Johnny Depp's Hidden Castle on the Sunset Strip

Johnny Depp
Mt. Kalmia
Mt. Kalmia
Mt. Kalmia from Sunset Boulevard in the 1970s
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Johnny Depp in Mt. Kalmia kitchen

INSIDE

• Introduction

• The Dracula Connection

  A Depp-Lugosi connection

• Death Is a Treat

  Hersee Carson’s dream

• The Fairy Lady

  Hersee goes bankrupt

• Chaos

  Queen Hogan is evicted

• Rock Dreams

  Gary Kellgren’s dream

• You Won’t See him

  Johnny Depp wants privacy

FEATURED EXHIBITS

The Truth about That Famous Photo of Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald

“All photographs are accurate,” wrote the celebrated photographer Richard Avedon. “None of them is the truth.” Case in point, a photograph of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe in a nightclub in the 1950s that has gone viral recently.  The story that has circulated with the photo is  shrouded in myth. Here we bust the myth, and yet the story has a happy ending.

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A Place Called the Garden of Allah

‘I’ll be damned if I’ll believe anyone lives in a place called the Garden of Allah.’ – Thomas Wolfe, in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, July 26, 1937
The most complete history available of the Garden of Allah Hotel, which for 32 year was an oasis of sophisticated hedonism in Hollywood. Its long list of celebrity guests included movie stars, world-renowned musicians, East Coast and European aristocrats and even a mobster or two.
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EXHIBITS

WEHO Vice

Charges dropped: from left, Allen Smiley, attorney Jerry Geisler, Patricia Dane Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey

Battle of the Balcony: The Mother of All Celebrity Brawls

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Rock n’ Roll

Micky Cohen

Excavating the Viper Room – Early History of One of the Sunset Strip’s Oldest Buildings

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WEHO Vice

The Strip was once a Gambler’s Playground, Why Not Let the Games Resume?

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BECOMING WEST HOLLYWOOD

IN THIS SITE

The Crescent Heights Market, including world-famous Schwab's Drug Store, on the south side of Sunset between Laurel and Crescent Heights