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 The largest collection of old Hollywood images is  With over 12,000 images in the collection, the owner, Bruce Torrence has put over 6,000 photographs on his web site.  

 He began collecting historic Hollywood photographs in the very early 1970s after his grandfather, Charles E. Toberman showed him about 30 photos he had in office.  Upon seeing these photos, Bruce began collecting old Hollywood images from every source available.  His desire was to build the largest collection of Hollywood photographs in the world.  After collecting for about three or four years, he began going around Hollywood taking pictures.  He felt that the photos he took would, at some point in the future, become historic images.  Over the course of the next twenty five...

Peter O'Toole Immortalized at Chinese Theater

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He was Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett and the man of the year in My Favorite Year. On April 30, 2011, Peter O'Toole was immortalized in cement among the gallery of the less than 200 other films notables in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. 
Angelica Houston, Jane Powell and a large group of his fans from the past 50 years came to see Peter place his hands and footprints into a specially mixed “gold dust” color of cement. The first of it’s kind in the 80 year history of this Hollywood tradition. The gold dust represents his epic appearance in 1962′s Lawrence Of Arabia, his first and most epic film. The first cement mason at the Chinese Theater was ...

Robert Duvall honored at Grauman's Chinese Theater

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Joined by Master of Ceremonies, James Caan, Andy Garcia, Billy Bob Thorton and Luciana Pedraza (Mrs. Robert Duvall) Academy Award winning actor Robert Duvall was honored with a historic hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood CA, January 5, 2011; cementing his acting achievements in one of the longest-running traditions in Hollywood.  Also in attendance were hundreds of adoring fans cheering for Duvall.
Duvall was celebriated for his '50 Years of Excellence in Film' and to mark his birthday as well. 'I am putting my foot in it on my birthday, actually, 'cause today is my birthday,'... 'And...

Walk of Fame Pictures For Purchase

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Have you ever been to the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Are you hoping to one day experience it for yourself, or maybe even join the many celebrities that have already made it? Most people don’t realize it, but the Walk of Fame attracts more tourists than almost any other Hollywood attraction and has been credited with helping make tourism the number one industry in Hollywood.

But what would it have been like to see the Walk of Fame when it was started? With Walk of Fame pictures, you can jump through a virtual time machine and put yourself right there. Imagine seeing the unveiling of your favorite star, right there on the walk. With Walk of Fame pictures, from, you really can see images of the many celebrities who have been honored by having their stars placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Celebrities...

Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors Shania Twain

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Shania Twain was honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bo Derek helped Shania unveils the 2,442nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard. 

Singer Shania Twain was born on August 28, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She began performing at the age of 13, on CBC Television’s Tommy Hunter Show.  At her Walk of Fame ceremony, she voiced surprise that she had come so far. 'I mean, why is a girl from Timmins, Ontario, standing here, getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?' the Grammy-winner asked. 'I really don't know... it's a small miracle, to be honest, that I am...

Fabulous Coconut Grove Pictures For Purchase

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Coconut Grove pictures can really give you a feel for what it is like to have a great time, surrounded by luxury and extravagance. Whether you have been there or not, seeing some of the vintage photographs will really help take you there.
The fantastic experiences many had at the Grove are retold in some of the most fantastic images from the collection. Get a behind the scenes look at some of your favorite personalities spending their free time with other 'big shots.'  


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Musso and Frank Grill claims to be the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, having opened in 1919. This claim is partially true, in that it is Hollywood's oldest restaurant.  However, it was not founded in 1919. Musso and Frank Grill opened its doors on July 28,1923 when Joseph Musso partnered with Frank Toulet, who owned Frank's Francois Cafe (originally known as Frank's Cafe) at 6669 Hollywood Blvd.  Frank Toulet opened Frank's Cafe on September 27th, 1919 and later changed the name to Frank's Francois Cafe.  It is this date of 1919, that Musso And Frank Grill claims to be the founding date of the restaurant.  
In 1927, Frank sold his interest to John Musso and Joseph Carissimi.  In...

Kyra Sedgwick Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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On June 8, 2011, Kyra Sedgwick was honored with the 2,384th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. at 6365 Hollywood Blvd. Her brass star was unveiled next to her husband's, Kevin Bacon's Walk of Fame star. 
The actress who is best known for her portrayal of Los Angeles Police Department deputy police chief Brenda Johnson on 'The Closer' was accompanied by her actor husband Kevin Bacon. Upon receiving her star, the 43-year-old said she first got into the acting business when she was twelve years old and never looked back.

Kyra Sedgwick was born in New York in 1965 and grew up in Manhattan. She made her professional acting debut at the age of 16 on the soap opera 'Another World.'  After that, she went on...

Penelope Cruz Received a Walk of Fame Star

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Penelope Cruz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, April 1st, in front of the El Capitan Theatre, 6834 Hollywood Boulevard. Joining her at her Walk of Fame ceremony was Johnny Depp who was, not only a good friend, but also one of her co-stars.  She became the first actress from Spain to be nominated and to win an Oscar.
Two of her first movies were the  Spanish films “Jamon, Jamon” and “Belle Epoque.”   In 1998 she starred in her first English  film, “The Hi-Lo Country”  opposite Woody Harrelson and Patricia Arquette . In 1999, Cruz won the...

Sissy Spacek's Walk of Fame Ceremony and Photographs

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On August 1, 2011, Sissy Spacek was honored with star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures.  Two guests, Bill Paxton and David Lynch,  joined Spacek while she unveil the 2,443rd Star at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The El Capitan Theatre
Sissy Spacek has been one of the industry’s most respected actresses for more than three decades. Her honors include an Academy Award, five additional Oscar nominations, three Golden Globe Awards and numerous critics’ awards.

Born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on Christmas Day 1949 in Texas, and given the nickname Sissy by her older brothers, Spacek won a singer-songwriter contest when she was 17 and moved to New York City to pursue a singing career, living with...

Historic Hollywood Images From

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It’s true that Hollywood is one of the most iconic locations in the world. When you think about all of the great movies that came out of Hollywood in the 20's and 30's, you can’t help but wish that you had been there. While you can get close through documentaries and watching the feature films, there's nothing like hearing the stories of someone who was right there rubbing elbows with the celebrities.

One of the easiest ways to experience Hollywood's fabulous history is to visit the largest collection of Hollywood images on the web site.  The collection has over 6,000 Hollywood Images that cover over ninety categories.  Visitors can see historic images of Hollywood Blvd., the Hollywood Bowl, ...

Hollywood's Don The Beachcomber Restaurant

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The story of Don the Beachcomber began shortly after Prohibition. A small town Minnesota schoolteacher with a big imagine named Cora Irene Sound saved enough money so that she could move to Los Angeles and secure a job as a waitress at the Tick Tock Tear Room, a family owned restaurant. Cora soon met an inventive bartender, Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, who served exotic rum drinks in his tacky tropical bar located in the Hollywood Hotel.  His moniker was 'Don The Beachcomber'. When the schoolteacher and bartender mated, Hollywood's first tropical restaurant was born.  Cora Irene (a.k.a. 'Sunny Sound' and 'Mama C.I.') borrowed money and opened Don's  Beachcomber Cafe, in 1934, at...

Hollywood Sign Images for Purchase

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Do you know why there are so many images of the Hollywood sign? Many people think that the sign exists as a symbol of the excess of the film making industry. Many feel that both Hollywood and Los Angeles are two of the most eccentric places in the world, and that the sign was erected as just another instance of this excess and extravagance. But in reality, the sign was erected to show off the upcoming development that was to be known as Hollywoodland.

In 1923, the developers of the Hollywoodland residential development, erected a sign on the side of the hills, just above the development  It read HOLLYWOODLAND....

Take a Peek at Coconut Grove Photos

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If you are really trying to get an understanding what it was like to be at the Coconut Grove in its prime, then you should take a look at some of the Coconut Grove photos which are on the web site

Many people think that the only way to experience the sheer luxury of the spot was to be there. But through these magnificent photos you not only get to see what it was like, but you can practically hear the buzz of conversation and smell the smoke as it drifts by.

The Coconut Grove photos show such stars as Jean Harlow, ...

Mocambo Nightclub and Photographs

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The Mocambo Nightclub, located at 8588 Sunset Boulevard, was founded in 1940 by Felix Young and ex-agent, Charles 'Charlie' Morrison. with a capacity of 150 to 175 persons, the world-renowned club became one of the favorite “haunts” of member of the movie colony. Stars such as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwick, Rosalind Russell, ...

Early Laurel Canyon History and Photographs

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Laurel Canyon and Lookout Mountain Inn

Shortly after Hollywood was annexed to the city of Lo Angeles in 1910, the Laurel. Canyon area began to experience some popularity because of its natural scenic beauty. Hundreds of visitors a week travelled up the canyon on a two-mile long, graded dirt road, later named Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Built by unemployed workers in 1907 at a cost of $10,000, the road ran up the canyon where it divided at what is now Lookout Mountain Avenue. The left road twisted its way up to ...

Earl Carroll Theater History and Photographs

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One of New York's most popular shows was Earl Carroll's 'Vanities' revue. The production, which ran from 1923 to 1936 was, in actuality, a refined burlesque show and was continuously raided by the police. Closing and reopening began to take its financial toll. with his fortune ebbing because of high court and production costs, Earl Carroll left New York.

After arriving in Hollywood in 1956 and finding sufficient financial backing, ...

Barnsdall Park History and Photographs

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Long before the cultural movement was to strike Los Angeles, Aline Barnsdall purchased Olive Hill on June 3, 1919, for the purpose or establishing an art center. The property, consisting of thirty-six acres bounded by Hollywood Boulevard,...

Brown Derby Restaurant History And Photographs

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One of Hollywood's finest and most popular restaurants, The Brown Derby, was opened on Valentines Day, l929, at 1628 North Vine Street in a building especially erected by Cecil B. Dellille. Founded by Herbert K. Somborn, he hired Robert H. Cobb as combination steward, buyer, cashier and occasional cook. After Somborn's death in 1934, Cobb was made president and general manager. Shortly thereafter, he became the owner. With ...

Walk The Walk Of Fame

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There's one great way to see the biggest stars in Hollywood - over 2,400 of them - and that's to take a stroll on the legendary Walk of Fame, also know as the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Every year more than 10 million people take the 2 ½ mile journey along Hollywood Boulevard, and this year the Walk of Fame is celebrating its 50th Anniversary by paying tribute to the famous and fabulous from movies, television, theatre, radio and music.

Celebrations started earlier this year on the official anniversary date, February...