Gorillas don’t blog ella goes to hollywood, part 2 gas oil ratio calculator


The Schwab’s location where Lana Turner was "supposedly" discovered is the original location at Sunset & Crescent Heights. However, as you rightly noted, the story is merely apocryphal. She was discovered at the Top Hat Soda Fountain, located across the street from Hollywood High School, on Sunset Blvd.

Seated in my father’s office, Judy exuded the same natural beauty and charm he had noticed in the soda fountain. There was also an innocence and, not the least, a burgeoning sensuality that, he knew, lights and camera would eagerly enhance. Judy was magic, he would say in later years. "There was something about her that was special. She had a quality all her own that was unforgettable."

But, curiously, while Hollywood’s history is littered with dozens of noteworthy discovery stories, this one stuck. Lana’s much quoted "discovery" became one of the town’s most enduring legends. It became famous as "the Hollywood Cinderella Story" because it combined a young girl, Cinderella; a powerful publisher, the handsome prince; and a letter to agent Zeppo Marx, the glass slipper that transformed her life.

The Top Hat’s owner placed a metal plaque on the seat Lana had occupied on the magical morning of her discovery. Soon, his soda fountain was swarming with girls eager to meet the mysterious man who had discovered Lana Turner. My father had to stop visiting the Top Hat.

His good fortune had not gone unnoticed by Leon Schwab, who owned Schwab’s Pharmacy, two miles west of Hollywood High. No matter that Lana would had to have been a track star to sprint to Schwab’s, inhale a Coke and make it back for her next class. Leon sold sodas and Schwab’s was, like the Top Hat, on Sunset Boulevard. He started claiming that Lana had been sitting at his counter when she was discovered, not by Wilkerson, but by her first director, Mervyn LeRoy. Since the Top Hat no longer existed, few bothered to dispute Leon’s claim.

The myth that Lana was discovered at Schwab’s was augmented by Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky. As Lana writes, Skolsky was having lunch at the counter when "a busty blond came up and asked which stool was Lana Turner’s. Skolsky simply picked one and pointed it out."

Irene, YES. You can hardly see it. There are cranes all over that part of Hollywood. It’s like a miniature Manhattan. I guess it’s just the way things are, but I’ve read that development is outstripping demand – I have no idea if that is true or not.

TokyoMagic!, I noticed the workmen, but it didn’t occur to me that they could be working on one of the stars. As a kid, I didn’t hate clowns, but I didn’t love them either; my first trip to a circus had me praying that the clown wouldn’t interact with me!

Jonathan, Ella has been around long enough to know that shoes are the key to happiness. Wow, cool that you saw “2001” at the Pantages. It is still one of my very favorite movies of all time, even if dopes complain that it is “slow and boring”. I’ll bet the driver of the black Mustang was rubbernecking like a tourist.

Nanook, poor Top Hat Soda Fountain – imagine the crowds of hopefuls who would have flocked to their establishment for years after that story became famous? I’ll bet that legend was a large part of why there were eventually five (or more) Schwab’s Pharmacies. Thanks for doing the research!