Ann Dvorak’s Los Angeles Pt 7: 6128 Wilshire Blvd.

Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 252

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If you look beyond the No. 1 Furniture Group and Chiropractic Group offices at 6128 Wilshire Blvd, you’ll see a thirty unit apartment building. This is where a teenaged Ann Dvorak was living with her mother and stepfather, Anna Lehr and Arthur Pearson, in 1929. This is where Ann would have been residing when she made the trek down to the MGM Studios to appear as a chorus girl in Hollywood Revue of 1929.

Marlene Laskey Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

A couple of years ago, a patron came into the library doing research on this building, specifically about Lane’s Cocktails which occupied one of the storefronts in the 1960s. When she gave me the address and said she was looking for information about the building, I responded, “Oh, that’s where Ann Dvorak lived when she first started as a chorine at MGM.” I’m fairly certain I am the only librarian on the face of the planet who could have answered with that.

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