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Deep Dive into History: the Life and Death of Anne Boleyn

Thursday, May 19 2022 by

Anne Boleyn is one of history’s most famous women, with a reputation for capturing the heart of King Henry VIII and influencing a fundamental shift in political and religious power that changed the world.

But before all that, she was just a young noble Englishwoman.

On the 486th anniversary of her untimely end, let’s take a look at the life of Anne Boleyn.

Hever Castle, England

Anne was (probably) born in 1533, and raised at Hever Castle in Kent, near London. She and her two siblings grew up here. Anne left at age 13 to serve in royal households across western Europe. As a teen, she spent much time in France, excelling in music and entertainment, which helped her catch the eye of the King of England after she returned home.

It is reported that, while Henry VIII pursued her romantically, Anne would retreat to her childhood home for a reprieve from the attention and pressure to entertain the king.

Hever Castle (Google Maps)
Hever Castle

Pembroke Castle, Wales

While being courted by the king, Anne was given the title Marquess of Pembroke, making her one of the most powerful women in England. While it’s not likely she ever visited the lands associated with the title, the lands and castle are an important part of England’s history.

The first structures were built in the 1000s, and the castle constructed in the 1200s. But by the late 1500s, the earl had earned the disfavor of the king, who encouraged the literal dismantling of the structure. It was restored about 100 years ago to its former glory.

Pembroke Castle (StreetView)
Pembroke Castle

Westminster Abbey, London, England

On June 1, 1533, Anne was formally crowned queen in a  large ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Anne was pregnant at the time, and Henry was eager to have his baby born with all the royal protection possible.

The cathedral has long been an important site in England, especially for royalty. Now part of the Church of England, the cathedral has long been home to royal weddings, funerals, coronations, and other ceremonies. William and Kate were married here in 2011.

Westminster Abbey (Birds Eye)
Westminster Abbey

St. James Palace, London, England

While Anne and Henry were still on good terms, the king began construction on a new, smaller palace. Henry even indicated his love for Anne by inscribing their initials on the exterior. It was a popular residence for royalty during the Tudor years, and a primary residence for the Stuarts and Hanovers.

These days, it’s the primary residence for several of Queen Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren.

St. James's Palace (Birds Eye)
St. James's Palace

Windsor Castle, Windsor, England

Founded by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle has been so integral to the royal British family that they officially adopted the name in the 20th century. Henry VIII made significant modifications to the structure. The building complex, once a medieval fortification, became a diplomatic and and entertainment hub.

Today, the castle complex is as important as ever. It was a safe haven during World War II bombings, and was even the location for Henry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018.

Windsor Castle (Birds Eye)
Windsor Castle

Hampton Court Palace, London, England

Originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, the disgraced cardinal gave the property to Henry VIII to try and buy back his good favor. It quickly became one of the king’s favorite properties. It was a perfect weekend retreat for the entertainment-happy Tudors, and the the Stuarts.

In addition to a remarkable chapel, the gardens are world-famous. They even include a grape vine that is over 300 years old and still produces grapes for the annual wine production!

Hampton Court Palace (Google Maps)
Hampton Court Palace

Tower of London, London, England

Anne only spent a few short years in the favor of the king. Shortly after giving birth to the future Queen Elizabeth I, Anne began to lose the attention of Henry. In his zeal to have a male heir, he listened to rumors and believed slander against Anne.

Henry had her arrested in 1536, less than three years after their marriage. During her “trial” she was housed at the Tower of London, on May 2. Only two weeks later, and without a chance to defend herself, Anne was convicted of charges including adultery and treason.

She was sentenced to death, and on Friday, May 19, she was executed by beheading. Before her death, she addressed the crowd and reminded them of her innocence. While it did not preserve her life, it did lay the groundwork for the restoration of her image in history.

Tower of London (Birds Eye)
Tower of London

Anne Boleyn died at 36 years of age, and yet she is one of the most famous, and influential, women in history. Her marriage to Henry VIII set in motion a series of events that eventually brought about an age of religious tolerance, allowing people to move to America and setting in motion for the creation of an entirely new nation.

Anne Boleyn is certainly a woman who changed the world.

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Man Hands, Festivus, and Newman: Remembering Seinfeld

Saturday, May 14 2022 by

Hello, Jerry!

For nine glorious years, the ensemble cast of Seinfeld entertained audiences, with the banality of daily life expressed with humor and antics. Described as “a show about nothing” it quickly became an integral part of American culture, which persists to this day. On May 14, 1998, the last episode of the series aired, but Jerry, Elaine, Cramer, and Newman are still as relevant as ever.

Let’s take a look at some of the best places from the show, and the people who brought it all together.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry brought the show to life, fictionalizing his own life as a comedian in New York City. By the end of the series, he was making more than $100,000 per episode, and the payoff has continued. With reruns, and services like Netflix and Hulu paying hundreds of millions of dollars for rights to stream the show, Jerry is richer now than when the show wrapped. Estimates place his wealth around one billion dollars!

NYC Apartment

Like his on-screen counterpart, Jerry Seinfeld lives in New York City. But the real Jerry lives in the elite Beresford building, right next to Central Park on the Upper West Side. Units in the building sell for $10-20 million.

Jerry Seinfeld's House (Birds Eye)
Jerry Seinfeld's House

East Hamptons Residence

Jerry also owns a residence in the East Hampsons, where he and his family spend time out of the city. He bought the home from Billy Joel for $30 million in 2000. It also has a 22-car garage, which is essential for the car collector. The mansion boasts every luxury, including a coffee maker that costs $17,000! That’s a whole different brew than what you get at Monk’s.

Jerry Seinfeld's House (Google Maps)
Jerry Seinfeld's House

Larry David’s Pacific Palisades, CA Residence

Larry David worked with Jerry to produce and develop the show, and has been financially blessed as well. Like Jerry, he owns several properties, but the Pacific Palisades residence is his main home. With an estimated net worth around $500 million, he can afford to live anywhere!

Larry David's House (Google Maps)
Larry David's House

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s California Residence

Julia played one of the most annoying, and beloved, women on television with her character Elaine Benes. Bad dancer, oblivious friend, selfish partner, and yet so funny! She has gone on to star in several other television shows and holds the record for most Emmys for a woman in a leading role. And she’s turned a tidy profit, with a net worth around $250 million.

She has a few residences, but calls one in the LA area home. She has always been very private about her family and home life, but we know that she’s focused on environmentally-friendly development.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' House (Google Maps)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' House

People love Seinfeld as much these days as ever, as shown by the $500 million Netflix recently paid to have exclusive streaming rights! The sites from the show are still as popular, too.

Television Show Apartment

Funnily enough, the apartment used for the street views in the show for nearly a decade is just down the street from Jerry Seinfeld’s actual residence, and is a popular attraction for pedestrian tourists checking out NYC according to Seinfeld.

The "Seinfeld" Apartment (Birds Eye)
The "Seinfeld" Apartment

Tom’s Restaurant/Monk’s Cafe

Tom’s Restaurant, a real-life diner in New York City serves as the exterior of Monk’s Cafe. It’s been around, serving (mediocre) food for more than 100 years, kept alive in recent years perhaps by its reputation as a Seinfeld diner.

Tom's Restaurant (Birds Eye)
Tom's Restaurant

Soup Nazi

The episode featuring the “soup Nazi” was based at least somewhat in reality. There is in fact a man who makes superb soups in NYC, named Al Yeganeh. Like the character, he was also very particular about ordering and getting food. He closed his shop for a few years, but opened back up in 2010.

Al's Soup Kitchen International (StreetView)
Al's Soup Kitchen International

From “yada, yada, yada” to “man hands” and “Hello, Newman” the verbal and visual gifts of Seinfeld just keep on giving. To remember the legacy of the show, you can rewatch some of your favorite episodes, quote your favorite lines, or celebrate a spontaneous Festivus, for the rest of us.

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Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8 2022 by

Today is Mother’s Day, the day we celebrate and honor the women who birthed us, raised us, and influenced us for good. As we as look back at all the women who had a motherly influence, it’s hard to deny the role that television moms played in shaping us.

Let’s check in on some of our favorite showtime moms (and don’t forget to check in with your own moms and all the women who cared for you!)

Mandy Moore, Pasadena, CA

Mandy Moore started out as a teenage singer, and successfully transitioned to acting as she hit her 20s. But her recent breakout role has been as a mother on the hit NBC television show This Is Us. For the last six years, the show has been bringing us to tears each week as we see the progression of the Pearson family.

Mandy bought a mid-century modern home in Pasadena, California in 2017. The $2.6 million home has as much to offer outside as it does inside, with amazing views, a pool, gorgeous landscaping, and plenty of room for her two dogs to roam.

Mandy Moore's House (Google Maps)
Mandy Moore's House

Donna Reed, Palm Springs, CA

Donna Reed is one of Hollywood’s enduring stars, in part for playing the strong, kind housewife Donna Stone on The Donna Reed Show. She played the role, slightly provocative in her independence, for nearly a decade in the 1950s and 1960s.

Donna owned several homes in the LA area during her career, including this home in Palm Springs, which she owned from 1966-1970. Neighbors in her exclusive community included Liberace, Alan Ladd, and Kirk Douglas. These days, the community has mountain trails, a children’s museum, community pools, and more. A perfect place to raise a family, even Donna Reed would agree.

Donna Reed's House (former) (Birds Eye)
Donna Reed's House (former)

Florence Henderson, Marina del Ray, CA

America’s favorite mom, Carol Brady, was played for five years by Florence Henderson, from 1969-1974. She lived in this Marina del Ray house from 2000 until her death on Thanksgiving in 2006.

The home was a great purchase for Florence and her husband, who had actually been living on  a boat in the marina! The home has 3,200 square feet, a pool, large library, and close access to the marina. The house sold in 2017 for about $2.25 million.

Florence Henderson's House (Former) (Birds Eye)
Florence Henderson's House (Former)

Lucille Ball, Beverly Hills, CA

If mothers lead by example, Lucille Ball was a mother to all women who aspire to great things. She was on of the first characters who appeared visibly pregnant on television. She even built the show plot around her actual pregnancy!

Her personal life was somewhat reflective of her on-screen persona, as she was among the first female Hollywood executives, maintained control over her career and finances, and was a strong example to other women.

Lucille owned several homes in the Los Angeles area, but this one on North Roxbury Drive is a fan favorite. Neighbors included Jimmy Stewart, Rosemary Clooney, and Jack Benny. She would even hand out Halloween candy to the neighborhood children!

Lucille Ball's House (Former) (StreetView)
Lucille Ball's House (Former)

Allison Janney, Studio City, CA

With a long and varied Hollywood career, Allison Janney has found success in many roles and personas, most recently as the mom hoping to make amends with her adult daughter in Mom. The show ran for nine seasons before going off the air, giving Allison another two Emmys to go with the four she earned on West Wing.

Allison bought a freshly renovated home in Studio City in 2014. It set her back about $3.25 million, but the gorgeous 5,000 square foot home has lots to offer, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a pool, and lots of trees for privacy.

Allison Janney's House (Google Maps)
Allison Janney's House

Doris Roberts, Los Angeles, CA

Perhaps an example of what not to do as a mother, and mother-in-law, Doris Roberts’ character Marie on the long-running show Everybody Loves Raymond is still a beloved figure from American television. Doris Roberts portrayed perfectly a loving mother who knows no boundaries and never holds her tongue, and in the end is always reminded that love is the most important thing.

Doris was an incredible actress with a career that spanned more than 60 years. She was a long-time resident of LA, and owned a gorgeous 1920s Spanish-style mansion in Hollywood Hills. After her death in 2016, the house was renovated and put on the market for about $2.5 million. It was a great deal for a Hollywood house, with more than 3,700 square feet, three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and even a “speakeasy” room.

But what really makes the house unique is one of its former residents–James Dean!

Doris Roberts' House (former) (Birds Eye)
Doris Roberts' House (former)

These awesome women prove that anyone can set a good example for kids, so on this day when we honor women in our lives, take a few minutes to call, text, or email those who made you a better person. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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