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The World’s Largest Collection of MM Memorabilia and . . . A New Fiance?

Last week, while stalking in Hollywood, I dragged my mom to the Hollywood Museum, which is currently exhibiting one of the largest collections of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia in the entire world.  The entire drive there I could barely sit still in my seat I was so absolutely floored to see the exhibit, and I must say that when I got there I was not disappointed in the slightest.  I literally could have spent the whole day just at the Marilyn exhibit – there was so much to see and read.  One display was a stalker’s dream come true as it listed the address of every single residence ever occupied by Miss Marilyn!  This stalker definitely has her work cut out for her now!  🙂

The Marilyn exhibit contains countless one of a kind MM items, including her personal scripts from almost every single movie she ever starred in.  As an actress it was fascinating to see the scripts with all of Marilyn’s lines circled and side notes written in her own hand.  In one of the scripts she had marked all of her character’s lines with a red lip liner!   So Marilyn – I love it!!!! 🙂  The costumes were amazing to see, as well – included were dresses from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot, How to Marry a Millionaire  and many, many more.  The exhibit also featured numerous clothing items from Marilyn’s personal collection and even furniture from her last home.  Also on display were personal letters, bank checks, and photographs of the starlet.  All in all, I had a blast being there and I highly recommend stalking the museum, even if the Marilyn exhibit is the only one you visit. 

That being said, there are countless other movie star exhibits to stalk at the museum.  The Hollywood Museum used to be known as the Max Factor Museum and is actually housed in the former Max Factor Building, where Max Factor himself gave makeovers to the stars during the hey-dey of Old Hollywood.  The building is four full floors and a whopping 38,000 square feet chock full of movie memorabilia!  They literally have something for everyone, including Rocky’s boxing gloves, the shoes George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt wore during their handprint ceremony at Grauman’s, costumes from the movie The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Hannibal Lector’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Cary Grant’s Rolls Royce, Roddy McDowall’s actual bathroom, Pee Wee Herman’s bike, and Leo Dicaprio’s (sigh!) wedding suit and Claire Danes’ pajamas from Romeo & Juliet, just to name a few.   In fact, the building itself has even been used as a filming location.  The exterior of the museum was used in the filming of Beverly Hills Cop II  as the jewelry store Adriano’s which ends up getting robbed by Brigitte Nielsen. 

The only thing I did not like about the museum was that they did not allow photographs of any kind inside the building.  In fact, I had to check my camera at the door.  😦   I was so looking forward to taking pictures of all things Marilyn and was completely bummed when I found out I couldn’t.  I did however get my mom to snap one cell phone pic of me standing in front of the “For Blondes Only” sign at the Max Factor exhibit.  I am a total blonde, and so was Marilyn, so I just had to get a pic in front of that sign.  🙂  You should have seen my mom and I trying to get that picture on the down-low.  LOL  The pic didn’t come out very well, but at least I got it.  As Marilyn herself said, “If I had observed all of the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere.”  🙂

The museum staff is extremely friendly, especially Doug, the security guard who was dressed up in full Indiana Jones regalia.  Not only did Doug fill me in on all sorts of movie star gossip, but by the end of the afternoon he had actually proposed to me!  LOL  I told him that if he let me take pics in front of some of the Marilyn Monroe items, he had himself a deal!  Unfortunately he didn’t go for it.  We instead settled for taking a picture outside of the museum together.  🙂  If you visit the museum, be sure to ask for Doug (or “Indy” as I like to call him) as he is super friendly and loves to trade Hollywood gossip.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:  The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 N. Highland Avenue, directly kitty-corner from the Hollywood & Highland Center, behind the Guinness Book of World Records Museum.  Get there fast though, as the Marilyn exhibit leaves for Japan at the end of August.  If you miss it this time around, the entire collection will be back in June of ’09.  Tickets are $15 per adult, $12 for seniors and students, and $5 for children under 5.  The museum is only open from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  For more up-to-date information, you can visit the museum’s website here.

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Big Day in Hollywood!

Yesterday I dragged my poor mom out, yet again, to do some more Hollywood stalking!  We ran out of time stalking last week, so yesterday it was Hollywood here we come!  As we pulled up to Hollywood Boulevard, we were both extremely excited to see a huge red carpet being rolled out for The X Files: I Want To Believe  movie premiere!  I must say that I LOVE me some Fox Mulder!!!!!    Anyway, the new X Files  movie premiered last night at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at around 6pm.  While we didn’t stick around long enough to see the stars arrive, it was still pretty cool to watch the premiere being set-up.  I have to say that, more often than not, when I have visited the Chinese Theatre there has either been a movie premiere or some sort of special event taking place.  So if you are in the Hollywood area and want to see a red carpet up close and personal, I definitely recommend stalking Grauman’s!

After stalking the X-Files  premiere, my mom and I headed over to Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center, where lo and behold, a camera crew was filming the TLC show Ten Years Younger.  The crew happened to be looking for people to do on-camera interviews about the contestant post-makeover and of course, I said SIGN ME UP!  🙂  I was interviewed by the host of the show who asked me a couple of questions about how old I thought the contestant looked.  SO EXCITING!  🙂  Hopefully you will be able to see me in the episode and I won’t end up on the cutting room floor!  LOL 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: For the best chance of seeing a movie premiere in person, I recommend stalking Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on a weekday in the late afternoon.  Grauman’s Theatre is located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.  Ten Years Younger  is holding all of its “Man on the Street” type interviews at Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center this season, so if you’re at the mall, chances are you could wind up on TV!   The shopping center is located right on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood.  Ten Years Younger  airs Fridays at 10/9 Central on TLC.  I am on the 11th episode of the season, which should air in about 7 to 8 weeks.

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An Old Staple

There is one site in Los Angeles that I absolutely never get tired of, no matter how many times I see it.  Even though I can now officially call myself a native Angeleno, I am not ashamed to admit that I still get a little jolt of butterflies in my stomach every time I see the Hollywood Sign in person.  All of my hopes and dreams are represented in those big white letters and the sign is probably my favorite landmark in all of LA.  Every time I am on the freeway or in Hollywood and the sign comes into view, I am reminded of why I moved to Los Angeles.

A few years ago, in my fave Hollywood tour book, I found directions to a spot with a view of the sign like no other.  High atop a hill in Burbank on Canyon Lake Drive, one can view the Hollywood Sign up close and personal.  Driving up there, I am always amazed at the sheer size of the individual letters, which become absolutely ginormous the closer you get to them, in a way that almost feels eerie.  From Canyon Lake Drive you can also see incredible views of Lake Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles’ skyline.  I highly recommend stalking the sign from Canyon Lake, even if you have lived in Los Angeles for years and have seen the Hollywood sign more times than you can count, as I can pretty safely guarantee that you’ve never seen it like this! 

The Hollywood sign, which originally spelled out “Hollywoodland”, was erected in 1923 as a real estate advertisement for a housing development known as Hollywoodland.  The sign was deeded to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 1945 and the “land” part was subsequently removed so that the sign would be a more accurate representation of the city it sat above.  The original letters measured 50 feet in height and 30 feet in width.  Over the years the sign became more and more dilapidated, with no one stepping in to repair it.  At one point in time, half of the first “O” had fallen off along with the entire third “O” so that the sign read “HuLLYWO D”.  In 1978, rock star Alice Cooper spearheaded a campaign to repair the sign, rallying huge donations from celebrities including Hugh Hefner, Gene Autry, and Les Kelly, creator of the Kelly Blue Book.  The old sign was taken down and a new one was completed in November of 1978, with letters measuring 45 feet high and 31 to 39 feet wide, and a combined total weight of a whopping 480,000 pounds.  The original sign sat in storage for over 20 years until 2005 when it was sold on EBay to an artist named Bill Mack, who is currently creating a piece of artwork out of the letters.  You can read an article here about Bill’s artistic renovation of the sign, which includes painting old Hollywood legends onto each letter, including Rita Hayworth, James Dean, Greta Garbo, and my favorite, Marilyn Monroe.  Something of a stalker himself, Bill also owns Marilyn Monroe’s bed and the original gate to her home.  Sigh!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: For the best views of the Hollywood sign, take Lake Hollywood Road off of Barham Boulevard.  Follow Lake Hollywood for quite a while until you come to Lake Tahoe Drive.   Make a left there.  Follow Lake Tahoe to Canyon Lake Drive and make a right.   You will see the looming sign on your left hand side.  If you follow Canyon Lake past the large park on the left, you will see a little dirt look-out area with amazing views of Downtown LA and Lake Hollywood.

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Hollywood Renaissance Hotel

Yesterday, while killing time before an acting class, I decided to stop into the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel which is attached to the famous Hollywood & Highland shopping center.  When I stepped inside, I noticed a few excited teenage girls standing in the lobby with cameras and autograph books in hand.  I just had to walk over to them to ask who they were waiting for.  They told me that Will Smith had just walked through the lobby and was standing “RIGHT THERE!”  I looked around and did not see him and they kept saying “He’s RIGHT THERE!”  LOL  Turns out Will was standing just a few yards away from me waiting to get into his SUV.  I had just missed him walking through the lobby by mere seconds.

The teenage girls told me that Will was SUPER nice and had stopped to take pictures with each of them.  Even though his bodyguard kept telling him that he didn’t have time to stop, Will took individual pictures with all of the girls.  How sweet is that!  Apparently Will was at the Renaissance for a pre-party before the premiere of his new movie Hancock.   Will was much thinner in person than I thought he would be.  I guess I expected him to be larger than life, due to the characters he portrays onscreen.  In real life he is tall, about 6′, but pretty lanky and really thin.  Everything happened so fast that I did not have time to snap a picture of him.  😦

Besides being a favorite stomping ground of celebrities – last time I was there I saw Nikki Blonsky from Hairspray – the Renaissance is also a filming location!  It was portrayed as the hotel where Rachel McAdams works in the movie Red Eye.  The brightly colored lobby stood in for the lobby of the Miami Beach hotel where McAdams character was head of customer service.  The Renaissance is a great place for celeb stalking as many stay there during premieres and press junkets due to its close proximity to downtown Hollywood.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel is located at 1755 North Highland Avenue, right next to the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center.  You can visit their website here.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

One of my favorite places in all of Hollywood is the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, located right on Hollywood Boulevard.  The Roosevelt has had a long and storied history in Hollywood and is even said to be haunted by a few of its former residents.  Once you step inside the hotel’s beautiful Moorish lobby, you can almost feel the history coming right out of the walls.  Built in 1927 and named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel was the site of the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929.  The Roosevelt has been a favorite getaway and hangout for celebrities ever since it’s opening.  It’s guest list includes Lindsay Lohan, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Mary Pickford, Prince, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple, and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few.  Marilyn Monroe, whose very first modeling shoot took place by the hotel’s pool, lived in Suite 1200 for over two years, and the hotel is still said to be haunted by her ghost. 

A mirror that used to hang in Marilyn’s room is now located in the mezzanine off the main lobby next to a very cool etched picture of the star.  Montgomery Clift, who was a resident of Room 928 during the filming of From Here to Eternity, is also said to haunt the hotel.  Legend has it that during his stay at the hotel, Montgomery paced the hallways outside of his room rehearsing his lines. His ghost is rumored to do the exact same thing and many hotel guests have reported seeing him walking the hallways reciting lines. 

Rumor also has it that Bojangles taught Shirley Temple the “staircase dance” on the stairs leading up from the lobby to the Mezzanie level.  The Roosevelt was completely restored a few years back, making it once again a favorite stomping ground of celebs.  The pool is a favorite hangout of many stars, including Lauren Conrad who said in an episode of The Hills that she goes to the Roosevelt pool every Sunday. 

The Roosevelt has been featured in several movies and TV shows, including Crossroads, Entourage, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Moonlighting, Catch Me If You Can, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Shade, and The Hills, among countless others.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, almost directly across from Mann’s Chinese Theatre where the stars’ hand and footprints are immortilized in cement.  If you get a chance, grab a burger in the hotel’s Twenty-Five Degrees restaurant- they are excellent!!

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Charlie’s Angels

Charlie\'s Angels I must admit that I absolutely loved the first Charlie’s Angels  movie, so when I found the location of the headquarters of Charles Townsend Investigations in my stalking tome  last weekend, I just had to stalk it.  This same location was used in both the filming of the Charlie’s Angels television show back in 1976 and the more recent first Charlie’s Angels movie in 2000.  In the movie, Townsend Investigations is actually blown up by the evil Eric Knox, but for the big blow up scene, producers built a replica of the headquarters building on a studio soundstage. 

Townsend Investigations looks much the same today as it did in 1976, except that now a Miele store occupies the space.  Miele is a high end German appliance store.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:  Townsend Enterprises is located at 189 Robertson Boulevard, on the corner of Clifton Way and Robertson Boulevard, in Beverly Hills.  A few blocks South of the Miele store is the chic, celeb favorite shopping district of Robertson Boulevard  which is home to Kitson, Lisa Kline, the Ivy restaurant, and the MAC Pro Store.  Robertson is a shopping haven for celebs and paparazzi can often be seen milling around outside of the many high-end stores located there.

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Sydney Bristow’s Apartment

img_1962.jpgAlthough I am not a big Alias fan – never seen an episode, actually – I know most of America was pretty obsessed with it.  And I do love me some Jennifer Garner.  So when I found the address of Sydney’s Bristow’s apartment in my fave stalking book, I, of course, had to stalk it.

img_1963.jpgSydney Bristow lived in a very cute Spanish style apartment building called the El Cadiz in Hollywood.  It was built in 1936 and definitely evokes a feeling of Old Hollywood.  The El Cadiz is also a City of Los Angeles declared Historic-Cultural Monument. 

Now that I have stalked Alias, I think I am going to have to go rent me the first season on DVD, so I can see what all the fuss is about.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:  Sydney Bristow lived in the El Cadiz apartments located at 1731 N. Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood, just a half a block north of Hollywood Boulevard and a few short blocks from the Hollywood and Highland Center.  In 1970, Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose just a half a block from the El Cadiz at the Highland Gardens Hotel, which can be found at 7047 Franklin Avenue. 

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