The Bronson gate at Paramount studios. Built in 1926, it was the citadel of LA’s golden age
I spent chunks of my thirties in Los Angeles. I had a television show on which I interviewed movie actors and directors, many from Hollywood’s golden age. Sometimes there would be a week between filming, say, Jack Lemmon and Janet Leigh, so rather than fly back home to Scotland, I’d check into a cheap hotel at the beach in Venice, buy hippie bracelets, hire a bike and cycle the boardwalk.
I was not yet at my best in those years—the late 1990s—and the…
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