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The Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

Shawn Levy

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North America, Films, cinema

The intoxicating story of Hollywood, as seen from the suites and bungalows of its most iconic hotel

For nearly ninety years, Hollywood's brightest stars have favoured the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home. Filled with deep secrets but hidden in plain sight, its evolution parallels the growth of Hollywood itself.

Perched above the Sunset Strip like a fairy-tale castle, the Chateau seems to come from another world entirely. An apartment-house-turned-hotel, it has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: 1930s bombshell Jean Harlow took lovers during her third honeymoon there; director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old 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 $50,000 in charges in less than two months.

Much of what's happened inside the Chateau's walls has eluded the public eye - until 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.

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Praise for The Castle on Sunset: Love, Fame, Death and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

  • Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood is unquestionably one of the most dauntingly glamorous hotels in the world [and this book is] an exuberant record of its life and times ... Levy's pages teem with extraordinary and extreme personalities - Sunday Times

  • A fabulously fizzy account - Vanity Fair

  • A fascinating expose of wild nights and celebrity scandals at Hollywood's iconic hotel - Grazia

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Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy is a former film critic for The Oregonian newspaper and the bestselling author of RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL, PAUL NEWMAN: A LIFE, DOLCE VITA CONFIDENTIAL and THE CASTLE ON SUNSET. His work has appeared in major publications including the NEW YORK TIMES, the LOS ANGELES TIMES, the GUARDIAN, the INDEPENDENT and SIGHT AND SOUND. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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