“Forgotten Hollywood”- Los Angeles Landmark is 100!

Posted on June 18, 2012 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

The Beverly Hills Hotel is celebrating its golden anniversary. At 100, the location is a landmark from Hollywood’s Silent Era. Over the weekend, the bash generated A-LIST celebrities, including Warren Beatty, Mary J. Blige,  Brenda Vaccaro, Donna Mills,  Frances Fisher, Bill Cosby, songwriter Diane Warren, and producer-director Irwin Winkler.

The original main building was created by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, who also designed  Huntington Art Gallery and Pasadena Playhouse. The sign was drawn by Paul Williams. Margaret Anderson (and son Stanley, who had managed the Hollywood Hotel) opened the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows in May, 1912.


   It’s been a central meeting place for business folks, especially from the Los Angeles motion picture and television industries. Many movie deals were consummated with drinks over the decades. Iconic cinema filmed on location included Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall; Move Over Darling (1963) featuring Doris Day and James Garner; and California Suite (1978) with Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, and Michael Caine. The Beverly Hills Hotel:  The First 100 Years was written by Robert Anderson, capturing its must-see majesty in print and photos.

The gala over the weekend raised monies, with all proceeds to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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