Alla Nazimova – original resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
A great silent screen star, Alla Nazimova, was the original resident of the Garden of Allah. In 1917 she was offered a $13,000 a week contract–$3,000 more than Mary Pickford–with Metro studios (working with future MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer.) In 1918 she spent $65,000 on a California Spanish home on Sunset Boulevard (then still […]
Garson Kanin – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Garson Kanin was a writer and director of plays and films. He is best remembered for his collaborations with his wife, actress Ruth Gordon. Together, they wrote the Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn film comedies “Adam’s Rib” (1949) and “Pat and Mike” (1952), both directed by George Cukor. He also wrote the play “Born Yesterday” (1946) and […]
Francis X. Bushman – visitor to the Garden of Allah Hotel
Actor Francis X. Bushman didn’t ever live at the Garden of Allah, but he’s one of the few people (along with this wife) who attended both the opening night party (in January 1927) and closing night party in October 1959–partygoers were asked to come dressed as the hotel’s previous guests and over 1000 people did. […]
Hugh Williams – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
British actor Hugh Williams lived at the Garden of Allah where he lived at villa #10 (next door to Margaret Sullavan) from November 1933 to early 1935 while he was under contract at 20th Century Fox. He was good friends with fellow residents Charles Laughton & Elsa Lanchester, and attended a weekly poker game with […]
H. B. Warner – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
British born H.B. Warner attended the opening night party of the Garden of Allah, and according to Sheila Graham’s book, later became a resident. His began his acting career in silent films in 1914 and worked on dozens of silents including the role of Jesus Christ in DeMille’s “The King of Kings” (1927). He easily […]
Natalie Schafer – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
These days we know Natalie Schafer almost solely from her role as Mrs Howell on “Gilligan’s Island” but back in the day (’40s and ’50s) she acted in movies, including “The Snake Pit” (1948) and “Anastasia” (1956). She lived at the Garden of Allah in the 1930s where she fell in love with fellow resident […]
Harry Ruby – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
According to Sheilah Graham’s book “The Garden of Allah”, Harry Ruby lived at the Garden of Allah for a while, probably in the 1930s. He was a writer both of music, songs and screenplays. The most notable films he wrote music for where the Marx Brothers’ movies “Animal Crackers” (1930), “Horse Feathers” (1932), and “Duck […]
Marc Connolly – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Marc Connolly was a successful New York playwright who moved to Hollywood when the studios came a-calling in the mid 1930s. He chose to live at the Garden of Allah to be with fellow writers Robert Benchley & George Kaufman. His most famous screenplays were for “Captain Courageous” 1937, “I Married A Witch” (1942) and […]
Marshall “Mickey” Neilan – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Marshall “Mickey” Neilan was originally an actor in the earliest days of the silents but became a top director for Goldwyn Pictures, directed a small number for a pre-MGM Louis B. Mayer, then directed Mary Pickford in several productions including “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and “The Little Princess” in 1917. He became the most famous […]
Louis Calhern – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Louis Calhern was a very well-known character actor who appeared in countless movies, including “The Road to Singapore” (1931), “Heaven Can Wait” (1943), “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950), and “High Society” (1956). He was a very frequent resident at the Garden of Allah and lived there with 3 of his 4 wives: Julia Hoyt, Natalie Schafer, […]