My great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams, (founder and owner of the Maybelline Company, from 1915 - 1967,) moved from Chicago to California in the early 1930's...
bought Rudolph Valentino's, Villa Valentino,
The Maybelline Company, continued to run with his brother Noel J. Williams at the helm in Chicago,
but, all of Maybelline's Advertising was done in at the Villa Valentino, in the Hollywood Hills, where Tom Lyle contracted the biggest Stars to endorse his Maybelline products.
My grandparents, Preston and Evelyn Williams,
with my 11 year old father, Bill, followed Tom Lyle and Emery to California in 1935... and the rest is history. Read all about it in my book...The Maybelline Story.
Here is an another excerpt from Jane Allen's diary, while she and her cousin Annette Williams, visited their uncle Tom Lyle, Emery Shaver and Arnold Anderson, at the Villa Valentino in 1940. (Annette was Noel J. and Frances Williams daughter and Jane was a close cousin on from her mother's side.)
Monday June 10, 1940
We slept until noon, had a big breakfast and went down to the pool to sun.
Heard President Roosevelt at 3:15 and then went shopping. Not much luck shopping. Got a late start today, 4:00 PM, but will try tomorrow. Had our usual cocktail before dinner and a delicious dinner.
Saw Joan Crawford in “Susan and God” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Good picture and also saw hand prints of many stars in the concrete foyer.
As we were walking up the street to the theatre, we saw James Cagney,
and Frank McHugh standing talking.
Tuesday June 11, 1940
Slept until noon again which is wonderful.
After breakfast we spent an hour or so at the pool. Had a shopping tour on for the afternoon, so couldn't sun very long.
Bought a formal and bathing suit at Bullocks. Rushed home in time for dinner at 6:30.
Saw a good show at Hollywood Troupers Theatre, “The Sixth Floor.” Judith Allen was one of the leading characters.
After the show stopped in at the “Jade,” a Night Club all Chinese and very unusual.
Read another excerpt from Jane Allen's diary click here.
Side note: Hollywood Troupers Theatre, was renamed, the Las Palmas Theatre in the 1940's.
Las Palmas Theatre
I was born and raised in Culver City California and kept a diary of my 1964 High School diary, as well.
Excerpt from my diary