Hollywood is the center of the entertainment universe. Since 1910, when a movie company arrived in the then rural village of Hollywood to shoot the western In Old California, millions of starry-eyed hopefuls have flocked to this celluloid city to make their dreams come true. Birds of a feather flock together, and those in the movie business are no exception. You too can become part of the A-list when you visit Hollywood, if you know the right places to go.
You can check out a legendary 100-year-old restaurant that has served up strong cocktails to the likes of Dorothy Parker, Steve McQueen, and George Clooney. Or book a stay at the soaring Art Deco hotel that hosted the first Academy Awards ceremony, which boasts a pool painted by David Hockney and is said to be haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. You can take in a show at the mysterious castle dedicated to magic, whose members have included Cary Grant and Orson Welles. Or catch an outdoor flick at the sprawling cemetery where countless stars are buried, including Judy Garland, Estelle Getty, Rudolph Valentino, and Burt Reynolds. If glitz and glamour aren’t your thing, you can also get down and dirty at the birthplace of L.A. punk.
Sound intriguing? Then check out these famous folks’ favorite hangouts, where you can feel like a Hollywood VIP.