Confidante of Lili St. Cyr. Later became an interior decorator, and went on to design Ciro's and the Trocadero in Los Angeles and the El Rancho and the Flamingo in Las Vegas.
Tom Douglas was born on September 4, 1896 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA (later claimed to be born between 1901 and 1907). He was an actor, known for Guilty or Not Guilty (1932), Broken Lullaby (1932) and Sky Bride (1932). He died on May 4, 1978 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. -IMDB
Several of Hollywood's Golden Age restaurants and nightclubs were located on Sunset Blvd., aka the Sunset Strip, a part of then unincorporated Los Angeles County where regulations were more relaxed than in the City of Los Angeles. Entrepreneur Billy Wilkerson, owner of the Hollywood Reporter and Trocadero Cafe, opened Ciro's in January 1940 and it was an instant hit. The stars flocked to Hollywood's newest place to "see and be seen". They were greeted by a sophisticated exterior facade by George Vernon Russell with a Baroque interior designed by Tom Douglas.
Located at 8433 Sunset, on the site of the old Club Seville (and today home of The Comedy Store), Ciro's was sleekly designed by George Vernon Russell, while interior designer Tom Douglas made the interior a "riot of color and texture, with red silk sofas, ceilings painted a matching red, and walls draped in heavy ribbed silk dyed pale pastel green."Douglas' style epitomized the latest in Hollywood glamour - walls draped in heavy ribbed silk dyed pale green and ceilings painted American Beauty red. The stars luxuriated on red silk wall sofas, while bronze urn lighting fixtures flanked the bandstand.
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