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Life at the Marmont: The Inside Story of Hollywood's Legendary Hotel of the Stars--Chateau Marmontby Raymond Sarlot
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Back in print after two decades, the story of Hollywoodandrsquo;s most exclusive hotel and its star-studded guest list
Raymond Sarlot bought the Chateau Marmont in 1975, but what was originally a business purchase became a love affair as he delved into the hotelandrsquo;s incredible history. From its perch overlooking the Sunset Strip, the glamorous Marmont reigned for decades as the spot for artists, writers, musicians, and actors of every stripe and remains a home-away-from-home for A-listers like Scarlett Johansson and Johnny Depp. Here, Sarlot and coauthor Fred E. Basten share a wealth of scandalous and intriguing tales about them all, from the stars of Hollywoodandrsquo;s Golden Era like Jean Harlow and Grace Kelly to idols of the sixties and seventies like Jim Morrison and John Belushi (who tragically died there in 1982).and#160;and#160;
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Whether your obsession is Hollywood history or celebrity gossip, Life at the Marmont has plenty of gripping, juicy stories to fascinate.
"The story of Chateau Marmont 'is practically a capsule history of Hollywood itself,' an assertion more than proved in this delightful history by co-authors Sarlot (who owned the hotel from 1975 to 1991) and journalist Basten (Max factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World). Out of print for more than two decades, but now featuring a short afterword, Life at the Marmont still shows in copious detail how the Marmont has been 'Hollywood's authentic grand hotel' for actors, actresses, directors, producers, and even rock stars since it opened in 1929. Every page includes at least three or four prominent Hollywood legends — from early owner Albert E. Smith, the cofounder of pioneer film production company Vitagraph, who saved the Marmont from bankruptcy in the 1930s, to Lady Gaga, who made gossip column headlines in 2011 when she dined at the Marmont wearing 'an all-white Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo.' There are fascinating stories of memorable visits by Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Robert De Niro, Duke Ellington, Jim Morrison, and literally hundreds of others whose exploits gave the Marmont its 'magical' reputation. In the words of legendary producer Harry Cohn in 1939 to then 'hot-blooded' Hollywood newcomers and future legends Glenn Ford and William Holden, 'If you must get into trouble, go the Marmont.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Raymond Sarlot was the owner of the Chateau Marmont from 1975 to 1991. He lives in Los Angeles.
Fred E. Basten is the author of more than thirty books, including Max Factorandrsquo;s Hollywood and Steve McQueen: The Final Chapter. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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