This Day in Ann Dvorak History: Return From Hawaii

Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 5


On January 5, 1935, Ann Dvorak and husband Leslie Fenton arrived in the port of Los Angeles on the S.S. Lurline. They were returning from a trip to Hawaii, where they had spent two days on Oahu, and around eleven days sea. So, the couple spent both Christmas and New Year’s afloat on the Pacific.

In typical Fenton fashion, they visited the U.S. Experiment Station for sugar cane, rather than engaging in more traditional touristy activities. However, they did live it up a little by spending their two nights at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, aka the Pink Palace.

When providing information for travel, Fenton identified himself as a writer even though he was still acting and does not seem to have actually published much of anything. Ann lists her year of birth as 1913, but it was actually 1911. I get the impression Ann’s mom could never quite remember what year her daughter was born, and Ann did not confirm it until years later.

Ship Manifest from January 5, 1935 (

Ship Manifest from January 5, 1935 (

The stay may have been short, but the impression was deep and lasting. When Ann and her third husband, Nicholas Wade, decided to moved away from Southern California in the late 1950s, Ann choose Hawaii, and lived their until her death in 1979.

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