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.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre was built over 18 months, from January 1926 by a partnership headed by Sid Grauman, and opened opened May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings. It has since been home to many glittering premieres, including the infamous premiere of Hell's Angels on May 24, 1930.


The Hollywood Walk of Fame

6912 Hollywood Blvd.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame began as part of a 1956 city improvement plan aimed as means to "maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world." The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.

Harlow's star is located at 6912 Hollywood Blvd. It is across the street from the Chinese Theatre and almost right in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

The historic Spanish-style hotel located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. Named after Theodore Roosevelt and financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer, it first opened its doors on May 15, 1927 and hosted the very first Academy Awards two years later in 1929. I would recommend heading to one of the hotel's several bars for cocktails while you're at it - you might even run into Marilyn Monroe's ghost!

Pool-side cocktails at the Roosevelt

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