The Dames Hit Hollywood! Day Three: The Hollywood Museum
Since I love history and Hollywood, I was excited beyond belief to visit the Hollywood Museum, located at the former Max Factor building. I’ve heard beforehand that the museum is chock-full of rare artifacts and collectibles…and boy was that an understatement! If you ever visit this museum (which you totally SHOULD!) I recommend you take two or three days to see it, so you can fully view and appreciate everything it contains. Obviously, this was one of my favorite parts of the vacation.
The entrance to the museum, which has the scariest Marilyn Monroe statue of all time waiting there. “Hooray for Hollywood” from the film Hollywood Hotel was playing on a constant loop there, which meant that I was whistling along on a constant loop as well!
A more close-up view of the sign.
The side sign and some detail of the building.
Haha you get the idea by now, I hope!
The people who work there are very nice. They complimented me endlessly on my hair and makeup (yay!) A lot of people complimented my style in Hollywood in general. Hollywood people are a lot nicer than New York people for sure! Anyway, The entire first floor is intact from the Max Factor days, and is now a tribute to the master behind our favorite faces and hairstyles. So, they still got the pink lobby (which has a ton of stuff to look at as well), and you know that Max Factor’s makeup was created based on hair color, right? (he would create a line for redheads, another for brunettes, blondes, etc) Well, he actually had rooms for the hair colors as well, where he would treat the actresses. Today, each room features a famous actress well-known for having that hair color. The room “For Redheads Only” features Lucille Ball and Rita Hayworth, and even some Joan Crawford. “For Blondes Only” features mostly Marilyn Monroe. “For Brunettes Only” features mostly Judy Garland.
In the pink lobby:
A costume worn by Michael Jackson. You can see a hall lined with glamour portraits in the background
Rudolph Valentino’s sunglasses (missing the bridge for the nose) and something else that belonged to him, I have no idea what it is.
The shoes and wands used by the Harry Potter kids to make their prints in Grauman’s forecourt.
Display case containing two 1930s fan magazines, and various kinds of Max Factor makeup.
A close-up of an issue of True Confessions featuring Joan Crawford on the cover.
An issue of Screen Book featuring Marlene Dietrich and Max Factor makeup (this is not Marlene’s personal makeup)
Now here’s Joan’s personal makeup!
Joan’s face powder, rouge (wet and dry), grease paint, compact mirror, and false eyelashes (the freakiest false eyelashes in the entire world. They probably stood two inches off her face!)
Another pair of Joan’s eyelashes, and what I suppose is the stuff she would use to apply them. I think the black thing is mascara, which was dry at that time and quite different from what we have today.
More of Joan’s face powder and rouge. The beige-ish bottle is actually leg makeup, and the blue bottle next to that seems to be a cologne.
A portrait of Joan putting all that stuff on her face.
A case dedicated to Mae West.
An issue of Movie Mirror featuring West.
Haha her rhinestone heels
A closer view of the case: Mae’s hair extensions, beauty tools, and Christmas present she gave to someone.
Bette Davis’ shoes, and a random Irving G Thalberg award in the background
Bette Davis and Darryl F Zanuck
Academy Award of Sol Harperin for the invention of CinemaScope
Original vintage photograph of Clark Gable, Ria Langham, Constance Bennett, and Gilbert Roland dining out. How much do you love that vintage camera underneath it?
Joan and Tone! Haha, love their names
A 1938 issue of Life magazine featuring Rudolph Valentino
In the Redhead Room:
Lucille Ball’s own chaise lounge and hair dryer. even though there is a sign on the chaise that says ”do not sit”, I sat on it anyway.
For you, Mark (there always seems to be something dedicated to you every day of this trip!) a photo of Lucille Ball and Hedda Hopper.
Costume worn by Lucille Ball in the Tallulah Bankhead episode of The Lucy/Desi Comedy Hour
Poster for the most hilarious film ever, The Long, Long Trailer.
Rita Hayworth’s personal vanity set.
Random boatload of Max Factor makeup and other knickknacks
Lucille Ball’s sunglasses, jewelry and makeup, and a tea set which was used in I Love Lucy. I love that TV Guide issue with her caricature on it!
Photos of Lucille Ball and a stand of her personal makeup
Close-up on the makeup, which includes face powder, mascara, eyeliner, and pancake makeup. Those are her pearls in the background as well.
Random photos of Joan Crawford
Lucille Ball’s sunglasses
In the Brunette Room:
A Judy Garland Max Factor ad, Judy and Max Factor
THE RUBY SLIPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Costume worn by Judy Garland in A Star Is Born
Judy’s makeup, makeup case, and jewelry. The lower shelf has her baby clothes!
Joan Crawford’s fur coat, purse, and shoes
In the Blonde Room:
Portrait of Jean Harlow glamming it up
Marilyn Monroe’s death certificate
Newspaper reporting the death of Marilyn Monroe
What looks like Max Factor’s “makeup lab” with his personal makeup case, lots of strange beauty gadgets, and hair extensions lining the ceiling
Randomness inside the museum (second and third floors):
A poster of Without Love, with autographs:
Then there was a “portrait room”, full of nothing but glamour photos and shots of vintage Hollywood. That room on its own would take hours! Here’s some highlights:
More bits of vintage Hollywood awesomeness:
Autographs of Frank Capra and Roscoe Karns
autographs of the full Gone With The Wind cast
CARY GRANT’S CAR!!!!!!
My dad was obviously conflicted between photographing Elvis Presley’s robe or the posters on the bottom
evening gown belonging to Lucille Ball
Marilyn Monroe as Theda Bara. Can you believe?!
Charlie Chaplin’s Oscar nomination for Best Musical Score for Limelight
Poster of Some Like It Hot
Lobby card for Saratoga.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I saw the Harlow at 100 exhibit at this museum. Here are the photos from it:
Harlow’s white gown and white fox fur cape
I once saw a dress of Anna May Wong’s and said she’s like the height and width of a pencil. Well, Harlow is the size of a pencil broken in half.
Jean’s 1932 Packard Phaeton
Jean’s paycheck from MGM
A note written by Jean on her own stationary. Each MGM star had their own personalized stationary.
Publicity portrait of Jean for her last film, Saratoga
My new favorite photo of Jean. There is something so poignant about it
Many newspapers reported the tragic death of Jean Harlow
It even made headlines in international publications
This picture is too depressing to even explain
Jean’s personal makeup
In 1937, Jean was the first actress to grace the cover of Life magazine
Jean’s childhood address book. It contained the address of her grandfather
A love letter written by Jean to her high school crush, a boy named Howard
A playbill and ticket to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre premiere of Hell’s Angels, Jean’s breakout film
A souvenir program from the premiere
A program from the president’s birthday ball, one of the last events Jean attended before her death
Jean and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the ball
Jean’s personalized handkerchiefs
A menu from the MGM commissary signed by all the major stars of the time: Jean, Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone, William Powell, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Montgomery, and Myrna Loy, among others
It’s no secret that Jean loved children. Here, she responds to a young fan named Josephine
Beyond the Harlow exhibit:
A gorgeous dress worn by Greta Garbo
A caricature of Cary Grant
Mae West costume, awards, and photographs
Mae West costume and accessories
Claudette Colbert costume and accessories from Cleopatra
photograph and accessories worn by Theda Bara in her version of Cleopatra
Cameras and film equipment from the silent era
Robe worn by Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky series
More vintage film equipment:
I bet you a million dollars this is upside down and I can’t even tell lol
The entire basement of the museum was replicated to look like the prison from Silence of the Lambs. Since my family and I were the only people in the museum that day, it was 364237623 times creepier than it should’ve been: