Tragic screen star Mary Nolan’s death site is still standing at 1504 S. Mansfield. Built in 1947, the property has 1932 square feet. Hard to imagine Valentino’s grand piano filling the living room space of such a modest-looking home, but Nolan, despite hard times, refused to part with it because Valentino’s memory gave her solace through the hard times.
She died at the address of a drug overdose on Halloween of 1948. Near her body was the following poem:
"When it gets dark, the birds and flowers,
Shut up their eyes and say goodnight;
And God, Who loves them, counts the hours
And keeps them safe till it gets light!
Dear Father! Count the hours to-night,
When I’m asleep and cannot see;
And, in the morning, may the light
Shine for the birds, the flowers, and me!”
—William Hawley Smith
Apparently, on the back of the poem, Nolan wrote, “If this were only true.”
Source: Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels by Michael G. Ankerich.