ITS walls hid a shameful secrets of Hollywood stars – some some-more bomb than any big-screen blockbuster.
From John Belushi’s deadly drug binge to Johnny Depp romping with Kate Moss in any of a 63 rooms, Chateau Marmont has seen it all.
Now a new book about a French-styled hotel has blown open a X-rated misdeeds of a film heroes for a initial time in a 90-year history.
In The Castle On Sunset, author Shawn Levy describes a rock’n’roll hangout — that could have desirous a Eagles’ strike Hotel California — as “a haven, a place where required dignified settlement hold small or no sway”.
He calls it a mark “where guests’ proclivities for sex, booze, drugs or surprising work habits weren’t merely abided . . . but accepted”.
It gained a repute for desire from a early sexploits of shade stars Jean Harlow, Natalie Wood and, later, Warren Beatty.
After a 2004 Academy Awards, Scarlett Johansson — afterwards a rising star aged only 19 — invited Oscar hopeful Benicio del Toro behind to her apartment during a hotel, where they reportedly had sex in a lift.
Neither star has denied a rumour, while Scarlett told a mag: “Apparently, there was somebody with us in an conveyor and we were creation out or carrying sex or something, that we consider is really unsanitary.”
Benicio, who is 18 years Scarlett’s senior, added: “Let’s leave that to somebody’s imagination. I’m certain it has happened before. It competence not be a last, either.”
Joking about a Marmont’s 8 floors, he said: “I’d still be struggling out of my leather coupler by a second building and wouldn’t have my shirt off by a seventh.”
Hell-raising actor Johnny Depp once boasted that he and his ex Kate Moss had had sex in all 63 bedrooms during a Marmont over 4 years.
He was introduced to a hotel by hard-drinking author Hunter S Thompson, whose book Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas was done into a Depp movie. The Marmont, that hosted Leonardo Di Caprio’s 21st birthday whack in 1995, has been overhauled many times.
Led Zeppelin hold a rebellious celebration in a Marmont bungalow, borrowing a food trolley to send exposed girls between rooms
It was built in 1929 as apartments desirous by a castle in a Loire Valley of France.
Set on a mountain unaware Sunset Boulevard, it was not a many luxurious though it betrothed privacy.
Guests and their visitors could expostulate into a subterraneous garage and conduct true to their rooms, while staff would spin a blind eye to any excesses.
Columbia Pictures trainer Harry Cohn kept a apartment there for affairs with starlets and suggested his actors: “If we contingency get into trouble, go to a Marmont.”
Plenty did. Thirties sex-symbol Jean Harlow — famed for putting ice cubes on her boobs between takes to perk them adult — picked adult group on her honeymoon there.
Aged 22 and already on her third husband, she had a apart doorway commissioned in a master apartment to filch in visitors — including Red Dust co-star Clark Gable.
‘BLIND TO ANY EXCESSES’
Levy claims Harlow would trawl Sunset Boulevard looking for lovers after unresolved a “Gone Fishing” pointer on her hotel room door.
He also claims thespian Grace Kelly bedded her married High Noon co-star Gary Cooper there, writing: “Kelly was famous by staff to have a important ardour for men, quite other guests, whose room numbers she would try to coax out of list clerks.”
Warren Beatty, who lived during a hotel early in his Hollywood career, is pronounced to have “ran adult conquests as impressively as he did delinquent bills”.
In a 1970s, stone gods Led Zeppelin hold a rebellious celebration in a Marmont bungalow, borrowing a food trolley to send exposed girls between bedrooms and pouring baked beans over their highway manager as he writhed on a bed with a groupie.
John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh and Paul Newman are all pronounced to have met lovers there. Bette Davis once incidentally set her room land and had screaming rows with her actor father Gary Merrill.
Closeted happy celebs such as Psycho star Anthony Perkins met lovers there. Perkins kept a apartment during a Marmont even after marrying and carrying children. Other A-listers checked in for months or years during a time.
Disgraced film executive Roman Polanski said: “You could sense, walking down a corridors, a place had a share of real-life dramas, of slashed wrists and overdoses, only as we could roughly get befuddled from sniffing a mist that seeped by a several keyholes.”
In 1982, Saturday Night Live fable John Belushi died in a Marmont bungalow after holding a “speedball” of heroin and cocaine.
The Marmont’s government remodeled Belushi’s room and transposed a seat to forestall a site apropos a grave cult symbol.
SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
But Levy, a former film critic, writes: “More than 3 decades after Belushi’s death, a tragedy was still synonymous with Chateau Marmont.
“Almost any essay about a hotel would discuss a tie and even for many in a Hollywood community, a comedian’s overdose was deliberate a underline of a hotel and not a unhappy fact from a past.”
Many bedrooms are compared with a sold celebrity. Reclusive film noble Howard Hughes hired a penthouse unaware a pool so he could smirk during sunbathers.
Fifties star Montgomery Clift recuperated from a near-fatal automobile pile-up in room 36 following a celebration thrown by Liz Taylor. After downing painkillers and alcohol, he would ramble on to a patio exposed and swearing.
In bungalow two, executive Nicholas Ray rehearsed for 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause with teenage stars Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper.
Britney Spears repelled her associate guest — including Victoria Beckham — by staining food over her face in a hotel restaurant
He was conducting an event with Wood and changed to a hotel after anticipating his thespian mother Gloria Grahame in bed with his 13-year-old son from an progressing marriage.
Ray lived in a bungalow for 6 years, interesting lovers including Marilyn Monroe, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Joan Crawford, as good as a fibre of immature men.
Wood reportedly started an event with Hopper, who was sceptical of Ray and crept around a Marmont armed with a gun, anticipating to locate him with Wood.
Incredibly, some stars have been thrown out of a Marmont.
Irish actor Richard Harris got his marching orders in a early Sixties after returning from a celebration debauch during 2am, banging on doors and cheering that chief fight had started.
Brit Rupert Everett avoided removing chucked out after substituting presents left underneath a Christmas tree with sex toys in gratifying wrapping. In 2007, thespian Britney Spears repelled her associate guest — including Victoria Beckham — by staining food over her face in a hotel restaurant.
Levy writes: “When she started to play dress-up with her dinner, she was escorted from her list and sensitive she was no longer acquire on a hotel grounds.
“The limitation was carried after Spears spotless herself up, and she was behind in a grill dual years after celebrating her 28th birthday.”
Three years later, hard-partying Lindsay Lohan was thrown out after using adult a towering bill, using to 16 pages, of some-more than £36,000, in reduction than dual months.
Levy writes: “She spent 3,000-plus dollars any on room service, hotel grill bills and mini-bar charges, in further to some-more than 700 dollars on cigarettes, 600-plus dollars on laundry, scarcely 400 dollars on pay- per-view cinema and some-more than 100 dollars on magazines and iPhone chargers from a hotel present shop.
“She kept insisting to hotel management, that was understandably enquiring after payment, that she was not obliged for it.”
And a hotel shows no pointer of going out of fashion.
Jay-Z and mother Beyonce hold a tip Oscars-night whack for 150 guest in a garage final year. The pop-up bar was meant to “mind-f*** everyone”, according to an insider.
Fully 90 years after it opened, a Chateau Marmont has not mislaid a ability to shock.
- The Castle On Sunset: Love, Fame, Death Scandal At Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, by Shawn Levy, is published by Weidenfeld Nicolson, £20.
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