Chateau Marmont Interior

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Rising above the Sunset Strip is the Chateau Marmont, the legendary, castle-like hotel that made headlines in 1982 as the place where comedian John Belushi died, after injecting a "speedball" of heroin and cocaine. Built in 1929, the hotel has played host to such celebrity guests as Errol Flynn, Bob Dylan, Clark Gable, Paul Newman, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, Boris Karloff, Carole Lombard, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Jean Harlow, Sidney Poitier, Dustin Hoffman, William Holden, Jessica Lange, Led Zepplin, the Jefferson Airplane, Spike Lee, and Greta Garbo (who obviously wanted to be alone). Others stars have found the hotel an ideal spot for secret romances. James Dean and Natalie Wood first met at the Marmont, during a script rehearsal of "Rebel Without a Cause." When actor Montgomery Clift was almost killed in a 1956 auto accident near her home, Elizabeth Taylor brought him to the Chateau Marmont, where she leased the penthouse as a place for him to recuperate. (She also saved his life immediately following the accident, by removing two of Clift's teeth from his blocked windpipe - with her fingers.) Jim Morrison (of "The Doors") hurt his back here while dangling from a drain pipe, trying to swing from the roof into the window of his hotel room (as depicted in Oliver Stone's movie "The Doors"). And despite a little wear & tear, the hotel is still favored by some stars today, who treasure the Chateau not only for its Old World charm, but because it is relatively unknown to the public. Reportedly, Leonardo DiCaprio stayed in suite #54 recently. They've also played host to the like of Keanu Reeves, Elijah Wood, Jude Law, Matt Dillon, Ellen DeGeneres and Courtney Love.

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