Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Studio Club

Can you imagine Maureen O'Sullivan, Marie Windsor, Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak, Sharon Tate, Diana Hill, Barbara Eden, Rita Moreno, Evelyn Keyes, Ayn Rand, Ann B Davis and Linda Darnell living at the one single address? Well, they did. Not all at the same time, mind you. The Studio Club was a residence, though some referred to it as more of a sorority house, open to women seeking a career in any facet of showbusiness

It was originally designed by the architect who designed Hearst Castle, to house 88 young women.  The Club hosted acting classes, dances, teas, dinners and occasional plays, fashion shows and stunt nights. The cost was $15 weekly and that included a single or double room and 2 meals daily. How I wish this was still the way of the world! But that's not all folks, it also provided each resident with two meals a day, the all-important sundeck, sewing machines, hair driers, laundry equipment, typewriters, theatre literature, practice rooms and even a rehearsal stage.

Famously, Marilyn Monroe posed for nude pictures in order to pay the $50 she owed for her room and board at the Studio Club.

Many film industry advocates and film tycoons supported this elite chaperoned dormitory (strictly no men in lodgings).  These people included Cecil B DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, Howard Hughes, Metro Goldwyn, Warner Brothers, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Coogan.

I do believe this building is still standing and although it is no longer housing for fledgeling filmstars, I think it is run by the WMCA and with all that Bombshell history, it's worth a little look.

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