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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - Hollywood Divas

New murals go up in Hollywood all the time just the old divas, as Marilyn Monroe's face is always somewhere. This one just appeared pretty much hidden in an alley a block south of Hollywood and Le Brea.

Marilyn Monroe mural hidden in an alley a block south of Hollywood and Le Brea.
Marilyn Monroe mural hidden in an alley a block south of Hollywood and Le Brea.

And out on the boulevard her face is everywhere. This graphic captures something or other about her. Think Andy Warhol on a very bad day.

Marilyn Monroe graphic, Hollywood Boulevard

Directly across the street, another diva and her limo driver

"Minnie Mouse" in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard

How about these beauties gracing an old apartment building, "The Julie Lee" at 1665 Sycamore, just a block south?

Stone figure at "The Julie Lee" - 1665 Sycamore, Hollywood
Stone figure at "The Julie Lee" - 1665 Sycamore, Hollywood
Diva Service Center on Sycamore, Hollywood

Those stone women stare at this shop directly across the street, where they could be fixed up, perhaps, were this not the shop where they service the limos they do not service divas.

"Bubbles" on the east wall of the famous Roosevelt Hotel is in fine shape needing no service.

Swimsuit graphic on the east wall of the famous Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood Boulevard

"Bubbles" as nightmare

Swimsuit graphic on the east wall of the famous Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood Boulevard

Nearby on La Brea, a nod to Hemingway amid all this -

    To Have and Have Not (1937) was made into a film by the director Howard Hawks. They had become friends in the late thirties. Hawks also liked to hunt, fish, and drink, and the author got along with Hawk's wife Slim, who later said - "There was an immediate and instant attraction between us, unstated but very, very strong."

    According to a story, Hawks had told Hemingway that he could make "a movie out of the worst thing you ever wrote." The author has asked, "What's the worst thing I ever wrote?" and Hawks said, "That piece of junk called To Have and Have Not."

    "I needed the money," Hemingway said.

Hawks bought the rights to the novel.  Jules Furthman and William Faulkner slapped together a screenplay over drinks at Musso and Frank's Bogart and Bacall starred and on January 20, 1945, there was the movie, the only one, so far, involving two Nobel Prize winners in literature. And here is the Hemingway Building on La Brea.

Hemingway Building on La Brea, Hollywood

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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