Origins of name: This bridge spanning Buena Vista Street is modeled after the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, a concrete arch-bridge viaduct built in 1928 that carries cars over the Los Angeles River, connecting Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood to Glendale.
Fictional back story: On Buena Vista Street, at least one business advertises its proximity to the bridge. “We’re under the bridge,” says an ad for Big Top Toys. The store’s entrance is, in fact, directly under the bridge.
What it really does: Carries the Disneyland Monorail track
I live super close to the original bridge - just drove on it yesterday. =) The Walt Disney Studios were located about one block from the beginning/top of the bridge from 1929 - 1939, on Hyperion Avenue. I’m sure this is why it’s replicated at Disneyland.
And it followed that a boy and girl romance developed between Bebe and Harold Lloyd. He was her first ‘date’. By nature he was shy and it took him some time to pluck up the courage to ask Phyllis (Bebe’s mother) if he could take Bebe out. Phyllis was strict with Bebe as she was still underage. But Phyllis did agree that Harold could take her to movies and to dances, provided he brought her home ‘real early’.
Harold and Bebe were happy together and at one time very much in love. He asked her to marry him. He bought a diamond, had it made into a tie-pin, and if and when Bebe said ‘yes’, he would have it remade into an engagement ring. The diamond remained a tie-pin.
From “Bebe And Ben” by Jill Allgood (quote about Bebe Daniel’s relationship with Harold Lloyd) - 1975. (via fyeah-haroldlloyd)
Boris Karloff was a very sweet, wonderful man, and I just loved him. Immediately, from being on the lot, and taking his hand, I just loved him. I had no fear of him, whatsoever. We seemed to have a rapport together - and it was like magic.
Marilyn Harris - child actress who played the little girl in “Frankenstein” (1931)
Buster Keaton’s Recipe For His Famous Pork Pie Hats (in his own words):
1 Stetson Hat
3 Heaping Teaspoons of granulated sugar
1 Teacup Warm Water
Mix water and sugar. Wet the top and bottom of the brim. Smooth it out on a clean, hard surface. Allow to dry until stiff.
I did the early ones myself myself, always - and then I trained my wife.
(The first one was created in 1917 for “The Butcher’s Boy”)
Happy Birthday, Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton - (October 4th, 1895 - February 6th, 1966)
They’re not your crowd; you’ll lose.