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Monday, August 11, 2014

Life at the Marmont The Inside Story of Hollywood's Legendary Hotel of the Stars -- CHATEAU MARMONT Raymond Sarlot and Fred E. Basten PENGUIN GROUP Penguin

I would love to stay at the Chateau Marmont, perhaps see the ghosts of some movie-stars, and experience the ultimate in luxury. Unfortunately, I won't be doing this in the near future, but reading about it was the next best thing!

This book gives you an inside look at the legendary history of the beautiful hotel, which was modelled on a French chateau.  It's filled with lots of interesting characters, such as the socialite who was a secret journalist and wrote gossip about the stars and the manager who didn't believe in doctors.  The authors tell several fascinating anecdotes about stars such as Jean Harlow, Clark Gable and Heddy Lamarr.  There's the story of Billy Wilder sleeping in the annexe next to a bathroom because he was so happy there, and lots of tales about secret affairs.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in Hollywood history!

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