Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Neighbors - chapter II

Fred, ...Meet Fred

While doing research several years ago in the depths of the Main Library in downtown Los Angeles, I came across the interesting fact that during the mid-1940s, Robert Fred "Freddie" Moore and Fred "Tex" Avery, two of the biggest names in the industry, were next-door neighbors!

In a part of Los Angeles now know as Valley Village, between Moorpark Street and the 101 Freeway, Freddie Moore lived at 4437
and Tex Avery lived at 4445 Carpenter Avenue.

Former home of Freddie Moore
4437 Carpenter Avenue
(click on it for a larger image)

Former home of Tex Avery

4445 Carpenter Avenue
(click on it for a larger image)

Fred Moore's family included his wife Virginia and during the summer months daughters Suzanne and Melinda from his earlier marriage. Tex and Patricia Avery didn't have children until son Tim and daughter Nancy were born
in the later 1940s.

Although there doesn't appear to be evidence of any cross-pollination in their work during this time, I often wonder how friendly the two might have been -- how many conversations they had over the fence.

NOTE: While I'm sure it doesn't need to be said to any reader here, please remember that these are private residences.
Do not disturb the people living in or near these homes.


David Germain said...

Well, Tex and Patricia's marriage was rather unstable because Tex was always working at the studio. I wonder if Pat ever vented her frustrations when talking with the Moores. That would be something to find out.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Wow! David G. gave me a link to this and I'm so glad he did! Thanks for the pictures!

i just put up some pictures of Wally Wood's last residence in Van Nuys, CA. It's at "Uncle Eddie's Theory Corner."