Archive for April, 2010

Early Hollywood real estate

Friday, April 30th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY

 Hollywood real estate in the early days

 

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

The above real estate ad appeared in the Los Angeles Times on December 21, 1902. Some of the street names have changed since then — Prospect Avenue is now Hollywood Boulevard and Hartford Avenue is now Bronson and Warner Avenue was renamed Van Ness.

 

The property in that area was once part of the G. W. Warner estate. Van Ness was at one time Warner Avenue and Carlton and Harold Ways were named for Warner’s two sons; those two street names still survive.

 

The prices ranged from $800 to $1,575 per lot. The latter price was asked for the corners of Van Ness and Hollywood Boulevard. The corner of Sunset and Wilton Place (then Lemona Avenue) sold for $1,300 as did the corner of  Bronson and Hollywood.

 

Just 25 years later, the value climbed to where one foot in the vicinity, on Hollywood Boulevard, was then worth five times as much as the entire seventy-five foot lot was in 1902.

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Marjorie Rambeau in the 1930 Census

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

1930 CENSUS

Marjorie Rambeau

(1889-1970)

Film actress

Mrs. Stewart in Torch Song (1953)

 

 

 

 

 

St. George’s Court Apartments

1245 N. Vine Street

Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

 

 

Rent, $45

Radio

Census taken on April 14, 1930

 

HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTS*

 

  1. Marjorie Rambeau (head), 38 /California / Actress / Theatrical.
  2. Ralph W. Bickel (lodger), 35 / New York / Director / Theater.

 

NOTE: This is a private residence. Please DO NOT disturb the occupants.

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* 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 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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Land around Hollywood Sign saved!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD SIGN

Hugh Hefner is final donor, land around Hollywood Sign saved!

 

 

April 26, 2010

 

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) today announced it has raised enough money to buy and protect the 138 acres behind the world-famous Hollywood Sign, as Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner stepped forward to close the gap with a $900,000 donation toward the $12.5 million needed.

 

“Today, we have the Hollywood ending we hoped for and now Cahuenga Peak will be forever protected by adding it to Griffith Park,” said Will Rogers, TPL President. “We want to thank the thousands of donors worldwide who so generously helped us, and we owe a particular thanks to Hugh Hefner, who stepped forward at the end to close the final gap.”

 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an early supporter of the effort, said, “Of all the iconic landmarks in the world, the Hollywood Sign is truly one of the most recognizable symbols of the California dream and land of opportunity. It called to me when I left Austria and made my way to the U.S., with a few dollars in my pocket and the dream of becoming an actor. I am proud we were able to come together and create a public-private partnership to protect this historic symbol that will continue to welcome dreamers, artists and Austrian bodybuilders for generations to come.”

 

“This is a great day for all of us,” said Los Angeles Council Member Tom LaBonge. “I have climbed Mt. Hollywood every morning for over 30 years and look forward to hiking Cahuenga Peak with anyone who wants to join me. This would not have happened without The Trust for Public Land, the Hollywood Sign Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. And a very special thanks to a man who, like me, loves nature, loves people and provided great strength to bring us to this point, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

 

Hefner’s gift capped a year-long effort, which began with $1 million gifts each from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Aileen Getty. At the original April 14 deadline, TPL still had $1.5 million to raise. TPL received a fundraising extension to April 30, and The Tiffany Foundation and Ms. Getty stepped forward again with a $500,000 matching grant, which TPL would receive if the remaining $1 million was raised. Hefner’s gift closed that final gap and enabled TPL to realize the Tiffany and Getty challenge funds.

 

“My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy,” said Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner. “As I’ve said before, the Hollywood sign is Hollywood’s Eiffel Tower and I am pleased to help preserve such an important cultural landmark.”

 

Chris Baumgart, Chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust, said, “The Sign you see today exists because Hugh Hefner raised the money in 1978 to re-build it. Now, 32 years later, the Sign’s number 1 fan has come forward again with the closing gift to ‘Save the Peak’ and thus the view of Mt. Lee and the Hollywood Sign. It is a view that is recognized around the world as the icon of the entertainment industry and the postcard of the Southern California lifestyle. The Hollywood Sign Trust and admirers from around the world thank Tom LaBonge for believing and not giving up, and Hugh Hefner for carrying our efforts across the finish line.”

 

“I thank Hugh Hefner and Aileen Getty for their critical contributions, along with everyone whose generous spirit moved them to join the campaign to save one of America’s most famous urban spaces,” said Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co. “The threat to its existence underscores the need for partnerships like ours with TPL who can work together to protect our cultural assets for future generations.”

 

Ms. Getty, a long-time Hollywood resident, said, “I’m proud to support TPL’s efforts in conserving this magical place. With all of the needs facing our urban communities today, this successful effort reminds us that we also need beauty, green spaces, trails and parkland to prepare our communities for a healthy, more livable future.”

 

Joseph T. Edmiston, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, said, “The protection of this land is something which will provide an enormous benefit to people in Los Angeles, both now and for generations to come. And it wouldn’t have happened without Gov. Schwarzenegger’s leadership, and with help from TPL. This project has shown a welcome spotlight on the need to protect open lands in Los Angeles.”

 

John Donnelly, Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Board, said, “The permanent protection of Cahuenga Peak is a significant addition to Griffith park that will greatly enhance recreation opportunities for visitors and residents of Los Angeles and enhance wildlife corridors throughout the region.”

 

Hollywood leaders donated $3.2 million, including major donations from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, CBS Corporation, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, the Lucasfilm Foundation, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Steven Spielberg, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Time Warner Inc., and The Walt Disney Company Foundation. Other Hollywood contributors include Creative Artists Agency, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, and Norman Lear.

 

There was a groundswell of support for the project in Los Angeles, with local residents holding rallies, bake sales, and fund-raising concerts on the Sunset Strip. On Facebook, more than 27,000 supporters have signed up. Viral videos have chronicled the partnership’s efforts.

 

In April, 2009, TPL signed an option to buy the 138 acres behind, and to the left, of the sign’s “H”, stretching west to Cahuenga Peak. The land was originally bought in 1940 by industrialist Howard Hughes who intended to build a home for his girlfriend, actress Ginger Rogers. But the relationship ended and after Hughes died, his estate sold the property in 2002 to a group of Chicago investors. They put the property on the market two years ago for $22 million. It is zoned to build four luxury homes.

 

TPL is a national, nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places. Since 1972, TPL has completed 4,500 projects in 47 states, protecting 2.8 million acres. Visit www.tpl.org

 

Save Cahuenga Peak

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Save the Peak

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD SIGN

Text to ‘Save the Peak’

 

 

 

Looking for a fast and easy way to help us reach our $12.5 million goal? Today’s your lucky day. Here’s what to do:

 

1. Remove cell phone from pocket/purse/jacket.
2. Text the word LAND to the number 50555.
3. When prompted, reply with YES to confirm your $5 gift.

4. Give yourself a pat on the back. Seriously.

5. Tell your friends you donated and ask them to do the same.

 

The fine print: A $5 donation will be added to your mobile bill. Go to mGive.com/A for terms and help.

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Ronald McDonald is dead

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

GRAVE IMPOSTERS

Did Ronald McDonald have one too many Big Macs?

 

 

 

Well, obviously not since Ronald McDonald (I know the spelling is not correct) is not a real person, at least not THAT one. And the above Ronald lived to be 98 years old so you know he never had a Big Mac. This marker was found at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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Dolores Del Rio’s Enchiladas

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

CELEBRITY RECIPES

Dolores Del Rio

 

 

DOLORES DEL RIO’S

Enchiladas

 

Necessary ingredients:

2 small cans of green “chiles” (Ortega)

1 pint of sour cream

1 pound fresh tomatoes

1 onion (medium size)

1 dozen tortillas

4 asaderos (Mexican cheese)

 

Scald tomatoes and peel. Cut onions fine, fry them in lard, then add tomatoes and mix, then cut chiles fine, too, and add, then season with salt and add asaderos, until it begins to melt; remove from fire.

 

Fry tortillas, one by one, in lard, leave them soft. Place tortillas on plate and put in the center of each one a mixture of tomatoes, onions, cheese and chiles, roll each one and cover them with sour cream. Serve immediately.

 

Dolores Del Rio

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Hollywood sign given a reprieve

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Hollywood sign supporters get 16 more days to reaise funds to buy nearby land

 

 

Preservationists fighting to protect 138-acres of land near the Hollywood sign have been granted a reprieve.

 

They will have 16 more days to raise the $12.5 million needed to purchase the land from a group of Chicago investors. The deadline for the sale was Wednesday, but the owners agreed to extend it until April 30, according to Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge.

 

The owners, Fox River Financial Resources Inc., bought the land from Howard Hughes’ estate in 2002 for $1.7 million. They put it up for sale two years ago. The property is zoned to build four luxury homes.

 

LaBonge said $11 million has already been raised, and $1.5 million is still needed to purchase land. Two donors stepped forward Wednesday to help the effort.

 

Philanthropist Aileen Getty and the Tiffany & Co. Foundation said they would donate a $500,000 matching grant if the community raised $1 million. Getty and the Tiffany Foundation each previously donated $1 million to the campaign.

 

Over the weekend, supporters held a fundraiser at Lake Hollywood Park.

 

— Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

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Lost silent film about Lincoln found

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

FILM HISTORY

 When Lincoln Paid: Previously lost 1913 movie about Abraham Lincoln to be screened

 

 

 

 

Actor Francis Ford (pictured above), brother of director John Ford, portrayed the Civil War-era president in “When Lincoln Paid” (1913), a two-reel film long-lost until it was discovered in a New Hampshire barn and restored. It will have its re-premiere at Keene State College on April 20, 2010.

 

To learn more about the find, preservation and screening, check out the article by Andre Soares at the Alt Film Guide. CLICK HERE

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Russell Crowe gets his star

Monday, April 12th, 2010

WALK OF FAME

Crowe cements star on Walk of Fame

 

 

 (Russel Crowe at his star)

 

Russell Crowe’s star shone bright despite dark rain clouds threatening his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The New Zealand-born, Australian-raised actor has been honoured with the 2404th star outside the Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars.

 

Fellow Aussie Sam Worthington, US talk-show host Jay Leno, director-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazier and Crowe’s wife Danielle and sons Tennyson, three, and Charles, six, attended the ceremony.

 

Many in the crowd of more than 500 were spotted wearing Crowe’s beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs jumpers and caps.

 

“Thanks for the privilege. I’ll always be grateful for it,” Crowe said.

 

With rain threatening, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to hold the ceremony under a tent. But Los Angeles’ famed sunshine tried to break through as the star was unveiled. Leno joked that Crowe had sought divine intervention.

 

“It was pouring rain this morning and Russell Crowe made one phone call. The sun has come out,” Leno said.

 

Crowe’s star sits next to those belonging to Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese.

AAP

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Myrna Loy returns

Monday, April 12th, 2010

LANDMARKS

A star is reborn at Venice High

 

 

'Inspiration' at Venice High

Before she changed her name and rose to fame as an actress in the 1930s and ’40s, Myrna Williams was a shy dance student at Venice High School who posed for the art teacher’s lawn sculpture. (Christina House / For The Times / April 10, 2010)

 

A group of alumni and students unveil a bronze, and vandalism-resistant, re-creation of the famed lawn sculpture of alumna Myrna Loy before she rose to fame as a leading actress of the ’30s and ’40s.

 

 

By Tony Barboza
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2010

 

Venice High School welcomed back some Old Hollywood royalty Saturday as hundreds gathered for the unveiling of a new statue of alumna and movie star Myrna Loy.

 

The bronze work is a re-creation of the beloved concrete sculpture of Loy that graced the front lawn of Venice High for more than seven decades but suffered years of corrosion and vandalism.

 

Students and alumni crowded around the veiled statue at noon Saturday as a contingent of the marching band and cheerleaders kicked off the celebration. Among the speakers was actor and Venice High graduate Beau Bridges, who as a boy appeared with Loy in the 1949 film “The Red Pony.”

 

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