L.A. Story Spotlight: Donelle Dadigan

05/09/2014

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Visitors should set aside at least an hour to explore the museum, which includes Max Factor’s world-famous make-up rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball became everyone’s favorite redhead. Displays include everything from Max Factor’s unique “Beauty Calibration Machine” to Monroe’s million-dollar dress and Hannibal Lecter’s cell from The Silence of the Lambs.

“My mother was an educator, my father was an educator, and I was an educator,” says Dadigan. “So my mother and I, we realized - harkening back to our times of being school teachers - that the best way for us to get our children and our students to be interested in the subject that we were teaching was that we had to entertain them. If we entertain them, they couldn’t help but open their minds to what they were being taught.”

She continues, “So we felt if we take that component and put it in a museum, showcasing what we think is the number one export of Los Angeles - Hollywood - we couldn’t help but have an opportunity for visitors from all the around the world to come and see this.”

L.A. Story Spotlight: Carol Watkins

04/25/2014

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Carol Watkins, aka the "Queen of Press Junkets," has been Director of Entertainment Sales at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills since 1987. 

L.A. Story Spotlight: Masi Oka

04/08/2014

Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Izumi Hasegawa

Actor Masi Oka is best known for his role as Hiro Nakamura in the TV series Heroes - fans still remember the comic book geek’s cry of “Yatta!” (meaning “I did it!” or “Great!” in Japanese). Oka currently stars as Dr. Max Bergman on Hawaii Five-0. A native of Tokyo, Oka moved to Los Angeles when he was six years old and considers himself an Angeleno.

One of Oka's favorite things to do in L.A. is go for a drive on Mulholland Drive: "We used to take Mulholland Drive to my elementary school, so it’s very nostalgic. I love it because you get to see the beauty of L.A.’s north and south sides. At night, it’s the most beautiful view you can get. Griffith Park and the Getty Museum are staples, but Mulholland Drive for me was always very romantic. Put the music on and drive around and go on a date." Read on for more of Masi Oka's favorite L.A. restaurants and activities.

A Three-Day Los Angeles Itinerary for Celebrity Spotting

03/13/2014

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Red carpets, flashing cameras, couture in motion - these are some of the hallmarks of famous Hollywood moments ascribed to Los Angeles. Determined to meet a celebrity while visiting, or at least walk in their footsteps? These itineraries are a “shoe-in” - stiletto style.

The Best Restaurants to Dine with the Stars in Los Angeles

02/23/2014

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Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, and if you’re a fan of movies, TV or music, there isn’t a better city to spot a celebrity. No matter where you are in LA, there’s a good chance you’ll bump into a star, whether you're browsing a farmers market or hiking in Runyon Canyon. But if you really want the odds in your favor, here are 11 restaurants that are sure bets to make your next meal even more memorable.

Discover Elvis Presley's Los Angeles

01/07/2014

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Born on Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th century, known to millions of fans around the world as “the King of Rock and Roll,” or simply, “the King.” Elvis was a transformative music figure who fused country, rhythm and blues, and elements of pop and gospel into what became the foundation of rock and roll. His extraordinary stage presence broke barriers, set the standard for all who followed, and galvanized an entire generation of youth culture. In terms of pure numbers, Elvis is unmatched - according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Elvis is the best-selling solo artist of all time, with 1 billion sales worldwide (129.5 million in the U.S.). He’s inspired a legion of impersonators, and pretenders to his throne come and go. But Elvis Presley will always be the King. 

Elvis fans can explore his legacy throughout LA, from a historic recording studio to his favorite restaurants, hotels, and even a spiritual sanctuary near the Pacific Ocean. Read on and discover Elvis Presley’s Los Angeles.

Discover Frank Sinatra's Los Angeles

12/11/2013

Daniel Djang

Frank Sinatra was one of the world’s greatest performers of popular music, an artist who set the standard for generations to follow. Though he was known as “The Voice,” his prodigious talents let him wear many hats, including actor, producer, director, and conductor. During his six-decade career, Sinatra earned 11 GRAMMY Awards, three Oscars (including Best Supporting Actor), two Golden Globes, the Presidential Medal Of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest award for a civilian. Read on for ten Los Angeles locations where you can experience the enduring legacy of the Chairman of the Board.

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