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Past Exhibit: Holiday Wonderland 2011

The Hollywood Museum Transforms into a Holiday Wonderland!

November 21, 2011 – January 8, 2012

The Hollywood Museum Salutes the “Top-10 Greatest Holiday Movies” with A Christmas Tree Exhibit.




The Hollywood Museum, official museum of Hollywood located in the historic Max Factor Building, celebrates Christmas and the holiday season with a Wonderland Exhibition of the Museum’s “Top -10” holiday themed movies. The exhibit will be on display until January 8, 2012.

The 16 trees spotlighted in the exhibit, designed by “Dr. Christmas,” are decorated with costumes, props, photos, posters and themed memorabilia from movie classics such as “White Christmas,” “Home Alone,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Other films in the Hollywood Museum’s 2011 List of “Top -10 Greatest Holiday Movies” are “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “The Lemon Drop Kid,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

In addition to the “Top – 10” holiday trees, the Holiday Wonderland exhibit presents color coordinated jewel-tone trees designed to complement Max Factor’s world-famous makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde, Elizabeth Taylor a brunette & Lucille Ball a redhead, among others. This is the location where silver screen stars from Hollywood’s golden era got their signature look, and the trees are designed to reflect the glamorous and treasured past of the historic Max Factor Building. The trees are decorated by “Dr. Christmas” (Bob Pranga and Debi Staron), known as the celebrity holiday and special event designers to the stars. Also on display is a collection of Christmas ornaments signed by a galaxy of stars, including Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury, Jacqueline Smith, Heidi Klum, Paris Hilton, Brittany Murphy, and Phyllis Diller.

“Dr. Christmas paid special care to coordinate the trees and decorations with the colors in the museum’s famous beauty salon rooms where Max Factor was a stickler about shades and tints relating to hair color and skin tone,” says Donelle Dadigan, museum founder and president. “For example, Max Factor believed celery green was the perfect complimentary color for his red-head clients including Lucille Ball, Maureen O’Hara, and Rita Hayworth,” she adds. ”Our Christmas tree in the ‘Blondes Only’ room sparkles with icy blues because Max Factor thought it was the perfect color to offset the blondes he styled in that room including Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, and Barbara Stanwyck.”

The Hollywood Museum is located half a block from Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd. Also on display at the museum is a special exhibition “Lucille Ball at 100 & ‘I Love Lucy’ at 60,” through Dec. 2011 showcasing memorabilia saluting the careers and romance of Americas famous redhead and the genius of Desi Arnaz.


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About | ● The Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum, the official museum of Hollywood, has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. The museum, featuring four floors of breathtaking exhibits, is home to more than 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures– one of a kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections and personal artifacts, posters, and vintage memorabilia from favorite films and TV shows. The museum also showcases the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

See hundreds of costumes on display, including Marilyn Monroe’s million dollar dress, Elvis’ personal bathrobe, I Love Lucy, Superman, Star Trek, Transformers, Glee, High School Musical, Michael Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, plus Rocky’s boxing gloves, Sopranos, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Beyoncé… See Lucy, Judy, Kate and all the greats! Plus the Rat Pack, Jurassic Park, Baywatch, Jaws, Planet of the Apes, The Flintstones, Harry Potter, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie…and more!!!

Don’t miss the lower level to experience Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Boris Karloff’s mummy, Vampira, Frankenstein and his bride, Elvira– Mistress of the Dark, and other cult horror film favorites.

The Hollywood Museum is housed in the historic Max Factor Building where Max Factor, Hollywood’s Makeup King , created the looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Mae West, Jean Harlow & Marilyn Monroe and all your favorite stars…from the Silents through the 1970’s… Don’t forget to visit Max Factor’s world famous makeup rooms and see where Hollywood’s greatest stars got their “look”. See where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a famous redhead!

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