Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My First Day in Hollywood in Pictures

Today I got to spend the day in Hollywood. This is the very first time I have visited Hollywood and it was a real treat. First stop was our hotel. It's a wonderful little hotel filled with lots of great Hollywood memorabilia. (thank you to Jill of Sittin' on a Backyard Fence for recommending this hotel to us!).

Carlos got to ride the elevator with Gregory Peck.

I got to pose with Joan Crawford, as you do.

The hotel had a cool mural of Harold Lloyd in Safety Last (1923).

A portrait of Tyrone Powers hangs above the hotel bed.

We walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame and I looked for all of my favorite stars. I took way too many pictures so I'll only share a few. Here I am with Norma Shearer's star.

Lewis Stone

Richard Barthelmess

Robert Montgomery

Jean Harlow

Of all the things I wanted to see in Hollywood, Robert Mitchum's star was at the top of my list. Big thanks to actor Bentley Mitchum, Robert Mitchum's grandson, who gave me the heads up as to where Mitchum's star was located (south side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard). Here is the star with my Robert Mitchum iPhone case!

It was worth all the blisters I got walking around to find this spot! The highlight of my day.

We saw Grauman's Egyptian theatre.

We had a late lunch at the Pig 'N Whistle. Laura of Laura's Miscellaneous Musings told me that Marsha Hunt used to eat here as a child during the 1920s.

TCM Classic Film Festival signage was very prominent on Hollywood Boulevard.

We saw the exterior of the Roosevelt Hotel. This is the home base of the TCM Classic Film Festival and where the TCM Club and TCM Boutique are located during the festival.

We saw Grauman's Chinese theatre.

It was so cool to see all of the hand and foot prints in cement. Here I am with Norma Shearer's prints from 1927.

Here Carlos is with Steve McQueen's prints from 1967.

We really liked this Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward panel and decided to pose with it.

We saw the Dolby Theatre where the Academy Awards ceremony is held each year.

These pillars list the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture for each year.

Thanks to Eric, Laura and Jill who all recommended Larry Edmund's Bookshop to me. It's a great place and the people who work there sure know their stuff. 

Your wallet will be a whole lot lighter once you leave here. It's tempting to spend all your savings on books, magazines, posters and other collectibles.

I bought this Robert Mitchum book which contains transcripts of interviews he had done over the years.

I also got Myrna Loy's book Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming. I asked for it because I couldn't find it in the stacks. Turns out I was the second person to ask about it that day. I am glad I picked it up and I'll be stopping by the store later to see if they have a George Sanders book I have been looking for.

I had a lot of fun today! I'm a newbie to Hollywood and to L.A. and California to begin with. I wish I had more time to explore Hollywood but I am glad to have spent the afternoon exploring with Carlos.


  1. Great photos, enjoyed hearing all about your first day! Looks like a wonderful start to your week here. :)

    See you soon!

    Best wishes,

  2. Oh man, looking at these pictures is making me wish I could go back to Hollywood! I've only been there once, so I'd love to go again! That Myrna Loy book is really good - it's a really honest and witty account of her life. I bought my copy off of ebay a couple years ago.

    Hope you have a fabulous time!

  3. Great photos! I'd love to go to this bookstore and, specially, stay in this hotel! It would be wonderful to sleep with Tyrone Power above my head ;)
    And the cement handprints make me happy, since my handwriting is a little like these stars. The first thing I'd do is to test if my feet combine with some of the actreses in the cement, like Janet Gaynor does in A Star is Born!

  4. Really enjoyed your pictures, Raquel! I think my favorite is the first one (I want to go to there.). I'm glad you mentioned Larry Edmunds bookstore -- I hope to get there, too!

  5. Fantastic pictures, Raquel! So happy for you two! :-)

    So cool you found Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming and in such great condition too! (It's one of my fave autobiographies.)

    I'm so glad you found so many of your favorite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Norma Shearer, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Montgomery are definitely also ones I would visit as they're favorites of mine as well! And you know I would find Barbara Stanwyck's star as well :P - my top fave and all. (there are other stars I would try to find too, of course; Claudette Colbert's star, for example.)

    And that hotel just looks fab, I think. This post gave me all the smiles. Like I said earlier, so happy for you two! :-)


  6. I love the pictures, Quelle. You're getting to go everywhere I want to go in Hollywood!

  7. I have a feeling I could spend an entire day in that bookstore alone.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing so many super photos.

    Vienna's Classic Hollywood


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