Showbiz Names

For many people, the history of Los Angeles is the history of Hollywood. As such, there have long been rumors about various streets being named for celebrities. A lot of those rumors are bunk – Talmadge Street isn’t for silent screen star Norma Talmadge, Marbro Drive isn’t for the Marx Brothers, and Chevy Chase Drive certainly isn’t for the comic actor – but there are still lots of streets with confirmed connections to show business.

  • Alma Real Drive (Pacific Palisades). For a Mexican soprano who was popular in the 1920s.
  • Bob Hope Drive (Burbank). For the actor/emcee.
  • Britton Drive (Long Beach). For actress/Long Beach native Barbara Britton.
  • Chaplin Avenue (Encino). For actor/manager Syd Chaplin, Charlie’s brother.
  • Davies Drive (Beverly Hills). For actress Marion Davies.
  • DeMille Drive (Los Feliz). For director Cecil B. DeMille, who lived here.
  • Duke Drive (Santa Clarita). This and other streets on this 2004 tract honor John “Duke” Wayne.
  • Edward Everett Horton Lane (Encino). For the character actor who lived here.
  • Fairbanks Way (Culver City). For silent film actor/producer Douglas Fairbanks.
  • Fox Hills Drive (Westwood). Laid out in advance of the Fox studio lot on Pico.
  • George Burns Road/Gracie Allen Drive (Beverly Grove). For the comedy duo.
  • Goldwyn Terrace (Culver City). For producer Samuel Goldwyn.
  • Green Acres Drive (Benedict Canyon). For silent film comedian Harold Lloyd’s estate, located here.
  • Hackett Avenue (Lakewood). For comedian Buddy Hackett.
  • Hedda Street (Lakewood). For gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
  • Hersholt Avenue (Lakewood, Long Beach). For Danish actor Jean Hersholt.
  • Ince Boulevard (Culver City). For director/studio head Thomas Ince.
  • Lark Ellen Avenue (Azusa, Covina, West Covina). For soprano Ellen Beach Yaw, who lived nearby.
  • Lasky Drive (Beverly Hills). For producer Jesse L. Lasky.
  • Laura La Plante Drive (Agoura Hills). For the silent film actress.
  • Lederer Avenue (West Hills). For Czech actor Francis Lederer, who lived nearby.
  • Michu Lane (Hawthorne). For Hungarian circus/screen performer Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros.
  • Modjeska Street (Silver Lake). For Polish stage actress Helena Modjeska.
  • Moreno Drive (Silver Lake). For Spanish actor Antonio Moreno, who lived nearby.
  • Paramount Drive (Hollywood Hills). Surreptitious marketing for Paramount Pictures by an employee.
  • Pickford Way (Culver City). For silent film actress/producer Mary Pickford.
  • Playhouse Alley (Pasadena). For the historic Pasadena Playhouse theatre.
  • Priscilla Lane (Burbank). For singer/actress Priscilla Lane.
  • Raintree Circle (Culver City). For the MGM movie Raintree County, at a townhouse complex on old MGM property.
  • Rochester Circle (Jefferson Park). For comic actor Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, who lived here.
  • Rue de Vallee (Azusa). A punny homage to crooner Rudy Vallée.
  • Shirley Place (Beverly Hills). For child star Shirley Temple, whose father owned this land.
  • Studio Drive (Culver City). For a never-built United Artists annex.
  • Tara Drive (Encino). Named after the Gone with the Wind plantation and located on the site of Clark Gable’s old estate.
  • Tarzana Drive (Tarzana). For Tarzan of the Apes, created by Edward Rice Burroughs, who established Tarzana.
  • Veloz Avenue (Tarzana). For ballroom dancer Frank Veloz and his wife Yolanda.
  • Vidor Drive (Beverlywood). For director King Vidor, who owned this land.
  • Walt Disney Drive (Encino). For you-know-who, whose daughter helped fund a nearby school.
  • Will Rogers Street (Westchester) and Will Rogers State Park Road (Pacific Palisades). For the Oklahoma-born entertainer.