|Tom Lyle Williams, Jane Allen, Emery Shaver, Annette Williams, Arnold Anderson, 1940 at the Villa Valentino.|
Wednesday June 13, 1940
Excerpt from Jane Allen's diary while visiting her uncle at the Villa Valentino.
and more that I just can't remember now. The picture was very good. Was over about Twelve midnight. We had our long walk from the entrance to the driveway again, with lots of spectators looking for stars.
On our way out, we saw Gene Lockhart,
and Hedda Hopper.
The announcer gave us a thrill calling Mr. TL Williams' car waiting. We were just like the big shots.
From Carthay Circle we drove to Ciros, the swankiest nightclub in Hollywood. Certainly couldn't have gotten into the place without reservations, as the club was jammed. Ciros is a beautiful place, very modern and very colorful.
Just as we entered we saw Robert Taylor,
Jack Benny, Mary Livingston,
Edward Arnold and his wife,
Andrea Leeds and her husband,
Bette Davis and her party sat right next to our table. In fact her chair was bumped right up next to my chair.
Constance Bennett and her party was a table on the other side next to our table.
William Powell and his wife Diana Lewis, had a table behind us.
Across the way was Norma Shearer and her party.
Also saw Geraldine Fitzgerald,
George Jessel with his sixteen year old bride, Lois Andrew,
and Louise Fazenda.
Most of the stars we saw at the Premiere were also at Circos. Never in my life have I ever seen, heard of or expected to attend such a gala affair It was the height of formality and considered the social occasion of the season in Hollywood. After several drinks, frosted daiquiris, we had something to eat and got home about 3:30 am. Believe our party was the last to leave Ciros. Don't think I ever enjoyed any activity so much in my life. The memory will be something to go over again and again.
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