Tag: Beachwood Canyon

April 10, 2014 /

I have a friend who’s an actor (you might even call him a star), who when he started out, did a lot of house sitting among the hoi polloi of Hollywood. Let me tell you now, hoi polloi doesn’t mean “the swells”, it means the masses. Okay. That settled, once…

March 19, 2014 /
January 10, 2014 /

Need I remind you of the drill, babies? I post pictures of famous people and then I talk about myself. Shall I tell you why I still identify deeply, so deeply, with this photo by Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone of that particular trio from the X-Files? I thought you’d…

November 24, 2013 /
November 9, 2013 /
November 9, 2013 /

Peg has been depicted as a naïf, a lightweight and a wannabe, but nothing could be farther from the truth. No less a star than Bette Davis vividly recalled seeing her act in “The Wild Duck” in Boston in 1926.  Davis said, “Before that performance, I wanted to be an…

November 9, 2013 /

Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign by Hope Anderson Introduction          My interest in the actress Peg Entwistle, who in 1932 committed suicide from the Hollywood Sign (which then read Hollywoodland), began in 2006, when I began researching the neighborhood’s history for my documentary, Under the Hollywood Sign. Though seventy-four…

May 16, 2013 /

1924, two ladies ride the steam shovel while Beachwood Canyon undergoes development: Now, when I used to hike with friends from back east I had a set route, across the canyon to Wolf’s Lair, then down the path behind it to Lake Hollywood and then out onto Mulholland’s dam where…

March 1, 2013 /

My angels, this has been a whack-a-do year… And, I am going to take a short break from blogging to confer with the publishers of my… ro·man à clef   /rōˌmän ä ˈklā/ Noun A novel in which real people or events appear with invented names. If I were still young…