Bert & Linda Lamb
Bert Lamb is a great-grandson of Adolfo Camarillo. He is a grandson of Isabella Camarillo Burket ( “Nunie”) and a son of Susana Burket Lamb.
The Lambs move to the Ranch
Shortly after their wedding, Bert and Linda Lamb moved to the Camarillo Ranch in 1977. They lived there for twenty years. The couple said they “did not believe we would live there for twenty plus years.”
According to Linda, Carmen enjoyed having family in the house. Carmen also knew she could come into her home at any time. She liked the Lambs and liked having them live there.
Prior to the Lambs moving to the Ranch, Carmen had given the house to the Order of St. Augustine (OSA). Later when the Augustinians moved away, the OSA rented the house to an order of nuns from Orange County.
Bert noted that the nuns stayed at the house for a year or two, but the location proved too far from their motherhouse in Orange County. House was empty except for some charity activities. The OSA suggested that Carmen find someone she would like to have living in the house.
Bert said that Carmen told him it was Adolfo who had the woodwork painted white for Rosa’s wedding in 1914. Later when film companies use the house for location shoots, the white pocket doors were “grained,” brown by a studio artist. The Camarillo Ranch Foundation removed the layers of paint to reveal the natural wood.
Filming begins at Ranch
Shortly after the Lambs moved in, film companies began using the Ranch for feature films, still photography, commercials and music videos. Bert explained that Gerald FitzGerald (grandson of Adolfo and son of Ave Camarillo FitzGerald) represented Carmen for the contracts dealing with use of the Ranch. Linda Lamb handled the contracts for use of the house.
Linda explained in the beginning she was helpful to the film crews by lending them household items that they had forgotten. Later she learned from a crew member that the film crews are to rent those items.
Ranch as a location
Linda and Bert explained that Location Scouts found the house. It was listed with the California State Film Commission. Location Scouts quickly appreciated the variety of sites offered at the one location. They especially liked the fact that there was no development behind the house, barn and other buildings. “There was nothing in the background,” said Linda. “They could use the farm, the barns, the creek, the house. “
Bert explained that the location could be easily changed to fit the needs of the script. He said that Polaroid did its entire season of commercials in just three days. The front lawn area was made to look like a golf course.
Productions at the Ranch
Bert and Linda offered highlights of some of the films and commercials shot at the Ranch. They gave few details and did not give any dates or years of the productions and in some cases could not the remember the title of the films. The couple plans to write a book about their filming experiences.