Memories of Hamburger Hamlet

Alison Martino Hollywood

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Adam Lewis, son of Harry and Marilyn Lewis – the original owners of Hamburger Hamlet. I’m still in deep mourning over the loss of the Sunset Strip location. It closed its doors on December 17, 2011. I was one of the last loyal customers to walk out of those neighborhood doors that night, …

Jim Morrison Backstage at CBS

Alison Martino Hollywood

This super rare shot was taken at CBS Television City after a taping of the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” on December 5th, 1968. In this photo are Jim Morrison, Howard Hesseman, (who went on to star as Dr. Johnny Fever in WKRP in Cincinnati) and writer Carl Gottlieb. Carl was one of the main writers on the Smothers Bros., and …

The Sheik’s House in Beverly Hills

Alison Martino Hollywood

The infamous Sheik’s house in 1977. This garish mansion was the infamous ‘Sheik’s House’. Once located at 9561 Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills, it had gained international notoriety for its tacky facade. Back in 1978, Saudi Arabian Sheik Mohammad Al-Fassi and his new wife, Sheikha Ibtissm were the owners of this 38 room mansion built in 1917. It was originally …

We Grew Up in Case Study House #22

Alison Martino Hollywood

Bruce and Shari Stahl on living in the most famous midcentury modern home in the world. All Photos by Donavan Freberg. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many legends and visit many astonishing homes, but nothing thrills me more than a trip to L.A.’s iconic Stahl House. The structure may be more famous for its breathtaking view of the Sunset …

The Hollywood Ranch Market

Alison Martino Hollywood

It wasn’t unusual to see personalities like Frank Sinatra, Ava Garnder or Red Skelton at the Hollywood Ranch Market’s snack bar. Steve Allen used to broadcast his shows from his studio close by. Kim Novak was seen shopping there twice a week when she lived at the Studio Club which was very close by in 1955. This market was located …