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Marion's Playground: The Story of the Annenberg Community Beach House

Pictures of Marion Davies were everywhere at the lavish beach retreat built by her longtime love William Randolph Hearst.

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Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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The Culver Hotel: Harry C. Culver's Flatiron of Fun

The Culver Hotel: Harry C. Culver's Flatiron of Fun

At the intersection of Washington and Culver Boulevards rises a brick triangle that looks like a wedge of tawny brown bread, which movie stars, bookies, and bums once called this b ...
Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

The women and men who created this busy city, who built the movie studios, the hospitals, the charities, the schools, and the industries that make Los Angeles great, are buried in ...
The Palomino Club: North Hollywood's Grand Ole Opry West

The Palomino Club: North Hollywood's Grand Ole Opry West

The Valley hotspot was once the premier club on the West Coast for cowboys, truckers, and country music.
The Gas House: Beatniks vs. Neatniks and the Battle for Venice Beach's Soul

The Gas House: Beatniks vs. Neatniks and the Battle for Venice Beach's Soul

The Gas House in Venice, where "Beatniks beat bongos in the basement," was the scene of countless battles with the "squares."
Holy Cross Cemetery: A Catholic Oasis with a Macabre Twist

Holy Cross Cemetery: A Catholic Oasis with a Macabre Twist

From the first Korean saint to the first dracula (aka Bela Lugosi), diverse tales of people from many different continents are all united by a single religion at this Culver City c ...
Behind the Sign: The Lost Meanings of the Original Hollywood Sign

Behind the Sign: The Lost Meanings of the Original Hollywood Sign

The history of the famous sign almost seems to confirm all the crazy reveries that suggests Hollywood is the promised land.
The Garbutt House in Silver Lake: Concrete Mansion that Capitalism Built

The Garbutt House in Silver Lake: Concrete Mansion that Capitalism Built

Frank A. Garbutt was a boxer, automobilist, duck hunter, pioneer yachtsman and aviator; he was a man whose code of honor eventually turned him into a concrete man, unable to bend w ...
Stunted Progress: Belmont Tunnel and the Repurposing of a Faded Los Angeles Dream

Stunted Progress: Belmont Tunnel and the Repurposing of a Faded Los Angeles Dream

A large apartment development takes up much of what was once the Toluca Yard -- initially the domain of trolleys and tracks, later of taggers and pelota tarasca players.
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