Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Temple Tuesday: Happy 89th!



For what would have been Shirley Temple's 89th birthday last Sunday, April 23, I am posting this shot from "The Little Princess." Released in 1939, this movie is often viewed as the pinnacle of her childhood career, and the last one to make a really decent profit. Shirley is shown blowing out the candles on her birthday cake...right before she gets kicked to the curb by Miss Minchin (Mary Nash) when it's discovered that her father is penniless. Actress Anita Louise is on the left-hand side of the photo. The two girls peering over Anita's shoulder are Marcia Mae Jones and Deidre Gale.



Here's a previously posted shot of Shirley with Deidre and Marcia, right before she dumps a bucket of ashes over the two horrid girls.



Well, they were horrid in the movie. I'm sure they were much nicer in real life.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Annenberg Community Beach House



An undiscovered gem (to me, at least) in Los Angeles is the Annenberg Community Beach House. Originally the site of a 100-plus room mansion for actress Marion Davies (a gift from William Randolph Hearst), it later became a hotel (Oceanhouse) and the Sand & Sea Club, a limited-membership beach club. The main mansion was torn down in 1956, and the Sand & Sea Club almost followed suit when it suffered damage from the 1994 earthquake. In stepped Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation, who held fond memories of visiting the Sand & Sea Club. She helped the city of Santa Monica by providing a $27.5 million grant that made it possible to reopen the site to the public as the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate with new amenities to create a truly unique community destination that's open to all.

The bougainvillea at the entrance was in full bloom when I arrived.



There are brand new facilities in this complex:



...that share the property that was once part of the Julia Morgan designed Marion Davies/William Randolph Hearst estate. When I got a glimpse of the pool, I had a hunch it was part of the original, and a tour guide later confirmed that I was correct.



These kinds of details are from days gone by.



Unfortunately the pool was still not open during my visit, so I couldn't get any better shots of the ornate tile below the water.



The landscaping is very well done; not difficult to see how this complex was awarded Gold LEED certification.



Until next time, I will leave you at the doorstep of the Marion Davies Guest House.



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Friday, April 21, 2017

Freaky Friday: Scary Mice



These poor unsuspecting elderly folk from March 1960; it's bad enough that Scary Mickey is posing with them, but even Scarier Minnie is creeping up behind them. Seriously; who designed this batch of costumes?!?

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