Throughout the years, Villa Carlotta has accommodated some of Hollywood’s most famous stars. The property was built in 1926 and was designed as a creative retreat for modern daydreamers to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether they are recording music, film or working on other projects in Los Angeles, stars choose our residences for a glamorous extended getaway.
With the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner, there’s no better time to spotlight the actresses, actors, directors, and producers who have won or have been nominated for an Oscar and have walked the Villa Carlotta hallways. Oscar-winning producer David O. Selznick’s films were the recipients of numerous Academy Award nominations. George Cukor won the Academy Award for Best Director and was nominated for the same award four other times.
Adolphe Menjou was nominated for his role in The Front Page (1931). American actress, producer and former fashion model, Sharon Stone also received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress category. Oscar-winning actress, Natalie Portman has also graced us with her presence and has posed for the camera here as well.
Our residences became a hot spot for celebrities because of the Old Hollywood glamour and chic ambiance. It’s simply a home away from home. Experience Villa Carlotta’s luxury, iconic style and design for yourself during Oscar season. Get dolled up for the occasion and slip into something more comfortable if that is what you prefer and watch the ceremony in a cozy space. Prepare to see what other icons and future Oscar winners will stay at our property in the years to come.
Are you ready to dive into a glamorous experience like never before? Go ahead, darling.
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Nestled in the heart of Hollywood, California, lies Villa Carlotta – a residence with a storied past dating back to 1926. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore the romanticism and glamour that is Villa Carlotta. Stargaze on the rooftop deck, relax poolside or enjoy a bottle of wine with a charcuterie board in the Palm Garden. Whatever it is, you’ll be sure to experience one of the most romantic evenings in one of the most romantic locations.
Designed by Arthur E. Harvey, the iconic residential property was built in 1926 by Thomas Ince, for his wife, Elinor Ince, an American stage and motion-picture actress. Thomas Ince was the first producer-director turning moviemaking into a business enterprise by opening his own film studio “Inceville.”. Steeped in film history, Villa Carlotta beams chic, Old Hollywood glamour. Everywhere you look, you’ll find nuances of love and a haunting beauty.
Villa Carlotta’s iconic style and design have stood the test of time and stand as tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. The building was designated as a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument in 1986. Villa Carlotta’s architectural, historic, and cultural features continue to be a prominent example of Art Deco architecture in Los Angeles. When the building first opened its doors, it was named “the last word on luxury” by the Los Angeles Times. You might have seen it featured in Vogue, recognized for its infamous Hollywood history.
The hallways of Villa Carlotta have been trafficked by the most iconic people in Hollywood in its heyday, including Oscar-winning producer David O. Selznick and Oscar-winning director George Cukor. Many of Hollywood’s best continue to stay here while they record music, film, or work on location in Los Angeles. From past to present, Villa Carlotta has always been a residence for modern day dreamers.
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George Cukor – A talented motion picture director whose career spanned over 50 years of filmmaking working with the industry’s brightest actors and actresses. Known for his attention to detail and skilled direction, his eyes had been set on the entertainment industry since childhood.
He was fast friends with the likes of Katherine Hepburn and responsible for major changes to character images in films such as The Wizard of Oz (though he was never formally credited for directing). He was also another revered guest at our very own Villa Carlotta.
Cukor was born in 1899 in Lower East Side, Manhattan to Hungarian-Jewish immigrants. His father was a district attorney, a career choice the young Cukor was supposed to pursue as well. But he had his eye on the theater. As a child, he took dance lessons and even performed in a recital with David O. Selznick who later became a legendary Hollywood producer. Cukor would frequent the New York Hippodrome, a popular Manhattan theater, and would regularly cut class during his senior year for matinees instead. It is no wonder that he left college early to pursue other interests.
After finishing high school, Cukor became an assistant stage manager for a touring production of a British musical “The Better Ole.” By 1920, he became the stage manager for the Knickerbocker Players and in 1925 he formed his own company –C.F. and Z Production Company. Cukor was off and running. Hollywood began recruiting New York talent for films and Cukor was eager to take the chance. He was hired by Paramount in 1928 and co-directed three films by 1930, after which he was granted his first solo directorial credit in 1931 with Tarnished Lady. He later left Paramount after not receiving directorial credit for a film and joined his old friend and now producer, David O. Selznick with RKO. He made his first box office success with Little Women in 1933, earning him his first Academy Award nomination.
Though he worked with and directed male actors, Cukor was known for his direction of actresses and his capability to elevate their performances and was sometimes referred to as a “women’s director” – to his disliking. Cukor continued to ride the highs and lows of Hollywood filmmaking and his career earned him several Academy nominations. His last film, Rich and Famous was made in 1981, a year before his retirement and two years before his death.
For more information on Villa Carlotta’s storied history and its legendary guests, visit www.villacarlottala.com or call 213. 320. 5951. We welcome you to become part of our legendary story.
Louella Parsons – a name both feared and revered in Hollywood. Just a few lines typed out on a typewriter could end someone’s career. Accurate or fabricated, neither mattered. What Parsons wrote stood as fact. Yet how was it that this once “nobody columnist” came to be a gossip column tycoon? It’s a story made for Hollywood (and Villa Carlotta) history.
It was said that Parson’s rose to infamy due to her perfect timing, but we’ll get to that later. Her story begins at the Chicago Tribune where she created the first movie column in the country. It was here that fate took its turn. William Randolph Hearst acquired the newspaper and Parsons found herself out of a job. She moved to New York and began a similar column. She received Hearst’s attention by writing an encouraging review of his mistress Marion Davies. Shortly after, Hearst commissioned Parsons to write for the New York American.
Wildly speculated, it was the scandal that Parson’s didn’t write about that some said earned her the claim to fame and the unbridled power of the Hearst empire behind her. Parsons’ flattering piece about Ms. Davies earned her friendship and an invitation on Hearst’s yacht for Labor Day in 1924. At some point in the evening another guest on Hearst’s yacht, director Thomas Ince, was shot and mortally wounded.
The rumors say Ince was shot by Hearst himself, though the bullet was possibly intended for Charlie Chaplin. Newspapers reported Ince was not on the yacht, but instead passed from heart failure in his home. Parsons also denied attendance. Whatever happened on that USS Oneida that fateful day it most likely catapulted her to gossip column fame, as she later became Hearst’s lead gossip columnist.
Louella Parsons and the unwritten scandal have ties to Villa Carlotta. Not only was Louella Parson’s one of the famous inhabitants of Villa Carlotta, the building itself was once owned by the Elinor Ince, widow of Thomas Ince. It is speculated that the newspaper magnate financed the construction of the building as a “grief payment.” Scandalous, intriguing and (mostly) true – the exact events we’ll never know, but this story is one for the Hollywood history books.
Want to learn more about Villa Carlotta’s intriguing history, or perhaps find yourself staying with us? Give us a ring at 213. 460. 5709 or visit www.vilacarlottala.com to learn more.
As most cities do, Hollywood came from humble beginnings, starting as a small adobe house on the edge of Los Angeles in 1853. What is now synonymous with glitz and glamour was once a successful agricultural community.
It is said that the name “Hollywood” came from Daeida Wilcox, wife of real estate tycoon Harvey Henderson Wilcox, who heard about a town in Ohio of the same name. She loved the moniker so much that she named her ranch after the fabled town. It stuck and the rest became Hollywood history.
Movies didn’t make their debut in Los Angeles until the early 1900s. The 1910 short film, In Old California, was the first movie made entirely in Los Angeles. Sunset Boulevard became home to the first motion picture studio in 1911. Hollywood swiftly became the idyllic spot for movie producers trying to escape Thomas Edison’s movie production patents. The climate was also much more favorable than the harsh seasons of the East coast while the landscape provided the perfect backdrop.
By 1920, the Golden Age of Hollywood had arrived, bringing with it a certain sense of prestige and fame. The introduction of sound in the 1920s revolutionized the moviemaking industry. The Golden Age reached its peak in the 1930s. Even through the Great Depression, people flocked to movie theaters for a moment of joy and respite. An estimated 80 million people went to the movies each week.
The Golden Age of Hollywood is the era most remembered. Glitz, glam, fame, notoriety and sordid affairs mingled together to create an illustrious illusion. Many traveled far and wide for fame and to stake their claim in Tinseltown. Most ran out of money, but the ones who made it were larger than life.
They say legends never die, and in Hollywood they are forever immortalized on the silver screen. The Hollywood Hills stand as a testament to the first legendary stars and starlets. Here at the Villa Carlotta their energy lives on. Can you feel it?