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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Myrtle Gonzalez – Early Latina Movie Star

An autographed photo of Myrtle Gonzalez by the Martel-Carruthers studio, inscribed to Jean Herscholt, listed on EBay at $250 Mostly forgotten today because of her untimely death in the 1918 influenza epidemic, Los Angeles native Myrtle Gonzalez began singing and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon 57 – Brightening Days With Classic Film2

For the second year in a row, the Cinecon Classic Film Festival occurred virtually, bringing a respite from ongoing COVID struggles with entertaining and informative movies and television kinescopes. Overflowing with music, heart-tugging animals, and even issues society is wrestling … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – the Photoplayer

Photo: Joe Rinaudo with his Fotoplayer.  Credit: Joe Rinaudo. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. For a short time in the 1920s, 8,000-10,000 photoplayers ruled the roost at medium-sized motion picture theaters. Basically organs with player piano rolls … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Cinecon 57 Opens Labor Day Weekend

Sequences from William S. Hart’s “Blue Blazes Rawden” will be shown at Cinecon 57. For those missing attending classic film screenings in person, the 57th Cinecon Classic Film Festival, the granddaddy of American vintage film fests, presents over 20 hours … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Vice Raid and Early TV in Hollywood’s Biggest Storehouse

The Hollywood Storage Building as seen in Google Earth. Originally Los Angeles’ tallest building when opened in 1926, the Hollywood Storage Building at the southwest corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard towered over the rapidly expanding film city. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Norvell, Astrologer to the Stars

Novell and Hedy Lamarr in Screenland. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines astrology as “the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: How the Walk of Fame Was Born

Gigi Perreau and Linda Darnell, center, at the groundbreaking for the Walk of Fame, with Francis X. Bushman and Charles Coburn, right, in an L.A. Times photo. “Everyone needs a gimmick” goes a lyric in the musical “Gypsy,” and the … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Brazil Touches Off Riot at 1932 L.A. Olympics

The Xth Olympiad hosted by Los Angeles from July 31 through August 14, 1932, overflowed with drama and intrigue in everything from finances to competition. None was as striking as the Brazilian team’s adventure in making it to California, using … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Hollywood Country Club

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. With the name Hollywood Country Club, one would assume that a golfing club so named would be located in the actual city or hills of Hollywood, California. While a club by that … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Sweets for the Jazz Age at Paulais

The exterior of Paulais at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas, c. 1925. Courtesy of the University of Southern California Libraries and the California Historical Society. The 1920s Jazz Age brought high-spirited verve, flamboyance and progressivism in reaction to the haunting … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Saving a Historic Hollywood Home, Thanks to Alice Harrod

The home at 6831 De Longpre Ave., via Google Street View, as shown in 2014. Historic buildings tell as much about people and their eras as they do about architecture and usage. Preserving the actual structure celebrates the past and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: John George, Small but Powerful Character Actor

A publicity photo of John George in the Miami Herald, Sept. 28, 1922. Unknown by most classic film fans, character actor John George achieved minor success in moving pictures through sheer determination. Immigrating to the United States in 1912, George … Continue reading

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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: 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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