Margaret Sullavan – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Margaret Sullavan, best known for her role in 1940’s “The Shop Around The Corner,” arrived in Hollywood during the early 1930s and lived at Garden of Allah before marrying director William Wyler and then after their divorce, and while being courted by agent Leland Hayward. She also appeared in 1938’s “The Three Comrades” written by […]
Kay Thompson – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Kay Thompson was an American author, composer, musician, actress and singer. These days she is best known as the creator of the Eloise children’s books but back in Hollywood’s heyday she worked for MGM and was their top vocal arranger, vocal coach, and choral director. She served as main vocal arranger for many of producer […]
Charlie Butterworth – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Charlie Butterworth was a well known comedy actor in the 1930s and 40s. His most memorable film role was in the Irving Berlin musical “This is the Army” (1943) as the bugle-playing Private Eddie Dibble. He generally was a supporting actor, most notably to Mae West in “Every Day’s a Holiday”, to Laurel and Hardy […]
Flora Robson – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Where would the film world be without Flora Robson to play British queens, daunting countesses, and disapproving maiden aunts??? According to Sheilah Graham’s book, “The Garden of Allah”, Robson stayed at the Garden at the same time Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester were there, which would have been the mid-to-late 1930s.
John Carradine – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
John Carradine lived at the Garden of Allah during the war years in villa #15 between the writers Arthur Sheekman in villa #15 and Robert Benchley in villa #16. He later moved in with wife Sonja. Apparently he had a bronze bust made of himself which he brought to the pool whenever he was swimming […]
Alexander Woollcott – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Alexander Woollcott was an American critic and commentator for “The New Yorker” magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. He was also the inspiration for Sheridan Whiteside character in the play “The Man Who Came to Dinner” written by fellow Garden of Allah resident George S. Kaufman. Woollcott liked to spend his winters […]
Donald Ogden Stewart – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
The Garden of Allah was especially popular with writers and one of the most prominent was Donald Ogden Stewart. He was a member of the Algonquin Round Table through which he became friends with Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, and Ernest Hemingway (he was the model for Bill Gorton in Hemingway’s “The Sun […]
George Kaufman – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
George Kaufman was an American playwright, theater director and producer, humorist, and drama critic, most notably writing for the Marx Brothers and winning the Pulitzer Prize for “You Can’t Take It With You” (1937), and the Tony Award as a Director, for the musical “Guys and Dolls. He found himself in the center of a […]
Leopold Stokowski – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
Leopold Stokowski was a British-born, naturalized American orchestral conductor, well known for his free-hand performing style that spurned the traditional baton. Among other things he was also the conductor for Disney’s “Fantasia.” According to one source I read, he lived at the Garden of Allah, and often swam with his kids from his 3rd wife–Gloria […]
Jackie Gleason – resident of the Garden of Allah Hotel
According to Sheilah Graham’s book “The Garden of Allah,” Jackie Gleason stayed at the Garden of Allah in 1945 when he was barely known and appearing at Slapsie Maxie’s, a popular spot famous for comedy revues, aka “Laughing Spot of California.”