The Castle on Sunset

The Castle on Sunset

Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

Book - 2019
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For ninety years, Hollywood's brightest stars have favored the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home. An apartment house-turned-hotel, it has been the backdrop for 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 insight, 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, Levy's book is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Description: 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780385543163
Branch Call Number: 647.957949 Lev


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Feb 14, 2020

A very enjoyable history of the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles,CA just off the Sunset Strip. This hotel in its 90 year history has been at times the permanent or part time home of many actors, writers and musicians. It has seen tragedies and has endured because of its reputation as a haven for divergent people and its policy of protecting the privacy of its guests.

Sep 24, 2019

I read this book in 3 days--couldn't put it down. Interesting to read about the history but the author didn't make the info "dry." Great read if you love the movies and all the personalities that go along with the industry. I grew up in L.A. so was doubly intriguing for me.

Sep 19, 2019

"We'll have Satanic Christmas Eve and play piano in the chateau lobby."-Father John Misty
Breezy, feather light history of the storied Hollywood hotel that has played host to a vast array of movie stars, rock stars, artists, writers, bohemians, and would be somebodies. It is perhaps most infamous as the place where John Belushi died. Man, if those walls could talk. . .From the author of "Dolce Vita Confidential" and biographies of De Niro, Jerry Lewis, and Paul Newman.

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