In April 1950, Louis, his wife Ettie and their good friend Solly White (whose daughter Zara had married Louis’s brother Geoff seven years earlier) left Dublin for a 16-week trip which took them from New York to Los Angeles, through Polynesia to Australia and back again. Louis kept a journal of the trip which is reproduced on this website. Among the 441 people whom he mentions meeting are dozens of stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and top executives of the Big Five Hollywood studios.

Louis, at a party thrown for him in Los Angeles by feared gossip columnist Louella Parsons, with Joan Fontaine (RIGHT) and Ginger Rogers (LEFT)

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