Golden-era Hollywood stars abound at Eleanor Powell’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, 1984

When I started writing my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, it was just me and my laptop and my big idea to write a series of books about living, loving, and working in Hollywood during its golden era. I really gave no thought to where this endeavor might lead, or who it might lead me to. But over the past four years, I’ve had some experiences and met some people I never thought I’d come across in a million years.

Recently, I was approached by a woman who found a stack of photos among her late brother’s effects, but wasn’t sure what to do with them. She scanned a couple and emailed them to me. It looked like a ceremony for a Hollywood Walk of Fame dedication for Eleanor Powell. Not knowing what else to do with them, she sent me the whole lot.

There were around 20 photos in all, and I found that it was indeed the posthumous dedication for Eleanor Powell that took place on Vine Street, Hollywood on February 15th, 1984. Back then, some of the stars from the golden era were still with us, and many of them made an appearance.

But then there was some photos of a guy in his late 30s with his wife and son. I remembered that when Eleanor Powell married Glenn Ford, they had a son, Peter, who went on to write a biography of his father. So I did a bit of Googlizing, found he had a website, and wrote to him explaining I had these photos, and asked if he was interested in having them.

You know what it’s like when you send these messages into the ether–you never know if it’s received, or read, or strikes a chord worthy of a reply. Much to my surprise and delight, he wrote back immediately. He said that ceremony back in 1984 was a big day for him and his family but surprisingly they had no keepsakes! He said that they would love to have these photos.

So sometime over the next month, we’re getting together so that I can give him this packet of photographs as I felt they really belong with them. Meanwhile, I thought I’d scan the more interesting ones and posted here for people to enjoy.

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You can read more about Peter Ford’s remarkable childhood and subsequent life HERE.

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Debbie Reynolds speaking at Eleanor Powell’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, with Gene Kelly in the background:

Debbie Reynolds speaking at Eleanor Powell's Walk of Fame ceremony 15FEB1984Debbie Reynolds 15FEB1984Gene Kelly:

Gene Kelly 15FEB1984 -1 Gene Kelly 15FEB1984 -2Jimmy Stewart at Eleanor Powell’s Walk of Fame ceremony, with Peter Ford, the son of Eleanor Powell and Glenn Ford, with his family on the right:

Jimmy Stewart at Eleanor Powell's Walk of Fame ceremony 15FEB1984Eleanor Powell and Glenn Ford's son, Peter and family 15FEB1984Jane Withers at Eleanor Powell’s Walk of Fame ceremony:

Jane Withers 15FEB1984 -2 Jane Withers 15FEB1984 Jane Withers with Eleanor Powell pillow 15FEB1984Jane Withers with Jeff Parker:

Jeffrey Palmer and Jane Withers 15FEB1984Kathryn Grayson at Eleanor Powell’s Walk of Fame ceremony:

Kathryn Grayson 15FEB1984Gene Nelson, Kathryn Grayson, James Stewart, and Eleanor Powell’s friend Eleanor Debus:

Gene Nelson, Kathryn Grayson, James Stewart, Eleanor Debus - 15FEB1984Eleanor Powell’s son Peter Ford, with his son, Jeff Parker, and Rip Taylor at the Vine Street Brown Derby restaurant:

Eleanor Powell's son Peter Ford, with Jeffrey Palmer, Rip Torn - 15FEB1984Eleanor Powell Walk of Fame dedication ceremony:

Eleanor Powell Walk of Fame dedication ceremony 15FEB1984Virginia O’Brien at Eleanor Powell Walk of Fame dedication ceremony:

Virginia O'Brien 15FEB1984Fayard Nicholas from the amazing Nicholas Brothers tap dance act at Eleanor Powell Walk of Fame dedication ceremony:

Nicholas Brother 15FEB1984The crowd gathers outside the Merv Griffin Theatre at 1555 Vine Street Theater, Hollywood for the dedication ceremony for Eleanor Powell’s Hollywood Walk of Fame:

Eleanor Powell Walk of Fame dedication ceremony in front of the Merv Griffin Theater 15FEB1984

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The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author writing about the golden era of Hollywood in his series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at www.martinturnbull.com and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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One Response to Golden-era Hollywood stars abound at Eleanor Powell’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, 1984

  1. anne@annecowden.com.au says:

    Wow. That is really interesting. You are certainly coming into contact with many interesting people.

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