WIth all the hype out right now about the newly-released silent film The Artist, we stumbled upon another story of a silent screen legend, Irene Rich, who lived in Windsor Square in the early 1920s at 626 S. Windsor Blvd.
Rich (1891-1988) starred in silent and talkie pictures and had a flourishing role in radio in the 1920s and 30. In the pictorial spread (below) Rich shared her recipe for Turkey Dressing with fans of the time, and the recipe holds up today as a basic for many current cooks.
Steve Vaught, a wonderful architectural historian/writer/filmmaker and blogger who brings old Los Angeles back to life for us in his site Paradise Leased wrote a fun piece on Rich and her Windsor Square roots – noting the turkey in her arms appears to be a studio-produced papier mache prop! It’s such a wonderful little taste of both the silver screen and our local history, we wanted to share it with you here. If you love LA history and photography you won’t be disappointed with Nothing Says Thanksgiving.
You might also try Irene Rich’s dressing recipe for a simple, old-school addition to your holiday table. Personally, I’d add have to update it with a handful of dried cranberries, some fresh orange zest and roasted walnuts, but then it wouldn’t really have that 1920s appeal. Perhaps I’ll just set the table in Irene Rich style.
About Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.