Recently, having read and admired the memoir "Elsewhere" by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo, I decided to take a look at some of the films for which he wrote the screenplays, stories that put Russo on the map as promising writer. During a viewing of "Twilight", made in 1998 and starring Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, and James Garner, the primary location of the shoot - a 30's style modernist house in West Hollywood - seemed familiar. It suddenly dawned on me that this was a house designed by Honnold and his first partner, Cedrick Gibbons (who subsequently gained fame as the set designer and art director for such movie classics as The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain, The Philadelphia Story, An American in Paris, and many others) and his even more famous actress wife, Dolores Del Rio. She was considered by many as the most beautiful woman of her time, and was on her way to becoming a major Hollywood star. My father would join Doug Honnold a couple of years after this project was designed, and together they would reiterate its many design innovations on subsequent projects.
The Original Owners, and Scenes from the film
The house today
"Twilight" was made some years before the house was acquired by producer and executive Joe Roth, the current owner, who has meticulously restored it, adding just the right elements to bring it into the 21st century while remaining faithful to it's Modernist and Deco roots.
Note the consistent asymmetric "chevron" theme employed for the metal entrance gate and the main entry door. This motif is employed throughout the house and grounds, including the pool house