For their Grammy weekend oral history of West Hollywood’s Sunset Marquis hotel, an establishment that turns 50 in April, Hollywood Reporter journos Gary Baum and Michael Walker “interviewed more than two dozen big-name performers, behind-the-scenes players and longtime employees.” The result is a collection of anecdotes that reads like outtakes from This Is Spinal Tap.
Take for example this nugget from producer Martin Lewis. Note, above all, his priceless pre-Yelp era reaction:
“The first night I stayed there, in 1982, my TV wasn’t working. I tried phoning the front desk, but no one answered. So I stormed down to the lobby to remonstrate. The guy behind the desk was stoned out of his head. “My TV isn’t working!” I snapped. “Well, throw it in the pool, dude,” was his reply. I was sold. This was my hotel.”
Lewis also has a great prank recollection involving poolside fixture Roy Scheider. Many of the others interviewed note the hotel’s cul-de-sac, off-Sunset Strip address as key attraction. Although Penelope Spheeris says the discrete location always made it difficult to find her way back when drunk. Read the full piece here.[Image courtesy Sunset Marquis]