Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vintage Tile Heaven

We have climbed the staircase up to the second floor and are about to experience nirvana. But first...a beautiful piece of poetry by William Randolph Hearst himself. Hard to believe the tall, oft-feared newspaper publishing magnate could write something so sweet. This is what Marion inspired:

The details in the mouldings were not missed by my eagle eye.

Please let me catch my breath while I experience the sight of this vintage bathroom tile all over again.

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

And as if one weren't was the second bathroom.

What?!? A third bathroom of glorious vintage tile? Oh yes...

In this upstairs room, a documentary about Marion played continuously on a loop. She really did have a luminous quality to her. I could have sat and watched more, but other things were pressing on the agenda!

A previously posted shot of Marion herself, at San Simeon:

How about this view from the upstairs?

Next up: a trip back to the Santa Monica History Museum!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Marion Davies Guest House

We are back at the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica, where I dropped you all off on Monday. William Randolph Hearst purchased 4.91-acres of beachfront property so that he could build a "home" (if that's what you can call a three-story, 34-bedroom Georgian mansion) for his mistress, Marion Davies. She needed to be near Hollywood which is where she worked as an actress. Although the main mansion was torn down, the Guest House, designed by Julia Morgan (who also did Hearst Castle/San Simeon), still remains. This is where Marion's family stayed when they came to visit, so that they could be far from the Hollywood "riff raff" that often occupied the main mansion.

Here are new friends Mary, Melissa, and Gayle who all came out to California to celebrate Shirley Temple's birthday (more on this later). They helped arrange the tour that we took together of the Guest House.

What an entrance!

Pictures of Marion Davies were hanging in the foyer. For those of you who only know of Marion through the movie "Citizen Kane" which was loosely based on Davies and Hearst, you are doing her a terrible injustice. Although Orson Welles created a masterpiece, he forever caused the public to associate Marion with her very untalented fictitious movie counterpart, Susan Alexander Kane. In real life, Davies was known for her comedic talents, her kindness, and especially her generosity.

The living room was spacious and had a wonderful view of Santa Monica Beach.

A detailed view of the fireplace:

We all listened as tour guide supreme Elaine Cohen told us the story of Davies and the mansion.

Oh the view...

Looking back from the opposite side at the Guest House:

The dining room was gorgeous, and the shades were imprinted with vintage photos of Davies, Hearst, and various movie stars of the era.

We were told that this chandelier was Tiffany. However, I didn't see any blue box nearby.

And then we got to go upstairs.

I think I'll stop the story for now before I take you to the bathrooms, where I was in vintage tile heaven.

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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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