Chateau Marmont: 101

In light of the exciting news that Aaron Sorkin is creating an HBO series about this historic hotel I thought it would be fun to revisit some of its most infamous happenings. 

The hotel originally opened in 1929 as apartments but wasn't successful. In 1931 it reopened as a hotel and it's been keeping the rich and famous dry since.

Jim Morrison used up what he called "the eighth of my nine lives" after he hurt his back here while dangling from a drain pipe and falling onto a shed while trying to swing from the roof into the window of his hotel room.

In 1982, John Belushi died of a drug overdose in one of its garden bungalows.

Led Zeppelin band members rode their motorcycles through the lobby one evening to cheering guests, causing modest damage.

James Dean hopped in through a window to audition with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo for Rebel Without a Cause.

F. Scott Fitzgerald suffered a heart attack in Chateau Marmont.

Lindsay Lohan stayed at the hotel following her July 24, 2007, arrest for drunk driving. She also resided at the hotel for approximately two and a half years.

Howard Hughes moved into the attic of the hotel and would spy on beautiful women in the pool area using prism binoculars.

Hunter S. Thompson was often a guest at the hotel.

Jean Harlow spent her honeymoon with cinematographer Harold Rosson in the hotel and was a regular guest.

Vivien Leigh, estranged from her husband Laurence Olivier, nevertheless had every surface space in her suite, 5D, covered with photographs of the great actor. In the bedroom, however, she displayed only one: on a side table near her pillow was a photograph of she and Olivier together during happier times.

Judy Garland sang by the lobby's grand piano with Kay Thompson during a party held by director George Cukor, where she exclaimed to Thompson, "Oh, Kay, let's just sing real loud!"

Fashion photographer Helmut Newton died on January 23, 2004, after his car crashed into a wall on the driveway of the hotel.

Greta Garbo loved to stay in the Chateau Marmont for weeks during her infamous seclusion period and would not leave her room for days. She also attended many lavish and glamorous parties here in her movie star days.

When Montgomery Clift was almost killed in a 1956 auto accident near her home, Elizabeth Taylor brought him to the Chateau Marmont, where she leased the penthouse as a place for him to recuperate.