Silent Film Stars

Lya de Putti

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The first English word Hungarian silent film star Lya de Putti learned when she came to America to make movies was "Applesauce," which was 1920s slang for "nonsense." (Bizarre Los Angeles)

The first English word Hungarian silent film star Lya de Putti learned when she came to America to make movies was “Applesauce,” which was 1920s slang for “nonsense.”     De Putti was the subject of many sensational stories in Europe before coming to Hollywood. Below is one of those stories. There is no author to […]

Silent Film Stars

Jane Novak

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Jane Novak (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“The idea of playing tears, of merely pretending to be sad when one has gone through some of life’s real experiences, suddenly made me laugh that day that Bill Hart first told me I must cry in a scene. Everybody looked at me so oddly! I couldn’t cry, that was all. It took me the […]

Celebrity Portraits

Lew Cody

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"The girl is yours when you kiss her - until you meet the next one." -- Lew Cody (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“The girl is yours when you kiss her – until you meet the next one.” — Lew Cody Source: 1920     The Butterfly Man (1920)   SODA JERK ON WAGER Hollywood, June 5, 1928 (U.P.) – If Lew Cody and Ralph Spence really placed a $1,000 side bet on the outcome then Lew Cody […]

Forgotten Stars

Caroll Borland

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"It is not only the male you must fear. There is, it is said, at the castle, that which is worse: a woman -- for a woman should give life, not take it -- and when a woman is of the Devil, that is worse than the Devil himself." -- Carroll Borland from her book, Countess Dracula (published in 1994). Bizarre Los Angeles

“It is not only the male you must fear. There is, it is said, at the castle, that which is worse: a woman — for a woman should give life, not take it — and when a woman is of the Devil, that is worse than the Devil himself.” — Caroll Borland from her book, […]

Silent Film Stars

G.M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson

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Broncho Billy Anderson (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I’ve always been something of a Lone Ranger.” — G.M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson Source: Bob Thomas (1958)     “When I decided to start making western pictures…I went out to a ranch at Amarillo, Texas, and learned how to ride.” — G.M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson Source: Robbin Coons (1944) Image: 1914    

Silent Film Stars

Jack Pickford

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Jack Pickford

“What every young girl should know: Jack Pickford‘s mamma says he is not of age yet.” — Iron County Miner (August 10, 1917)         The Little Shepherd of Kingdome Come (1920). A lost film.   Newlyweds Jack Pickford (brother of Mary Pickford) and Marilyn Miller (Broadway star and former Ziefgield girl). They married […]

Haunted L.A.

Alexandria Hotel

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Alexandria Hotel 1915

The Alexandria Hotel at 501 South Spring Street became Los Angeles’s first five-star luxury when it opened on February 12, 1906.  It also served as the city’s main social center from 1906 to the end of 1920. The hotel appears in Haunted by History Vol. 1.   I’ve included a few photos of the hotel through the years. Check back often because this […]

Silent Film Stars

Priscilla Dean – photos and quotes

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Priscilla Dean

“I’ve a reputation for temperamental display. Surely, I have an awful temper. But I’ve tried to be a good sport. I don’t ‘show off’ just to make a fuss. When I cut loose it’s because I feel I have a just grievance.” — Priscilla Dean  Source: Myrtle Gebhart (1924)   “You know, back in the […]