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William Powell and Carole Lombard Dancing at Ciro’s

The source of this photo of William Powell and Carole Lombard dancing at Ciro’s says that it was taken in 1940, which would have been seven years after Powell and Lombard divorced and a year or so into her marriage to Clark Gable. She died two years later in a plane crash.

Dorothy Parker in Hollywood

Dorothy Parker at work on a screenplay.

Then and Now: Trocadero

Top: Looking south at the Trocadero at 8610 Sunset Blvd. from Sunset Plaza drive, in a photo taken after 1944; bottom: a newly built row of Sunset Plaza shops that occupies the same lot today

Here’s another angle showing the Trocadero looking east:

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Then & Now: Western End of the Sunset Strip

The 9100 block of Sunset Blvd. looking west into Beverly Hills

The top photo was probably taken in the early 1930s. The building on the left with the pan tile roof would later house the Cock ‘N Bull Restaurant, at 9170 Sunset Blvd. Hornburg Jaguar at 9176 Sunset Blvd. occupies the space today.

Still of Nazimova in ‘Blood in Sand’

Nazimova in “Blood and Sand” (1941)

The Cahuenga Valley, Circa 1915

That’s Mt. Lee, future home of the Hollywood Sign, in the distance. U.S.C. Digital Library

This photo, taken around 1915, shows what the terrain around the Sunset Strip looked like before it was developed. It shows ranchland owned by E.A. Melrose in what was then called the Cahuenga Valley, which today is southeast Hollywood. The view looks north toward what were known then as the Cahuenga Mountains but are now called the Hollywood Hills. That mountain to the right is Mt. Lee, home today of the Hollywood sign.

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Photo: Harry’s Tours of Movie Star Homes – Sunset Strip 1937

This is a rare shot of the Sunset Strip taken in 1937, from Taschen’s new Los Angeles, Portrait of a City. The tour guide is standing at 8245 Sunset [map] — that’s the Sunset Tower ahead in the fog — so if the shot were wider, to the left in the near distance you’d also the backs of the homes of two actual movie stars — Wallace Reid and W.S. Hart (whose homes faced DeLongpre Avenue, which runs parallel to Sunset in the 8300 block).

Photos: Brenda Allen Burns, Witness in the ‘White Slave’ Trial, July 1940

Original caption: Brenda Allen Burns today told jurors in the white slave trial how she tried unsuccessfully for three hours to resist the advances of “Glamor Boy” Bristol Barrett and the “sales talks” of men luring her into a life of shame. Brenda Allen Burns had several known aliases: Brenda Allen Burns, Brenda Burns Allen, Brenda Burns, Brenda Burris. Photograph July 18, 1940.

The future notorious Sunset Strip madam Brenda Allen in 1940, when she claimed to be 21 years old, at the time of her involvement in the “white slavery” scandal involving Ann Forrester, the “Black Widow,” and her boss, Charles Montgomery.

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Then & Now: Garden of Allah Hotel Looking South from Sunset

Top: The Garden of Allah which occupied a 3.5 acre site on the Sunset Strip between Crescent Heights and Havenhurst Avenue, as it appeared in 1935. Bottom: The Garden was bulldozed in 1959 to make way for the 1960s-style shopping center that is there now. It was a blight on the landscape the minute it was completed, and remains one today.

The Garden of Allah Hotel was located at 8152 Sunset Blvd. [map].

Raid on a Bordello, Los Angeles 1948