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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Delight Evans Sells the Movies to Female Fans

  Full of charm and personality, Cordelia D. “Delight” Evans fell in love with the movies as a toddler, and basically dedicated the rest of her life to learning about, watching, and telling others about them. She achieved fame as … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood National Bank Watches History Go By

  Carol Hughes as photographed by Schuyler Crail, with Hollywood and Cahuenga in the background, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2016. One of the most important and busiest intersections in Hollywood has always been … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Pressbooks to Sell Movies

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. From the beginning of the motion picture industry, film companies devised all types of advertising to entice consumers to buy movie tickets. Posters, lobby cards and window displays, glass slides, sheet music … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Du Barry Apartments – S. Charles Lee French Normandy Creation

  The Du Barry Apartments via Google Street View. S. Charles Lee’s design for the Du Barry Apartments, March 10, 1929.   Still attracting admiring looks after 89 years, the classy Du Barry Apartments located at 458 S. Catalina St. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Charlie Chaplin Comes to Hollywood

Oct. 16, 1917: An architect’s rendering of Chaplin’s studios in The Times Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Ninety-five years ago, comedian Charlie Chaplin constructed the first beautiful studio lot in Hollywood, the first to offer style to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Oscar Apfel, Paramount’s Forgotten Man

  Oscar Apfel in Motion Picture News. Multi-talented, smart, ambitious, hard-working, Oscar Apfel rose to the top of the early movie industry only to see evolving business practices, lack of luck, and bad choices push him down the ladder into … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Studio City Motels, Then and Now

  The Carlton Motor Lodge, via Google Street View. The evolution of a community can often be acknowledged through the types of businesses along its main streets. Simple buildings from its days as an unpretentious neighborhood or small town often … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Mack Sennett’s Rose Parade Gag

Photo: “The Sleuths at the Floral Parade.” Credit: Mary Mallory, the Collections of the Margaret Herrick Library. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. The Tournament of Roses Parade is going on its 122th year, and grows more elaborate … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘White Christmas’ Soothes the Home Front in 1942

Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale in “Holiday Inn.” Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Recognized today as one of the top selling singles and pieces of sheet music of all time, Irving Berlin’s “White … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Eaton’s Rancho

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. The area of Los Angeles now known as Studio City was mainly farm and ranch land up into the late 1920s, when investors founded the Studio City Business District and decided to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Survives 1961 Fire

California is suffering its worst fire fall season in decades, after the huge Santa Rosa-Sonoma conflagration a few months ago, and the blazes surrounding the Los Angeles area over the past week. The Skirball fire itself, which has burned around … Continue reading

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L.A. Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

  Mary Mallory’s posts are one of the L.A. Daily Mirror’s most popular features, so we are happy to recommend two books: “Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays,” written with Karie Bible, and “Hollywood at Play,” written with Donovan Brandt and Stephen … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Ivan Mosjoukine, the Man With the Piercing Eyes

Ivan Mosjoukine, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Not as well known as other silent film stars like Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton or Rudolph Valentino, the recently rediscovered Russian motion picture actor … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Howard Greer Inc., Maison of Haute Couture

Howard Greer in Modern Screen, 1933. Long before Adrian left MGM to set up his own couture house, Paramount Pictures’ costume designer Howard Greer established a tony modiste shop on Sunset Boulevard catering to the needs and desires of many … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: T.L. Tally – L.A.’s Pioneer Film Exhibitor, Part 2

  “The Great Corbett Fight” at Tally’s theater.   Former Texan T. L. (Thomas) Tally pioneered early film exhibition practices in the film metropolis of Los Angeles, catering to the needs of his audiences. Always enamored with technology, he seemed … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Studio Club Provides Home For Movie-Struck Girls

The Studio Club in Photoplay, 1917. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. T he advent of the 20th century offered the possibility of more freedom and opportunity for women. For decades, women had advocated for the right to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – The Cahuenga Building

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. From its days as an elegant bank building to its abandoned and forgotten existence in the 1980s and 1990s, the former Security Trust and Savings Bank at Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga Boulevard … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Reporter Building Highlights Golden Age Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter Building at 6715 Sunset Blvd., in 2015, via Google Street View. The venerable Hollywood Reporter building on Sunset Boulevard offers a striking salute to Golden Age Hollywood with its patina of class and sophistication. Designed by architect … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: T.L. Tally – L.A.’s Pioneer Film Exhibitor, Part 1 (Updated)

T.L. Tally, Moving Picture World, 1915. Los Angeles has stood at the forefront of not only motion picture production, but the fields of exhibition and distribution as well. Former Texan T. L. (Thomas Lincoln) Tally pioneered in these fields, seeming … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – ‘Napoleon’

Photo: The trailer for the restored version of Abel Gance’s “Napoleon.” Credit: San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. In the mid-1920s, the world was looking for inspiration on how to live passionately, doggedly … Continue reading

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