Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story


Nicknamed "Architect to the Stars," African American architect Paul R. Williams had a life story that could have been dreamed up by a Hollywood screenwriter. Orphaned at the age of four, Williams grew up to build mansions for movie stars and millionaires in Southern California. From the early 1920s until his retirement 50 years later, Williams was one of the most successful architects in the country. His list of residential clients included Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. His name is associated with architectural icons like the Beverly Hills Hotel, the original MCA Headquarters Building and LAX Airport. But at the height of his career Paul Williams wasn't always welcome in the restaurants and hotels he designed or the neighborhoods where he built homes, because of his race.


Courtney B. Vance, Quincy Jones, Bob Iger, Pauletta Washington, Steve Tisch

directed by

Royal Kennedy Rodgers, Kathy McCampbell Vance

director's bio

Royal Kennedy Rodgers is a producer/director/writer with experience in local, network news, and public broadcasting television. She's covered diverse assignments from politics to entertainment, and now documentary. Kathy McCampbell Vance is an Emmy Award winning television producer, specializing in news, entertainment, and documentary production, producing special news series and high-profile interviews for NBC, BET, and more.


Royal Kennedy Rodgers


Royal Kenney Rodgers, Kathy McCampbell Vance, Shirlyn A. Cesar


57 minutes




Feature Documentary


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