Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - Hollywood Stars and The Valley They Called Home

The San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles was the place to live if you were a Hollywood actor or actress from the early days of film to the current days. It was a serene valley away from the hustle and bustle of the lights, camera and action of Hollywood. Sometimes, Hollywood’s famous would hide behind big gated fences to maintain their privacy and others we were proud to call our next door neighbor.

Bob Hope (Entertainer and Actor) – longest residency in Toluca Lake

Lucille Ball (Actress) - televisions most beloved red-head and star of the I Love Lucy television show (1951 – 1957)

Marion Ross – (Actress) America’s favorite mom in the television show “Happy Days”

Henry Winkler (Actor, The Fonz in the television series “Happy Days”

Gene Autry – (Singer/Actor)

Sandra Tsing Loh, (Author) - “A Year in Van Nuys” and radio show host for The Loh Down on Science on the radio station KPCC

Britney Spears (Singer/Actress)

Richie Valens (Singer) -“La Bamba” and “Donna.” Tragically, he died in a plane crash at age 17.

David Kopay ( Football celebrity)

Frankie Avalon (Actor/Singer)

Amelia Earhart – (Aviationer)

Bing Crosby – (Singer/Actor) – his song “San Fernando Valley” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts on the week ending April 20, 1944.

Roy Rogers & Dale Evans (actor/actress/singers)

~Valley Girl~