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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Since 1929, Hollywood's brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. An apartment building-turned-hotel, the Chateau has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: where director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies; John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose; and Lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50,000 in charges in less than two months. But despite its mythic reputation, much of what has 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 to which the hotel has been a party. Vivid, salacious, and richly informed, The Castle on Sunset 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
ISBN: 9780385543163
Branch Call Number: 647.94097 C39L 2019
Characteristics: 366 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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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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