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  • Harpo & Amelia Earhart

    Harpo & Amelia Earhart

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  • missavagardner:

Marilyn was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Ella Fitzgerald was one of Marilyn’s idols and a major inspiration.  However, the Mocambo nightclub in West Hollywood, the most popular dance spot at the time, refused to let Ella perform there because she was black. Outraged, Marilyn told the owners that if they would let Ella perform, she would be there in the front row every time Ella was onstage. She did, and the two became friends. 
According to the great Ella Fitzgerald: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

    missavagardner:

    Marilyn was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Ella Fitzgerald was one of Marilyn’s idols and a major inspiration. However, the Mocambo nightclub in West Hollywood, the most popular dance spot at the time, refused to let Ella perform there because she was black. Outraged, Marilyn told the owners that if they would let Ella perform, she would be there in the front row every time Ella was onstage. She did, and the two became friends.

    According to the great Ella Fitzgerald:
    “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

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  • 2 years ago
  • mothgirlwings:

    Exterior and box office of The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA - 1931

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  • classichollywoodforever:

Bette Davis had so much authority at Warner Brothers, that she was nicknamed “The fifth Warner Brother”
Also, she did not only have her own dressing room. No, no, that would’ve been too little. Bette demanded that she get her own apartment sized FLOOR on the lot. 

    classichollywoodforever:

    Bette Davis had so much authority at Warner Brothers, that she was nicknamed “The fifth Warner Brother”

    Also, she did not only have her own dressing room. No, no, that would’ve been too little. Bette demanded that she get her own apartment sized FLOOR on the lot. 

    (Source: romanticcdaydreams)

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  • happyharry:

    The studio system was a means of film production and distribution dominant in Hollywood from the early 1920s through the early 1960s. The period stretching from the introduction of sound to the court ruling and the beginning of the studio breakups, 1927/29–1948/49, is commonly known as the Golden Age of Hollywood.

    In 1954, the last of the operational links between a major production studio and theater chain was broken and the era of the studio system was officially over.

    (via transethnicity)

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  • 2 years ago
  • suicideblonde:

Lana Turner in 1937 at age 16.
Lana Turner’s discovery at a Hollywood drug store is a show-business legend. As a sixteen-year-old student at Hollywood High School, Turner skipped a typing class and bought a Coke at the Top Hat Cafe located on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place (not Schwab’s Pharmacy as the legend often says), where she was spotted by William R. Wilkerson, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. Wilkerson referred her to the actor/comedian/talent agent Zeppo Marx. Marx’s agency immediately signed her on and introduced her to film director Mervyn LeRoy, who cast her in her first film, They Won’t Forget (1937).

    suicideblonde:

    Lana Turner in 1937 at age 16.

    Lana Turner’s discovery at a Hollywood drug store is a show-business legend. As a sixteen-year-old student at Hollywood High School, Turner skipped a typing class and bought a Coke at the Top Hat Cafe located on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place (not Schwab’s Pharmacy as the legend often says), where she was spotted by William R. Wilkerson, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. Wilkerson referred her to the actor/comedian/talent agent Zeppo Marx. Marx’s agency immediately signed her on and introduced her to film director Mervyn LeRoy, who cast her in her first film, They Won’t Forget (1937).

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