The Beverly Hills Hotel is celebrating a major anniversary. At 100, the locale is an authentic landmark from Hollywood’s Silent Era / to its Golden Age / through today. Over the weekend, a bash generated top A-LIST celebrities, including Warren Beatty, Bill Cosby, Frances Fisher, Donna Mills, Brenda Vaccaro, Mary J. Blige, songwriter Diane Warren, and Oscar-winning producer-director Irwin Winkler.
The original main building was created by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, who also designed the Huntington Art Gallery and the Pasadena Playhouse. The iconic signage was drawn by Paul Williams. Margaret J. Anderson (and her son Stanley, who had managed the Hollywood Hotel) opened the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows in May, 1912.
It’s been a central meeting place for business folks, especially from the Los Angeles motion picture and television industries. Many movie deals were consummated with drinks over the decades. Iconic cinema filmed on location included Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall; Move Over Darling (1963) featuring Doris Day and James Garner; and California Suite (1978) starring Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith and Michael Caine. The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years was recently written by Robert Anderson, capturing its must-see majesty in print and photos.
The on-site gala over the weekend raised monies, with all proceeds to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Until next time> “never forget”