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Built in 1912 in the midst of lima bean fields, this infamous hotel was built before Beverly Hills even existed. As the city fluourished around the hotel, the Pink Palace’s list of celebrity guests grew to include JFK, Liz Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Clark Gable and many more. 

Of course the Beverly Hills hotel wouldn’t be legendary without its scandalous guests. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard rendezvoused here before Gable’s divorce in bungalow #4. Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand carried on their affair in Bungalow #20, when she was still married to Arthur Miller. 

The famous Polo Lounge housed elites, even turning away Mia Farrow because she was wearing pants. It is here that Bret Easton Ellis would sneak into during his winter break, just before the release of his popular first novel, Less Than Zero. 

The hotel is never going to lose its allure, as many celebs today hold secret and not-so-secret weddings, Oscar after-parties and Record Label parties. 


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posted on May 29, 2013
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