Early Paramount Studios (Images of America)
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For over 100 years, Paramount Pictures has been captivating movie and television audiences worldwide with its alluring imagery and compelling stories. Arising from the collective genius of Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky, and Cecil B. DeMille during the 1910s, Paramount Pictures is home to such enduring classics as Wings, Sunset Boulevard, The Ten Commandments, Love Story, The Godfather, the Indiana Jones series, Chinatown, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Titanic, and Star Trek. Early Paramount Studios chronicles Paramounts origins, culminating in the creation and expansion of the lot at 5555 Melrose Avenue, the last major motion picture studio still in Hollywood.
with UA would prove equally short, as he died suddenly of peritonitis in August 1926. Valentino’s funeral in New York and burial in Hollywood would be like none other seen before or since, with thousands of mourners lining the streets while a plane circled overhead dropping rose petals onto the well-wishers below. Valentino, the great lover of the silent screen, is interred across the wall from Paramount at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 54 Paramount Theaters, 1923. To curb Zukor’s growing power
which has since been closed to vehicular traffic. Below is the opposite side of the building, which borders an area known as Production Park. This area has several production offices as well as a three-story row of dressing rooms, which was probably the only place in Hollywood where actors traditionally tried to work their way down. That’s because the top floors were used for extras, the middle floors for better-known contract players, and the bottom floors, which were usually better air
the lower left of the photograph was used as an entryway for those hoping to be cast as extras. 65 Western Stars, 1926 and 1927. Above, Western star Jack Holt sits outside his bungalow alongside his horse Betisia with Biz, the canine mascot of Lasky Ranch, in the saddle. Holt starred in several Zane Grey–based Westerns for Paramount. A leading man for many years, he married only once and remained with his wife until his death 35 years later. The union produced three children, including actor
the war effort was Carole Lombard, pictured at left, who died in a plane crash in 1942 while returning from a bond rally in Indiana. On the second anniversary of her death, the Liberty ship SS Carole Lombard was launched with Lombard’s widower, Clark Gable, in attendance. 98 Commissary, 1936 and 1937. Fred MacMurray starred alongside Carole Lombard in four Paramount films in the 1930s: Hands Across the Table (1935), The Princess Comes Across (1936), Swing High, Swing Low (1937), and True
christen the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland’s opening ceremonies in July 1955. Paulette Goddard, 1938. Paulette Goddard began her film career by literally escorting silent films off into the sunset. This happened when she and her future husband, Charlie Chaplin, strolled together down the highway during the closing scene of Modern Times, the silent era’s final film. After her marriage to Chaplin ended in divorce, Goddard became a big star at Paramount. She was later married to actor Burgess