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The Father of Hollywood

Keith, Gaelyn Whitley;k8,8

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ISBN 10: 1616634758 / ISBN 13: 9781616634759
Published by Tate Publishing, Mustang, OK, 2010
Condition: Very good(+) Soft cover
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Octavo in brown and white pictorial wrappers (brown spine); 345 pages: illustrations, maps; 23 cm. Inscribed and signed by Gaelyn Whitley Keith; In English. Abstract: "The life of visionary real estate developer H.J. Whitley is told by his great-granddaughter, based on his letters, memoirs and reminiscences of his wife, and other documentation." Very good(+) to near fine copy; wrappers are very lightly edgeworn and cover is slightly curled; very light soil to corners of pages along the edges; o/w wrappers are clean and free of tears; pages are clean, crisp, bright and free of marks, notes and creases; binding is tight; a gently loved, collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # 85294

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Title: The Father of Hollywood

Publisher: Tate Publishing, Mustang, OK

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very good(+)

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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The world has been fascinated by Hollywood, California, for years. The glamour, the sophistication, the scandal--the world can't help but follow the happenings of this incredible city. It is a city where stories are created, stories that come to life on a screen and allow viewers the chance to escape their everyday lives for a bit. But few people know the story of how Hollywood came to be. In this beautifully written biography, author Gaelyn Whitley Keith introduces readers to her great-grandfather, HJ Whitley, The Father of Hollywood. Keith uses her research and her great-grandmother Gigi's journal and memoir to recreate the story of HJ's life, a story as captivating as any film. You'll travel to the Midwest, interacting with cowboys and Native Americans. You'll cruise around the world. But most importantly, you'll watch the development of an unforgettable community. You'll witness the creation of Whitley Heights. You'll learn how the famous Hollywood sign came to be. And you'll discover just what brought the movie industry to its home. One man was behind it all. It's time to meet The Father of Hollywood.

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This biography of early Hollywood developer H.J. Whitley by his adoring great-granddaughter, Keith, paints a rosy, selective portrait of the man who named the Hollywood Hills. Told primarily through the imagined eyes of Whitley's second wife, Gigi Ross, we follow Whitley from his birth in 1847 Canada, through the death of his six siblings (from cholera) and his parents (a buggy accident), to the United States, where he worked his way west from Chicago to California. Honeymooning in L.A. with Ross—his first wife and infant died in a fire—Whitley resolved to develop the fertile farming area and surrounding Cahuenga and San Fernando valleys. The couple gradually galvanized interest in Hollywood, attracting railroads, street cars, electricity, and an all-important cultural life, epitomized by the first movie studios. As a civil engineer, Whitley created Sunset Boulevard, Ridge Route, the Whitley Heights, and other iconic locales. Keith drops scarcely a critical remark and includes much imagined dialogue; readers may want to consult a history of the era in the interests of objectivity.
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