Famous Silent Film Star Harold Lyloyd
Harold and his wife actress Mildred Davis started decorating from Thanksgiving till Christmas.
The tree was constructed from several trees, he drilled holes in its trunk and inserted branches cut from the remaining trees. He secured them with bamboo poles and wire to build a 14 by 9 foot frame with limbs that never sagged.
Lloyd collected ornaments, and one year he bought a Saks Fith Avenue Christmas display, ALL Of It. He would spend weeks on a ladder layer after layer until complete. His daughter recalls counting 5,000 ornaments on the tree with enough left over to decorate at least 3 more trees the same size. She says eventually the tree became a permanent fixture year round as it was to massive to dismantle.
Greenacres was their home in Beverly Hills construction started in 1926 and completed in 1929 at the cost of 2 Million Dollars. It boasted no less than 44 rooms. Lloyd passed away in 1971, the home was opened as a museum and closed shortly after in 1975. The home was later sold, and the 16 acres subdivided.
Christopher Radko has duplicated 2 of Lloyds ornaments, The Rose Ornament which was a gift from Silent Film Star Gloria Swanson, and Holiday Bounty Ornament gifted from Charlie Chaplin.