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When I first noticed this book on Goodreads I could hardly wait to get my hands on a copy of it When I finally did I could hardly put it down What a story Chateau Marmont has to tell. Before reading this book, the only details I knew about the Chateau Mormont were the seedy ones like the bungalow where John Belushi OD d, Lindsay Lohan racking up 50,000 in unpaid charges, and other tales of addiction, embezzlement, and scandal.I m glad I read this book There is so muchto the 90 year history of Chateau Mormont than scandals Shawn Levy tells the story of the Mormont from it s construction as upscale apartments in 1929, the conversion to a hotel in 1939, and its operations, owners, and history clear up to the present day I had to read this book in small sections There is a lot of information and references I read a chapter at a time and looked up many of the Hollywood stars, films, and events Levy mentions So much history The book is a nonfiction history of the famous hotel, not an in depth look at scandals or Hollywood gossip I like the fact that the book doesn t dwell on famous scandals, but gives the complete history of the famous hotel from it s glamorous years to falling into disrepair to its refurbishment in recent years.Interesting read Shawn Levy has written several other books on Hollywood including biographies of Paul Newman, The Rat Pack, Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis I m definitely interested in readingof his books Levy definitely did an incredible amount of research to write this history of Chateau Mormont He presented the facts in an interesting manner, telling the overall story not just the famous scandals That fact makes me want to read the biographies he has written simply because I can trust him to write about all aspects of the actors, not just gossip I will definitely be readingby this author I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from DoubleDay Books via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own. [Download Book] ♱ The Castle on Sunset ♊ For Nearly Ninety Years, Hollywood S Brightest Stars Have Favoured The Chateau Marmont As A Home Away From Home It Is A Place Filled With Deep Secrets But Is Hidden In Plain Sight, And Its Evolution Parallels The Growth Of Hollywood Itself Perched Above The Sunset Strip Like A Fairy Tale Castle, The Chateau Seems To Come From Another World Entirely An Apartment House Turned Hotel, It Has Been The Backdrop For Generations Of Gossip And Folklore S Bombshell Jean Harlow Took Lovers During Her Third Honeymoon There Director Nicholas Ray Slept With His Sixteen Year Old Rebel Without A Cause Star Natalie Wood Anthony Perkins And Tab Hunter Met Poolside And Began A Secret Affair Jim Morrison Swung From The Balconies, Once Nearly Falling To His Death John Belushi Suffered A Fatal Overdose In A Private Bungalow Lindsay Lohan Got The Boot After Racking Up Nearly , In Charges In Less Than Two Months Much Of What S Happened Inside The Chateau S Walls Has Eluded The Public Eye Until Now With Wit And Prowess, Shawn Levy Recounts The Wild Parties And Scandalous Liaisons, Creative Breakthroughs And Marital Breakdowns, Births And Untimely Deaths That The Chateau Marmont Has Given Rise To Vivid, Salacious And Richly Informed, The Book Is A Glittering Tribute To Hollywood As Seen From The Suites And Bungalows Of Its Most Hallowed Hotel If you are at all curious about the lives of the rich, the famous, the stars, and the denizens of Hollywood past and present, Jan and I suggest you take a walk down the lane to the Chateau Marmount, courtesy of the book The Castle on Sunset Hollywood.can we ever really get enough of the lives of the stars and the ways in which they came to stardom, fame, and fortune We find them alluring, their stories, their climb up the ladder of success, fraught with some failures, along the way, with some losing the battle to win what others seems to always aspire to.This was a fascinating book, that kept me riveted to its content The names of the past stars were there along with their stories, sometimes tragic in their telling, oftentimes scandalous, as they all embarked on a career that would make them famous The stars of today also make their way to the Chateau and so many of the names we come to know have made their stay at the Chateau memorable and often scandalous think Lindsay Lohan, John Belushi and yet the Chateau really is the star of the story for it houses many of the secrets, many of the goings on, many of the intimate details of the eras of Hollywood Imagine the stories these walls could tell The stories of hidden assignations, of drugs, of alcohol, of sex, of homosexuality, of the stars being what they were and not an image of what Hollywood wanted them to be.It was the dream of the Fred Horowitz, a prominent Los Angeles attorney, to construct the chateau On February 1, 1929, Chateau Marmont opened its doors to the public as the newest residence of Hollywood Through the vision of Mr Horowitz, the chateau became something special, a hideaway from the rigors of stardom, a place where anything goes was a motto, and where discretion was the key Down through it existence and it owners, the chateau saw times of depression and though it suffered the ravages of neglect for a time, today it stands as a Historical Cultural Landmark.I so enjoyed this story and do recommend it to those who love a story about a building, its creators, and it impact of the lives of others Take a walk through the chateau and you will not be disappointed Now if only walls could talk Thank you to Shawn Levy, Doubleday Books, and Edelweiss for a copy of this alluring story. The thing about being a kid in Los Angeles during the fifties is that, in spite of the smog, it seemed in many ways a fantasyland There were gigantic doughnuts, a restaurant shaped like a hat, and then there were what I thought of as castles one of these was the stately LDS Temple, up on its hillside overlooking my neighborhood some five miles south On rare days when the smog blew out, I could see it from the cliffs above the bean fields now the Hughes Center where I rode my bike The other was the Chateau Marmont, which I glimpsed a few times as we traveled along Sunset, then sawas a teen in the sixties, and finally, passed pretty much every day when I lived in Hollywood during the seventies I never ventured indoors too bad I learned from this book I might have even been able to rent there in the seventies it was certainly cheaper than our crowded apt building, with gangsters to the north of us, and call girls to the south.Anyway, when I saw this title on NetGalley, I grabbed it And I m glad I did Shawn Levy has done a bang up job delving into not only the history of the building, but the immediate area of Sunset Blvd around it, all familiar to me Of course there s also plenty of gossip about the film, music, and other famous people who lived or visited there Levy appears to have not just collected a ton of great quips and quotes, but done the legwork to track down the veracity of these quotes, sometimes with interesting side stories.There are alsochilling bits, such as the fact I had not known this that Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate were living in the Marmont before she, at advanced pregnancy, wanted her kid to be born in a house so they rented a place not far away from Doris Day s son, a music producerwho had recently turned down Charles Manson s wish to be in a band the man had been trying to develop Equally chilling was the story of John Belushi s crash and burn, which was at the Marmont I found myself skimming the latter portion of the book, just because I m not familiar with most of the big names of today, whose claim to fame seems mostly to be drug excesses, not interesting to me But that s nothing against the book.I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of early Los Angeles his word pictures of the area matched those of my spouse s grandmother, who used to go up there often , and how the place developed Levy divides the book into parts, doing an excellent job of capturing the evolution of West Hollywood as overlooked by the Marmont over the decades.He writes with sympathy of the many diverse characters who found a welcome there over the years While some guests residents got the boot, these were nonpayment or destructive behavior, and not unlike the other famous hotels of the area for skin color or preference in partners.Levy s style is breezy, at times witty, vivid, packing quite a bit of information into the entertaining pages I really enjoyed the book and I think I ve found a holiday gift for certain hard to shop for relatives and friends.Copy provided by NetGalley This book is a history of the Chateau Marmont from its inception way back before the roads were even paved that it sits on It s loosely modeled after the Chateau d Amboise, a royal retreat in France s Loire Valley Its name comes from the small street that runs along the front, with the main street on the side being Sunset Blvd It started out as an upscale apartment building when it first opened in 1929 It was soon found to be difficult to fill the regular apartments, let alone the luxury penthouses with balconies, a total of 63 altogether Opening a couple of years before the Depression happened didn t help matters either The original investors gave it a couple of years, then regrouped and said ok, if things don t improve in a year, it s time to sell and try something else.And that is what happened, it was sold, and turned into a hotel by the new owner It did ok under his ownership, but it was during the next owner that it really flourished He had an eye for the long haul, and added the bungalows, a pool, made itwhat it was really known for The book shares stories of some who were part of the Marmont s history in all different types of ways All of them interesting It was also interesting hearing about another place across the street that was really wild, The Garden of Allah A good read for anyone interested in old Hollywood history stories, Schwab s drugstore, all of the different night spots to party at It s filled with it The advance electronic copy was provided by NetGalley, author Shawn Levy, and the publisher.My review on BookZone This book is one of my favorite non fiction reads of the year Levy s gossip filled tale of the Chateau Marmont and its storied life will entertain everyone who chooses to read it Originally opened as an apartment building but eventually converted to an exclusive hotel, the Chateau has remained a fixture overlooking the Sunset Strip for nine decades While Hollywood and the entertainment industry have undergone numerous changes, Chateau Marmont has remained a locale to which the rich and famous flock with the knowledge that most of what happens there will stay within the Chateau s walls From John Belushi s fatal overdose to Lindsey Lohan s removal from the property for failing to pay her bill, the Chateau Marmont has seenthan its fair share of scandal, and Levy chronicles it all in a highly readable and entertaining fashion A fabulous read from start to finish Forreviews, check out my Instagram account, Review to come 4.5 Stars rounded up to 5.Thank you to the publisher Doubleday Random House for providing an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.I was drawn to this book because of my passion for rock biographies I knew very little about the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Blvd in California, other than a vague notion that some rock stars stayed there One of its biggest claims to fame is the fact that original SNL comedian John Belushi OD d there It was an if these walls could talk situation I was hoping for, and I wasn t disappointed In fact, I learnt fardetails than I particularly wanted to know I was a tad bored in the beginning because of the build up to the meat and potatoesthe dish on rock and movie royalty celebrities There was a great deal of background information on the persons who built, expanded upon, and refurbished this legendary edifice It was originally meant to be an apartment building, and it was the brainchild of a Los Angeles lawyer named Fred Horowitz He had seen a Gothic castle while traveling in France, and hoped to recreate that spectacle on an unpaved road on Sunset Boulevard Gables, balconies, turrets, Gothic archwaysthis was what Horowitz had in mind for this most audacious folly that would be built in 1929 and christened the Chateau Marmont It was a hard sell renting out the apartments, so it was later decided to run the place as a hotel As time went by, Chateau Marmont was often patronized and appreciated by people in the entertainment industry Compared to the other hotelsassociated with movie royalty, celebrities could feel as if they were enjoying a home away from home with muchprivacy As the years went by and the property changed ownership, bungalows were added as well as a modest sized pool This Castle on a Hill of sorts afforded celebrities a comfortable refuge that was shabby chic and off the beaten path The Sunset Strip around the Chateau developed and changed over the years, and the hotel came dangerously close to closing It somehow survived due to the love and ingenuity of its various owners The celebrities that found a home here are too voluminous to mention in this review They were actors, actresses, directors, photographers, rock stars and writers I often found myself performing internet searches on these celebrities at the Chateau as I read the book My advance reader copy did not contain photos, but perhaps the finished product will The Chateau is an amazing vortex of entertainment history to be experienced, and I highly recommend this thoroughly researched book. We ve all heard of Sunset Strip But how much do you know about the Chateau Marmont, the iconic hotel overlooking the strip I knew very little but the subtitle of Love, Art, and Scandal piqued my interest and I was not disappointed The book details how the Chateau was built in 1929 to replicate the Chateau d Amboise, a royal retreat in France s Loire Valley The hotel somehow survived through the Depression and the ups and downs of the economy, and because of the unparalleled privacy provided to its guests, it became the home and playground of the most famous Hollywood personalities The history these walls contain boggles the mind From the 1930 s to the present, the list of celebrities and the scandalous stories that took place at Chateau Marmont are titillating and addictively readable From the glamorous Golden Days of Hollywood my favorite to the present, the book is filled with juicy details of the stars of film, music, and other celebrities There are far too many personalities to list here, but even a partial list reads like a Who s Who Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Anthony Perkins, James Dean, Paul Newman, Robert DeNiro, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, and many, manyThe short, sad life of Jean Harlow, the night leading up to John Belushi s death in a bungalow at the Marmont, and the fateful decision of Sharon Tate, who was 8 months pregnant, to move out and rent a home so her baby s home wouldn t be in a hotel, are among the many stories I won t soon forget I am as far from a fan of celebrity gossip as you can get but I could not put this book down and finished it in two days with my phone and laptop by my side to google the pictures and the stories Kudos to the author for compiling an incredible amount of research into such a fascinating narrative many thanks to Doubleday and Edelweiss for a copy of the book for review this was a buddy read with Marialyce, one we both enjoyed and highly recommendFor our duo review of this and other books please visit