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Zelda Roland is a writer and PhD Candidate at Yale, where she studies film, art history, and Los Angeles.

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Lost LA

How Central Casting Found "Racial Types" For Classical Hollywood Films

Hollywood's struggles with diversity long predate #OscarsSoWhite.
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Lost LA

How Did Hollywood End Up in...Hollywood?

Why did the film industry choose to locate in L.A.? Thank the weather – as well as the city's open-shop, anti-union labor policies.
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Lost LA

Who Was Sister Aimee? The Incredible Story of L.A.’s Famous Evangelical Priest

When Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared into the Pacific in 1926, Los Angeles grieved. Five weeks later, the larger-than-life evangelist resurfaced in an Arizona border town.
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Lost LA

How a Cowboy Standoff Gave Hollywood’s Gower Gulch Its Name

Real cowboys waiting to be hired as Hollywood extras once hung out at the site of the Western-themed strip mall.
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Lost LA

Charles Lummis Meets the Movie People

After the film industry came to Los Angeles, Lummis advised several producers and directors. He called them “the most conscienceless pirates” he'd ever met.
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Lost LA

A Socialist's Campaign for California Governor, And the Dirty Hollywood Politics That Sunk It

MGM and other Hollywood studios helped defeat Upton Sinclair's 1934 "End Poverty in California" campaign for governor.
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Lost LA

Labor and the Origins of Hollywood’s Thirty-Mile Zone, or TMZ

Thirty miles in radius, the Hollywood Studio Zone grants the film industry a specific geography within the L.A. metropolis. (And yes, that's how TMZ got its name.)
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