Time Frame: Hollywood’s Capitol Records Building 59 Years Ago and Now

Actress Joan Broadshaw poses with her toy poodle in front of the then-newly completed landmark
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Photographer Earl Leaf chose a September afternoon in 1957 to follow actress Joan Bradshaw and her toy poodle on a tour of Hollywood landmarks. The trio compared handprints at the Chinese Theatre, strolled by the Brown Derby, and paused near the newly completed Capitol Records building (inset), designed by Welton Becket. Things were looking up for the 21-year-old Bradshaw, who had posed for Playboy, appeared on TV’s Dragnet, and scored a social coup at celebrity clothier Sy Devore’s Halloween party by arriving with Elvis Presley. She married producer Frank Ross in 1961; two years later he persuaded her to quit acting. Eventually she returned to her home state of Texas, where she operated a tiki bar and motel for several years. She still splits her time between South Padre Island and L.A.

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