Giving a shout out to the father of Hollywood Regency Billy Haines today! A fiercely contemporary man, Haines was a star of the silver screen and the top box office draw in 1930. Haines lived openly as a gay man with his partner Jimmy Shields in a beautiful mansion Haines decorated himself. When faced with an ultimatum by Louis B. Mayer to give up his partner or have his contract terminated, Haines walked out of the closet, away from the silver screen and went on to become Hollywood's premier interior decorator until his death in 1973.
Today, his pieces are highly sought by artists and collectors with an eye for elegant modern design.
from Sunnylands in Palm Springs, CA.
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