Chaplin’s Hollywood House

When Pickfair (Mary Pickford’s and Douglas Fairbanks’s house) was built, it was out in the middle of nowhere at the end of a narrow road. Not long after Fairbanks and Pickford moved in, Fairbanks’s best friend, Charlie Chaplin, built a house across the road. While it was never famous like Pickfair, it was an impressive, large home befitting one of Hollywood’s most successful, wealthiest actors. It had 14 rooms and was built in 1921. To the best of my knowledge, it didn’t have a name, just an address. And unlike Pickfair, it is still there!

Chaplin used to walk across the road to Pickfair to play tennis with Fairbanks or attend their parties. He didn’t entertain much himself. I’ve used Chaplin as a minor character in my mystery novel in this way—as a dinner guest at Pickfair with his second wife. 

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