Silent Film Stars

May Allison – photos and quotes

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“I am a Georgia girl – born in north Georgia….When I was eight years old, Dad decided that my education was being sadly neglected, so we moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where I attended public schools until I was ready for college. Then I went to the Centenary Female College, at Cleveland, Tennessee.” — May Allison […]

Los(t) Angeles

Los(t) Angeles: Selig Jungle-Zoo

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Selig Zoo

The Selig Jungle-Zoo evolved from one of Los Angeles’ first motion picture studios.     In 1909,  film pioneer William Nicholas Selig relocated his motion picture company, the Selig Polyscope Film Company, from Chicago to Southern California. He chose a property in Edendale, California, just outside of Los Angeles. By this time, the film pioneer had […]


D.W. Griffith – photos and quotes

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D.W. Griffith

“I wonder if you realize that every community, from that of a city like London to the very smallest village in saddest Russia, is well acquainted with your mountains, roadways, streets, through the motion picture – and very well acquainted with a large part of your Los Angeles population, the motion picture people.” – D.W. […]