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Shrine 'First family' fetes visitors
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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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.; Mildred Hillary Davis was born on February 22, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was an American actress who appeared in many of Harold Lloyd's classic silent comedies and eventually became his wife. She was very active in the Beverly Hills social scene often hosting parties at their Beverly Hills mansion, Greenacres. She died on August 18, 1969. Mildred Gloria Lloyd, the eldest Lloyd child, was born in 1924. She became a model and actress and died in 2012. Marjorie Elizabeth "Peggy" Lloyd was born in 1925 and was adopted by the Lloyds in 1930. She was also a model and actress. She died in 1986.Mildred Gloria Lloyd, the eldest Lloyd child, was born in 1924. She became a model and actress and died in 2012. Marjorie Elizabeth "Peggy" Lloyd was born in 1925 and was adopted by the Lloyds in 1930. She was also a model and actress. She died in 1986. Harold Lloyd, Jr. was born in 1931 and as an adult sang, acted in a few films and worked in production in some of his father's compilation films. He was gay, which his parents accepted, but he led a troubled life, finding it difficult to live in the shadow of his famous dad. He died in 1971, not long after his father.; The Shriners, or Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.), were established in the U.S. in 1870 as an appendant body to Freemasonry. In order to be eligible for membership in the Shrine, a person must be a Master Mason in the Freemasonry Fraternity. Masons, or Freemasons, are members of the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. The basic, local organizational unit of Freemasonry is the lodge, and lodges are supervised at the regional level by a Grand Lodge. Each Grand Lodge is independent, and they do not necessarily recognize each other as being legitimate. The Freemason motto is "better men make a better world." Freemasonry stresses honor, personal responsibility and personal integrity and there is an obligation placed on every Mason to contribute to charity.
Photograph caption dated June 19, 1950 reads "Imperial Potentate Harold Lloyd is pictured with present--and future--members of his family as they hosted top Shrine officials and families at a 'family picnic' in Biltmore Hotel. Left to right are daughter, Gloria, and fiance, William Guasti; Lloyd and wife; son, Harold jr.; daughter, Peggy, and husband, A. Batrlett (sic) Ross jr. It was convention's smartest social event." The group is standing in front of a sign on an easel that reads "Welcome to the family party picnic grounds." The group is dressed formally, the women have flowers adorning their gowns and the men are wearing tuxedos. Harold Lloyd is wearing a Shriner's fez. The Biltmore Hotel is located in Downtown Los Angeles.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 330
Lloyd, Harold,--1893-1971
Davis, Mildred,--1900?-1969
Lloyd, Harold,--Jr.,--1931-1971
Lloyd, Mildred Gloria
Lloyd, Marjorie Elizabeth
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America--Presidents
Families--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Men--California--Los Angeles--Societies and clubs
Fraternal organizations--California--Los Angeles
Comedians--United States
Flowers--California--Los Angeles
Fezzes--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Children of celebrities--United States
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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