Ann Dvorak’s Los Angeles, Pt. 8: Corner of Wilshire Blvd & Shatto Place

Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 263


On June 18, 1929 a mysterious curtain was standing in a vacant lot at the NE corner of Wilshire Blvd & Shatto Place. At 8:30pm, the curtain dropped to reveal a “living billboard” reading METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER’S HOLLYWOOD REVUE,  GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATRE. Sitting atop the words “Hollywood” and “Revue” were a bevy of MGM chorus girls, with the first “O” adorned by our very own Ann Dvorak.

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The corner of Wilshire & Shatto is still more or less vacant – it’s a parking lot. But at least now when driving by this nondescript area, you have an excuse to think of Ann Dvorak.


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