Grab your notebook and pens as it’s time for a quick Hollywood history lesson.
Hollywood has a lot of history that is lost under the stars and flashing lights. Thanks to Jason Kilar’s Twitter threadWe have a brief story about something we see every time we walk through a studio property.
I’m talking about Star wagons. Do you know the trailers that litter the studio and provide for actors and actresses to do their makeup, wardrobe, and more? It turns out that the story of how Star Wagons came about is actually quite an interesting one.
How did Star Wagons come about?
Hollywood history time. Walk a lot in Hollywood – especially @Warner Bros. in Burbank – and you’ll inevitably pass dozens of trailers labeled Star Wagons. Have you ever wondered where they – and that extra g in the name – came from? I did. 1 / x pic.twitter.com/WVnCtNYfxK
– Jason Kilar (@jasonkilar) April 19, 2021
The story of Star Wagons
The studios used to use standard RVs that were rented and placed near sets to serve their purpose. Eventually it got too expensive as the studios had to pay a driver every time the device was active and the engines eventually failed.
Then, in the late 1970s, actor Lyle Wagoner (from The Carol Burnett Show, Happy Days, Love boat, and Wonder woman) came up with a brilliant idea.
He noticed the issues surrounding the RVs on set and found that the RVs were rented by residents of Burbank. So he asked the studio if they would rent an RV from him. You said yes.
Wagoner Then he went out and bought a fleet of Moto homes for $ 50,000 each and rented them out to Hollywood production studios for $ 400 to $ 500 a week. He was able to make the payments for each RV (since his payments for one were only $ 400 a month) and take home a little more cash.
Nine years later, Wagoner stopped buying standard motorhomes because who needs four ovens in their trailer? Instead, he began building trailers that are ideal for Hollywood productions. Full length mirrors, makeup area, long luxury couches, and everything that made these pendants the best in Hollywood.
Jump 33 years forward and Star Waggons does Wagoner creditAmbitions and more. Some of the high-end trailers cost over $ 2 million while weekly prices have skyrocketed to $ 10,000 a week. Wagoner made waves in Hollywood for his on-camera work, and his legacy will live on through Star Wagons.
The next time you take a stroll through a manufacturing lot and notice a Star Waggon, you now know the history and legacy of these legendary trailers.
What do you think of this short history lesson? Let us know in the comments below!