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Archive for March 2013




Brookside Park from Marilyn Monroe’s Photo Shoot with the White Sox

Mar 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Marilyn Monroe Locations

Back in February, while doing research for my post about the Rainbow Bar and Grill, where my girl Miss Marilyn Monroe went on her first date with Joe DiMaggio, I came across a blurb in the book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe which stated that the starlet had first caught Joltin’ Joe’s eye via a photo shoot she had done with the Chicago White Sox in 1951. The blurb mentioned that the shoot had taken place at none other than Brookside Park in […]



The O’Neill House from "Beverly Hills, 90210"

Mar 27th, 2013 | By | Category: 90210 & Beverly Hills, 90210 Filming Locations

While perusing the article “The Ultimate Guide to Hidden L.A.” in the February 2013 issue of Los Angeles Magazine, I came across a blurb about the O’Neill House in Beverly Hills – one of Southern California’s most unique residences – and recognized the place immediately.  I had seen the property featured in a production a year or so prior, became mesmerized by its whimsical architecture and immediately set about tracking it down, which I did fairly quickly.  For the life of me, though, I now […]



The Apple Pan from “Beverly Hills, 90210”

Mar 26th, 2013 | By | Category: 90210 & Beverly Hills, 90210 Filming Locations

While the Grim Cheaper and I were out and about doing some stalking in the West L.A. area two weekends ago, we happened to pass by The Apple Pan, the exterior of which masqueraded as the original Peach Pit on fave show Beverly Hills, 90210.  Finding ourselves both hungry, we decided to pop in for a bite to eat, which turned out to be quite the magical experience for this stalker, let me tell you!  So, even though I have stalked and blogged about The […]



A Breather

Mar 25th, 2013 | By | Category: This and That

This past week was a particularly trying one for me, during which both of my parents wound up in the hospital – my dad expectedly for a scheduled surgery and my mom completely unexpectedly (and rather scarily, I might add) when she fainted in the pre-operating room while my dad was being prepped.  They are both doing well now (thank God!), but after spending the majority of the week caring for them, I needed a couple of days “off” to regroup, which is why I […]



Loretta Young’s Former West Hollywood House

Mar 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

Once I discovered that Loretta Young’s Palm Springs house (which I blogged about on Tuesday) was not, in fact, the place where Judy Lewis (the legendary actress’ secret love child with Clark Gable) learned the truth about her birth, I set out to track down the location where the encounter actually did take place.  And thanks to Judy’s fascinating 1994 biography, Uncommon Knowledge, that endeavor was a snap.

A woman obviously after my own heart, Judy named each chapter of her book after the street she […]



Loretta Young’s Palm Springs House

Mar 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

While doing research on the Playa del Rey house where Judy Lewis (secret love child of Loretta Young and Clark Gable) was born (which I blogged about here), I came across a November 2011 The New York Times article about Lewis’ recent death which stated that the actress/psychotherapist was finally told the true story of her birth in 1966 while at her mother’s home in Palm Springs.  Well, I, of course, immediately set about doing some cyber-stalking in order to track down the address of […]



The Safari Inn from “True Romance”

Mar 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One oft-filmed-at locale that I had known about for ages, but had never gotten around to stalking was the historic Safari Inn on West Olive Avenue in Burbank. I had driven by the motel countless times over the years – I get my hair done right across the street, in fact – and, even though I knew of the site’s prestigious filming pedigree, for some odd reason, I never thought to stalk it. Then, a couple of weeks ago, my hair stylist happened […]



The “Easy A” House

Mar 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

The Easy A location that I was most excited about stalking while in the Ojai area almost two years ago was, not surprisingly, the charming clapboard residence where Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) lived with her unique family (notice they are all named after a food of some sort) – dad Dill (Stanley Tucci), mom Rosemary (Patricia Clarkson) and brother Chip (Bryce Clyde Jenkins). So imagine my disappointment when we arrived there only to discover that the home was located inside of Persimmon Hill, which […]



The Lobster Shack from “Easy A”

Mar 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Another location from fave movie Easy A that fellow stalker Owen, from the When Write Is Wrong blog, informed me of while the Grim Cheaper and I were out and about doing some stalking in the Ojai area almost two years ago was the Carrows Restaurant that masqueraded as the Lobster Shack where Woodchuck Todd (Penn Badgley) worked in the flick.  So we drove right on over there shortly before heading home that afternoon.  And while the Carrows chain serves up some of the best […]



The “Easy A” Coffee Shop

Mar 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Last Friday, while reading the latest post on Emily Schuman’s fabulous Cupcakes and Cashmere blog, in which she mentioned a recent overnight trip she had taken to Ojai, I was reminded of a stalking adventure along Highway 126 that the Grim Cheaper and I had embarked upon almost two full years ago.  We had originally headed up that way to stalk Georgia Rule locations in Santa Paula (which I have yet to blog about), but wound up in Ojai, aka the “Shangri-La of Southern California”, […]