February 21, 2011
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1927, financed by such Hollywood luminaries as MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer and superstar couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. As soon as the hotel threw open its doors, it was the place to be seen in town. On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in the hotel's fashionable Blossom Room. The winners had been announced to the press three months earlier. It was the only time the awards were held there.
August 25, 1993
Cinecon, the society for fans of silents and early talkies, will hold its 29th annual convention Sept. 2-6 at the Hollywood Roosevelt. About 3,026 rare movies will be shown, and appearing with their films will be Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Patricia Morison, Anita Page, Marian Marsh, Marsha Hunt, Harry Carey Jr., Frank Coghlan Jr., Anna Lee, Norman Lloyd, composer David Raksin and Lupita Tovar. There will be two dealer rooms, panel discussions and an awards banquet. Information: (818) 883-8464.
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February 3, 1986
Margery Wilson, a silent screen actress best remembered for her portrayal of Brown Eyes in D. W. Griffith's 1916 classic "Intolerance," has died in an Arcadia convalescent home, it was learned Sunday. She was 89 and made about 25 films with such other silent stars as William S. Hart and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. before leaving films for a writing career.
December 31, 1988 |
Julanne J. Rust, a former Hollywood film star who played the princess romanced by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in the silent film classic "The Thief of Baghdad," has died at age 88. Rust, who acted under her given name, Julanne Johnson, went to Hollywood as a Ruth Denis dancer in 1923 and stayed for 10 years, bridging the gap from silent films to the talkies. She also starred in European films. She died Dec. 26 in Cottage Hospital.
January 25, 1987
Having been among those who in 1924 enjoyed seeing "The Thief of Bagdad" at the Biograph Theater in Chicago and who afterwards sent a dime (!) to some Hollywood address and eventually received an 8x10 print of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. from that movie, I was confused when I noted the capsuled listing in Television Times on Jan. 9 that informed us that an "audacious rogue" was "questing for a beautiful princess (Anna May Wong)." I am happy to see that the following week's issue corrected that error and Julanne Johnston was listed as the princess.
December 10, 1992
Rita Corday, the Tahitian-born daughter of Swiss diplomats who appeared primarily in a string of second-feature films during the 1940s and 1950s, has died, it was learned this week. A family friend said Corday died Nov. 23 at a Century City hospital of the complications of diabetes after surgery. She was believed to be in her 70s. She appeared under her own name and as Paula Corday and Paula Croset in pictures, beginning in 1943 with "Hitler's Children."
October 17, 2011
There are few remnants left of the venerable Ambassador Hotel, the site of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's shooting in 1968, after it was demolished to make way for the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools that opened last year. There's still the east wall, which was the location of the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub. Designed by Pasadena architect Myron Hunt, the glitzy spot opened on New Year's Day 1921 and quickly became a Hollywood favorite. During its first decade, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson were frequent visitors.