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Hollywood Studio Club Photos & History

Hollywood Studio Club Photos & History

Unquestionably, one of Hollywood's finest and most charitable institutions was the famous Hollywood studio club. Within five years from the time the first Indio settled in Hollywood, but once sleepy little community was inundated with hundreds of young girls, from all over the country, who had high hopes of instant stardom. Early in 1916, a group of these young movie hopefuls began gathering regularly in the basement of the Hollywood public library to read plays together. Many of the girls were strangers, lonely as only a young girl in a strange city can be, and often were desperately discouraged.

1918 Hollywood Studio Club

Founding the Hollywood Studio Club

The librarian, Mrs. Eleanor Jones, became concerned about the welfare of these girls when she learned that most of them were living in poorly supervised boarding houses and cheap hotels. Realizing the need to provide proper chaperoning and guidance, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Charles Richmond went to the Young women's Christian Association who backed them in locating a recreation hall on Hollywood Boulevard where the girls could meet and dance or have other forms of entertainment. Later, plans were made to enlarge and provide living quarters.

Hollywood Studio Club Photos Website

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Hollywood Studio Club ladies

First Hollywood Studio Club Clubhouse

The funds for the first years rent for a clubhouse and 6129 Carlos Ave., were raised in less than one hour at a businessman's luncheon. This building accommodated and girls, among them Carmel Myers, Marjorie Daw, Zazu Pitts, and an O'Neil.  And dinner and the use of all of the facilities. This was the founding of the Hollywood studio club.

New Clubhouse

As more and more girls came to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune, the need for such a facility became more essential. 10 years after its founding the club moved into a beautiful three-story Mediterranean structure at 1215 Lido Place. When the new building was announced, with Mrs. Cecil B. DeMille as chairman of the committee, the film industry lined up solidly behind. Plaques over some of the doors explained that the rooms were built and furnished by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Howard Hughes, Marion Davies and Gloria Swanson. The residence had a capacity for 94 girls. Practically from the first day, it was filled to capacity and often there was a long waiting list.

1926 New Clubhouse

The club was always buzzing with several activities. If it wasn't a dance or concert, it was a play or a party. It was truly an ideal home away from home.

For a minimum rent they got a pleasant room, breakfast and dinner and the use of all facilities: sundeck's, game room, laundry, kitchenettes for light meals, little theater, typewriters and dating parlors.

YWCA

During its nearly 60 years of service, the Hollywood studio club, which remain under the auspices of the YWCA, was called home by thousands of potential starlets. Most, of course, found the letter to the top to see and had to settle for less: a job as a writer's secretary for designers assistant, marriage to a cameraman for the high school sweetheart back home. On the other hand, the club boasted of many famous alumni including such personalities as Marie Windsor, Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Malone, Shirley Knight, Gayle Storm, Linda Darnell, Kim Novak and countless others.

1926 Ladies at Hollywood Studio Club

The club began suffering, when, during the 1960s, some of the studios moved out of the area, and changing lifestyles make a protective atmosphere of the YWCA less attractive. In a move to keep the Hollywood studio club from financial disaster, the YWCA change the operation from the residence to that of a hotel which was open to all women. They stop serving meals, except for a continental breakfast.

Hollywood Studio Club Closes

The facility found itself serving a large number of women who were homeless and jobless with no place else to turn, so the financial troubles continued. Their problems were further compounded in 1975 when the city of Los Angeles informed them that they could no longer use the building as a residence because it did not need the new fire safety standards. With this devastating news, the world-famous Hollywood studio club was forced to close its doors after 59 years of generous service to the community.

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