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Join us for a look into the secret stairways and history of a neighborhood that housed many a star on the silver screen during the Egyptian’s early years.
This event does NOT take place at the Egyptian Theatre. Meeting location (with free parking) will be revealed to you once you purchase your tickets for this event.
In 1918 a local landowner named H.J. Whitley commissioned an architect to begin building an exclusive Mediterranean village above the flat of Hollywood. Called Whitley Heights, this fashionable neighborhood attracted a celebrity clientele and quickly became the Beverly Hills of early Hollywood. Residents from the early period included silent screen star Rudolph Valentino, comedian W.C. Fields, leading ladies Jean Harlow, Carol Lombard and Marlene Dietrich, and leading men William Powell and Tyrone Power. The designer Adrian had a home here, during the period he created the ruby slippers from THE WIZARD OF OZ, as did the novelist/screenwriter William Faulkner, when he was writing the screenplays for TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT and THE BIG SLEEP. Wanting his high society residents to have easy access to culture, Whitley and his architect included a number of public staircases in their original design, so the stars could easily walk down the hill and across Highland Avenue to the Hollywood Bowl.