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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fatty Arbuckle House, Victor Sarteano, Builder c.1910

Informed neighbors tell me that the great actor-comedian Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887-1933) lived in the house while working for the Selig Polyscope Company and later Keystone Studios. In 1919, he would pick up and move to the Tulita Wilcox Miner House located in the fashionable West Adams neighborhood (located at 649 West Adams Boulevard).

He was one of the most popular stars of the silent screen era and one of its best paid actors; in 1920 he signed a deal with Paramount Pictures that paid him $1M a year; unheard of for the time. It all came to a crashing end the following year, 1921, in which he was accused by a San Francisco madam of raping and killing bit player Virginia Rappe. Although he was eventually acquitted, his career took a dive and he only worked occasionally thereafter. He died in his sleep of a heart attack at age 46 in 1933.

The house was originally built as a six room residence by Victor Sarteano in 1910. At some point in its evolution, it was enlarged and converted into an apartment house. Located at 1383 N. Lucile Avenue in what was originally called Childs Heights in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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