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    The Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at 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 eyeuntil 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."/>
  • hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont
  • Shawn Levy
  • 12 April 2017
  • 9781474611831

The Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont❮PDF / Epub❯ ☁ The Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont ✍ Author Shawn Levy – Essayreview.co.uk 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 For nearly ninety years, Hollywood's brightest on Sunset: PDF É 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 The Castle MOBI :Á above the Sunset Strip like a fairytale castle, the Chateau seems to come from another world entirely An apartmenthouseturnedhotel, it has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: s bombshell Jean Harlow took lovers during her third honeymoon there; director Nicholas Castle on Sunset: eBook ↠ Ray slept with his sixteenyearold 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 eyeuntil 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.


About the Author: Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy is the author of on Sunset: PDF É on Sunset: PDFEPUB nine books of biography and pop culture history The former film critic of The Oregonian and KGWTV and a former editor of American Film, he has been published in Sight and Sound, Film The Castle MOBI :Á Comment, The New The Castle eBook York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Black Rock Beacon, among many other outlets He jumps and claps and sings for victory in.


10 thoughts on “The Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont

  1. says:

    The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont by Shawn Levy is a 2019 Doubleday publication.

    An absolutely fascinating and absorbing piece of history!

    Everyone understands, even through its many incarnations, that Sunset Strip is an iconic part of Los Angeles. Although the Chateau Marmont has been strategically located on the infamous strip since 1929, it has somehow managed to fly under the radar, making it the perfect choice for anyone seeking premium privacy- which of course attracted Hollywood types from actors to producers , and later on, rock stars, who flocked to the storied hotel, where they engaged in all manner of lurid and scandalous activities.




    The hotel has gone through many re-inventions over the years, rising and falling, with several owners, each with a plan or agenda for the hotel. It has mostly been a ‘no-frills’ place, devoid of many of the pricey amenities offered by other famous hotels in L.A.



    Yet, it has been an oasis for many stars because they could live there for long periods and no matter what they got up to, no one ever heard a peep about it. It was a refuge for many deeply closeted gay actors in the fifties and sixties and was also the choice location for actors and actresses going through marital woes, separations or divorces, or who were between marriages, and where they met up with their secret paramours.



    The architecture is unique, and unusual, also providing little cubby holes for clandestine activities. But, the bungalows, with private entrances and exits is where a lot of the more sordid activities transpired. The hotel has occasionally shown up in films or was at the very least alluded to.

    The people who passed through the hotel boggles the mind. So many famous people resided there for months at a time and sometimes longer, while others only passed through briefly. However, the hotel could not completely avoid the headlines, as when John Belushi famously overdosed and died. The hotel did have a hard time shaking off that bit of notoriety, but still retained its reputation for the extreme privacy it provided its guests.



    Although the hotel came precariously close to failure and closure on a few occasions, it somehow miraculously fell into the right hands, at just the right time, to survive another day. Today, the hotel is thriving in an entirely new way, but sadly, with cell phones and social media it is harder than ever to maintain the same level of privacy it once boasted.

    However, more than even in days past, it is still one of the premiere choices by A-list celebrities who find the hotel, despite some of its lack of on sight luxuries, the place to be. The hotel can still be counted on to the provide their guests with the utmost secrecy and has managed to carve out a legacy all its own in the process.



    The author had a monumental task telling the famed hotel’s history. The hotel is nearing the century mark, which is really quite amazing, but that’s a lot of history to sort through. I thought he did an amazing job with familiarizing the reader with all the owners, the staff, and the guests throughout history and managed to recreate the mood, ambience, and atmosphere of each decade and what the hotel meant to the generations of people who passed through its doors.



    For me, personally, I enjoyed reading about the guest from the thirties through the fifties best of all. The glamour and style of these decades disappeared, never to return, but it was a time when such great innovators and game changers gathered under the same roof, where the party never seemed to end and the creative juices flourished, and it was all done with great style and flourish. The scandals were titillating, but much was still left up to the public’s imagination- not like today when there is very little of the myth or mystery left which helped create true Hollywood legends.
    But, hopefully the Marmont will survive whatever the next big curve in the road brings, and will remain a steady keeper of secrets for Hollywood’s elite for decades to come…

  2. says:

    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 far more details than I particularly wanted to know!

    I was a tad bored in the beginning because of the build up to the meat and potatoes...the 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 archways...this 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 hotels more associated with movie royalty, celebrities could feel as if they were enjoying a home away from home with much more privacy. 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.

  3. says:

    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, many more.

    The 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 recommend
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  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    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 much more to 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 reading more of 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 reading more by this author!

    **I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from DoubleDay Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  6. says:

    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 it more what 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:
    https://wordpress.com/post/bookblog20...

  7. says:

    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 saw more as 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 also more chilling 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 producer . . . who 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

  8. says:

    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 seen more than its fair share of scandal, and Levy chronicles it all in a highly readable and entertaining fashion. A fabulous read from start to finish!

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  9. says:


    The writing style was generally dry and uninspired, but I really wanted to know the history of this landmark. So after about 40 pages of the print version, I switched to the audio book, and it was definitely worth the listen.

  10. says:

    Review to come

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