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Title
Mrs. Harold Lloyd and friends
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
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. Roy Brooks was born in 1901 and was a childhood friend of Mildred Davis, Lloyd's wife. He was an American actor who appeared in many of Lloyd's early films and later became Lloyd's personal secretary. He stayed close to the family for many years, living on their estate. He was gay and never tried to hide the fact. He died in 1976.
Photograph caption dated January 30, 1937 reads "In one of the most charming parties in recent weeks, a group of the society set is pictured at the Cocoanut Grove the other evening when Mrs. Margaret L. Smith of Honolulu and Los Angeles, entertained in honor of Mrs. Frederick Conger Bryan on the latter's birthday. Left to right, Mrs. Smith, the hostess; Roy Brooks, Mrs. Harold Lloyd and Alexander Black. The tables were beautifully decorated for the event." The group is seated at a table with floral arrangements and candles. Other diners and waiters are in the background. The Cocoanut Grove was a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel located at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00110701
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 330
CARL0005355660
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/33985
Subject
Davis, Mildred,--1900?-1969
Brooks, Roy,--1901-1976
Lloyd, Harold,--1893-1971--Family
Ambassador Hotel
Cocoanut Grove (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Nightclubs--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Parties--California--Los Angeles
Waiters--California--Los Angeles
Candles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Eating & drinking--California--Los Angeles
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Flower arrangements
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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