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Happy and Sad Moments for Our Private Tour in this Little Cemetery
With our more mature Los Angeles private tour guests we often will visit one of the many local cemeteries where the plaques and gravestones will recall wonderful movie and television memories. Several of the nearby memorial parks are sprawling (Forest Lawn with its two spacious locations, Hillside), Hollywood Forever is just a city block in size and right in Hollywood, and then there is our favorite, Westwood Village. This pocket park requires the least amount of walking and offers the highest number of recognizable names. We find it fitting that it is located directly behind a movie theater and encircled by nearby studios and film production companies. Our guests today were big fans of Charlie’s Angels (the television series, 1976-1981) and in particular of Farrah Fawcett. Sometimes we think her death from cancer overshadowed her illustrious career (4 Emmy nominations, 6 Golden Globe nominations) and, like so many glamorous stars, her marriages and relationships sometimes drew more attention than the quality of her work. She was much more than a pin-up girl. She had real acting chops and worked on Broadway (Extremities) as well as significant dramatic roles on film (The Burning Bed). Our visit to her grave brought back wonderful memories for our guests and enlivened the discussion of past television and movie stars as we meandered through the tiny memorial park.
Our Guests Direct Their Private Tour to Visit Don Knotts
We are generally not very far from our guests’ hotel by the time we already have determined who their favorite celebrities are. Some guests board our luxury SUV with very complete lists of who their favorite movie stars are, which television shows they grew up loving and what they like to watch now. Favorite musical performers, radio personalities…we generally have wonderful suggestions as to where to take them as we enjoy a private custom tour around Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This day we were talking right away about the Andy Griffith Show and funny man Don Knotts. “Would you like to visit him at a tiny little city cemetery?” Our guide was astounded by the joyful response from his large group. They were like kids again excited about meeting a movie star. Well, almost. But as you can see above this was the top spot for them at the Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery. Sure, we went to see Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Farrah Fawcett and many other important and familiar Hollywood names while we were there but it was Barney Fife and the Incredible Mr. Limpet that our guests were most pleased to spend time with and we were happy to give them all the time they wanted.
Our Private Tour Visits Dean Martin
As the master crooner, comedy idol and movie star might say when our guests specifically request a visit to his crypt, “Well ain’t that a kick in the head.” We do this all the time when our private Los Angeles tour guests express a particular interest in a celebrity, living or dead, we take them to as many locations as we can where they connect with their favorite star. Houses, restaurants, bars (in Dean’s case), hangouts, film and recording studios, radio and television stations…wherever we can go that allows our visitors a chance to recognize and remember their favorites. And, as you see, we visit cemeteries. Dean Martin spends his days in the same tiny cemetery as Marilyn Monroe and many other familiar names from his era: Donna Reed, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Roy Orbison, Carroll O’Connor, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Don Knotts, Peter Falk, Eddie Albert, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, George C. Scott, Burt Lancaster, Eve Arden, Carl Wilson, Eva Gabor, Farrah Fawcett and Truman Capote.
So Many of Our Los Angeles Tour Guests
Love Star Trek
This has been a sad week as we learned of the passing of the beautiful Grace Lee Whitney who played Yeoman Janice Rand on the original Star Trek and appeared in later Star Trek features and shows. She had a full actor’s life but will always be remembered as the heartthrob she was for so many fans of the original Star Trek series. She was a potential love interest and romantic complication for Captain Kirk which may have been the reason for her leaving the show after only eight episodes. Our private Los Angeles tour guide, Paul, offered us these photos from his large collection of memorabilia from his days working on the Paramount Studios lot, the home of Star Trek. Paul, and others of our staff, worked at the studio during Next Generation and Voyager days so we have a great fondness for Paramount and its productions. After joining Klingons and Ferengi regularly in the cafeteria lunch line who wouldn’t be a fan of Star Trek? We are not surprised by the number of requests we get from our guests to visit Paramount and other Hollywood locations associated with Star Trek. Paul has an entire Star Trek custom tour all ready to go.
Reliving the Manson Family Days on Our Private Tour
A couple of times a year we can count on having a private Los Angeles tour guest request a tour featuring sights associated with Charles Manson and his murderous clan. There is much to see of a frightful nature right in Hollywood and nearby neighborhoods but we can generally count on our guests wanting a little more. That means a trip up into the north part of the San Fernando Valley to visit the old Spahn Movie Ranch in Chatsworth. Just looking over the area you can see why movie companies loved this scenic area for filming their westerns, a staple during a part of Hollywood’s history. But the former movie location was also the home of Mr. Manson and his family and we explore their old digs and recount stories to give our guests background where they might not know the facts. However, sometimes our guests are experts themselves and help us to find the sights they seek, like the cave that featured the family in a 1969 Life magazine spread.
Our Los Angeles Tour Looks at Hollywood High School
This edifice in the center of Hollywood has been serving students since very early in the last century. Now on the National Register of Historic Places Hollywood High School has seen to the education of a long list of recognizable names, and not just actors and filmmakers. We still are mourning the recent passing of one of Hollywood High School’s graduates, James Garner. The school’s central Hollywood location and appearance make it a good location to film television and movies (while not disturbing the teachers and students) so you may see it often on film. A mural on the theater building celebrates a few of the most famous actors and performers to have spent time studying their 3Rs gets the attention of our private Los Angeles tour folks every time we drive past.
Tonight at 7:30 at the Avalon in Hollywood, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller will host a comedy and variety show so good that it will shake the shekels from your wallet and benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Even if you can’t go be sure to visit the website (click the poster to the left) and donate generously.
The party will feature performances and appearances by Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Seth Rogen, Nick Kroll, Bo Burnham, Ken Marino, John Mulaney, Justin Willman, Billy Eichner, Garfunkel & Oates, Sadie & The Blue Eyed Devils, plus many more special guests still to be announced!
If you have never visited the Avalon in Hollywood then know you are stepping back through an illustrious entertainment history begun in 1927 when it opened as the Hollywood Playhouse. Also once named the El Capitan Theater (before Disney got their hands on the Paramount Theater around the corner) and the Jerry Lewis Theater (for Jerry’s weekly television variety show), this is today a rocking nightclub where all the best people of Los Angeles show up to party!
We are hoping that our private Los Angeles tour guests will be eager to visit the club after their custom luxury tour around Hollywood and Beverly Hills especially if they go this evening to help out families suffering from the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease.
Our private luxury tour guests will often extend their tour for an opportunity to visit the DASH boutique in Calabasas, just over the Santa Monica Mountains from Malibu. It is a perfect addition to a custom tour of celebrity homes of Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Holmby Hills and Hollywood and the elite shopping districts of Rodeo Drive and Robertson. I’m sure the folks at DASH appreciate our dropping by and taking home a package or two of haute couture women’s fashions.
Now we can visit DASH and not even leave the immediate area as the Kardashian sisters have opened a second California store on Melrose Avenue near La Cienega. Guests staying at the SLS Hotel can walk to the store. Diners eating elegant gourmet fare on La Cienega’s Restaurant Row can enjoy a post-meal walk over to window shop along the block where DASH operates.
DASH – the website
8420 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
So many of us when we think of Truman Capote quickly bring to mind In Cold Blood, his chilling account of a real family murdered in Kansas in 1959. Let’s remember that he also penned the short story of Holly Golightly which later became the cherished film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. The photograph above was taken on a private luxury tour when we took our guests to see the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Did you know that Mr. Capote’s ashes were removed in 1994 to be scattered in New England with those of his longtime companion, Jack Dunphy?