Recently, an episode of Oxygen’s Mysteries Scandals focused on the untimely and tragic death of Christa Helm. An aspiring actress and known Hollywood socialite, Helm was murdered in West Hollywood in 1977.
Watch the full episode here.
Her daughter Nicole Clements was also featured in the episode hoping to find some sort of justice or solace all these years later. “My mother was a very complicated woman, like so many of us,” Clements tells Oxygen exclusively. “She used her brain as well as her charm. She was warm and loving to those of us she loved and cared for. She was also fearless with her ambition.”
Clements still struggles with the reality of her mother’s death, noting that some memories are just too harsh to recall. In the episode, it’s noted that Clements wasn’t even told the real reason her mother passed away until later. “I believe it was a couple of
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The unsolved murder of the Black Dahlia remains one of Hollywood’s most infamous cold cases. On January 15, 1947, the body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short was discovered in a vacant lot near Los Angeles’ Leimert Park. The aspiring actress’ corpse was drained of blood and scrubbed clean. Her remains were so pale they looked like a mannequin. She was mutilated and even cut in half. According to Hélèna Katz’ 2010 book Cold Cases: Famous Unsolved Mysteries, Crimes, and Disappearances in America, her body was posed. There was no blood around her body, indicating that she was moved there from elsewhere. Short herself had moved to Hollywood to chase her dreams only to have her life ended so gruesomely.
A Los Angeles Police Department detective who worked on the Dahlia case said, “I just can’t imagine someone doing that to another human being.” He said Short’s death made front-page news in
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Virginia Rappe was a silent film actress who had a prominent role in “Paradise Garden” in 1917. She was just as well known for her sensationalized and mysterious death. Her death marked one of Hollywood’s first scandals when one of its biggest stars Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was charged with her death. Just that year he was paid $3 million by Paramount Pictures to star in more movies. That’s a lot of money for 2017; just imagine how far that went in 1917!
On Labor Day, 1921 Arbuckle and Rappe partied together in a luxury suite on the 12th floor of the St Francis in San Francisco. At some point during the three-day long party, Arbuckle and Rappe went to a bedroom together. A few minutes later, guests could hear the starlet screaming in pain from inside the bedroom.
According to the BBC, guests
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According to The New York Times, a group of 300 women in the entertainment industry have created a large-scale initiative in the hopes of improving upon the working conditions of women in Hollywood. Providing concerete steps towards action, the project hopes to address the pervasive culture of sexual harassment present in the business.
The collective of women, which includes female actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives, have created a plan described by the Times as “ambitious [and] sprawling.”
Some of the steps being taken includes the formation of a multi-million dollar legal defense fund for marginalized individuals who do not have the resources to take action against abusers and plans for symbolic protests against abuse.
The movement has been dubbed “Times Up” and was announced in an open letter that ran on a full-page ad in the Times on Monday.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to
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The allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have centered around women. Actor Terry Crews took to Twitter today to share his own experiences with sexual assault and recounts how he was groped by a male executive.
“My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates,” he tweeted. “Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk. I was going to kick his ass right then— but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear.” As a “240 pound” black man, Crews felt that physical retailation would land him in jail.
He goes on to say that the executive called him the next day to
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Jay-Z wants the entertainment industry to use its power for good. The hip-hop mogul penned an open letter in The Hollywood Reporter to encourage his peers to invest in projects that highlight social justice issues like police brutality and the unfair justice system.
“The power of one voice is strong, but when it comes to social justice, the power of our collective voices is unstoppable. Now is the time to recognize that through our voices we really can effect change,” he writes.
This year, the rapper released the documentary Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The film highlighted the story of 16-year-old Browder who was held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island for two (out of three) years without a trial. He committed suicide in 2015. “We’ve seen some of that change slowly start to happen. President Obama outlawed solitary confinement for juveniles. New York has started the long process
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