Friday, February 25, 2011

Remodeled Villa Valentino becomes a showplace in the Hollywood Hills.

Remodeled Villa Valentino in 1945.

Aspiration over looking the pool.

Valentino's sudden death at 31 from a ruptured ulcer caused worldwide hysteria, several suicides, and riots at his funeral. These same crowds of women haunted the Villa Valentino in Whitley Heights for many years.   Even after Tom Lyle bought the Villa Valentino, he had to keep the looky loo's at bay.

Tom Lyle purchased the Great Lover's heavily carved Italian lacquered desk and placed it in his office over looking Aspiration and the pool in the big bay window.  I'm happy to say the beautiful desk is still in our family after all these years - a treasured piece of nostalgic Hollywood history. 

Read more about the Villa Valentino in The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It. Read more:

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