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The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori"

Posted November 05, 2010 to photo album "The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori""

In setting Somewhere at L.A.’s famed Chateau Marmont, Sofia Coppola tapped into that hotel’s mythic past. We look at other hotels whose histories define them.

Slide 1: Somewhere at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 2: Fantasy at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 3: High Jinx at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 4: Staying at the Chateau Mamont
Slide 5: The Algonquin's Round Table
Slide 6: The Algonquin's Vicious Circle
Slide 7: Life and Death at the Chelsea Hotel
Slide 8: Edie at The Chelsea Hotel
Slide 9: Eloise at The Plaza
Slide 10: Hitchcock at The Plaza
Slide 11: Truman at The Plaza
Slide 12: The Savoy and its Stars
Slide 13: The Savoy and its Scandals
Slide 14: The Savoy and its Subjects
Slide 15: Coco at the Ritz
Slide 16: Coward at the Ritz
Slide 17: Hemingway at the Ritz
Slide 18: A Meeting of Minds at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 19: A Parting of Ways at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 20: A Rendezvous at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 21: Hoshi Ryokan is Built
Slide 22: Hoshi Ryokan becomes a Hotel
Slide 6: The Algonquin's Vicious Circle

Slide 6: The Algonquin's Vicious Circle

“A Vicious Circle” by Natalie Ascencios, which hangs in the hotel, portrays from left to right (standing) Robert Benchley, Franklin Pierce Adams, Robert Sherwood, Harpo Marx, Alexander Woolcott, Marc Connelly, Edna Ferber, (seated) Dorothy Parker, Harold Ross, George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun.

The Round Table members were dangerous wits. Edna Ferber once arrived at the Algonquin dressed in a new suit that happened to look like the suit that Noël Coward was wearing. “You look almost like a man,” said Coward. To which Ferber replied, “So do you.” When Paramount Pictures founder Adolph Zukor offered member George S. Kaufman only $30,000 for the movie rights to one of his plays, Kaufman sent Zukor a telegram offering $40,000 for Paramount. And when an agent asked Kaufman, who was the New York Times drama critic in the 1920s, “How do I get our leading lady’s name in the Times?” Kaufman replied, “Shoot her.” Groucho Marx, who unlike brother Harpo was not part of the Algonquin Round Table, deemed the “the Vicious Circle” too mean, saying: “The price of admission is a serpent's tongue and a half-concealed stiletto.”