Archive for May, 2008

Hollywood Heritage Event…

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008



Evening @ The Barn


An Evening with Bob Baker



Wednesday, May 21, 2008
7:30 pm

The Hollywood Heritage Museum
in the Lasky-DeMille Barn
2100 North Highland Avenue 
(Across from the Hollywood Bowl)
Free Parking, Refreshments available


Bob Baker has lived a Hollywood life. He grew up here, graduating from Hollywood High School in 1939, creating hundreds of marionette shows for Hollywood’s celebrities for decades of birthday parties and events, being an animator for George Pal’s Oscar-winning Puppetoons in the 1940s, working on A Star is Born with Judy Garland, and GI Blues with Elvis, plus aliens on Close Encounters of the Third Kind , and more. He was brought in by Walt Disney to create the animated window displays on Disneyland’s Main Street, which he did for decades and continues to make official Disney marionettes. His Bob Baker Marionette Theater opened in 1962 and is the only full time operating puppet theater in the U.S. Using film clips and the actual puppets will help Bob tell his stories of the rich, famous, and colorful, from Walt Disney to Spielberg, to Getty, to Elvis, to Garland, and many more.


PRICE – Hollywood Heritage members: $5.00 / Non-members: $8.00





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James Stewart’s Birthday…

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

James Stewart!


James Stewart




BORN: May 20, 1908, Indiana, Pennsylvania

DIED: July 2, 1997, Los Angeles, California

CAUSE OF DEATH: Cardiac arrest and pulmonary embolism

following respiratory problems

BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Glendale, Wee Kirk Churchyard, Lot 8, Grave 2








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Miriam Hopkins Update…

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Finding Miriam’s Grandfather



Miriam Hopkins’ grandfather


by Allan R. Ellenberger


Being born in Georgia, Miriam Hopkins has always been thought of as a “southern belle.” While it’s true that Hopkins was born in Savannah and her mother’s side of the family are southern, her father’s side are true Yankees originating from central Pennsylvania. By chance, I was also born and raised in central Pennsylvania, not far from where the Hopkins clan are from.


During my research, I discovered that Miriam’s paternal grandfather, Isaac Cramer Hopkins, was buried in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, only twenty miles from where I was born. On a recent trip home to visit family, I treked that twenty miles and found Isaac, who died in in 1882, when Miriam’s father Homer Hopkins, was only ten years old. Miriam’s grandmother, Mary Ann Glenn Hopkins (1831-1915) is buried next to Isaac, however, she has no headstone. It is doubtful that Miriam ever visited her grandfathers grave as her mother was not a fan of the Hopkins family.


Unfortunately, the lengthy inscription at the bottom of the headstone is worn away from over one-hundred years of harsh central Pennsylvania winters. If you click on the above image it will super-size the photo and perhaps someone can decipher part of the inscription.



 A wider view of the Hopkins grave and Phillipsburg Cemetery.



Footstone of Hopkins grave



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Celebrity Homes…Anita Stewart

Friday, May 16th, 2008


Anita Stewart

Then & Now



Stewarts home as it looks today 
(click on images to enlarge)


7425 Franklin Avenue

Hollywood, California


 Anita Stewart


NOTE: The former home of silent film actress, Anita Stewart has been empty and in this condition for several years. The porch roof is missing and the grounds are unkempt. Hopefully, someone will restore the home and property before it is lost forever.



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Early Hollywood Days

Monday, May 12th, 2008


Remembrances of Hollywood Pioneer and Leader who Tells Origin of the Name “Hollywood”




Philo Judson Beveridge (1851-1921) was the son of Illinois governor, John L. Beveridge and the second husband of Hollywood co-founder, Daieda Hartell Wilcox (1861-1914).

By Philo J. Beveridge
Holly Leaves
Saturday, January 15, 1921

“In 1893, when I came to Hollywood, the name Hollywood legally covered only a sub-division of 160 acres bounded by Franklin Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Gower Street and Whitley Avenue culminating in a population of about thirty people. The larger territory lying north of Santa Monica Boulevard, west of Vermont and east of Laurel Canyon, was, however, frequently designated as Hollywood. The sub-division of 160 acres was recorded as “Hollywood,” a name selected by my late wife, Ida Wilcox Beveridge, because it was the name of a country estate of a friend in Ohio. 



“The larger territory had a population of nearly one-hundred people. It was known as the “Frostless Belt of the Cahuenga Valley.” The late E. C. Hurd and Edward Baker were the pioneers in the growing of lemons and oranges, and Mr. Rapp, Jacob Miller and others had suceessfully grown winter vegetables and semi-tropical fruits. Wells were the only source of water supply. Such roads as had been dedicated were upgraded and improved. A four-foot cement sidewalk on the west side of Cahuenga Avenue from Franklin to Hollywood Boulevard and westward to Whitley Avenue, installed in 1888 by the late H. H. Wilcox, was for many years the sole evidence of a desire for better things. The pepper trees within the virginal sub-division were all planted by my wife. Within the larger territory there was one church, and a single school house of one room was located on Sunset east of Gower Street.


 Photograph of early Hollywood in 1910. Location of streets are noted.


“The Cahuenga Valley Railroad, built in the late eighties by Mr. MacLaughlin, a son-in-law of Senator Cole, ran from Whitley and Hollywood Boulevard to a connection with a cable line at the western end of Temple Street. One engine and a combination passenger and freight car comprised its equipment. It was supposed to make five round trips a day, but frequently discontinued all service for days and weeks at a time. It had two regular passengers, E. C. Allen and Harve Friend, both deceased, and these two with H. D. Sackett who had a general store at southwest corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevard, represented the active business interests of Hollywood.


“The story of the long months of persistent efforts by a number of loyal citizens to secure better streets, a water system, sewer outlet, gas, electricity and a direct electric railway system, would be of interest to the older inhabitants but can not be covered in detail with the limits at my disposal.


“The Hollywood Board of Trade, organized about twenty years ago, has accomplished much for Hollywood, and deserves our united support.


“To me it is a source of constant satisfaction that while in early days we disagreed amongst ourselves on many matters of public policy no enmities were formed, and the opponents of the past are the friends of today. To the oldtimers and to the strangers within our gates let me recall old Rip’s toast: “Here’s to you and your family. May they all live long and prosper.”



Philo J. Beveridge’s grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery


The preceeding was reprinted from the Holly Leaves, an early Hollywood newspaper.


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Anna Hill at Hollywood Forever…

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Anna Hill

aka Annetta Saloski



The above photo is from a recent auction of Anna Hill ephemera (thanks Dave).




BORN: February 22, 1851, Cincinnati, Ohio

DIED: February 18, 1931, Hollywood, California

BURIAL: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Mausoleum, Crypt 852


By Allan R. Ellenberger 


Considered the Toast of Milan, Annetta Saloski (née Anna Hill) blazed a brilliant trail for Americans in a land where only the greatest voices succeeded. At 18, her voice attracted such attention that she was sent to Milan with donations from the public to study under Sam Giovanni. Her debut at Teatro alla Scala(La Scala) as Marguerite in Faust resulted in a standing ovation.


In the 1870s Hill was considered queen of sopranos. She made her American debut in St. Louis in 1885. After scoring a marked success, she returned to Cincinnati her home city, to sing. Later she went back to Italy, where she married Oscar R. Giaccaglia.


Hill sang in more than thirty operas, her most effective roles being in Faust and Traviata. She was a contemporary of Lillian Nordica and Clara Louisa Kellogg, leading American women singers, with Nordica following her in successful Italian appearances. She was at her zenith before the great Adelina Patti sang.


Her husband was decorated as Chevalier of Civil Valor by the King of Italy soon after their marriage. They moved to the United States in 1913 and settled in Hollywood. At the time of her death she was survived by her husband Oscar, who died in 1935, her daughter Pauline Giaccaglia Timme of Beverly Hills, a son, John A. Giaccaglia of New York and Leonard L. Hill, a brother.


Anna Hill lived and passed away at her home in Hollywood (below)



She is interred in the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, next to her husband.






The preceding is one in a series of biographical sketches of
Hollywood Forever Cemetery residents.


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Obit…Robert Nudelman

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Robert Nudelman, 52; fought to preserve Hollywood landmarks


 (Los Angeles Times)


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer


May 8, 2008


Robert Nudelman, a leading Hollywood preservationist who campaigned to restore such landmarks as the El Capitan Theatre and the Cinerama Dome, has died. He was 52.


Nudelman was visiting Tucson when he was found dead Tuesday at his father’s home, said Fran Offenhauser, vice president of Hollywood Heritage, a group Nudelman helped lead for years.


“There probably isn’t a single historic building or development project in Hollywood that Mr. Nudelman didn’t have a part in,” Offenhauser said in a statement.


Nudelman began his activism in 1978 by fighting to save MGM’s old Lot 2 in Culver City, a 10-acre site that included sets from the films Gone With the Wind and King Kong.


The effort failed but Nudelman dedicated the rest of his life to the preservation of Hollywood history and landmarks — with mixed success.


In 1990, he helped persuade Disney to spend $6 million to restore the El Capitan to its original splendor. A hard-fought attempt to prevent the Hollywood Bowl’s acoustic shell from being demolished was lost; a new shell debuted in 2004.


Nudelman was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1956 and studied theater arts at the University of Arizona.


At the time of his death, he was working with Debbie Reynolds and her son Todd on the Hollywood motion picture museum she plans to open in Tennessee.




“Robert Nudelman: A Tireless Defender”LA Weekly, May 8, 2008



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Conway Tearle in the 1930 Census…

Thursday, May 8th, 2008


Conway Tearle


ne Frederick Levy

Film Actor

Robert Vantine in The White Moth (1924)


Conway Tearle       


 Conway Tearle Residence

 The Tearle house as it appears today.


 1784 North Orange Drive

Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

Owned, $37,500
Census taken on April 10, 1930



  1. Conway F. Tearle (head), 42 / New York / Actor / Motion pictures.
  2. Adele Tearle [Adele Rowland] (wife), 39 / District of Columbia / None.
  3. Abe Rowland (father-in-law), 73 / Pennsylvania / None.
  4. Joe Muchizuki (servant), 45 / Japan (1896) / Cook / Private family.
  5. Sakayu Muchizuki (servant), 42 / Japan (1896) / General maid / Private family.
  6. Henry C. F. Hackbush (lodger, Rent, $14),  29 / divorced / Civil engineer / Construction.


NOTE: The house is now the headquarters for the American Society of Cinematographers.


Adele Rowland

 Adele Rowland (1883-1971)




* Information includes relationship to head of household, age / place of birth (year of arrival in this country, if applicable) / occupation / industry.


The preceeding text is taken from my recent book, Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008). This directory provides an extensive listing of household information collected for over 2,265 famous or notorious individuals who were alive during the 1930 United States Census. Please note: The above photographs do not appear in the book.



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Hollywood Construction…

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Building boom gives Hollywood pause


Some worry that a proliferation of high-end projects will bury the charm of the storied area’s golden past.


By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer


May 6, 2008

Construction cranes hover over Hollywood as the movie industry’s historic home undergoes another sweeping — and sometimes wrenching — transformation.


More than a dozen multimillion-dollar projects have been announced, launched or just completed that promise new shopping and restaurants, thousands of new apartments and condominiums and towers of glass and steel.


Glitzy clubs dot once-sketchy street corners. Residents swim atop the former Broadway department store at Hollywood and Vine. Construction projects cuddle up to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and are popping up in the shadow of the landmark Capitol Records tower.


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Happy Birthday Rudolph Valentino…

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008




Rudolph Valentino was born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaelo Pierre Filibert di Valentina d’Antonguolla Guglielmi 113 years ago today, in Castellaneta, Italy. He was the son of French-born, Marie Berthe Gabrielle Barbin (1856-1919), and Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fidele Guglielmi (1853-1906), a veterinarian. He had an older brother, Alberto (1892-1981), a younger sister, Maria, and an older sister Beatrice who died in infancy.


Below are photographs from my personal collection of tributes to the actor in his home town of Castellaneta, Italy. Click on image to enlarge.




A bust of Valentino sits next to a juke box
in a Castellaneta bar. At the base of the bust
there is a laurel branch. (© Allan R. Ellenberger)



A young fan kisses a statue of Valentino that once
stood in his birthplace. (© Allan R. Ellenberger)


Monument dedicated to Rudolph Valentino
in Castellaneta in 1961 (© Allan R. Ellenberger)




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