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Dolores Moran at The Beverly Hills Hotel, 1948.
This photo of American film actress Dolores Moran was taken at the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel in 1948. Dolores was more well known for her affairs with married men than her limited film career. Dolores began as a pin-up model before she began landing several supportive roles in some minor films. In 1944, Dolores landed a featured role in To Have and Have Not alongside Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. The film launched Lauren Bacall’s fame but did little for Dolores, especially since most of her scenes had been cut by the director.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, affectionately known as “The Pink Palace”, opened its doors just over a hundred years ago in 1912 before Beverly Hills was even considered a city. It wasn’t until 1914 that the population of Beverly Hills was large enough to be considered a city. There is a massive amount of Hollywood history within the walls of the hotel. Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Carson, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra,Marilyn Monroe are just a few of the names of the stars and starlets that have spent time at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
This photo took some tricky compositing to work out the sky and the exposure, but I am pleased with the result. Below is my full size colorization and restoration as well as the full size black and white original.