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Harold Lloyd at the pool
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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.; Ernst Udet was the second-highest scoring and one of the youngest German flying aces of World War I. He was under the command of the famed Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen. After the war, he became a stunt pilot, international barnstormer and light aircraft manufacturer. He worked on several American films. He committed suicide on November 17, 1941. Tito Falconi was born on 15 July 1907 in Italy. He was a highly decorated pilot of the Italian Royal Air Force in World War II. In the 1930s, he spent several years in the United States, performing in air shows. In Los Angeles, in 1933, he broke the record for flying upside down, going for 2 hours, 8 minutes and 54 seconds.
Photograph caption dated July 3, 1933 reads "A group of noted fliers and aviation enthusiasts attending the National Air Races were guests of Harold Lloyd, the famous film comedian, at a swimming party and luncheon at his estate today. The photo shows Major Ernst Udet, German ace, at left; Lieutenant Tito Falconi, Italian stunt flier, in center, and Lloyd with a diving helmet that Major Udet wore in exploring the bottom of the pool." Udet is in the pool while Falconi is kneeling in a swimsuit, and Lloyd in a suit, look on. Lloyd's estate, named Greenacres, was located at 1740 Green Acres Drive in Beverly Hills.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 330
Lloyd, Harold,--1893-1971
Udet, Ernst,--1896-1941
Falconi, Tito
Greenacres (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Comedians--United States
Swimming pools--California--Beverly Hills
Air pilots
Air pilots, Military
Fighter pilots
Stunt performers
Men--California--Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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