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Sunday, 01 January 2012 04:13

Hollywood Babylon Revisited

"A neglected house gets an unhappy look; this one had it in spades." Joe Gillis, the doomed screenwriter protagonist of Sunset Boulevard, could have been talking about The Cedars in an earlier incarnation, when he said those words. Indeed, some interior scenes from the classic film noir were shot in the house, which was built in 1926 for film director Marcel Tourneur.1 The hilltop villa in Los Feliz, which looks over Los Angeles, has been, variously, a home, rock stars' play pen, movie location, and a book repository before being rescued by its present owner, fashion designer Sue Wong.
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