Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lawrence Gray House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927

Williams designed the house for Henry and Mamie Gray, parents of Lawrence Gray, a leading man in films between 1925 and 1936. The actor lived with his parents while working as a production superintendent at Paramount Studios when friends (including Bebe Daniels) suggested he take up acting. He got his break in 1925 when he landed a starring role in “The Dressmaker from Paris.” His credits include 45 films, appearing opposite Marion Davies, Joan Crawford, and Louise Brooks. After 1936, he was involved in production and acted as a liaison between American and Mexican film companies. He passed away February 2, 1970 in Mexico City.

An elegant lap pool with cascading fountain has the effect of a reflecting pool The house. The house was listed for sale in October 2010 for $3,295,000.
Located at 5112 Ambrose Avenue.

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