Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites

Seventeen Driving Tours with Directions and the Full Story, 2d ed.

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About the Book

For more than a century, people have been drawn to sites of tragedy involving the rich, beautiful and notorious of Hollywood. Tourists at the center of the movie universe flock to Rudolph Valentino’s grave, the house where Marilyn Monroe died, the “O.J. murders” condo, the hotel where John Belushi overdosed, a myriad of haunted mansions. In its extensively researched and enlarged second edition, this book tells the stories of these locations and makes finding them simple. Seventeen driving tours include more than 650 sites. Each tour covers a specific area, from Hollywood and the Sunset Strip to Brentwood and Malibu, covering the entire Los Angeles basin. Concise, easy-to-follow directions are given to each location with 145 photos and the fascinating story behind each stop.

About the Author(s)

E.J. Fleming has been researching Hollywood for decades and has penned biographies of Carole Landis and Wallace Reid, among other books. He lives in the country in Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

E.J. Fleming

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 408
Bibliographic Info: 145 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9644-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1850-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Foreword by Scott Michaels 8
Introduction 10
Tour 1—Old Hollywoodland, Beachwood and Los Feliz 13
Tour 2—Hollywood Central, West Hollywood and Outpost Estates 46
Tour 3—Cahuenga and Laurel Canyons 63
Tour 4—The Sunset Strip 83
Tour 5—Fairfax, West Hollywood and Lower Beverly Hills 95
Tour 6—Hancock Park 108
Tour 7—Beverly Hills, Coldwater Canyon 116
Tour 8—Beverly Hills, Benedict Canyon 131
Tour 9—Beverly Hills Flats, South of Sunset 164
Tour 10—Bel Air 192
Tour 11—Westwood and Century City 212
Tour 12—Brentwood and West L.A. 228
Tour 13—The Palisades 245
Tour 14—Santa Monica and Malibu 260
Tour 15—San Fernando Valley 275
Tour 16—Far Western San Fernando Valley 297
Tour 17—Locations Off Maps 302
Background Notes on the Tours 329
Bibliography 354
Index 370

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “five star rating…meticulous and thorough…recommended”—Examiner
  • “a book for those fascinated by and thus seeking out the darker side of the film and television business”—Communications Booknotes Quarterly
  • “entertaining to browse”—ARBA
  • “fascinating”—Psychotronic
  • “provides directions for 16 driving tours that encompass famous graves, haunted celebrity homes, the locations of famous murders and deaths, and scandalous locations. A comprehensive index allows you to locate your favorite stars and their infamous activities”—C&RL News
  • “wonderfully detailed…one does not have to take his self-guided tours to enjoy reading the book”—Tourland
  • “you need this book”—Cult Movies
  • “many photos”—Today’s Librarian
  • “E.J. Fleming brings these dark and fascinating tales to life!”—John Burke, AMC Host