of sleeping pills. The divorced mother of a toddler son was rushed to the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA, where, sadly, she passed away. She was 34. Manx had been embroiled in a bitter divorce from her second husband, playwright Leslie Stevens, who had written, produced, and directed her screen debut, Private Property (1960), which had been filmed entirely at the couple's Beverly Hills home. Stevens went on to create the TV series Battlestar Galactica. 


                            


4 comments:

  1. She was thirty-six, not thirty-four as sometimes reported. Had worked on the Broadway stage in the 1950s, but not with the name, Kate Manx. Book on Katie coming out in 2016 by Stevens biographer, Paul Woodbine.

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    1. NO, she was born in 1930, so she was in fact 34.

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  2. Just caught "Private Property"
    ....What a hottie !

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    1. ditto, why I am looking her up, what a babe, Gracy Kelly comparable, who was some older woman my Mom's age in my teen years, then I saw at a revival house, REAR WINDOW, and WOW! Also saw TCM doing "Private Property" and I only stayed on it due to the lead-in talk about it.

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