It was three years ago this month that I saw the gown Carole Lombard wore in this film, the screwball classic "My Man Godfrey." Here's how it appeared at the exhibit:
And said exhibit, "Hollywood Costume," was held at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax -- here am I and my Australian friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey, pictured outside with a giant Academy Award:
If you visited that site today, for many years the Streamline-style home of the May Co. department store (here's how it looked in 1940, not long after it opened)...
...you'd find construction all over the place. That's because this Miracle Mile icon is being converted into a museum -- the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a venue many fans have sought for decades. When it's completed sometime in 2019, it will look something like this:
This project won't come cheaply -- the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has set a fundraising goal of $388 million -- but it's more than 75 percent of the way there. (And it includes a $100 donation from me, back in the days when I had money.)
It should wow visitors once it opens. Here are some of the renderings:
Perhaps the most controversial part of the design is the sphere north of the main building. The above view faces south. The lower part of the sphere will host a theater seating 1,000...
...while above it will be an observation deck enabling spectators to take in the spectacular Hollywood hills and famed "HOLLYWOOD" sign:
The museum's vast collection will house millions of photographs and all sorts of posters, screenplays, films and assorted memorabilia (and we hope Lombard's contributions to the industry are included).
Learn more by reading https://la.curbed.com/2017/9/28/16375410/academy-museum-construction-renderings and by seeing the official museum site at http://www.oscars.org/museum. You know that somewhere, Carole is thrilled.