Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hollywood Starland, 1937

Hollywood Starland

Official moviegraph of the land of stars, where they live, where they work and where they play 

I came across this fun and fascinating map of Los Angeles circa 1937, which details the homes and haunts of the shiniest stars of the day, from Charlie Chaplin to Ginger Rogers to Cary Grant and Mae West. As sad as it is to see that many of these spots are long gone, I find it most interesting to spot all of those places that still stand today - and it is quite incredible for me to think that I got to visit several of these iconic locations less than a week ago. But more about all that soon!

You can view a larger version of the map below and be sure to check it out in glorious full resolution over at Big Map Blog.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hollywood & Harlowood

Hello from Hollywood!

I'm currently on holiday in Los Angeles, fulfilling a long time dream of being able to visit all those Old Hollywood related locations, from star homes and filming locations to restaurants, studios, you name it, all with connections to my favourite films and actors. We've spent a week here now and I am happy to confirm that Los Angeles is just as sunny, glamorous and seedy as I've always imagined. It is that very combination that has always fascinated me about this city. Yes, I am hopelessly in love with the city of angels.

There's so much that we've already been able to cover and I hope to do a whole series of posts featuring the different places that we have and will soon have visited. I wanted to start with Harlowood.

As many of you surely already know, Jean Harlow is my favourite star and visiting all of those places where she lived, worked and played has been a long time dream of mine - I'm so happy to be able to say that it is a dream that I've now been largely able to fulfill. In this first post I'll cover the Harlow related spots around Hollywood & Highland, all of which are easily accessed by foot if you're staying around Hollywood.

I want to express my thanks to Lisa Burks of Jean Harlow Platinum Page for gathering all of the information on Harlow related locations in one place! It was my biggest resource for finding Harlow's Hollywood.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Blvd.

Jean Harlow's signature, hand and foot prints are located near the front of the forecourt, on the west side of the box office of the Chinese Theatre.

Her hand and footprints were done in connection with the film Dinner at Eight in September 1933. She had two ceremonies because the cement slab from her first imprint was accidentally destroyed. Coincidentally, this month marks the 80th anniversary of the Baby's handprint ceremonies.

First ceremony on September 25, 1933.

Harlow was honoured with another ceremony
four days later, on September 29, 1933.

Jean Harlow's second square, which is the one you see today as the first one never made it into the forecourt, contains the inscription "To Sid In Sincere Appreciation." Also included are the date ("Sept-29-33"), her two tiny footprints made in high heels, handprints, signature as well as three black pennies she embedded in the cement for good luck. The coins have since been removed.