MOVIES: Saluting local legend Dolores Fuller

If the name Dolores Fuller sounds familiar, it should.
And if it doesn’t, it will — thanks to a Fuller tribute scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Montara Meadows retirement community, 3150 E. Tropicana Ave.

Movie fans know Fuller for her role as leading lady, on- and off-screen, to cult legend Ed Wood, for whom she co-starred in such ’50s faves as “Glen or Glenda,” “Jail Bait” and “Bride of the Monster.” (Sarah Jessica Parker played Fuller in Tim Burton’s 1994 Oscar-winner, “Ed Wood.”)

Music fans, meanwhile, know Fuller as the songwriter behind numerous Elvis Presley soundtrack hits, from “Rock-a-Hula Baby” (“Blue Hawaii”) to “I Got Lucky” (“Kid Galahad”), or for the record company she later founded, where she helped launch the careers Johnny Rivers and Tanya Tucker.

In her autobiography, “A Fuller Life,” Fuller recounts her professional personal lives — including her current marriage to film historian Philip Chamberlain, one-time director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Thursday’s tribute will include a 15-minute montage spanning Fuller’s screen career, followed by a question-and-answer session with Fuller herself.

The event is free and open to the public; more information is available by calling Montara Meadows, 435-3150.

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