If You Don’t Respect the Past, You Can’t Respect the Future

6 Apr

Way to go, assholes.

So…something old and of historical value was smashed to the ground yesterday. Just another day in LA, right? All last week protests were held to save part of Pickfair Studios. It was built in 1920 by the biggest stars in Hollywood, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, and big stars like Rudolph Valentino, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Myrna Loy, Natalie Wood, Marlon Brando, Susan Hayward, Greer Garson, Jack Lemmon, Danny Kaye, Eddie Cantor and Laurence Olivier made films there.

There a still a few buildings that can be saved on the lot, SIGN THE PETITION HERE. DO IT.

Pickfair Studios in it's hay-day.

What much needed building is going up in place of this historical relic?

In the words of Bette Davis, "What a dump."

Condos. Because there’s not enough places to live in LA, right? Idiots.

Meg Ryan Then & Now

LA is turning into that chick that used to be smokin’ hot when she was young, then started getting plastic surgery. But, for some reason she’s still popular because everyone remembers how cool she used to be and that’s why everyone is afraid to tell her to PUT THE SCALPEL DOWN! You aren’t 20 anymore, embrace your age, you crazy broad. But she can’t, she’s addicted.

So many really neat, important buildings that made LA what it WAS have been torn down. For something better? You be the judge.

The MGM Backlot Then & Now

The MGM Backlot, the most important studio ever, was sold off and made into modern day Culver City by the dude who built the MGM Casino in Vegas (The same one that burnt down and killed a bunch of people in the 80’s.) Actually, the reason the back lot was sold off was to fund the Las Vegas project.

"The Watering Hole." The Brown Derby 1941

The Brown Derby, birth place of the Cobb Salad. It used to be THE place to see and be seen. Besides being famous for the Cobb and caricatures of movie stars, I know it best from the episode of ‘I Love Lucy’ where she runs into Bill Holden. Fact: It is Lucille Ball’s favorite episode, ever.

The Brown Derby site now. Where reality stars of today go to dry hump each other on the dance floor.

Coconut Grove.

The Coconut Grove was in the Ambassador Hotel.  The Academy Awards used to be held there and I would die to have been able to have gone there. My Grandma went and said it was amazing. Stars would go there to wine and dine and dance the night away to actual music that you can’t dry hump to. It’s also the site of RFK’s death and that is why the aging hotel was turned into RFK High School. There were protests to save the site, big movie stars backed it. Didn’t matter, now high schoolers dry hump all over the place there.

Coconut Grove Now.

I’m not forgetting Marion Davies’ Beach house (Mansion), you can go back and read all about it.

This whole post made me depressed. Thanks LA, I was in a decent mood.


4 Responses to “If You Don’t Respect the Past, You Can’t Respect the Future”

  1. miss. taylor cast April 6, 2012 at 7:25 AM #

    Dry humping. I’m with you on hating on LA for this bullshit!

  2. miss. taylor cast April 6, 2012 at 7:26 AM #

    dry humping! i’m with you on hating on LA for this bullshit. ugghh.

  3. Maybelline April 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM #

    I feel like having some Double Mint Gum, watching the Patty Duke show or The Swartzeneger/DeVito classic – Twins after reading the previous comment(s). Is miss.taylor cast drinking doubles?


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