Ann Magnuson’s House of Cards Posted June 25, 2000 by Daniel Ostroff

“I love the cards—they’re a perfect metaphor for life in Hollywood,” jokes actress Ann Magnuson of the Eameses’ Original House of Cards.

“I love the cards—they’re a perfect metaphor for life in Hollywood,” jokes actress Ann Magnuson of the Eameses’ Original House of Cards. This House of Cards never collapsed, however: the Eamses’ deck has been in continuous production since 1952, with the 54 cards, each with slots on  the sides, meant to be joined into different three-dimensional shapes. Magnuson, who is featured in the upcoming “The Cavemen’s Valentine,” lives in a 1939 Richard Neutra house and is a fan of the simplicity and idealism in mid-century architecture and furnishings. “This is designed by people who believed that art could be part of everyone’s life.” Appearing on the faces of the Eames cards are familiar everyday objects such as scissors, spools of thread, matches and coins—what the Eamses called “good things.” “They remind me of my grandmother, who was very artsy-craftsy,” says Magnuson. “She transformed ordinary things—bits of old cloth, beads and yarn—into tiny dolls. Like the Eameses, she was fascinated with simple things.”

Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2000