Granville, Terry & Mercer in the 1930 Census…



According to the census, actresses Bonita Granville, Ethel Grey Terry and Beryl Mercer lived in the same apartment building in April 1930. At that time the building was called The Aloha Apartment Hotel – today it is the Leland Building and is sadly a shadow of its former appearance.



Aloha Apartment Hotel



The Aloha Apartment Hotel

6731 Leland Way

Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California


 Aloha Apartment Hotel



 Bonita Granville


Film Actress

Mary Tilford in These Three (1936)


Bonita Granville


Rent, $110


Census date unknown




  1. Bernard Granville (head), 41 / Illinois / None.
  2. Rosina Granville (wife), 35 / Illinois / None.
  3. Bonita J. Granville (daughter), 7 / New York / None.


NOTE: Bonita’s father, Bernard “Bunny” Granville was an actor and vaudevillian. In 1930 he appeared in two films, yet he is listed as having no profession.




Ethel Grey Terry


Silent Film Actress

Rose in The Penalty (1920)


Ethel Grey Terry


Rent, $60


Census date unknown




  1. Carl Gerard (head), 44 / Denmark (1899) / None [silent film actor].
  2. Ethel Grey Terry (wife), 36 / California / Actress / Moving pictures.




Beryl Mercer


Stage and Film Actress

Queen Victoria in The Little Princess (1939)


Beryl Mercer


Rent, $65

no Radio

Census taken on April 10, 1930




  1. Beryl Mercer (head), 47 / Spain (1915) / Actress / Motion pictures.
  2. Jean Herbert (daughter), 12 / New York / None.




Aloha Apartment Hotel

The Penthouse??




* 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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9 Responses to “Granville, Terry & Mercer in the 1930 Census…”

  1. Jim Lacy says:

    Interesting that all three were there at the same time, and to see the differences in rent. And sadly, Ethel would permanently check out within nine months. That penthouse (?) is certainly no “room with a view” now, with its boarded-up windows!

  2. Landman says:

    What a beautiful building to be restored. Too bad it is in such disrepair. Hope some one will put it back to its original condition. I wonder what it looks like inside.

  3. The landlords (artiste apartments) are slumlords who sell “Hollywood cool” to young hipsters. Once the “hipster” moves in, they discover that they are surrounded by very simple people from El Salvador, that speak no English and have been lease squatting since the early 80’s. (Therefore you, the new tenant, will pay almost twice what they pay, because management always raises the rent when someone moves out, and several of these units are now above market rate.) Tenant will also discover that the maintenance also do not speak English, (so how do you tell them what’s wrong?) and have no zeal for handy work. Sadly, the building is left in disrepair, and only hints of its former “charm” remain. Hopefully, someone with a soul will come along to restore this vintage building someday.

  4. Tony says:

    Actor Carl Gerard, husband of Ethel Grey-Terry also resided in this once beautiful building.

  5. Joe Blow Cheese says:

    I live here, it’s not so bad. If this place was restored the rents would soar and my “hipster” ass would be back sharing a one bedroom. “hollywood cool” – give me a break, I wanted to live in Hollywood. sidenote on the second picture from the top. The 2 white papers taped to the gate told us that a pizza guy got robbed at gunpoint the night before in front of the building. ”hollywood cool”

  6. Leland Rez #3 says:

    I live here as well and find it perfectly fine. I have a nice view, a great cross-breeze, a fully-stocked kitchen, hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, and if I’m overpaying, it’s no more so than the rest of L.A. And I rather like the community of people that live here; some of us do actually look out for one another. It’s probably the friendliest and least pretentious place I’ve lived in 15 years of apartment dwelling. Hands off, developers!

  7. Laurence van Kleek says:

    I have been researching Beryl a little as my great grandmother appeared with her and family in England 1891/92. I have her husband, Holmes Herbert’s, 1926 Citizenship app in which he shows his ex wife, Beryl, resident at the Aloha but shows their daughter as Joan. Could be a typo. Beryl is a hoot because she gets younger through the censuses! And also born in a different country! She was 4’10”, her husband 6′ and both in many films from their arrival c1912/15 until their deaths 1952 and 1939. She appeared with many of the greats – Cagney, Cooper, Temple, Fonda, Howard, Hepburn, Tracy etc. 1930 she was Lew Ayres wife in All Quiet on the Western Front and in the year she died with Basil Rathbone in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

  8. Chris says:

    Looks like the Hollywood apt from pretty woman movie.
    Is it?

  9. Longtime Leland says:

    Dear Leland Prisoner,

    As someone who has lived on this strip of Leland way for over twenty years, I can honestly tell you that the neighborhood was much better before you trashy, self-entitled hipsters arrived. The simple people from El Salvador, who didn’t speak English well enough to please you, were much more clean, conscientious, and quiet than you and your kind.

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