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The Castle on Sunset
The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont | Shawn Levy
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A definitive history of Hollywood's most iconic, storied, and scandalous hotel. For nearly ninety years, Hollywood's brightest stars have favored the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home. An apartment house-turned-hotel, it has hosted generations of gossip and folklore: 1930s bombshell Jean Harlow took lovers during her third honeymoon there; director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter met poolside and began a secret affair; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies, once falling nearly to his death; John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose in a private bungalow; Lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50,000 in charges in less than two months. Perched above the Sunset Strip like a fairytale castle, the Chateau seems to come from another world entirely. Its singular appearance houses an equally singular history. While a city, an industry, and a culture have changed around it, Chateau Marmont has welcomed the most iconic and iconoclastic personalities in film, music, and media. It appeals to the rich and famous not just for its European ambiance but for its seclusion: Much of what's happened inside the Chateau's walls has eluded the public eye. Until now. With wit and prowess, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons; the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns; the births and deaths that the Chateau has been a party to. Vivid, salacious, and richly informed, his book is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel.
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JSW
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Good stuff. Just enough gossip to satisfy my voyeuristic soul, but also lots of Hollywood history too, and the history of the buildings and property and neighborhood. I would have liked more pictures of the rooms and architecture. Must read for anyone interested in Los Angeles.

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JSW
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Loving this Sunday afternoon lazy life. Donuts, coffee, and Hollywood gossip all afternoon 🍩☕️🤭

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Mrshawaii
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This book is fun!

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cherthom

Just started reading this

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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Librarybelle
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“Chateau Marmont was more than a hideaway; it was a sanctuary.”

This quote really struck me this morning, and a conversation I had with a library intern today about anti-censorship and acceptance and diversity and openness at the library really tied in well with one of the chateau‘s former owners‘ philosophy. Interesting read!

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KaraWines That looks intriguing! 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking! 3mo
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farre
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A nice bit of history on the infamous hotel. Just salacious enough without being too gossipy.

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NikkiRobson73
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I received some book mail yesterday ! So far it‘s a great book especially if you‘re a fan of history which I am !

TheRomantiCate I am dying to read this one!!! So so jealous!! 3mo
NikkiRobson73 It‘s a good one ! 3mo
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Bookish_B
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Tonight's book signing was for a book on one of my favorite hangouts, The Chateau Marmont. When the author came to me for personal stories of hanging out with celebrities I said, "Ok! Yes, of course I'll help you BUT I can't tell you all the stories because I have to save some for my memoir". Of course he agreed and I was happy to show up and support him tonight. (Please note the heartfelt personal dedication in the pic). Continued in comments

Bookish_B Now, some might say I never actually set foot in the Chateau Marmont and that even if tried I probably couldn't even afford the parking but those people are just jealous. Obviously 🙄 🤣😝 3mo
GuiltyFeat I had drinks at the Chateau Marmont once. The Olsen twins were celebrating their 21st birthdays on the next table over. Good times. 3mo
Bookish_B @GuiltyFeat fun! It's honestly just never occurred to me to go there! Maybe until now, lol. I pass by it often but it's just not the kind of place I'd think to casually have drinks at, you know? 😄 3mo
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Brenda
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I started listening to this last night and don‘t want to put it down. The story of the historic Chateau Marmont is perfect if you‘re a fan of old Hollywood. 🎧📚

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balletbookworm
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A dishy yet understated history of the famous (infamous?) Chateau Marmont, a landmark hotel overlooking the Sunset Strip. Levy takes the history from bare ground covered in scrub and onions through the building‘s beginning as an apartment building, an out-of-the-way hideaway for Hollywood elite needing out of the spotlight, the run-down cheap-chic of the 1970s and 80s, and its reinvention as the playground of the entertainment industry A-list.

balletbookworm Lots of endnotes and citations. I would have loved more pictures though. 10mo
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