(Photo: Paulo Rosario)


  • Ramon Novarro: A Biography of the Silent Film Idol; 1899-1968 (1999), McFarland & Co., Inc.
  • Margaret O’Brien: A Career Chronicle and Biography (2000), McFarland & Co., Inc.
  • Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory (2001), McFarland & Co., Inc.
  • The Valentino Mystique: The Death and Aftermath of the Silent Movie Idol (2005), McFarland & Co., Inc.
  • Celebrities in the 1930 Census (2008), McFarland & Co., Inc.
  • Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel (2018), University Press of Kentucky

Television appearances

  • Mysteries and Scandals (E! Entertainment)
  • Good vs. Evil (Sci-Fi Channel)
  • The National Enquirer Show (Syn.)
  • The Florence Henderson Show (Retirement Living TV)


  • Articles have appeared in Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age magazines and the Hollywood Heritage Newsletter.


  • Warriors Mark Elementary School
  • Tyrone Area High School (1974)
  • Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (AA, 1976).


  • Docent for the Hollywood Studio Museum (now the Lasky-DeMille Barn in Hollywood) from 1990 through 1996.

Awards and recognition

  • The Bronze Halo Award for Excellence in Writing from the California Motion Picture Council (1999 & 2000)
  • Marquis’s Who’s Who of the West (2000-2001).

A Pennsylvania native, I lived for several years in Wilmington, Delaware before moving to the Los Angeles area in 1987. I presently live in Hollywood, California.


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5 Responses to “About”

  1. Rosie Burgess says:

    Dear Allan R. Ellenberger,

    I am a student at the Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman Museum.

    I am getting in touch as I am in the process of working on the identification of a film reel. One sequence on the reel is a woman in a bathtub whom I believe may be Anita Page.

    I understand that you have written about Anita Page? And I wondered if, with your knowledge, you would mind seeing if you could confirm for me whether or not the woman in the sequence is her?

    I have been able to find no reference to the sequence in my searches so far.

    If you are willing and able to help at all I would be very grateful.

    Kind regards,

    Rosie Burgess

  2. Allan Ellenberger says:

    The film was actually of Esther Ralston.

  3. I just want to say>>>>HOLY SHIT!!!!
    Just posted a bit of your Christie/Nestor Studio piece on my personal Instagram page!! I’ll tag it.
    Happy award season,
    My best,

  4. Anne says:

    This is a very nice picture of you Allen???

  5. Sean Cawelti says:

    Hi Alan,
    Wonderful site and info! I wanted to write to share that Rogue Artists Ensemble, a theater company in LA that I am the Artistic Director is creating a site-specific immersive piece based on the life of Eugene Plummer this fall. Here’s the info – https://www.rogueartists.org/senor-plummers-final-fiesta/

    Might you have any more info about the park or Plummer on hand? We are trying to amass as much knowledge and research as we can in preparation.

    Any info or insight would be greatly appreciated.


    Sean Cawelti
    Artistic Director
    Rogue Artists Ensemble

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