Saturday, April 15, 2017
Even though today's images are from Universal Studios, they are not the typical photos you might see from the famous Studio Tour (no "Glamor Trams", no flash floods, no Western Streets, no stunt shows).
I believe that this first one was taken at the lower studio entrance off of Lankershim Boulevard, at what is now called "James Stewart Avenue"; but I could be wrong! If so, please chime in and let me know. It's hard to tell because the studio has undergone so many massive changes since 1961.
This appears to be the guard gate to keep looky-loos and nosy people (like me) from getting on to the studio lot; I would imagine that this is where movie stars and other folks would have to show their passes. And yet it makes me wonder how our photographer managed to get past the steely-eyed guard.
Howsabout that beautiful peach-colored car? I think it might be a '58 Pontiac Bonneville, but Nanook will let us know for sure!
We can still see the Pontiac, so this mere yards from where the first photo was shot. Helpful writing on the slide's cardboard mount tells us that that blocky gray edifice is where Edith Head's office was. Edith was a legendary costume designer for directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, and so many others. She won eight Academy Awards, though she was nominated 35 times!
Among the films she worked - - - "The Sting", "Double Indemnity", "All About Eve", "Sunset Boulevard", "Roman Holiday", "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Vertigo", and "The Ten Commandments". What a career!
Here she is in her heyday (without her famous round glasses):
And of course, Edith was the model upon which "Edna Mode" from "The Incredibles" was loosely based!