Cyd Charisse, 1954

Cyd Charisse, 1954

Kay Francis (January 13, 1905 – August 26, 1968) was an American stage and film actress. After a brief period on Broadway in the late 1920s, she moved to film and achieved her greatest success between 1930 and 1936, when she was the number one female star at the Warner Brothers studio, and the highest paid American film actress. Some of her film related material and personal papers are available to scholars and researchers in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives.

Kay Francis (January 13, 1905 – August 26, 1968) was an American stage and film actress. After a brief period on Broadway in the late 1920s, she moved to film and achieved her greatest success between 1930 and 1936, when she was the number one female star at the Warner Brothers studio, and the highest paid American film actress. Some of her film related material and personal papers are available to scholars and researchers in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives.

Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986)

Una Merkel (December 10, 1903 – January 2, 1986)

Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American film actress.

Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American film actress.

Hollywood at Cahuenga in 1956

Hollywood at Cahuenga in 1956

Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982)
American leading lady of the 1930s and 1940s, Virginia Bruce was born in Minnesota but grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and came to California to attend college. Her blond good looks got her an entry into films, and after a few extra roles and bit parts she began to make serious inroads as a leading woman in secondary films and as the “other” woman in more prestigious productions. 
Film:  Downstairs (1932)

Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982)

American leading lady of the 1930s and 1940s, Virginia Bruce was born in Minnesota but grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and came to California to attend college. Her blond good looks got her an entry into films, and after a few extra roles and bit parts she began to make serious inroads as a leading woman in secondary films and as the “other” woman in more prestigious productions. 

Film:  Downstairs (1932)

Hollywood Sign, What it originally read. Dedicated in 1923. The letters were lit up with 4,000 light bulbs, but when maintenance stopped, every single bulb was stolen and the sign slowly deteriorated.

Hollywood Sign, What it originally read. Dedicated in 1923. The letters were lit up with 4,000 light bulbs, but when maintenance stopped, every single bulb was stolen and the sign slowly deteriorated.