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Beverly Hills Historical Society Dedication, Star Homes Tour Is Sunday At Noon

Posted Friday, November 2, 2018 - 2:06 pm

CORRECTION: Friday’s print edition of the Courier listed the time of the event as 4 p.m., but the correct time is NOON.

By Victoria Talbot

“History in the Park,” the unique program that brings the history of Beverly Hills right to your smart phone with a QR code, is about to expand with a dedication ceremony in Will Rogers Park at noon on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Anderson Fountain, and the public is invited.

Local residents Robbie Anderson and Phil Savenick of the Beverly Hills Historical Society created a program to place the fabled history of Beverly Hills into the parks, “to inform and amuse residents and tourists alike,” said Anderson.

On Sunday, the first 10 plaques will be in place. The City contributed park space and paid for the signs that are now accessible in the parks to honor the heritage of the City and its legendary residents.

The innovative program accesses video images from these strategically placed plaques by clicking on a bar code to access local history in Beverly Hills’ public parks.

Local talents featured in the series of videos include composer Michael Lloyd, narrator Larry Ziff, photographer Zale Richard Rubins and archivist Marc Wanamaker. The videos are executive produced by Anderson, written and directed by Savenick.

Following the dedication will be a tour of the homes of some of Beverly Hills’ most legendary residents.

Beverly Hills Historical Society President Savenick will lead participants on a path from Will Rogers Park, offering the choice of a long or a short walk.

The short walk is a 45-minute loop which includes the stars of North Bedford Drive and Roxbury Drive. An additional leg of the journey covers the full 2.9 miles and includes many more landmarks and homes.

Walkers will be tracing a path that includes the homes of Gene Kelly, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Rex Harrison, Ringo Star, Barbra Streisand, Jack Benny, Peter Falk, Betty Grable, Diane Keaton, Madonna, David and Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Kirk Kerkorian, Agnes Moorhead, Ricky Schroder, Hedy Lamarr, Ginger Rogers, Jack Palance, Bugsy Siegel, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Lupe Vélez, Joseph Kennedy, Edwin Blum, Jackie Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Fred Astaire, George Murphy, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor – all still standing.

To access the tour any time, visit beverlyhillshistoricalsociety.org on a smart phone and click on the Star Tour. The tour is absolutely free and the event is free.

The walk will take place without traffic escorts, so participants are encouraged to be aware of traffic, to wear comfortable shoes and to bring water, a hat and sunblock.

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