I’ve been filling in for Rachel the last few weeks here at Highclere while she is on maternity leave and every morning I pull up to the mansion on the hill by way of Harry Langdon Blvd. But I can’t help but wonder; who is Harry? A quick bit of research uncovered his identity. It turns out that Harry Langdon was a Council Bluffs native who was famous for starring in vaudeville and silent films around the 1920s. He worked with one of the industry’s famed directors, Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), and then eventually took creative control of his career. At the height of his success, Langdon was making $7,500 a week!
Harry Langdon Day was celebrated in 1997 in Council Bluffs, and the Boulevard was soon to follow in 1999. Langdon also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Information was gathered from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Langdon