How the Beatles Really Ended Up at a Garden Party in Brentwood

Alison Martino Hollywood

Unpublished photos of the Beatles are increasingly hard to come by, but I found a few to twist and shout about! My friend Laura Fleming and I were teenagers when we first pored over images of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in her family’s photo albums back in the ‘80s. I remember fixating on a snap …

Vintage LA: Mosaic Tiles at LAX

Alison Martino Hollywood

To Angelinos, nothing says “Welcome Home” more than the iconic mosaic tiles at LAX. For six seasons, Matthew Weiner’s Emmy-sweeping Mad Men used the stark chicness of mid-century Manhattan as its backdrop, but things got groovier when they headed for Los Angeles. The promotional campaign for the final installment of the AMC hit featured Megan Draper and other cast members …

Living Across the Street from Edward G Robinson

Alison Martino Hollywood

I recently found the above vintage Polaroid photo when my mom was packing up our old house. That’s Edward G. Robinson standing in his driveway, directly across the street from where we lived on Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills. My mother snapped this from my upstairs bedroom window shortly after I was born, and it’s the only photo that we …

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 …