The producer said the the estate had the feeling of an old 1940's, director's estate and wanted to shoot most of the film in and outside of the casa. The papers were signed and a film date was set for March of 1975.
I was an extra in the film while Gene hung out behind the scenes with the family and crew. He had his eye on every detail, making sure the contract was being honored and the property was respected.
My friend Pearl White in a shot taken on the grounds of Casa Guillermo, or House of Williams.
Pearl White, Gene Dorney and Chuck's wife, Ann Williams.
A view of the Casa with my sister Donna heading to the guest house where she lived for 5 years.
Noel A. Wiliams, Linda Beaty, Sharrie, Gene Dorney and Ann Williams between filming.
More fun details of the filming of Goodbye Norma Jean, in The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It. Get a signed copy from http://www.maybellinebook.com/.
If you want to see more pictures of the Casa, vintage cars, clothes, sets, makeup used in Goodbye Norma Jean, scroll down as I posted many posts about the movie being filmed at my fathers estate.