L. Rogers Lytton

L. Rogers Lytton

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“I went to the Vitagraph studio on appointment with Mr. J. Stuart Blackton. I was told he would see me ‘presently.’ I waited three hours, and then took my courage in my hands and went into the inner office. Mr. Blackton was pointed out to me, and as soon as he had finished a conversation […]

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Anthony Paul Kelly

Anthony Paul Kelly – photos and quotes

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“When I adapt a story or a play, all I am selling is my technique. When I write an original photodrama, I am selling an idea, which, once gone, depletes my stock in trade just that much.” — Anthony Paul Kelly, who went by Tony Kelly. Source: Randolph Bartlett (1917)   “As a reporter I […]

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Shirley Mason

Shirley Mason

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“I am not subject to stage fright. I have been on the stage a-l-l my l-i-f-e.” — Shirley Mason in 1917.    

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Los Angeles Athletic Club

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The Los Angeles Athletic Club, designed by architects John Parkinson and Edwin Bergstrom, was nicknamed “the Club” shortly after it opened in 1912. Its address isĀ 431 West Seventh Street. According to Photoplay Magazine, the Los Angeles Athletic Club quickly became the “capital of the screen rialto – the Lambs, Players and Friars rolled into one.” […]

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Mary MacLaren

Mary MacLaren – photos and quotes

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“My first stage experience? There were no theatrical people in our family. All my people were church people. Then father died, and my sister went to New York. She sang nicely, and had hopes of obtaining a place in a choir. But she found such positions scarce, and when she had a chance to go […]

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William Desmond

William Desmond

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“During my boyhood, I was a more regular attendant of the theater galleries than I was of the schoolroom. and when I graduated from high school, the first thing I did was to seek out the offices of the theatrical managers. Well, I drifted upon the stage without any obstruction from any quarter. I am […]

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Estelle Winwood

Estelle Winwood – photos and quotes

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“American girls train themselves for the stage. They record and reveal every passing emotion, while the English girl is taught to conceal everything she feels. What we in England are taught is ‘breeding’ is our greatest handicap as artistes. We are shut up, ‘fountains sealed,’ as it were, and when we do melt into a […]

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Eddie Polo – photos and quotes

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“Well, of course, I was mainly identified with circus life before the movies got me, but there are lots of gymnasiums scattered about the country, in which my name used to be revered as athletic instructor, and some of the boys that I started on the road to fame have won big prizes.” — Eddie […]

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Florence Reed

Florence Reed – photos and quotes

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“Although I dislike Moving Pictures, I am going to continue playing in them. Not for the money they bring, but because I feel that there muse be something fascinating in them that I haven’t yet found out.” — Florence Reed Source: Hazel Simpson Naylor (1917)   “I have done 13 pictures, and have not yet […]

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Hollywood Traffic Jam

Hollywood Traffic Jam – 1951

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According to the Los Angeles Times on March 13, 1951: “The biggest single traffic jam in the city’s history stalled an estimated 25,000 automobiles along the length of Cahuenga Freeway, inbound from San Fernando Valley to Hollywood, yesterday morning. “The cause of it all was a four-family apartment house, which house movers got stuck squarely […]

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