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Gloria Pall – Voluptua

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"Welcome to my boudior...our special hideaway." -- Voluptua in 1954. Bizarre Los Angeles.

Hollywood – (U.P. by Aline Mosby) December 16, 1954 — The latest gift to local television viewers is a buxom blonde in a negligee who kisses the TV screen and murmers “Welcome to my boudior…our special hideaway.” The bosomy beauty, called Voluptua, is a new star on the local ABC TV station that already has […]

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John Montague – Golfing God

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Mysterious John Montague (Bizarre Los Angeles)

The mysterious John Montague, perhaps the greatest golfer never to have a won a professional tournament. His exploits on and off the green were legendary, and you, too, will be amazed once you read about him. From the Smithsonian Magazine, June 2008. Montague the Magnificent He was a golfing wonder, a dapper strongman and the […]

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Margaret Gibson – silent film bad girl

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Conflicting. STAR COMEDIENNE CAUGHT IN A RAID. MARGARET GIBSON, PICTURE ACTRESS, ARRESTED. Taken with Others on Charge of Violating Rooming-house Ordinance, but She Asserts Her Innocence and Authorities will Make Further Inquiry. Los Angeles Times, Aug. 26, 1917 — Margaret Gibson, moving picture comedy star, was arrested late yesterday afternoon and lodged in the City […]

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Aimee Semple McPherson

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Aimee Semple McPherson

“It’s for your good! You have no business being sick – everyone of you should get well and get up and go to work, huh? Get up and go to work and earn some money and help send the gospel out! Amen!” — Sister Aimee Semple McPherson   AIMEE HORRIFIED BY PARIS NIGHT LIFE: CALLS […]

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May Betteridge – Los Angeles Pinup Model

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May Isabel Betteridge (1905-1984) was one of the most photographed models in Los Angeles from 1927-1935.  She later became an amateur archaeologist. She was born in Rhode Island in 1905. Her father, John Thomas Betteridge, came to the U.S. from Ireland and her mother, Mary, immigrated from Britain. The Betteridges married in Massachusetts and had […]