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Harold Lloyd bowling
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Dennis, John
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Harold Lloyd was born on April 20, 1893 in Burchard Nebraska. He was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer who is best known for his silent comedy films. He was also a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was one of the most popular actors of the silent film era along with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Lloyd's performance hanging from the hands of a clock high above the street in Safety Last! (1923) is one of the most iconic images in all of cinema. Lloyd began acting at the age of 20 and became friends with filmmaker Hal Roach. In 1919 he was seriously injured while holding what he thought was a prop bomb. It exploded, causing him to lose the thumb and forefinger of his right hand. By 1921 Lloyd and Roach moved from short films to feature length comedies. The films were popular and highly profitable, making him one of the wealthiest and most influential figures in early Hollywood. Lloyd married actress Mildred Davis on Saturday, February 10, 1923 in Los Angeles. The couple had three children (one adopted). After the silent film era, his popularity waned and he basically retired from film. In 1944 he became director and host of a radio anthology series that lasted only one season. He became involved in civic and charity work and experimented with photography. He died on March 8, 1971.
Photograph caption dated December 10, 1938 reads "Harold Lloyd is known as one of the best bowlers in Hollywood, but he slipped into this comic fall at the party. Daisy Parsons gave the affair for a wide circle of friends." Lloyd is on his back on the floor holding a bowling ball. The party was held at the Wilshire-La Brea Recreation Center at 737 S. La Brea.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 330
Lloyd, Harold,--1893-1971
Wilshire-La Brea Recreation Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Bowlers--California--Los Angeles
Bowling--California--Los Angeles
Bowling alleys--California--Los Angeles
Bowling balls--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Comedians--United States
Men--California--Los Angeles
Recreation centers--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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