Friends of Oakridge
10 year Partnership with Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks

donate to complete
The Oakridge Estate
Rear Yard Restoration

In collaboration with the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks, Friends of Oakridge looks forward to offering tours and events when deemed safe.  During this extended hiatus, we are exploring preservation and programming. Our first 10 years' accomplishments include hosting programming and docent led tours for  4,300 visitors, helping to locate funding for a badly needed roof, driveway and 32 additional parking spaces, and, with your help, funding front yard irrigation and landscaping.

In 2019, your generous donations enabled Friends to plant 7 impressive oaks in the rear yard, replacing trees planted by Barbara Stanwyck in 1937, then lost by disease and drought. 


Many of you have enjoyed our interior tours and film events. 


Please help Friends celebrate our first 10 years  with a simple “Birthday Gift”.  Your tax-deductible contribution of $10 to mark each year, or $20 or more, will help us complete the rear yard landscape and hardscape in preparation for outdoor events.   

Friends of Oakridge is a 501 c (3) charitable organization, EIN #45-1626582.  All donations are deemed tax deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer.  No goods or services were provided for your contribution.

From the Archives

In collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
and the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks Department,

Please join Friends of Oakridge for a rare look into a decade of research as we open our archives virtually.
Registration is available on June 26 

​We look forward to reopening this historic estate
for tours and events in the near future

For both events, a link will be emailed the day before the event. 
Videos will be accessible Saturday, June 26 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

William Harper carter
Shares memories of  filming the Titanic (1953) 

In 1953, William Harper Carter was thirteen years old when cast to play Barbara Stanwyck's son in the film Titanic. On April 14, 2019, on the 107th anniversary of the Titanic hitting the fateful iceberg, Harper enthralled a packed house at Oakridge with his memories of working with Stanwyck, the magic of the Titanic special effects team, and of being a child actor during an era when a few names defined the Hollywood studio system.  His memories detour with colorful recollections of Bob Hope, Linda Ronstadt,  Elvis and James Dean.

​Friends is appreciative of the audience volunteers who captured the moment.  Special thanks to Harper, his wife Diana, and moderator Dana Amann, for the treasured memories.  This is 55 minute on-demand video.


Marwyck Ranch
As seen in film and fan magazines (1937-1943) 

This 40 minute on-demand recording of Friends May 22 event  includes the announcement of an important donation from the Barbara Stanwyck family.  More information about the donation will be forthcoming in Friends' Fall newsletter.


Friends is appreciative of funding in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and for collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

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