To tell the truth, I wasn’t familiar with the name Louise Fazenda until after reading the book, The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood written by Coy Watson, Jr. and one of the heroes of my book, Silver Lake Chronicles: Exploring an Urban Oasis in Los Angeles. In his book, Watson talks about the “first people to arrive in the new colony”, among them Louise Fazenda. During her long career, Fazenda appeared in about 300 mostly silent comedies, beginning with Joker Studios, appearing with Bobby Vernon and Max Asher, after which she came to the attention of Max Sennett of Keystone Studios.
As her star rose, Fazenda would leave Keystone for better pay; Sennett was famous for underpaying his actors. By the advent of sound pictures, she was making movies for most of the big studios and was highly compensated for her performances, mainly in character roles. In 1927, she tied the knot with Warner Brothers producer Hal B. Wallis, The union produced a son, Brent who became a psychologist. The marriage lasted until her death in 1962. Fazenda lived in Edendale/Silver Lake/Echo Park twice, primarily at the beginning of her career. She lived in a four unit apartment building at 1132 LeMoyne Street, across the street from Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angelus Temple between 1914 and 1920. She moved into a modest bungalow at 1353 North Alvarado Street soon after the triplex was completed in 1921; the new location was a short walking distance to the Max Sennett Studios located across the street.
Louise Fazenda has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.