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Photos: Estate of Hollywood silent movie star Francis Lederer hits the market


This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in...

When Hollywood star Francis Lederer purchased the extensive West Hills estate in 1933, the San Fernando Valley was mostly known for its agricultural fields, ranches and orange groves.

In the coming decades, the 1930s mission-style hacienda tucked off a quiet street in West Hills, with striking views of the Valley, was the center of lavish parties that drew Hollywood movie icons such as Eva Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Dick Van Dyke. Its owners, Lederer and his wife Marion Irvine, were noted for their hospitality.

A Prague-born actor with good looks and a slight accent, Lederer was a successful stage actor in Europe before he moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s where he enjoyed even more success starring in the classic 1929 silent film “Pandora’s Box” directed by G. W. Pabst. In 1932, he starred in a Broadway play called “Autumn Crocus,” a role that earned him the title of the ”newest and most popular New York matinee idol,” according to the New York Times. In 1958, he played a vampire in ”The Return of Dracula.”

This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in 1934 in the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez. The home was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in 1934 in the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez. The home was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in 1934 in the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez. The home was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in 1934 in the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez. The home was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in 1934 in the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez. The home was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in 1934 in the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez. The home was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

This West Hills home built by actor Francis Lederer in 1934 in the style of California Missions San Luis Rey and Santa Ynez. The home was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1978. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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