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City of Dreams
by Steven Bingen, with Marc Wanamaker, Bison Archives, Taylor Trade Publishing (2016)

Paramount: City of Dreams brings to life the operations of the world’s grandest movie lot as never before by opening its famous gates and revealing – for the first time – the wonderful myriad of soundstages and outdoor sets where, for one hundred years, Paramount has produced the world’s most famous films. With hundreds and hundreds of rare and unpublished photographs in color and black & white, readers are launched aboard a fun and entertaining “virtual tour” of Hollywood’s first, most famous and most mysterious motion picture studio. Paramount is a self-contained city. But unlike any community in the real world, this city’s streets and lawns, its bungalows and backlots, will be familiar even to those who have never been there. Now, for the first time, these much-filmed, much-haunted acres will be explored and the mysteries and myths peeled away – bringing into focus the greatest of all of Hollywood’s legendary dream factories.


Paramount’s 75th anniversary in 1987 brought together 62 celebrities who gathered in front of the legendary Bronson Gate.

Featured:  Top row; Ali MacGraw, Burt Lancaster, Scott Baio, Bruce Dern, James Cann, Glenn Ford, Fred MacMurray, Shelly Long, James Stewart.

Second row; William Shatner, Peter Graves, Molly Ringwald, Rhea Perlman, Dorothy Lamour, Olivia Newton-John, Ted Danson, Cindy Williams, Lou Gossett Jr., Matthew Broderick, Gene Hackman, Walter Matthau, Robin Williams.

Third row; Jane Russell, Mike Connors, Anthony Perkins, John Travolta, Robert Stack, Janet Leigh, Mark Harmon, Charles Bronson, Faye Dunaway, Buddy Rogers, Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Ryan O’Neil, Rhonda Flemming, Timothy Hutton, Leonard Nimoy.

Fourth row; Andrew McCarthy, Olivia de Havilland, Henry Winkler, Kevin Costner, Cornel Wilde, Don Ameche, DeForest Kelley, Tom Cruise,  Penny Marshall, Bob Hope, Debra Winger, Victor Mature, Elizabeth McGovern, Robert De Niro.

Fifth row, seated; Martha Raye, Dana Andrews, Elizabeth Taylor, Frances Dee, Joel McCrea, Harry Dean Stanton, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Beals, Marlee Matlin, and Danny DeVito.

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