July 16, 2012
Sirens of the Silent Screen There were several actresses besides Louise Brooks who defined the Roaring '20s. Clara Bow With her short hair, kewpie doll lips and nonconformist lifestyle, Bow was nicknamed the "It" girl — in fact she also appeared in the hit film "It" as well as the Oscar-winning best film "Wings. " Mae Murray The blond silent screen star who had described herself as the "golden dragonfly," was known for her flamboyant performances on- and off-screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2012 |
One of the last links to the silent film era, Frederica Sagor Maas wrote the script for 1925's "The Plastic Age," which launched actress Clara Bow. But she watched in horror as her serious treatment on women and work was turned into a frivolous 1947 musical, "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim," starring Betty Grable. It was Maas' final Hollywood credit. Disgusted by the "shallow" industry, she and her screenwriter husband contemplated suicide before leaving the movie business altogether, she later wrote.
November 6, 2011 |
Throughout his career, costume designer Mark Bridges has styled looks from diverse decades. For the 1970s-era "Boogie Nights," he outfitted Mark Wahlberg in denim bell bottoms. In "Blow," he found Johnny Depp '60s-inspired pocketed suits and turtlenecks to wear. And in last year's "Greenberg," he put Ben Stiller in a puffy vest and cable-knit sweater typical of a modern-day, middle-age slacker. But approaching the late 1920s was especially daunting for Bridges. For one, he knew it would prove difficult to track down actual materials from the period.
October 27, 2011 |
A Sherman Oaks home built in 1936 for actress Joyce Compton is on the market at $1.795 million. Evoking an English farmhouse with a half-timbered exterior, it features beamed ceilings, a stone fireplace in the living room and oak floors. The updated 3,306-square-foot house includes a den, a family room, three bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. There is a separate one-bedroom guesthouse and a swimming pool. Joyce Compton, who died in 1997 at 90, was in more than 200 films with such stars as Cary Grant, Jack Benny and Clara Bow. She appeared in "Christmas in Connecticut" (1945)
HOME & GARDEN
August 25, 2011 |
Update: A former home of silent film star Clara Bow has sold for $6,375,000. The Spanish-style house in Bel-Air came on the market in early July at $6,995,000. Built in 1928, the Moorish-influenced residence includes a courtyard, a ballroom, a rooftop deck, enclosed sleeping porches, six bedrooms and 71/2 bathrooms in 8,900 square feet. A guesthouse with a bedroom and bathroom sits above the three-car garage for a total of 9,450 square feet of living space. At nearly three-quarters of an acre, the gated lot has a pool with a sun deck and a motor court.
August 21, 2011 |
Technically, this multilevel house in the Los Feliz hills falls into the design category of Greek Revival, but just barely. "The architecture didn't feel to me like a Greek Revival house in the classic sense," says co-owner Ilene Kurtz-Kretzschmar, who has lived in the house for almost four years. "Those are so much more formal. This feels more like a Hollywood version. " And indeed it is. The house comes with a pedigree — L.A. Historic-Cultural Monument No. 301 — as a tribute to architect W.C. Tanner and the remarkable filmmaker Dorothy Arzner, who built it in 1930.