This beautiful dancer is Carla Laemmle. One of our last direct links to the world of silent cinema, she turned 104 on October 20, 2013.Born in 1909 with the given name Rebecca, she later changed her name to Carla. The niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, she danced as the prima ballerina in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and spoke the first line of dialogue in the first sound horror film, Dracula (1931).
A picture… showing Grady McMurtry, Israel Regardie and Phyllis Seckler, together at Regardie’s house during the early 70’s. Few are aware just how close these three worked together in forming the modern OTO and just how much respect they had for each other at the time. The letters between the three are priceless… in a recent and private conversation, when discussing Regardie’s involvement in the A.’.A.’., I reminded a friend of just how much respect Phyllis had for Regardie and shared with him a letter dated January 16, 1971, in which our dear Soror writes, ” I do like to think of you as a greater initiate then myself. Your books prove this. And today I am responsible for others on this ladder of spiritual development and would like to think there is someone in the flesh to whom I could turn to if the need should arise… May I think of you as the person on an upper rung of the A.’.A.’. of whom I could perhaps ask advice if needed?”