Sunday, November 14, 2010

OLD HOLLYWOOD


 
They say she was a child actor in silent films, I don't know for sure. They also say she shot her second husband three times and when the shots didn't do the trick, she smashed a stone against his forehead. They say he lived, and with her, until his death of natural causes. They say natural causes, indeed. They talk of her as if she is a ghost with no name. I don't know her name and no one else seems to know. They say a car leaves early in morning and returns late at night, a black Mustang they say. There is no weekly gardener, no cleaning lady.


They say the garden was once a showcase  full of exotics like orchids, strange ferns, towering redwoods, and flowers that smelled up the night. I've been told the garden tours were a annual event with gardenias on her shoulder and in her hair. They say she was gracious hostess.


Peacocks, they say  roam the gardens screaming all through the night waking the dead and the neighbors, and the outdoor aviary was occupied with birds from all over the world like China and South American. They say the curtains move.
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I see only wild birds now, but I have seen the curtains move and lights in the windows. At Christmas there is a limousine and other cars that come and go. They say she wears furs.


I've been told she walks the garden in a velvet robe some say the color of lavender, others say purple. I've never seen her. I would like to. They say her hair is white and she wears it in a pony tail. I wonder.


They speak of her garden as a loss and a nuisance. Gossip has it the city has spoken to her, although they say she does nothing about it. Something about a past mayor or a judge. Rumor has it it's the third husband, maybe that explains the black Mustang. They say, nay, the driver is to young. I don't know.

The sign at the back gate reads ring bell. They say she never appears.



They say there are no happy endings, only a happy life.

I say there is one in every neighborhood.




19 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

Such intrigue!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi kevin,

oh i love, love, love this!!!
oh the mystery. and you are right, there is always one. we have a few here in redlands that fascinate me. how close is this house to you? you gotta try and get a picture. i love that limo's appear around the holidays!

~janet

VoiceTalk said...

Grey Gardens meets LA? Fascinating story.

Gary said...

Kevin,
The intrigue an mystery in words and pictures. Gardens like this drive me absolutely to the fringe of wonderment. All the who’s and why’s that swirl through my thoughts when contemplating such mystifying gardens. I know everyone has their right to privacy but when I see or read about such places like this I want to walk right up and knock on the front door and ask the inhabitants to tell me the story behind it all. Thanks for another enjoyable and entertaining post. – G

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Kevin, I luv the story and the photos of a once beautiful garden. Seems she is just waiting for the right soul to bring her back again. Thanks for sharing this great story.....Julian

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...I think you need to go right up to her door and meet her.

Loved seeing this.

Laurent said...

Wonder if she blogs! The speculation on some regulatory or political slight ("the mayor," &c) suggests she may be financing the Tea Party, and the Mustang driver commutes to her safe deposit box (and who is ever "too young"?). The rock against the skull part reinforces this hypothesis, of course.

Sorry to jest. In fact I'm sure you must have been ambivalent about the "Aspern Papers"-like prying in the posting, but "established neighborhood lore" is plainly in the public domain. I have heard, she jogs in the shroud of Turin down Sta Monica Blvd at midnight, to escape anonymously into the maelstrom, but she never accepts a ride. Now that I think of it, she ran right through me once, didn't bat an eye.

24 Corners said...

Oh to peek inside the house...can you just imagine!

Thanks for visiting and for the follow Kevin!! I grew up in and around L.A. and I look forward to checking our your view of it all!
Jessica~

La Dolfina said...

Hi Kevin,

I miss you!! I'm going to call you this week to catch up but in the meantime please check out Pigtown Design's latest post.
Lots of love,
Terri

La Dolfina said...

Oh, I'm loving this story...
Next time I'm down we're going to meet her!!!
xo

Laura Bella said...

Wow,fascinating!thanks for following.

Amber Von Felts said...

Oh so creepy and alluring! I would love to wander the grounds or gasp...attend the estate sale. Morbid curiosity, I know.

M.A.the2nd said...

Kevin ... I love this! Very mysterious with an air of intrigue. I am thinking "Great Expectations" meets "The Birds". Old Hollywood indeed!!!!!!
Keep me posted!!!!
M.A. the 2nd

Theresa Cheek said...

Well, you have my attention! Norma Desmond..or Ms. Dinsmoor...?

Mlle Paradis said...

sleeping beauty?

Daniel-Halifax said...

I hope to be her someday.

normadesmond said...

if i didn't know her, i should've.

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

what a magical, mysteriously wonderful post.....this is why i love living in the south.....lots of intrigue. the only difference is, our eccentrics don't have the excuse of hollywood ;)

Stephen said...

Will there be a tour #2?