Larry Vaughn with Mentora Vaughn Gratrix

Welcome to My … Or Rather Our Blog!

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You may ask why I am starting a blog. Well, I have asked myself the same question. My honest reply is because of my daughter, Mentora. This is actually our blog. We will share the writing. We have recently coauthored a book together, Hollywood’s Chosen, which we will be telling you about more in the days ahead.

Yes, when I look back on my life, my children have been a blessing (and driven me crazy!) in so many ways. I consider this whole blog idea to fall under the latter category. So, any criticism you have, or curses you want to throw my way, please kindly direct them to Mentora. Any positive feedback, I will be happy to hear, as I need all the encouragement I can get in this new adventure.

Please don’t take our blog too seriously. Our intent is to have fun while reminiscing about distant memories and sharing new stories. So feel free to come along and join us in this journey.



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26 Responses

  1. Bert Livingston says:

    Mentora is beautiful…..really beautiful….inside and out.

  2. This is awesome Larry and Mentora! Really looking forward to it! Larry, I’m sure you could probably write another book about your real estate career here in Greenville. I have an idea for a title…”What?”

    • Larry Vaughn says:

      Wasn’t “What?” a great moment! There you were the guilty one! And, me, well, they would have never guessed I was behind the “What?” Hope you enjoy our blog! We will try to make it fun.

  3. mptesq says:

    Good stuff. Thanks.

  4. Rebecca says:

    How exciting! Looking forward to reading your new blog!

  5. Bert Livingston says:

    I was thinking…..if Mentora personally thanked everyone who actually bought Hollywood’s Chosen and took them to dinner the book would sell like hot cakes .

    • Mentora Vaughn Gratrix says:

      Bert, I’ll be happy to take you out to dinner anytime! I gotta go, though. I’m going to go buy a candle for my window. :)

  6. Mentora Vaughn Gratrix says:

    Bert, I hope you had a good doctor’s visit.

  7. Bill Bartlett says:

    What a Great Job with this Blog! I am so happy this is bringing you so much joy. I know this wonderful family as Jeff and I have a business relationship. Knowing I am usually traveling for business, Jeff offered me an opportunity to have a home cooked meal at his home with his family.

    That was an incredible and generous offer and unheard of in our newly, electronically induced, heads down society. What an incredibly warm reception I received from Larry, Doneata, Jeff, Mentora, and their beautiful and very intelligent daughters.

    After the reception, Larry went back to the grill to finish his famous salmon, Doneata and Mentora continued back in the kitchen to finish preparing the meal, and Jeff gave me a tour of the beautiful home he physically built for his family. They could not have made me feel more comfortable.

    In this first encounter Larry mostly read a book he seemed to be enjoying and interjected at times when brought into conversation. I believe I did the majority of the speaking as every eye looked directly at mine as if to say, we are so happy we have a new friend please tell us more about yourself. Someone else above stated that this family makes you feel like you are a better person to have been around them. It really is true!

    As I was sharing my adventures Larry would be referenced slightly as to having a similar story but it was never shared. At least not on the first dinner. It was the next dinner and several after that I started to learn more and more about Larry and the incredible life he lead. From a struggling, wayward youth to a life of many successes and adventures.

    I am sure I have only been privileged to just a bit of his life. I am truly looking forward to the book Mentora and he have put together. If it reflects the stories I have heard it will keep you wanting more.

    Congratulations to this very special family and thank you for opening your door and allowing me to get to know you. I have never met an entire family, that in their company, I feel like a better human being because of the warm and loving light that comes naturally from their hearts and souls!

    • Mentora Vaughn Gratrix says:

      Bill, you’re too much . . . thank you! You are very gracious, and we appreciate your kind words. We have really enjoyed getting to know you, and we have been the ones who are blessed by your friendship!

    • Larry Vaughn says:

      Thank you so very much for your kind words! We are thrilled that you like our blog. And we, like you, can’t wait for our publisher to present us with a copy of Hollywood’s Chosen.

  8. Joe Valvo says:

    Wow! What a great job Larry & Mentora. I can’t wait to read the new book. Bill’s comments about the warmth that comes from your company couldn’t have been said any better.

  9. Big movie buff says:

    Love the Mothers Day tribute!
    It is obvious Doneata is the true beauty. She looks like the “movie star”, and I am sure she did her own makeup.
    You know…a natural beauty, really irks me. I cannot leave the house without my “prep” job. Ran out the other morning to take the trash to the garbage truck and didn’t get back home until after lunch…..whew..It was hard crawling out of that garbage truck.
    Larry, if you chose movies the way you chose your beautiful wife, can’t wait to read the book

  10. Ode to Mentora —
    Mentora has a burning flame that all of us defy
    it comes out in her laughter, it sparkles in her eyes
    Do you know what Mentora’s secret is?
    In her heart it lies.

    Now, about the blog and Hollywood’s Chosen (great title)
    Since I’ve known Larry for ages and have enormous admiration and respect for him, please understand whatever I write is totally biased since not having read the book yet — but I’m eagerly waiting to get it. I did read Larry’s first book, an account of his life that took us through his early years – it was riveting and heart warming replete with an abundance of love, personal reflection and southern charm. I enjoyed the read immensely and know I’ll feel the same about Hollywood’s
    Chosen. Love, blessings and all the best, Larry and Mentora. By the way, I do know what a “film buyer” is Eddie Stern told me.
    Forever your friend,
    Stew Harnell

    • Mentora Vaughn Gratrix says:

      Wow! Thank you, Stew. You are now at the top of my list for one of my favorite people! You should be a writer. My dad has always spoken of you with such fond memories.

      I loved your statement about Eddie Stern. I remember when I was young my dad took me to work with him once a year. Eddie would give me secretarial jobs to do and even paid me for my service. I remember he told me what a film buyer is too! I miss Eddie Stern.

      Thanks again for your kind remarks.
      With love, Mentora

      • Thank you Mentora —
        I was a poet but didn’t know it — glad you liked my blog.
        Eddie Stern was one of my dearest friends, Two of his sons, Jimmy and recently deceased Bruce both worked for me in Atlanta. I hope to see you and your Dad in the near future – the trip should be easy now that I have a fast jet plane. I’ve got some great stories mostly about Litchfield Theatres, Foster McKissick, Ulmer Eaddy and Jack Jordan – all terrific people and close friends.The annual barbeque at Litchfield by the Sea were fabulous. Foster organized it each year for all the film people. One year someone asked him, “what’s Stew Harnell doing here” to which he responded, “We buy all of our film trailers from Stew” — Ha gottcha !!
        Love and blessings, Mentora — I’ll do whatever I can to contribute to the success of “Hollywood’s Chosen”

        • Mentora Vaughn Gratrix says:

          You are an amazing poet, Stew! My dad and I would love a visit from you. You have no excuse now that I know you have a jet plane!

          Yes, the people at Litchfield Theatres were all wonderful. When Foster flew my parents up for the first time and offered my dad a job there at Litchfield, my mom told my dad she would kill him if he didn’t take the job! I am glad he did, as I loved living at Litchfield by the Sea: it was like living in the world of Scarlett O’Hara as Foster McKissick created a magical place with the finest southern charm at Litchfield.

          Thanks for all your words of encouragement!
          With love, Mentora

          • Mentora Vaughn Gratrix says:

            Also, so sorry to hear about Eddie Stern’s son, Bruce. Dad told me how you were with him the night before he died. So sorry for his family and their loss.

          • Mentora — do you have a nick name? From what or where is Mentora derived — knowing your Dad, I would have to say some special, beautiful spiritual theme. As for getting together for a visit – I would love to but I do have a heavy schedule this spring and summer work wise (thanks to Coca Cola) and family events like Baptism’s and birthday’s for my two latest grand children — Sydney Dylan Harnell (2) and Nolan Reed Harnell (10 months), precious little ones, I’ll send pix so you can judge for yourself. We’re heading to LA (where they reside with my son Steve and wife Tracy).

            Be well, be happy —
            Your new found pen pal, stew

    • Larry Vaughn says:

      Hi Stew,
      Thank you very much for your kind words. You are a class act and a wonderful friend. I miss our years of being together at all those golf outings and theatre owner conventions. When looking at your Cinema Concepts’ website, I am not surprised to see that it is an award winning company; and that is primarily because of your leadership and knowledge of the industry.

      • Mentora Vaughn Gratrix says:

        Everyone calls me Mentora. It’s a family name. I was named after my great grandmother and my aunt. It sounds like you’re staying very busy. I would love to see pictures of your grandchildren. I bet they’re adorable! My personal e-mail address is [email protected]. Let’s stay in touch! Enjoy your time in LA with your family.
        Love, Mentora

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