Category Archives: Hollywood Heights

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: How Hollywood’s Streets Got Their Names

H.H. Wilcox’s 1887 map of Hollywood courtesy of USC digital collections. Street names provide a telling story of an area’s development, growth, and history. Real estate promoters and developers give tract streets aspirational titles, monikers that salute subjects or places, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Studio City Nightlife

Feb. 10, 1940: Ching Howe is opening in the Valley. Photo: The 11380 block of Ventura Boulevard. Credit: Google street view. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Studio City seemed to blossom into an entertainment-related town after the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Fred Hartsook

Photo: Child in sailor suit by Hartsook studios, for sale on EBay. Bidding starts at $74.95. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Patience is a prerequisite for being a stills photographer, and it is also important for those … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Carmel Myers Pioneers TV Talk Shows

Carmel Myers in a show from 1951 that featured Jeanette MacDonald. Long before Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, or Ellen DeGeneres came on the scene, former silent film star Carmel Myers premiered the celebrity talk show with her self-titled “The Carmel … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Turns 90

The opening of “King of Kings at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Photo courtesy of Bruce Torrence. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Still ready for its close-up, the TCL Chinese Theatre, originally Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, turns 90 on May … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood’s Deep Roots of Anti-Japanese Bias

As many immigrant groups before them, Japanese began coming to America in the 1860s looking for opportunities to learn new skills and to make money to help support their families back home. When intolerant, isolationist Americans began turning against the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Classic Film Festival 2021

Although the TCM Classic Film Festival once again occurred strictly online this year, it offered an even more diverse and pleasing slate, providing even more programming online thanks to a collaboration with HBO Max. Both edifying and entertaining, the films, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Greg Bautzer

A photo of Greg Bautzer and Joan Crawford, listed on EBay for $9.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Handsome, charming, well spoken, Gregson “Greg” Bautzer was as dashing and popular as any successful Hollywood movie star.  Bautzer … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Edison’s Vitascope Ushers in the Modern Age

125 years ago April 23, 1896, Thomas Edison’s newest invention and update to the Kinetoscope, the Vitascope, premiered to a paying audience in Koster and Bial’s Music Hall in New York City. For the first time in the United States, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravished Armenia and the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

A still from “Auction of Souls,” in the Washington Times. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. For more than 120 years, Armenians have seen slaughter and death at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks. In … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights, the Four Hundred Club

 Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Last week, my research of Yamashiro’s revealed that the Four Hundred Club was the owner of the property in the late 1920s.  What was the Four Hundred Club, and why did it … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – A Perfect Villain

Photo: “Rasputin and the Empress,” with Gustav von Seyffertitz, center, with Ethel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, John Barrymore, Tad Alexander and Lionel Barrymore. Photo listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $9.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. One of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Halifax Apartments at Crossroads of Boxing and Film

6376 Yucca Ave., via Google Street View. More than 98 years old, the Halifax Apartments at 6376 Yucca Ave. exists due to boxing and the movies. Built by Leach Cross, known as the “boxing dentist,” the apartment house served as … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hugo Ballin, L.A. Muralist

Photographs by Larry Harnisch / LADailyMirror.com Mural in the Los Angeles Times Globe Lobby, dated July 19, 1934, by Hugo Ballin Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Hugo Ballin is one of the greatest muralists in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Tsuru Aoki, Lotus Flower of the Cinema

Tsuru Aoki, in Sunset magazine. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Though long in the shadow of her more well known husband, Tsuru Aoki achieved just as great a fame as Sessue Hayakawa, with a life story as … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Clare West, Early Hollywood Costume Queen

With a background as mystifying as any Hollywood whodunit, modiste Clare West exploded on the scene as a film costume designer in the mid-1910s, the first person credited as a movie costume designer. Working with film greats for just over … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Ruth Harriet Louise

Photo: Aileen Pringle, photographed by Ruth Harriet Louise, listed on EBay at $49.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Motion picture production jobs both on and off the set have mostly been held by men throughout history, and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Constantin Bakaleinikoff

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Most people today probably haven’t heard of motion picture musical conductor Constantin Bakaleinikoff, but he was instrumental in setting up theatre orchestras around Los Angeles in the 1920s, before he became music … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Native Son’ Indicts Society

Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas in “Native Son.” Black writer Richard Wright chronicled racial and class prejudice in his intense, best-selling novel “Native Son” in 1940. The work remains a lightning rod, still timely and confrontational as well as profane, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Noble Johnson Emancipates African Americans With Lincoln Film Co.

Note: This is an encore post from 2019. Recognized for playing Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and Latinos in “King Kong,” “The Mummy,” “The Ten Commandments” and many others throughout his long film career, African American Noble Johnson achieved greater renown … Continue reading

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