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Real Estate Writer Spotlights Home of DGA Trailblazer

Although a residence recently put on the market in The Oaks district of Los Angeles is probably not part any star-homes tour itinerary, it definitely belongs in the sights of just about every woman working in Hollywood. That’s because the two-story home at 2249 Mountain Oak once belonged to Dorothy Arzner, the first woman to be admitted to the Director’s Guild of America in 1938.

Mary Forgione spotlighted the property for the always entertaining LA Times feature “Home of the Week.” Arzner relocated to New York in the early 1940s, but until then, she overlooked a city where her on-set collaborators included everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Clara Bow. The home is remarkable in Tinseltown history terms for another reason:

Arzner shared the home with her lifelong partner, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan.

That’s right. The first woman to ever gain admittance to the DGA was also some 80 years ahead of Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, and many others. Arzner passed away in the fall of 1979.

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