This Gothic Chateau inspired building was designed by architect Arnold A. Weitzman and William Douglas Lee when construction was ordered in 1926 by Fred Horowitz.
I encourage you to further research this topic outside of Reddit due to heavy censorship. The Day of the Locust was written there; Billy Wilder began his career writing at the Chateau, etc.). The newlyweds stayed in a room adjoining the one where Harlow was also having an affair with Clark Gable. In the 1990s, Hotelier Andre Balazs purchased the hotel and guided it through a light restoration with the intention of maintaining it’s original charm and classic good looks. In 1935 before he became a bigshot filmmaker, Billy Wilder said he would “rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel”. Director Nicholas Ray retreated to the Chateau Marmont after walking in on his wife, actress Gloria Grahame, having sex with his son from a previous marriage. He would constantly cheat, she would find out, they would fight, and he would escape to a suite at the Marmont. The price per night in 2018 ranges from $2,500-$5,000, again that is per night!
“Ultimately, Natalie chose to be with Ray.”.
“There is something to be said for knowing people,” says owner Andre Balazs, who bought the hotel in 1990. As Harry Cohn once said: “If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont”. Of all the jaw-dropping things — movie-star affairs, secret parties and tragedies of many stripes — that have happened at the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood, the most notorious remains comedian John Belushi’s 1982 drug death. In 1956, actor Montgomery Cliff had a near-fatal car crash and was nursed back to life at the Chateau by legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 33) after racking up a $46,350.04 tab on stuff like cigarettes, candles, iPhone chargers, and copies of Architectural Digest. All rights reserved. As Los Angeles' infamous Chateau Marmont becomes members-owned, the Daily Mirror lays bare the stories of excess, sex, tragedy, and Hollywood's Golden Era that took place there The white castle on the hill above Sunset Boulevard is being turned into a private members club, a plan hastened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Los Angeles is a city full of historic landmarks and locations to venture to, but when you want to experience a historic hotel that is nothing like its kind, the Chateau Marmont is ideal. During one of Ray's bungalow parties, Wood took a liking to the 18-year-old Dennis Hopper. The Chateau was officially turned into the Chateau Marmont Hotel in 1931.
It was later revealed that he had had a heart attack that caused the accident. When it was time to name the building, Mr. Horowitz was stuck between, Chateau Sunset and Chateau Hollywood, but after further thinking, he decided on the name Chateau Marmont by the street running across the front of the building. He was killed. The past two decades have also seen plenty of insanity — and tragedy. 3. The hotel’s design was inspired by Fred Horowitz’s recent visit to France when he visited the Chateau d’Amboise, which was a royal retreat in France’s Loire Valley. Now do I get the part?". Below are ten of the most scandalous tales from behind the Marmont's tall hedges. Built in 1929 for an LA lawyer, the property became a 63-room hotel in 1931. He supposedly jumped off either a roof or terrace, but was so high he walked away fine. Every few years, the Chateau Marmont gets a (frankly not that needed) boost of press and attention. Inside it felt like an intimate French castle with a roaring fire in the winter, maroon velvet sofas and dark, cavernous corners. Hadid—the father of models Gigi and Bella Hadid and a veteran developer of massive spec homes—got in trouble a couple of years ago for building code violations. Sadly, I never made it into the villa where parties could go on for 24 hours but I once was the last person standing at a bash in the ivy entwined garden. They also broke societal barriers.
When the director arrived, she said, "They called me a goddamn juvenile delinquent. Carly Simon was famously pursued there by Warren Beatty, who spent so much time wooing in the hotel he said: “I’m going to buy this goddamn joint.”. The next morning he found his belongings on the curb. A new book reveals the juiciest gossip behind Hollywood's most notorious hotel. In 1933, the actress was staying at the Chateau Marmont with her brand new hubby No. When the Chateau was full he persuaded staff to put him up in the lobby of a ladies’ cloakroom. It all began in the 1930s when Greta Garbo was known as a frequent partier at the hotel. The stories told include Sharon Tate’s haunting stay weeks before her murder, John Belushi’s drug overdose in Bungalow 3, and Room 79 is rumored to be haunted by Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison. It wasn't long before the media got wind and paparazzi swarmed the hotel. During their visit in 1968, the band's loud partying, constant flow of girls (they stole a food cart to transport nude girls from one room to another), and repeated calls to room service for more alcohol got them moved into a bungalow. Scarlett Johansson and Benecio Del Toro allegedly steamed up an elevator in 2004. Perhaps the most famous, and unfortunate, tale that ever took place in the Chateau Marmont is that of John Belushi's death. The famous Eagles track, Hotel California pays homage to the Chateau Marmont Hotel with lyrics such as, “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave.”. The legendary Chateau Marmont first opened its door in 1929 and caters to the Hollywood elite. She thought it would be inappropriate to raise a newborn in a hotel. He rebounded quickly, with stars like Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Mrs. Taylor, who was at the scene of the crash, had saved Mr. Cliff from choking on his own tooth by picking it out of his tongue. When Mr. Horowitz came back to Los Angeles, he brought along the many photographs that he took of the Chateau in France and showed the photos to his designers for the layout of the building. Due to high rents and the depression during this time, Fred Horowitz decided to sell the apartment building to Albert E. Smith for $750,000 in cash. But Wood took a liking to the 18-year-old Dennis Hopper. Since the building was going to be converted into a 63 room hotel there were many changes that needed to be made such as turning all the apartments into suites with living rooms and kitchens, along with refurbishing the building itself. It is also mentioned in Charles Bukowski‘s major work Hollywood and Father John Misty‘s song “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins). The National Enquirer's Long History of Scandal, All of the Plaza Hotel's Scandalous Secrets. I once got stuck in Leonardo DiCaprio’s suite where child-size bottles of Dom Perignon we’re getting popped. The Chateau Marmont Hotel was built to be earthquake proof and it has proven to be so surviving major earthquakes in 1933, 1953, 1971, 1987, and 1994. It might not have been the most glamorous or expensive hotel in L.A. but it certainly was—and still is—the most infamous. — It’s widely-said that F. Scott Fitzgerald had a heart attack at the Chateau in the late 1930s (as Hollywood was slowly beating him to death), but it actually happened across the street at Schwab’s drugstore while he was buying a pack of cigarettes. Aside from texting in a movie theater once in a while or taking a left after a red, Angelenos are a pretty well-behaved bunch; we even get to bed early.
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