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WILLIAM “BILLY” HAINES William “Billy” Haines (1900-1973) devoted his life to good taste and design, a passion that he pursued after starring in his final film in 1934. On and off set, he was a self-proclaimed wisecrack yet to his Hollywood friends he was a charming man of confidence, which made for a smooth transition from the silver screen to the living room interior. He famously remarked, “I can only tell you this – I would rather have taste than either love or money.” After opening his own antique shop on La Brea Avenue, decorating costar Joan Crawford’s home, and renovating and decorating acclaimed director George Cukor’s home, Haines transformed the 10-acre Beverly Hills home of Jack Warner of Warner Brothers into “the most talked-about residence in Los Angeles.” Haines’ design vocabulary – Chinoiserie and Classical objects blended with a modern touch – is clearly represented in the Warner estate. 72 WILLIAM “BILLY” HAINES COFFEE TABLE Studio, circa 1948 17”h x 19.75” x 68.5” Retains impressed gold foil stamp “Leather by Stergis” and “Designed by WM. Haines” Provenance: F HUG H AND MA RY H ERBERT, BEL A I R

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