The above matchbook comes from the 1940's, when the original bar/ballroom, "The Gay Room" was located where our HMS Bounty bar/restaurant is located today, adjacent to the Gaylord lobby. During this era many prominent big bands played here, such as Duke Ellington and Desi Arnaz!
Coming AVAILABLE next week;
- Single unit, 7th floor, 540 sq ft, east facing, $1575/month.
Our Joe is part of the Not Impossible Labs team, a company that works to inspire individuals & innovate our world for a better tomorrow for all and they have a big event coming up this June 1st.
If you want to expand your mind & nourish your heart, @NotImpossibleLabs is offering all Gaylord residents 50% off ticket prices to the #NotImpossibleAwards, this June 1st in DTLA, at the Ace Hotel. This live event is an inspiring celebration honoring those who create tech for good. Tickets include food, drinks, inspiring stories, and innovative new wearable technology. RSVP to the event for tickets and information. Use code GAYLORD for 50% off.
So hurry to get your tickets before they are all sold out. And Joe will most appreciate the Gaylord community, friends & neighbors coming out and supporting this worthwhile cause and to spread the work of their uplifting endeavors and you may even bring home some inspiration for yourself!
Click on the link at the top of this post for tickets and info.
Here we have a photo (above) of the handsome Marcel de Sano (born Marcel Dragusanu in Romania), a film director and Gaylord resident in 1927. He directed Lionel Barrymore in "The Girl Who Wouldn't Work," in 1925 and in 1930 directed "Peacock Alley," produced by Robert Z. Leonard, another Gaylord tenant from 1926-27 and prominent filmmaker. Also in 1927, the lovely Arlette Marchal, notable French film actress resided at the Gaylord, to pursue her career in Hollywood film. A year later, in 1928, the two wedded (pictured together, below) and were together until 1933 (was it the Gaylord that brought them together!?!).
In 1936, Marcel was engaged to the famed American musical film actress Jeanette MacDonald and managing her career in Europe. Tragically, Marcel seemed to be a tortured soul and committed suicide by vehicle, in Paris, at the young age of 38, in 1936 (photo below of incident).
Such a sad loss, but this is just one of the many drama-filled stories from the lives of those who passed through the Gaylord.
Earlier this month, The Times of India, Bombay edition, interviewed several women in the indie music scene of India which included our Amanda Sodhi. Amanda resided here at the Gaylord from 2011-2013 when she moved to Mumbai. Now living in Calcutta, Amanda is enjoying her eventful journey through the music scene of India.
To catch one of her songs, "Puppet Life," released last year, you can go to youtube where you will also find more of Amanda's work.
Continued success to Amanda & thanks for staying in touch!
In February, Dork magazine did an interview with Clem Creevy of the popular, creative indie band "Cherry Glazerr" (if you listen to radio station kcrw you've heard their music) In the interview she hilariously & respectfully makes mention of the Gaylord in the first question.
As a tyke, Clem resided in the Gaylord during the early 2000's. She is a part of the Gaylord colorful history.
To read the full article go to, www.readdork.com/features/cherry-glazerr-interview-feb19
Thanks to our Jessica for alerting us to this article!
to Pasadena, all in one weekend. This is what living in Los Angeles/SoCal offers you.
One day you are in upper Ojai enjoying the green pastoral setting brought upon by the abundance of rain we have had this year and the next day you are at the Pasadena City College Flea Market (1st Sunday of each month) wondering what world you are living in as you pass by the campus gallery windows.
Pictured here, stage & film actress, Elaine Hammerstein, of the legendary Hammerstein family of Broadway. Elaine's father, Arthur Hammerstein was a big time producer of Broadway musicals and she was cousin to Oscar Hammerstein, the wonderful lyricist, composer & two time Academy Award winner. Elaine resided at the Gaylord from 1925-26. While living at the Gaylord she filmed her last motion picture in 1926, "Ladies of Leisure." She retired from acting that year, after having married James Walter Kays, influential member of California politics & society.
Now, can we talk about that fabulous turban & fur get-up she is wearing!
Coming AVAILABLE for April 26th;
***RENTED***- Single unit, 12th floor, 550 sq ft, east facing, $1650/month.***RENTED***
Here we have photos of one of our notable Gaylord residents, May Allison with former First Lady Helen Taft.
May Allison resided at the Gaylord from 1925-1928. While living here she was married to Photoplay magazine editor, James Quirk from 1926 until his death in 1932. May Allison had 59 film credits to her name between 1915-1927.
A few film titles from her leading lady roles, while a Gaylord tenant, were "Flapper Wives," "I Want My Man," "Wreckage" and "Her Indiscretion." A favorite, "Youth For Sale," where she played the role of Molly Malloy. The synopsis for this story reads in part, "Molly, who has never tried alcohol before, is temporarily blinded by her first drink." This was filmed during the Prohibition years.
Helen Taft was wife of President William Howard Taft, who served from 1909-1913. He later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1921-1930. Helen Taft was well connected and played a significant role, behind the scenes, in advancing her husband's ambitions and career.
(Date of photos are unknown. Courtesy of the George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress)
There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to the history of the Gaylord and we find ourselves correcting those voiced or written inaccuracies quite a bit. Such as, the Gaylord was originally a hotel... NO, this is false. The Gaylord was originally one of Los Angeles' first co-ops when it officially opened on April 9, 1924 (our 95th Anniversary is coming up soon!). You could have purchased your own apartment at this time and enjoyed the luxury of provided full "hotel" amenities. We are talking about the elite & moneyed society of the age, from across the nation, which resided in the Gaylord. We have been working on the "Historic-Cultural Monument" application for the Gaylord and once completed we will publish all of those findings to share with all.
Located in the basement, when the Gaylord originally opened in 1924, the full service kitchen catered meals for the residents upon request. These photos are from the February 1926 issue of "Gaylord Glimpses."
Coming AVAILABLE for April 1st;
***RENTED***- One Bedroom unit, 8th floor, 740 sq ft, north/west corner unit, with views of the "HOLLYWOOD" sign, Griffith Observatory & overlooking our patio & pool, $1985/month.***RENTED***
For our Gaylord Cyclists & Explorers, this Sunday, March 3rd, CicLAvia takes over the neighborhoods of Culver City, Mar Vista & Palms with 6.5 miles of streets closed off to vehicular traffic, so go get some relaxing exercise & explore new lands outside of K-town! For more info, go to ciclavia.org.
A couple of new Gaylord tenants (one was a bit shy), arrived today with their equipment. They will both fit right in with our vast array of residents. Should you pass them by in the lobby or halls, give them a big "WELCOME!" and introduce yourself. You never know what your conversation will strike up.
"City Lights," from 1932, that is. This was Charlie Chaplin's film and the Gaylord made a cameo appearance, as seen in the photo, top, center right. There's been plenty of film & television history over the years with the Gaylord. For fun, watch the "Dragnet" episode, "The Bank Examiner Swindle,' from 1967 and at the 12 second mark you will again get to see the Gaylord off in the distance. Happy viewing!
Here we go... It does not get grander than this! AVAILABLE soon;
***RENTED***- Two Bed/Two Bath unit, 14th floor (the top!), 1380 sq ft, north, south & west facing views, from the "HOLLYWOOD" sign to Catalina Island, concrete floors, 9ft ceilings, great closets, big & bright, $3,000.00/month.***RENTED***