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20 Vintage Photos From the Early Years Of Beverly Hills

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When moving pictures really took off, the industry launched a parcel of new stars. And those stars needed somewhere to set up sprawling homes to relish their new wealth. That place was Beverly Hills, popularized in part by trendsetting celeb couple Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, who gave their lavish estate the name Pickfair.

Some of the famous folk posed on their tennis courts or with their fancy cars, while others among their gardens (or rows of corn—yes, corn in Beverly Hills). There were of course the celebratory gatherings, and some parties with bummer endings, like a car parked by a sloshed guest in a swimming pool.

Enjoy this brief glimpse back at the early years of Beverly Hills, the playground Hollywood's rich and famous.