The beach house was one of the five first homes built in Malibu, a small town in Southern California, in 1923. It was built on a small little road called Latigo Shore Drive. Over the years, many more homes were built along Malibu's 26 mile coastline including the famous "Movie Colony". The movie colony was a small cluster of homes built on the beach leased or bought by the movie stars in Hollywood, thus the moniker. Movies and Malibu seemed to go together and still do to this day.
|Joan Crawford as Mildred|
When my father was about ten years old, Hollywood came to Latigo and my father couldn't have been more excited. The huge movie trucks rolled into the beach house driveway and giant movie lights rolled out. It was 1945 and a movie called "Mildred Pierce" was being made, starring Joan Crawford, and a beach house was featured prominently in the story plot.
|Mildred arrives at beach house|
Our house was chosen as the perfect setting, but it still needed one more thing - a big deck. So the movie crew set about quickly building the "big deck" you can see on the first photo above! From that point on, our family called it "The Big Deck" and it was the setting for many a birthday party - but that will be another story!
|Mildred's Restaurant in 1945 Movie|
Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as "Mildred" in the movie. The movie is iconic Hollywood at it's finest. Watching it now, you will love to see vintage fashions, cars, architecture as well as historic footage of Los Angeles, Malibu and surrounding areas.
As for the beach house - so many people knew and loved that beach house- from the surfers who would stroll by in search of the perfect break off Latigo Point, to the charter fisherman who viewed the "light mint castle" from the deep sea waters, to all of us, the cousins, the PV Rindges, the Malibu Rindges, and extended families.
|Our cherished home is lost to the sea!|