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The Guesthouse Hotel from “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

Dec 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Once fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, tracked down the Town House Motel from National Lampoon’s Vacation (which I blogged about here) a couple of weeks back, he set about trying to find the hexagon-shaped pool where Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) went skinny dipping with The Girl in the Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) in the 1983 flick.  After, as he said, “putting in more Google search permutations and combinations than I can count,” he came across the locale right in the […]

Citizens Bank Building from “The Sting”

Dec 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Upon landing my new gig writing for Los Angeles magazine’s CityThink blog, I comprised a list of iconic SoCal locales to spotlight in my weekly column, one of which was the Santa Monica Pier Carousel from 1973’s The Sting.  The only problem was that I had never actually seen The Sting.  Neither had the Grim Cheaper.  So I set out to remedy the situation and immediately ordered the DVD from Amazon.  We watched it shortly after it arrived and I was shocked at how good […]

Melrose Avenue from “L.A. Story”

Dec 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Another L.A. Story location that has been waiting patiently in my stalking backlog is the block of Melrose Avenue where Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) and Sara McDowel (Victoria Tennant) walked and talked after attending a fundraiser for a private art museum in the 1991 flick.  Unfortunately though, because the movie was lensed over twenty years ago and that area of Melrose has changed quite a bit during the interim, I am unsure of the exact spot where filming took place.  But I sure did […]

The Former KCET Studios from “L.A. Story”

Dec 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

While perusing through my extensive backlog of stalking photographs recently, I realized that there were a few L.A. Story locales that I had yet to blog about, one of which was the former site of KCET Studios in Los Feliz, where Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) worked in the 1991 comedy.  I had actually stalked the spot way back in May, but, for whatever reason, never got around to writing about it.  So here goes.

The 4.5-acre lot located at 4401 Sunset Boulevard in Los Feliz […]

Marilyn Monroe’s Childhood Home

Dec 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Marilyn Monroe Locations

One location that had been on my To-Stalk list for what seemed like ages was the Hawthorne-area home where my girl Miss Marilyn Monroe spent the first eight-and-a-half years of her life.  Fellow stalker Lavonna had texted me the address years ago, but because I so rarely find myself in that neck of the woods, I was never able to make it out there.  Until a couple of weeks ago, that is, when I realized that the residence was not too far from a hotel […]

Mr. Hart’s Mansion from “Nine to Five”

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One of my favorite movies growing up was the 1980 comedy Nine to Five.  I would watch it on an almost daily basis (no joke!) and practically had the thing memorized.  I can still belt out the theme song to this day, in fact.  (I am guessing the majority of my fellow stalkers can, too.)  A couple of weeks ago, while rummaging through our DVD collection, I happened to come across the flick and realized I had not seen it in years, so I immediately […]

The Town House Motel from “Vacation”

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

As I mentioned in last Wednesday’s post, fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, recently got on a kick of tracking down missing locations from his all-time favorite comedy, the 1983 classic National Lampoon’s Vacation.  One of the locales he managed to find was the Town House Motel in Glendale, where Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his family – wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), son Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and daughter Audrey (Beverly Hills, 90210’s Dana Barron) – spent the first night […]

Lou Glutz Motors from “Vacation”

Nov 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, recently embarked upon a mission to try to track down some of the unknown locations from one of his favorite movies, the 1983 classic Vacation.  He had quite a bit of success, too, managing to pinpoint two elusive spots, one of which was the Norwalk motel where Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) skinny-dipped with The Girl in the Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) – a place I was absolutely dying to stalk while in L.A. two weeks […]

The Mulholland Drive Boat House

Nov 25th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

I am extremely excited to announce (to those who haven’t already heard via Facebook or Twitter) that I was recently invited to contribute a weekly blog post to the CityThink section of Los Angeles magazine online.  (I’m feeling so very Carrie Bradshaw!  )  My post, Scene It Before (thank you, fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, for the title!), will chronicle filming locations (duh!) then-and-now and will run each Thursday.  I could NOT be more floored about this new endeavor and […]

Aldo’s Coffee Shop – Where Sonny Met Cher

Nov 20th, 2013 | By | Category: This and That

On the November 4th episode of Dancing with the Stars, which featured singer Cher as a guest judge, contestants Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced a Viennese Waltz that adorably reenacted Cher’s first encounter with Sonny Bono to the 1965 hit “I Got You Babe.”  In the segment showing Leah and Tony prepping for the performance, Leah mentioned that Sonny and Cher first met at a coffee shop in L.A.  Well, believe you me, those words were hardly out of her mouth before I had […]