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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Jun 14th, 2013 | By | Category: This and That

The Grim Cheaper and I are heading to Switzerland this evening to visit my best friend, who lives there, for a two-week vacation. I have not been to the Land of the Alps since August 1995, when my parents took me there as my high school graduation present. I fell in love with the country and cannot wait to share its beauty with the GC.

The amazing photographs posted here are some that my dad took during that trip, almost 18 years ago.

That’s me […]



Frances’ House from “Behind the Candelabra”

Jun 13th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

One Behind the Candelabra location that I was not able to stalk two weekends ago was the palatial Palm Springs abode belonging to Frances Liberace (Debbie Reynolds), the flamboyant pianist’s overbearing mother, in the 2013 HBO biopic.  So I dragged the Grim Cheaper right on out to do so this past Saturday morning.  And, as it turns out, the residence has quite a fascinating history.

The ornate Hollywood Regency-style dwelling was originally designed in 1962 by James McNaughton, a Palm Springs-area architect who initially got his […]



Our Lady of Solitude Church from “Behind the Candelabra”

Jun 11th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

Another Palm Springs’ Behind the Candelabra location that the Grim Cheaper and I stalked recently was Our Lady of Solitude Church, where the funeral for Liberace (Michael Douglas) was held in the recently-aired HBO biopic.  This locale was especially interesting because in a case of art imitating life, it was where the flamboyant pianist’s actual 1987 memorial service took place.  But more on that later.

In February 1926, Banning resident Father Philip LaVies began working on plans to found and build a Roman Catholic church in […]



The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa from “The Bachelorette”

Jun 7th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

I know I said yesterday that today’s post would be about a Behind the Candelabra location, but I wound up getting a bit distracted by a spot that I stalked well over two years ago – the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa which appeared on this week’s episode of The Bachelorette. So y’all will have to wait until Monday for more Liberace-related locales. In the meantime . . . in April 2011, the Grim Cheaper and I embarked upon a little stalking road […]



Scully’s Bar from “Parks and Recreation”

Jun 6th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

I thought I would take a break today from Behind the Candelabra/Liberace locations to blog about a spot that I spent what seems like forever trying to track down – Clancy’s Crab Broiler in Glendale, the Irish-style bar that has appeared a couple of times on fave show Parks and Recreation.  I can’t actually take credit this particular find, though.  After several months of unsuccessfully cyberstalking pretty much every Irish pub from Pasadena to Santa Monica trying to identify the site, I finally managed to […]



Palm Springs City Hall from “Behind the Candelabra”

Jun 5th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

The Behind the Candelabra location that I was most excited to stalk was Palm Springs City Hall, which appeared very briefly towards the end of the recently-aired HBO biopic.  When I first saw the locale pop up onscreen, in all of its retro glory, I was convinced that it was a set that had been fabricated for the shoot.  While I figured that set was most likely based upon what the actual Palm Springs City Hall looked like during Liberace’s era, never in my wildest […]



Liberace’s House from “Behind the Candelabra”

Jun 4th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

Two Sunday nights ago, I (along with the rest of the world) was glued to my television set watching Behind the Candelabra, the HBO biopic about legendary pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his teenaged lover, Scott Thorson (Matt Damon).  I have to say that I was a bit disappointed when all was said and done, though.  As Melissa Maerz said in her review of the flick for Issue #1261/1262 of Entertainment Weekly magazine, “Liberace’s fans were actually mostly straight women, the older, blue-haired types.  And […]