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     You will find BOB HOPE DRIVE in Burbank, bordering the east side of NBC Studios, where Bob taped his many TV specials. You'll also find Disney Studios a few blocks to the east and Warner Bros Studios a few blocks to the southwest.  

     (Rudolph) VALENTINO PLACE is the name of the northern end of Irving Blvd., where it meets Paramount Studios, the studio which had Valentino as one of its first superstars.  

     The intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, has been named CARMEN MIRANDA SQUARE in honor of the Brazilian singer-actress. Known for her elaborate headdresses (which inspired the 'Chiquita Banana' character,) Carmen left her footprints in cement in the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre. A sign marks the corner's new name.

     BRONSON AVENUE, also near Paramount Studios in Hollywood, is a switch. This street wasn't named after Charles Bronson - the actor was named after the street! Bronson's real name was Charles Buchinski. He took his name from the street which leads up to the famous Paramount gate.  

     Jack Benny's sidekick, "Rochester " (Eddie Anderson) lived in south central Los Angeles (between Exposition Park and Baldwin Hills), and the short street he used to live on has been renamed in his honor, as ROCHESTER CIRCLE (east of Cimarron Street, between 36th and 37th Streets).  

     In the San Fernando Valley, (Charlie) CHAPLIN AVENUE is located near TARA DRIVE, off ASHLEY OAK on the site of Clark Gable's old ranch in Encino.  

     Character actor Edward Everett Horton also lived in Encino, and the short street he lived on was renamed EDWARD EVERETT HORTON LANE (south of Burbank Blvd.).

     Nearby, in Van Nuys, MarBRO AVENUE was named after the Marx Brothers.

     WILL ROGERS STREET, named after the cowboy humorist, is located just north of public parking lot C near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Will Rogers Street branches northeast between Westchester Parkway and Manchester Avenue (where it is renamed Wiley Post Avenue, after Will Rogers' friend and pilot, who was also killed in the plane crash which took Rogers' life).  

     (Fred) ASTAIRE AVENUE, (Judy) GARLAND DRIVE, (HedyLAMARR AVENUE, (Red) SKELTON CIRCLE and (KatharineHEPBURN CIRCLE, all streets named after M-G-M stars, are clustered in a new residential suburb created on what was formerly the back lot of the historic M-G-M Studios in Culver City. It's located between Washington & Culver Boulevards, just west of the studio.  

     (Douglas) FAIRBANKS WAY and (Mary) PICKFORD WAY aren't far away from M-G-M. You'll find them just off Jefferson & Sepulveda Blvds., in Culver City.  

     Singer Rudy Vallee worked wanted to see his street in the Hollywood Hills renamed "RUE DE VALLEE" in his honor. However, his neighbors didn't buy the idea. But you'll still find a street sign reading "Rue de Vallee" outside his old home, at 7430 Pyramid Place.  

     TRIGGER STREET and DALE COURT can be found in Chatsworth, in the west San Fernando Valley, on the site of movie cowboy Roy Rogers' old ranch.  

     GENE AUTRY WAY leads right into Anaheim Stadium, home to the singing cowboy's own baseball team, the California Angels. You can find it off State College Boulevard, bordering the west side of the stadium.  

     Out in Cerritos (a good 15 miles southwest of Los Angeles), you'll find a residential neighborhood whose streets include (Clark) GABLE CIRCLE, (Humphrey) BOGART CIRCLE, and (Elvis) PRESLEY CIRCLE.   

     And nearby, in Lakewood, that community's first tract homes can be found in a neighborhood called Radio Park (built in 1941), where the streets were named after radio stars from the era. There, you'll find the intersection of AMOS (Avenue) & ANDY (Street), as well as DAGWOOD (BumsteadAVENUE, (GeneAUTRY AVENUE, and (JeanHERSHOLT AVENUE. Another intersection salutes two popular gossip columnists of the 40's: HEDDA (Hopper) AVENUE and (Jimmy) FIDLER AVENUE.  



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