The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences kicked off its 75th-anniversary celebration Wednesday at its Center for Motion Picture Study by paying homage to AMPAS co-founder and inaugural prexy Douglas Fairbanks. Current Acad prexy Frank Pierson told the 800 attendees the center, on La Cienega, will be re-dubbed the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in honor of the celebrated actor.
“The kickoff to our 75th-anniversary celebration seemed a most appropriate occasion to add Mr. Fairbanks’ name to this building,” Pierson said. “He was not only the Academy’s first president, but his civic leadership actually helped get this magnificent building erected back in 1927.”
Fairbanks was instrumental in the implementation and design of Water Plant No. 1, the structure that houses the center — currently home to the Margaret Herrick Library and Roddy MacDowall Photograph Archive. Fairbanks died in 1939.
Among those attending the fete were past Academy presidents, members of the board of governors, members of the Academy’s standing committees, major donors, senior staff and BevHills civic officials.
The Acad’s anni celebration continues through 2003 and the 75th annual Academy Awards March 23.