Currently the Hollywood Museum has a great Jean Harlow exhibit. The Hollywood Museum is in the famous Max Factor building and is a must visit to anyone traveling to Hollywood. Its one of my favorite places to roam around in!
Jean Harlow cut the ribbon for the Blondes only room when Max Factor opened up his salon here in Hollywood, today you can go into the very same room. You can still feel the old Hollywood energy.
I encourage everyone to go to the Jean Harlow exhibit if you are in Los Angeles! It is well worth it! I had to go twice! Its so fun viewing all of the personal items of Jean Harlow, it was such a treat for me! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the photos.
A few years ago after I had visited Bullocks on Wilshire, which is now a law school, I came home and started going through Jean Harlow photos. I don’t remember why I was going through photos of Harlow but as I was looking through them, one jumped out at me and I realized I was just at that exact same spot Harlow had taken that photo at! I did more digging and I came across more photos of Jean Harlow at the Bullocks building which look almost exactly the same today! In this post I have gathered the photos of Jean that were all taken in the same room at the Bullocks building in Los Angeles. Many more photos of Jean were taken at Bullocks in different rooms but that’s another post and more investigating. Bullocks was a high end department store,located at 3050 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. Clark Gable and Greta Garbo were a few of the many stars who shopped here. Legendary costume designer Irene also had a salon on the second floor.
I am guessing it was a convenient place for Harlow to take photos here. They had their pick at gowns, most likely by designer Irene and lovely back drops for the photos already set. Of course these photo of Harlow are publicity for MGM and were taken by George Hurrell.
More photos of me by my favorite doors in the world!
Jean Harlow looking beautiful! The photo below you can see I am sitting in front of the very same painting Harlow is standing by in the above photo.
The same painting/spot below as well.
Jean Harlow of course in the same room but in a different spot again. The painting is the exact one that hangs in the same place below. The dresser you also see Harlow standing in front is still in that room but just in another spot. The same dresser is in the photo below and was located on the other wall kitty corner when I was there.
Today we stopped by an estate sale right in our neighborhood! It was a dog lovers dream! A vintage dog lovers dream 😉
But through the treasure of pups I found a designer Irene suit set while browsing through the Art Deco green bathroom. Designer Irene made costumes for Ginger Rogers and Claudette Colbert to name a few. By 1943 Irene was the lead costume designer at MGM.
A peek inside this historic duplex in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles. Lots of great paintings and fun treasures! My favorite of course is the Art Deco green bathroom.
I love going to estate sales to see inside houses that have untouched original features left. Today I went to the estate sale of Earl Adams,famed Hollywood hairdresser. He was Veronica Lake’s hairdresser from 1945-48. Earl Adams was responsible for her gorgeous waves. The house also once belonged to the Max Factor family, so its safe to say this house has many beauty secrets.
Three years ago I visited Demille’s lost city. Located outside of Guadelupe CA, near the coast (Nipomo Dunes) The first thing I noticed is exactly why Demille wanted to film there,it transports you to a middle eastern desert plus you have the advantage of the ocean right there. It’s quite a surreal place!
In 1923 Cecil B Demille filmed the Ten Commandments. This movie had the most expensive set at that time. Demille of course liked to go big! Demille was so over budget that Paramount founder Adolph Zukor demanded Demille to return to Los Angeles at once! Of course Demille finished the movie on location in the sand dunes of the central coast.
Demille sets were so extravagant that he literally built a city on this location. When the movie was done he had no choice but to leave the set there since there was no budget left to haul it back, but the land owner contract said everything must be brought down. Demille actually thought about leaving everything up but didn’t want other directors filming with his set creation. They used dynamite to bring down the city and buried everything. You can still see debris from the movie set when I went.
Some of the artifacts they have uncovered from the set of Ten Commandments that Demille buried in the desert.
For more information about the Nipomo Dunes film history and the museum visit Dunes Center .
Last year I stumbled upon Al Checcos estate sale. I am a sucker for photos and left with a big stack. Al Checco,known for being the comedy partner of Don Knotts in entertaining the troops during World War 2 and also had parts on the Andy Griffith show. Checco got his start on broadway and has been in various films and tv shows.
I thought I would share some of my favorite photos that I’ve obtained. I also found some sheet music that was actress Jean Bradley’s,which was Checcos wife. Sadly she passed away at only 28 from Polio while on tour with the musical Oklahoma.
I never did get around to posting the photos of the Marilyn Monroe auction exhibit from Julien’s that happened last November. I actually went to the exhibit twice, it was that good! This blog post won’t be too detailed since the photos speak for themselves. Each photo would be a blog post in itself!
My favorite items were the candid photographs. I actually thought the candid photos were some of the best photos of Monroe I’ve ever seen.
Of course the main attraction was the dress Monroe wore to JFK’s birthday party. Sequins and skin the dress has been called, and it truly is!
Of course this is not everything that was at the auction exhibit, but I thought I would show you some of my favorite items! As you can see my favorite things were the photographs. A big thank you to Julien’s auction for letting the public view all the great Marilyn Monroe memorabilia!
I thought I would share some of the images from a vintage scrapbook I have. I actually found this scrapbook in a small town in MN,I have another old Hollywood scrapbook made by the same lady as well. She must of loved Hollywood because she wrote on the front this scrapbook was Vol 9! I also will include some of the magazine captions that went along with every photo, if you see the * symbol, it came from the magazine,not me. Unfortunately I have no clue which magazine press these came from. Hope you enjoy!
Hancock Park,my favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles. The streets are lined with mansions from the 1920s and looks almost the same as it did then. You can see why the academy award winning 2011 silent film The Artist used Hancock Park for their locations. One of the few neighborhoods where they do not tear down all the historic homes in L.A.
Founded by the Hancock family with money they earned from oil. George Allen Hancock was the man who developed the neighborhood. He grew up in what is now the La Brea tar pits,which is down the street from me and of course walking distance to historic Hancock Park.
A drive down one of the historic streets in Hancock Park is like taking a step back in time. You can imagine silent film stars hiding out in the big mansions and in fact quite a few did! The stories each house has would be incredible to know.
Silent film stars,Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd both had houses in Hancock Park before they built their grand estates in Beverly Hills.
Buster Keaton had a few homes in Hancock Park. Here are the two that I know of.