Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hollywoodland is Here!

Over the last few years I have been amazed by the incredible and ever-growing collection of local/regional history books put out by Arcadia Publishing. This is a truly remarkable series of literally hundreds of titles that have brought forward tons … Continue reading

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Time Traveling This Weekend? Why Not Visit the Animals in Their Unnatural Habitats?

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Nellie Naysayer Wants to Rain on the Parade Again…

Our old (and I do mean old) friend Nellie Naysayer has been deceptively quiet lately with her bursitis and all, but after spying some recent postings about Hollywood’s famous Chateau Le Trianon Apartments having been built by Mary Pickford and Douglas … Continue reading

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Hyer Up in the Hills – The Martha Hyer Residence

In December 1957, beautiful blonde actress Martha Hyer paid $95,000 for an ultra modern hillside hideaway at 8688 Hollywood Boulevard high above the Sunset Strip. Hyer’s stylish new home proved to be a perfect metaphor for her carefully cultivated on-screen … Continue reading

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A Real Champ – Jackie Cooper

Word has come down that Jackie Cooper, one of the last great survivors of Hollywood’s celebrated Golden Age, is gone, dead at 88 in Beverly Hills. One of the finest child performers ever turned out by Hollywood, Cooper earned a Best Actor … Continue reading

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It’s Not Complicated – It’s Simply a Great House!

I was pretty late to the party when it came to seeing Nancy Meyers’ 2009 romantic comedy It’s Complicated and whenever I asked anyone who had seen it what they thought the reaction was always the same. “Oh my God, … Continue reading

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