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Holy Hollywood History! Batman ’66

January 12, 2018

On Jan 10th 2018, The Hollywood Museum turned Hollywood into Gotham City, as they projected the iconic Bat Signal on the side of the historic Max Factor building, at a VIP unveiling gala for “HOLY HOLLYWOOD HISTORY! BATMAN ’66,” with special appearances by the show’s cast members and other stars in attendance.

President and Founder of the world-famous Hollywood Museum (www.hollywoodmuseum.org) in the historic Max Factor Building, Donelle Dadigan, proudly hosted the preview gala for Batman cast, collectors and celebrities at the Hollywood Museum. Burt Ward and world renown Batman ’66 collectors worked together in the first ever “BATMAN ’66” exhibit, opening to the public on Jan 12th, 2018 – the same date as the 52nd anniversary of the 1966 premiere of the ABC TV series, “Batman.”

Above photo: Marta Kristen (Lost In Space), Donelle Dadigan (President/Founder Hollywood Museum) and Lee Meriwether (Catwoman/Batman) pose with the Batmobile. (Photo by Bill Dow/Courtesy of The Hollywood Museum)

Among those in attendance we Batman cast members Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Sivi Aberg, and Barbara Rush, as well as Marlon Wayans (Marlon), Cory Oliver (Gods Not Dead), Renee Lawless (The Haves and Have Nots), Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor), Jax Malcom (Craxy Ex-Girlfriend), Elizabeth J. Carlisle (The Rich and The Ruthless), Mason Guccione (Jumanji), Karen Kramer (Golden Globe Winner), Alice Amter (Big Bang Theory), Jeremy Miller (Growing Pains), Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie), Kate Linder (Young & The Restless), Anson Williams (Happy Days), Marta Kristen Kane (Lost In Space), Darcy Donavan, Stanley & Barry Livingston (My Three Sons), Judy Tenuta (Comedienne), Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital/True Blood), Patrika Darbo (Bold & The Beautiful), Terry Moore (Might Joe Young), Steve Wishnoff (OZ), among many others.

Burt Ward (Robin) welcomes crowds to the preview of Holy Hollywood, Batman 66 Exhibit at The Hollywood Museum. (Photo by Bill Dow/Courtesy of The Hollywood Museum) 

The exhibit, which will consist of four popular sections (Wayne Manor, The Batcave, Gallery of Guest Super Villains, and The Collectibles of Batman ’66), pays tribute to the memory of Adam West and honors the other half of the Dynamic Duo, Burt Ward, as well as the iconic show, still seen today in the U.S. and around the world weekly.

Last year’s release of Warner Bros animated films “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader” and this year’s “Batman vs Two Face,”has made that Batman ’66 hotter than ever. Burt Ward (Robin), who has gone from Caped Crusader to Canine Crusader, with his nonprofit dog food, Gentle Giants (www.gentlegiantsdogfood.com), helping dogs live twice as long, said “I never dreamed I would still be playing the same character 52 years later.  I am thrilled that the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building would honor our show in this way.”

George Barris’ original Batmobile parked into front of The Hollywood Museum. (Photo by Bill Dow/Courtesy of The Hollywood Museum) 

The BATMAN ’66 exhibit features original costumes and props from the show, which have not been seen since it originally broadcast from 1966-68.  Dadigan says, “We have costumes and props that evoke one’s childhood memories of the ever popular TV series, “Batman”. There is something for everyone –  from the Batmobile and Batcycle to Burt and Adam’s original costumes worn during the show’s 120 episode run on ABC TV Network, as well as guest villains – and one of my favorites – the original Dr. Casandra costume worn by TV and film star Ida Lupino, that has never been seen publicly before.”

The city of Los Angeles, known as Gothom for the night, honors Burt Ward and cast members of BATMAN Lee Meriwether, Barbara Rush, Mitch O’Farrell, Tracy and Burt Ward, Donelle Dadigan, and Sivi Aberg. (Photo by Bill Dow/Courtesy of The Hollywood Museum) 

Other highlights include the original George Barris (Car #2), original costumes as well as costumes recreated due to age and condition representing guest star villlians including The Riddler, The Joker, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze – to name a few; life size sculptures of the three famous women who brought Catwoman to life (Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and the original, Julie Newmar) with costumes, as well as Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), and more, including Adam West’s face and mannequin from 1966.

The extensive exhibit will also feature much sought after collectibles, including a the “gotta-have” children’s lunch box, action figures of every shape and size, Batman and Robin puppets, rare Batman Ice Cream boxes, drinking cups, board games, and many more extremely rare collectibles from 1966 too numerous to name and, in some cases, never before seen on public display.

My Three Sons, Stan and Barry Livingston, pose with original costumes for Robin and Batman. (Photo by Bill Dow/Courtesy of The Hollywood Museum) 

Thousands of hours have gone into mounting this exhibit and a dedicated team of Hollywood Museum staff and world-renown collectors, including Wally Wingert, Scott Sebring, Pat Evans, Tom Woodruff, Mark Hardeman, Greg Maraio, Alex Zsolt, Christopher Chaisson, Bob Mitsch, Kelly DeCambre, Adrian Van Eck, Ivan Taback, Brian Puls, Chaz George, Buddy Rogers, Troy Maynus, Andy Brescia, Daniel Fopma, Dave Tripet, Kelly DaCambre, Nate Truman, Bob Mitsch, Robert Jungweber, Grigg Espinoza, and Rob Klein have come together to loan amazing items that are now part of TV history – to help create this first ever Batman 66 exhibit, “Holy Hollywood History!” Wally Wingert has been named as the special Curator of this exhibit, with exhibit Organizer, Roger Neal.

Ward remarked “I was excited to see all of this come together. It will be like a homecoming to reunite with these items and to remember my friend and crime fighting partner, Adam West.”

That Bat Signal on the side of the Hollywood Museum calls on all Batman fans. (Photo by Bill Dow/Courtesy of The Hollywood Museum) 

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