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Travels in Tinseltown

It was the late 1990s. I was in California, mixing with some of the movie greats in the twilight of their careers—Steiger, Lemmon, Leigh. Now I’m back in LA

By Mark Cousins   June 2010

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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