Celebrity Portraits

Lillian Miles – Star of Reefer Madness

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Lillian Miles 1934

Mini Biography of Lillian Miles (1907 -1972) Lillian Miles, famous for her manic piano playing in Reefer Madness (1936), came to Hollywood in 1931 to try her luck in films. Her background isn’t terribly exciting. She was born Lillian Bradley in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1907. As a young performer, she toured with musical theater stock […]

Aztec Hotel

Aztec Hotel

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Aztec Hotel 1925

A short while ago, I visited the historic Aztec Hotel, an odd 1920s Mayan revival building designed by architect Robert Stacy-Judd. The 1925 building is located in Monrovia, California. While there, I met artist Jorge D’Soria, who recently returned to the hotel to repaint the lobby ceiling. Jorge once lived at the Aztec from 2006 to 2009. While […]

Silent Film Stars

Natacha Rambova – Photos and Quotes

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Natacha Rambova

    “The movie fans will learn that success – permanent success – isn’t a question of luck and a good-looking face. People laugh when you talk about ideals in this business. They think you are crazy. They say the public doesn’t want good pictures. How do they know? Have they ever tried making them?” […]

Celebrity Portraits

Bette Davis – photos and quotes

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Bette Davis

“Hollywood adores bunk and hooey. It’s expected of us. After all, the secret of success lies in finding out what people want and then giving it to them.” – Bette Davis Source: Laura Ellsworth Fitch (1935) Photographer: Elmer Fryer   “Baby Jane”…a childhood photo.   Hell’s House (1932). With Pat O’Brien.   “In my view, […]

History

Venice Beach Photos – Snapshot History

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The Dance Hall on the Abbot Kinney Pier at Venice Beach in 1910.   A man walks on a long, winding trestle leading to the pier, circa 1900.   A camel ride in 1908. (LAPL)   Between 1904 and 1925, 14 roller-coasters were built around the beaches of Venice and Ocean Park (many of them […]

Forgotten Stars

Lenore Ulric – photo & quotes

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Lenore Ulric 1919

“I’m all right when I’m acting. It’s the stills that worry me. My cameraman said, ‘Miss Ulric, you’re fine when you’re moving. But the minute I try to take a still of you, you get that set look.’ He’s right. I smile naturally for a second, and then it’s forced. In the sad scenes I […]