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Being Hal AshbyLife of a Hollywood Rebel$
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Nick Dawson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125381

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125381.001.0001

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Being Hal Ashby

Nick Dawson

University Press of Kentucky

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.

Keywords:   Hal Ashby, Los Angeles, California, divorce, Lavon Ashby, State Employment Department, movie industry, Bill Otto, Sammy Davis Jr.

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