Bizarre Personalities

Valdeo & the Countess Adrienne de Coriche

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The lives of few entertainers have ever matched that of actress/dancer/vaudevillian Valdeo Lord Parker and her mother, Maude. Both performed under many aliases throughout their lives, which requires a lot of reading between the lines to understand who they were and what happened to them. According to U.S. Census records, Valdeo was born in Lincoln, […]


Hollywood Canteen – 1940s

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Hollywood Canteen 1940s

The Hollywood Canteen operated from October 3, 1942 to November 22, 1945.  Its address was 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard. Today, the site is a parking structure. The two entertainers responsible for creating the Canteen were John Garfield and Bette Davis.   Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope and Bette Davis standing in front of the Hollywood Hall of […]

Los(t) Angeles

Los(t) Angeles: Ambassador Hotel

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The Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel (Bizarre Los Angeles)

An early view.     An early view of a piano in the lobby.   Another vintage view of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel’s original dining and ballroom, circa 1921.   The Ambassador Hotel’s Parrot Porch was one of several less formal dancing and dining rooms located on the ground floor of the Ambassador Hotel […]