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    Restored by: Marmol Radziner | Restoration. And, there’s this beautiful book that’s like a vacation in itself… Palm Springs Living: Diane Dorrans Saeks, David Glomb: Amazon.com: Books.

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  • 07/02/13--08:00: VEGAS
  • Barbara Stanwyck on the set of The Lady Gambles: A couple of years ago I bumped into a cinematographer friend in Vegas. He asked me if I’d ever gambled before and I said “no” and he said “perfect” and led me over to the craps table and handed me a cup full of dice and said “just keep rolling”. So, I did. He made bets (I didn’t know how to play!) and put down chips and I kept rolling the […]

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    A natural amphitheater - 1923 – progress - 1925 - 1927 - Rebuilt, again - 1928 - Twilight at the bowl in the 1930s – note the more pronounced arch - Distinctive – always -

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  • 08/28/13--08:00: AVA GARDNER
  • From the marvelous short story, “A Toast to Ava Gardner”, by a friend of Miss Gardner’s, and author of, “I, Claudius”, Robert Graves: “Questioned about the monstrous legendary self which towers above her, Ava told us that she does everything possible to get out from under, though the publicity-boys and the Press are always trying to clamp it even more tightly on her shoulders. Also, that she has never outgrown her early Hard-Shell Baptist conditioning on that North Carolina tobacco […]

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    The Seven Wonders of Preston Sturges In just four years, 1940–44, Preston Sturges wrote and directed seven classics reflecting the America he loved and laughed at–a fast-talking, unpredictable melting pot that seems more real than the visions of Frank Capra or John Ford. Then his luck ran out. By Douglas McGrath Of all the stupid vanities in a business that specializes in stupid vanities, the possessory credit takes the cake. That credit is the one that appears at the top […]

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    My darlings, I first posted this the day after the Academy Awards in February, and I’m trotting it out again because; a) it’s possibly my favorite movie of all time, and b) I’m still working with my editor on the manuscript… and I feel certain he would have something to say about that semi-colon I just typed in . It’s the day after… And, if you’re reading this any time before noon Pacific Standard Time I’m probably burrowed under my […]

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    From left to right – Model, Orry Kelly, Bernard Newman, Travis Banton, Edith Head, Adrian, and Irene. With model showing evening gown, 1955: Edith at bat 1957: A fashion show from the “Think Pink” sequence at the premiere of “Funny Face” – model Ginni Adams with Edith Head: Dressing Debbie Reynolds for a benefit, 1960: Hosting a charity event at her home, Casa Ladera, 1967: With Tony Curtis, Anne Baxter and Omar Shariff, 1967: At the Costume Designers Ball with […]

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    Even Google got into the act today with Miss Edith’s birthday: They lived in a wonderful house called, Casa Ladera…

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    Here’s the deal, I only saw Mr. Newman on film sets and in elevators. He was about the same age as my dad, quite a bit younger than my uncle – so, as a kid I just categorized him as “old”. My dad, well, I don’t suppose there was a time he could be considered hip, my uncle… maybe a long time ago. However, Paul Newman, even to a child was the epitome of cool. And, beyond cool, he was […]

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    Jack Dawn was an extraordinary make-up artist at MGM who came up with pliable facial prosthetics that supplied us with the likes of the Cowardly Lion… During WWII he volunteered to make temporary applications for disfigured soldiers to make them appear more normal in between reconstructive surgeries. To read his credits is an exercise in amazement; The Good Earth, The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, The Philadelphia Story, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Gaslight, Father of the Bride… And, that’s just […]

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    About a block west from Gelson’s market on Franklin, across from the Bourgeois Pig cafe the Villa Carlotta is now painted… an interesting array of hues and surrounded by foliage. The apartment building was designed by Arthur E. Harvey and built in 1926 by Eleanor Ince (Thomas Ince’s widow) for an upscale Hollywood clientele. Former residents include famed director George Cukor and mogul/producer David O’Selznick.

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  • 05/29/14--08:00: RKO
  • Famous for launching the careers of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and the production of the Astaire-Rogers musicals… Oh, and a bunch of “B” movies… Located at the corner of Gower and Melrose…

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  • 06/07/14--08:00: Hollywood Fashion – 1950
  • Or, the ladies who lunch at Perino’s: The Beverly Hills Hotel: And, the Ambassador Hotel:

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  • 06/07/14--12:00: Waiting Tables in Hollywood
  • 1920 – out in the fresh air: 1934 – at The Talk of the Town: A carhop on roller skates, reminiscent of Vickie Lester, hat tip to SCENTS MEMORY | There is nothing like the smell of a man..

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  • 08/21/14--08:30: Hollywood Kitchens
  • Kitchens – this one is from a Pasadena estate and was designed by Wallace Neff: A cheerful California kitchen from 1938: And here’s one you might recognize from “My Man Godfrey”:

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    … But during the last few years this has become increasingly difficult owing to the misguided encouragement of a new form of social parasite, the gossip columnist. This curious phenomenon has insinuated itself itself into the lifestream not only of Hollywood but the whole of America, and what began as a minor form of local, social and professional scandalmongering has now developed into a major espionage system the power of which, aided and abetted by radio, has reached fabulous proportions… […]

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    My darlings, I first posted this the day after the Academy Awards in February, and I’m trotting it out again because; a) it’s possibly my favorite movie of all time, and b) I’m still working with my editor on the manuscript… and I feel certain he would have something to say about that semi-colon I just typed in ;) . It’s the day after… And, if you’re reading this any time before noon Pacific Standard Time I’m probably burrowed under […]

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    1949 –  Van de Kamps Bakery and Drive-In: 1939 – Simon’s:

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