Feliz Año Nuevo, 1938

31 Dec

New Year’s Day, 1938

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner

Happy New Year!

Very little whoopie in Hollywood this year to herald in the New Year. Many of the stars went to the desert for a quiet New Year’s Eve and those who didn’t went to bed early to attend the races at Santa Anita or the football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Our sport-loving stars had a difficult time choosing between the game and the races, but a poll taken disclosed that the races won by a large majority.

Socially the most important events were a dinner given by Grace Moore and Gladys Swarthout, a small gathering of Marion Davies’ close friends at her beach house to celebrate her birthday, and a celebration at the Charlie Chaplin mansion.

The Bing Crosbys partied with a few congenial friends, including Andy Devine. But Bing had big business at Santa Anita, so he didn’t stay up late.

Marlene Dietrich, Myrna Loy and Arthur Hornblow Jr., Bette Davis and Harmon Nelson,  George Brent, the Robert Youngs, Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond saw the New Year in at Palm Springs, while the Charles Boyers, the Errol Flynns, and Brian Aherne chose the restful La Quinta for their holiday.…

— Tim


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  1. barb

    January 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    A happy new year to you, Tim, and thank you for all the goodies you continue to find and post! Barb

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 2, 2020 at 6:11 am

      Thank you so much, Barb. That’s very kind and generous of you.

      Here’s some more of Errol and Lili in Palm Springs, circa 1938, at the El Mirador.


      Additionally, Barb, Errol played a lot of top notch tennis at the Racquet Club in Palm Springs, often with some of the best players in the world.…