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Jack Oakie's Oakridge [Paperback]

by Victoria Horne Oakie
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January 1, 1980 0894071025 978-0894071027
Originally designed in the late 1930's for Barbara Stanwyck by famous African American architect Paul Williams, Oakridge was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Oakie for more than fifty years. In this volume, Victoria Oakie reveals the history of that house (now on the California Register of Historic Places #484), its famous inhabitants, and the nostalgic times it stood for. The book is packed with over 100 black and white photographs taken at the home, many of them never before seen, and with the words of her late husband and others who were touched by the magic of this special place. From the silents to the talkies, from radio to television, Oakridge was the home not only to the Oakie's but host to an entire generation of entertainers, writers, directors, designers, and musicians.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Strawberry Hill Pr (January 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894071025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894071027
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,943,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars See it before it's torn down! March 9, 2007
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Jack Oakie's Oakridge is full of pics and anecdotes of the great home currently at the corner of Devonshire and Reseda blvd. in Northridge, Ca. The 11 acres the property has been whittled down to is soon to be developed,so you better go see it NOW. Oakie's widow donated the home and property to USC before she died, with the understanding it would remain. Well, she's been gone about 4 years now, and the ungrateful jerks at USC have sold it to developers, who 'claim' (read 'lying through their teeth') the house will PERHAPS remain as a 'community center'. A community center for 11 homes to be built around?? Come on! This book is a wonderful reminder of how life could be before Starbuck's, Chevy dealers and mini malls surrounded the area. I myself have hopped the fence (book in hand) and matched shots w/ the book. The house was originally built in '35 for Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor, and was known as MARWYCK RANCH, after the horse breeding business Stanwyck had with her then manager, ZEPPO MARX. Originally over 100 acres, the house now sits forlornly overlooking the valley. See it before it's gone!
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