Archive for March, 2008

Jimmy Bangley Memorial

Monday, March 31st, 2008

A Tribute to Jimmy Bangley

 

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 Jimmy Bangley (1956-2004) 

 

On December 8, 2004, our friend Jimmy Bangley sadly passed away from our lives. He was returned to his family in Suffolk, Virginia to be interred next to his beloved grandmother. The memorial service the following January was a standing-room-only event. Since then, his friends have made donations to purchase a cenotaph niche at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A place where we can visit and remember. Yesterday, that dream came true when more than 30 friends gathered at the cemetery’s Cathedral Mausoleum to unveil the decorated niche to his memory.

 

For those who did not know him, Jimmy Bangley was an accomplished actor, writer and film historian. He appeared in numerous plays both here in Los Angeles and his hometown in Virginia. His film credits included roles in the films Rollercoaster (1977), Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel (2000) and the Faye Dunaway short film, The Yellow Bird (2001).  He also appeared in more than 200 television programs representing Hollywood memorabilia and film costumes since the early 1990s. Although his first love was acting, he was also a successful writer. He wrote numerous articles for Collecting magazine, Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age.

 

Over the years Jimmy waited tables, performed stand-up comedy and sold celebrity memorabilia. For a while he worked at the Writers Guild and spoke at the yearly Rudolph Valentino Memorial at Hollywood Forever. He was also working on a biography of the “Too beautiful” silent screen siren, Barbara La Marr, with his close friend Margaret Burk. Jimmy was multi-faceted and had his hands in many pies during his brief life.

 

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Hollywood Playhouse: Then and Now

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Hollywood Playhouse:

Then and Now

 

 

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(Top) Then: Hollywood Playhouse in the 1930s

(Bottom) Now: Hollywood Avalon in 2006

 

1735 N. Vine Street, Hollywood

 

 

 

Hollywood Street Names

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY

Hollywood street name origins

 

Santa Monica Blvd. in 1906, looking west from Western Avenue

Santa Monica Blvd. in 1906, looking west from Western Avenue

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
  

Have you ever wondered the origin of many of the street names in the neighborhood that you travel on daily? In many towns and cities the names date back to its beginning; the same is true of Hollywood. However, you won’t see a Chaplin Avenue, Garbo Street or Garland Way here. Hollywood street names originated before the movies came to Tinseltown with the founding fathers. Though you may not recognize many or any of the names, here is a list of Hollywood streets and their namesakes:

 

Ambrose Street — Ambrose Gregory, rancher

Barton Avenue — Barton Jones, grandson of Cornelius Cole

Beachwood Drive — Albert Beach, subdivider

Bronson Avenue — Marcus Alonzo Bronson, realtor

Cahuenga Avenue — Cahuenga Indians

Carlton Way — Carlton Warner, son of subdivider

Carmen Avenue — Carmen Lopez, son of Pres. Lopez, rancher

Cole Avenue, Cole Place — Senator Cornelius Cole

De Longpre Avenue — Paul De Longpre, artist

El Centro Avenue — Center of Cole Ranch

Eleanor Street — Eleanor Cole, daughter of Seward Cole

Eulalia Street — Mrs. Eulalia Grass

Finley Avenue — Rev. Finley, Methodist minister

Gardner Street — Dr. Alan Gardner

Gower Street — George T. Gower, rancher

Gregory Street — Ambrose Gregory, rancher

Harold Way — Harold Warner, son of subdivider

Havenhurst Avenue — W. H. Hay

Highland Avenue — Highland Price, wife of Walter Price, the blacksmith

Hudson Avenue — Thomas Hudson, rancher

Ivar Avenue — Ivar Weid, owner of Weid Ranch

Lodi Place — Lodi, New York; birthplace of Cornelius Cole

McCadden Place — W. C. McCadden, subdivider

Melrose Avenue — E. A. Melrose, rancher

Nichols Canyon — Mr. Nichols, rancher

Ogden Drive — Mary B. Ogden, pioneer

Santa Monica Blvd. — Road leading to Santa Monica

Selma Avenue — Selma Weid, daughter of Ivar Weid

Seward Street — Seward Cole, son of Cornelius Cole

Sunset Blvd. — Road leading to ocean and sunset

Taft Avenue — B. Y. Taft, developer and realtor

Townsend Street — Maiden name of Cornelius Cole’s mother

Vine Street — Through Cornelius Cole’s vineyard

Waring Avenue — Capt. Howard Waring, son-in-law of Cornelius Cole

Whitley Avenue — H. J. Whitley, subdivider

Wilcox Avenue — Harvey H. Wilcox, founder of Hollywood

Willoughby Street — Willoughby Cole, son of Cornelius Cole

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MGM Studios…Then and Now

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios:

Then and Now

  

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(Top) Then: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in the 1920s
(Bottom) Now: Sony Pictures Studios in 2006

 

10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City

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