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Saturday, March 8, 2014

HISTORICAL EVIDENCE ON VALLEY OFFICE WALLS

 BUILDING A GREAT MUSEUM FOR THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Recently I discussed the importance of artifacts from all over the world that find their way to the San Fernando Valley. Tucked above home office desks and family rooms are a seemingly endless array of photographs and memorabilia related not only to the Valley but western civilization itself. Here are a couple of historical treasures in offices that I visited this week.


Igor Stravinsky Manuscript 1947
 
Fragment of the ballet Orpheus composed by Igor Stavinski in West Hollywood in 1947. Written by Stavinski, one of the most important classical composers of the 20th century.  the work was created for George Balanchine for hisworld famous ballet troop.

The great film producer Hal Wallis came to Los Angeles in 1923 and created films for Warner Brothers Studios until 1944. Some of his most important Valley featured films include the World War II classic Casablanca and Robin Hood. Wallis and his silent movie film star wife Louise Fazenda lived at Magnolia and Woodman in Sherman Oaks. Louise, one of the most successful silent stars was famous for her charitable works and concerned for the disadvantaged.  

 Automobile of Hal Wallis and Louise Fazunda in Sherman Oaks

Silent Movie Star, Louise Fazena - 1895 to 1962




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