Today I spent a little time volunteering at the ADSLA table at the Vintage Clothing (and other goods) Sale at the Egyptian Theatre. Normally I don’t give the racks at vintage stores a second look because I’m always discouraged at what little I can find to fit. Fortunately, I didn’t have to. A beautiful late 30s gown was thrust upon me, I tried it on, and low and behold it fit! I love it when my purse is coerced to give up a few of its hard-earned dollars for pretty goodies.
Since I was finished with my volunteer shift pretty early, I decided to swing by the Hollywood Heritage Museum at the Lasky-DeMille Barn, the first major movie studio in Hollywood where Cecil B. DeMille filmed Hollywood's first full-length feature film – “The Squaw Man.” It features props, photos and other memorabilia from the silent era of Hollywood. It isn’t called a barn for nothing. The inside today doesn’t reflect its coarser origins, but it really was a barn. Cecil DeMille rented it to film his feature – the stalls were dressing rooms.
Cecil B. DeMille's private office is immediately to the right as you enter, with his actual desk and period items to complete the scene.
Buster Keaton's projector
Rudolph Valentino's signature, to his costar, signed as his character, Beaucaire.
Not in its original location, but now close to the Hollywood Bowl, the museum is a nice diversion if you have an hour or so.