Hollywood stars at a Santa Monica beach party, including Rudolph Valentino, 1926

N.p. N.p., 1926. Vintage double weight press photograph from Hollywood beach house party, held on June 19, 1926, attended by the movie's industry elite of the day. Dated snipe on the verso notes that among those in the photo are Rudolph Valentino (who would die two months later in New York City), Pola Negri, Fatty Arbuckle, Norma Talmadge, Louella Parsons, Edmund Goulding, Claire Windsor, Ronald Coleman, Mae Murray, Virginia Vallie, Bessie Blanche Sweet, Jack Pickford, Agnes Ayres, Beatrice Lilly, Richard Barthelmess, Carmel Myers, and Antonio Moreno.

An historic event. According to the snipe, the photo was taken at a party being given by Richard Barthelmess that was subsequently relocated to Constance Talmadge’s Santa Monica beach house. According to other sources, the gathering was for Barthelmess’ May 1926 birthday party and was at the home of Natalie Talmadge (Mrs. Buster Keaton). Constance Talmadge had a home into the 1930s with an address of 1020 Beach Road (now the Pacific Coast Highway), and we speculate that may be the address at which this party took place.

7.5 x 9.5 inches (19 x 24 cm) silver gelatin sepia tinted photograph. About Very Good overall, with small chips and pinholes at all four corners, a crease at one corner, and a small number written in ink at one corner. Borders are unusually thin, and thus may be been trimmed, but image is unaffected.

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