This chapter examines the challenges faced by Hal Ashby in “making a fresh start” in Los Angeles, California. For a few months, Ashby drifted around, doing jobs here and there, and reading whenever he could, which he considered all part of the process of finding himself. Around March 1948, Lavon Ashby filed for divorce and Ashby was required to provide $50 a month. His life in Los Angeles was very tough that he sometimes made a Powerhouse candy bar last for three days. He got his first job in the movie industry through the State Employment Department. During this he became friends with Bill Otto and Sammy Davis Jr.
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