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Brenda and Dylan’s First Kiss

I think the new 90210  has been making me nostalgic for the original series, because lately I have found myself re-watching old episodes of the 90s show.   The other night, while watching one of my fave episodes from the first season, the episode where Brenda and Dylan first get together, I noticed a filming location that I had yet to stalk.  In the episode, entitled “Isn’t It Romantic”, Dylan has moved out of his suite at the BelAge Hotel and into what looks like a ritzy apartment building.  After a date at the former Fox Studio City Theatre, Dylan brings Brenda back to that apartment building only to find his father waiting for him inside – and, of course, drama ensues.   

        

While watching the episode, I happened to notice the word “L’Ermitage” spelled out on the side of the apartment building’s entrance (pictured in the above screen capture).

      

     

So I got to Googling and quickly discovered that there used to be a “members only” hotel called the L’Ermitage located in Bevelry Hills once upon a time.  Sadly, the L’Ermitage was purchased by the Raffles hotel chain in October of 2000 and was completely renovated, remodeled, and renamed.  The new hotel, called the Raffles L’Ermitage, does not look very much like Dylan’s former apartment building.  Even the front entrance of the hotel, which was the site of Brenda and Dylan’s dramatic first kiss, was gutted and changed.   But while the L’Ermitage does look very different than it did during the 90210  days, something about it is still vaguely reminiscent.  Especially familiar is the sidewalk in front of the hotel where Brenda runs after Dylan’s meltdown where he throws a potted plant on the ground.  Gotta love it!!  🙂  Standing there brought back such fond memories for me and I highly recommend stalking the L’Ermitage if you were at all a fan of Brenda and Dylan.  🙂 

The L’Ermitage is an absolutely beautiful place and I cannot wait to drag my boyfriend back there on a Friday or Saturday night to grab a drink in one of the hotel’s many bars.  The hotel’s rooftop terrace has been ranked one of the top three rooftop bars in the country.  The hotel’s Writer’s Bar, where the walls are decorated with screenplays and scripts, is also supposed to be a fabulous place to grab a drink.  The exclusive hotel is also a big time celeb hotspot – so if you visit be sure to keep your eyes peeled!  Julia Roberts, Georgio Armani, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Keira Knightley, Penelope Cruz, and Angelina Jolie have all stayed at the L’Ermitage in the past.  While stalking the L’Ermitage yesterday, I saw James Woods, who was hanging out in front of the hotel.  I absolutely LOVE me some James Woods and the TV show Shark, so I was floored to see him in person.  I would have asked him to take a pic with me, but he was busy talking on his cell phone and then his friend drove up, so I didn’t want to bother him.  I did snap a pic of him from far away, though.  He is in the above photo leaning against the Porsche.  SO COOL!  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:  Raffles L’Ermitage is located at 9291 Burton Way in Beverly Hills, not far from Rodeo Drive.

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West Beverly?

 

         

A few weeks ago, Mike, from MovieShotsLA, sent me some screen captures from a Season One episode of the original Beverly Hills, 90210  series entitled “Fame Is Where You Find It.”  In the episode Brandon “goes Hollywood” after landing a role on Brenda’s favorite television series Keep It Together.  In one scene in the episode, Keep It Together’s  star, Lydia Leeds, picks Brandon up from West Beverly High in her limousine during lunch.  While watching the episode, Mike noticed that the high school shown in that scene did not look like Torrance High School, the real life locale which was used to portray West Beverly High during the first three seasons of 90210.  Mike made it his mission to find out exactly what school was used in that scene. 

          

I tried to help him out in this stalking mission, but as usual he was one step ahead of me.  🙂  It didn’t take long at all before Mike found some online photos of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and recognized it as the place that stood in for West Beverly in the “Fame Is Where You Find It” episode.  I have visited and blogged about this location once before, but I just had to run right out to re-stalk it so that I could see the exact spot that was used in 90210.  🙂  And standing there at Notre Dame High, it was easy to see that, without a doubt, it was definitely the location used in the “Fame Is Where You Find It” episode.  It is so strange to me that producers filmed Brandon’s limousine pickup at a different location than Torrance High School, especially since there were a few other scenes from that same episode that were filmed at Torrance High.  What was it that caused producers to shoot this scene elsewhere when in ever other instance I know of, all exteriors of West Beverly were shot at Torrance?  Were they looking for a specific look for that particular scene that Torrance just didn’t have?  Did they run out of time and decide to shoot the brief limo scene at Notre Dame because it is about 20 miles closer to the 90210 studios  than Torrance High School?   Perhaps we will never know, but it is these little idiosyncrasies that absolutely fascinate me when it comes to filming locations – and that will keep me stalking day after day for years to come.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Notre Dame High School is located at 13645 Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks.  The exterior of the school’s chapel area was used for the filming of Brandon’s limousine pickup.

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Steve Sanders’ House

               

While out stalking on Wednesday, Mike from MovieShotsLA  took me over to a mansion called the Iny Estate, which is probably better known as Steve Sanders’ house from the original 90210 series.  While the estate was featured as Steve Sanders’ home for the entire ten year run of the series, it is probably most recognizable from the pilot episode of 90210.  In that episode, the West Beverly gang attends a party where Steve drinks a bit too much and realizes he can’t drive home.  He entrusts his black corvette (with custom license plate “I8A4RE” – LOL!!) to David Silver who doesn’t have a license.  When David parkes the car at Steve’s house, he forgets to put the car in gear causing it to roll down the driveway and crash into a parked car.  Steve spends the rest of the episode trying to figure out which “nerd” totalled his corvette.  SUCH GREAT TV!  🙂

    

This location had actually eluded Mike and his fiance for quite some time.  My hat is seriously off to them, though, as they went so far as to contact STEVE SANDERS HIMSELF, Ian Ziering, to ask him if he remembered where his house on the show was located.  Ian recalled that the home was somewhere in Encino and from that bit of information, Mike and his fiance were able to locate it.  I truly think they are better stalkers than me!  🙂 

In real life the ultra modern manse is owned by Paula and Ben Iny and the house is a frequent filming location. While Mike and I were there, Ben Iny happened to be outside and we got to speak with him briefly.  He was laughing at us and, like the security guards at the 90210 studio, said “But 90210  was filmed so long ago!”  LOL  The house has 38 foot ceilings, an elevator, a conservatory, a “glass radius wall” (whatever that means!), four fireplaces, an indoor jacuzzi, and a pool and spa.  It sounds like EXACTLY the type of place Steve Sanders would have lived!  You can see an up close and personal view of the home and even take a virtual tour on the official Iny Estate Website.  The home has also appeared in the Corbin Bernsen movie “The Dentist”, the movie “Ghost in the Machine”, and in music videos for both Prince and Ice Cube. 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Steve Sanders former house is located at 16711 Bosque Avenue in Encino.

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