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The Church of the Good Shepherd is at 505 N. Bedford Drive (Santa Monica Blvd.) Beverly Hills.  It was built in 1924, dedicated on February 1, 1925 and seats only 600.
 It is in fact the oldest church in Beverly Hills.  It was a very new building when Mabel Normand became a member, it was the local parish for most of the movie stars living in Beverly Hills.  The interior is rather simple and modest.  Through the years it was been the sight of notable weddings and funerals and has even been seen in a number of movies
Rudolph Valentino's funeral (1926) was one of the largest one.  Recently on the PBS program Antique Road Show a card and handkerchief which were from the Valentino funeral that had been Mabel Normand's was on the show.

The Good Shepherd is open to visitors so feel free to step inside, if you attend a weekly Mass even to this day you are likely to see famous faces. It has had links to the Catholic Motion Pictures Guild and had been  part of the community for 80 years. Don't confuse the Church of the Good Shepherd with the nearby All Saints church. Both churches have tile roofs, but the Good Shepherd is the one on the west side of the cactus garden; it features two tall steeples and a statue out front of Christ holding a lamb.


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