Constance Bennett’s Hollywood Style

Constance Bennett had a house at 280 N. Carolwood Drive. It was designed by architect J.E. Dolena and built in 1937, for $37,000 β€” and it had a palatial twenty rooms.

Constance Bennett residence

Interior of the Bennett residence:

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Fireplace at Constance Bennett's

This is the bedroom featured above:

Constance Bennett 1937

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  1. January 8, 2013

    How pretty…geez,..37k wouldn’t even buy the front door these days!

    • January 8, 2013

      I know, 20 rooms! It’s astonishing.

  2. January 9, 2013

    Very beautiful. When BH had class.

    • January 9, 2013

      I was reading a book the other day and thinking about you. It was all about the development of Bev. Hills. The Janss family and the Letts and the Doheny clan – and their concept of an exclusive and completely impermanent neighborhood. They tore things down and rebuilt things like crazy…

      • January 9, 2013

        I think what we miss is the idea of a community standard of excellence. Well you are helping to keep LA history alive in your posts. And that is a good thing.

  3. June 29, 2013

    I think I have missed out on my birthright. No one got my bath ready today or yesterday.

  4. George Kaplan
    June 30, 2013

    As spectacular as that house is (I want it! Eh, it’s probably long since dust) the final picture is the most stunning. That dress! That bedroom!
    It’s a pity that Constance Bennett isn’t better known today, whatever one thinks of her acting skills on the whole, she really deserves to be remembered for Topper (Roland Young! Billie Burke! Eugene Pallette! Not-quite-fully-formed Cary Grant!) in which she is pretty delightful, and What Price Hollywood?, the A Star Is Born precursor in which she is the proto-Vicki Lester.

  5. George Kaplan
    June 30, 2013

    Oh and –
    “You either have or you haven’t got – STYLE!” πŸ™‚

  6. July 2, 2013

    That video is so charming! But to do that everyday, jeeze, what a job.

  7. September 1, 2015

    I was just reading a chapter about her famous father in the Morgan sisters’ autobiography “Double Exposure”.

    • September 2, 2015

      I think, I can’t really remember, was his name Richard Bennett? Joan looked like him, and his last film was “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

  8. September 1, 2015

    I’m trying to recreate Hollywood Regency in the 21st century. It’s a hell of a lot of work!

    • September 2, 2015

      Whew, are you having the furniture built? I imagine those silhouettes would be hard to find… xox, V

      • September 2, 2015

        Some of it built, the rest original πŸ™‚ 15 years ago most of this stuff sold for very little if it even made it into an auction house. Unfortunately, now everyone’s caught on.

      • September 2, 2015

        Well, even beyond wanting to see you two, now I want to see your new/original Regency!

  9. September 2, 2015

    The photo with “those chairs” and the hanging ivy…Stopped in at The Heathman Hotel while in Portland and spent a lovely evening in their Library/Bar listening to a LIVE Jazz Combo (P.S. The cocktails were amazing!) sitting in chairs very similar to those pictured in the photo…I’m OBSESSED now in finding some for my place.

    • September 2, 2015

      Love the Heathman! You have a wonderful time!

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