Lounge Life  Magazine

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Money, Murder, and Mystery: One Afternoon Inside Beverly Hills's Beautifully Creepy Greystone Mansion

Greystone Mansion was paid for with oil. Its value endures because of a murder. The estate's original 429 acres, resting at the actual crown of Beverly Hills, were purchased by oil baron EL Doheny as a wedding gift to his only living child, Ned. In the late 1920s, EL Doheny, under scrutiny from …

Beverly Hills

A Tragedy Trimmed in Mink

<b>As we watch the fires in California it’s easy to forget that this is not the first time.</b><p><b>Among the most notorious California wildfires, the</b> …

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Christine Keeler obituary

Model and showgirl at the heart of the Profumo scandal that rocked 1960s Britain<p>There were many victims of the Profumo affair, the sex and spying scandal that dominated the headlines in 1963, contributed to the resignation of the then prime minister, Harold Macmillan, soon afterwards, and still …

Corruption

Greta Garbo: Letters reveal solitary life of Hollywood star

<b>A collection of letters written by the Swedish actress Greta Garbo give a glimpse into the solitary life led by one Hollywood's most enigmatic stars.</b><p>The 36 letters, which were written in the 1930s and 1940s, depict a lonely and isolated woman.<p>Garbo, who kept her distance from the media despite huge …

Beverly Hills

He wasn’t fast: the legend of Prince Valiant

Photos by the author except where noted.<i>[Editor’s Note: Jim Van Orden, of Richardson, Texas, has owned 23 cars, and the one he considers best of them</i> …

Andy Warhol

Jim Nabors, Gomer Pyle on 'The Andy Griffith Show,' dead at 87

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jim Nabors, a singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died, according to family friend and CNN affiliate KHNL-KGMB producer Phil Arnone.<p>He was 87.<p>Nabors died in Honolulu early Thursday "after battling health issues for some time," Arnone told …

Star Trek

The ‘Today’ Show: A Morning Pioneer Long Before Matt Lauer

NBC’s “Today” show started in 1952 as a bid to lure people away from early morning radio programs.<p>The brainchild of its creator, Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., it was the first show of its type, pioneering a TV format that other networks came to embrace.<p>And what started as a two-hour program has grown to …

Matt Lauer

One Of The Most Famous Movie Robots Of All Time Just Sold For $7.1 Million

Long before robots such as R2-D2 and the Terminator hit the silver screen, a 1956 movie called <i>Forbidden Planet</i> featured a humanoid automaton that, in …

Technology (Australia)

The History of Elevators From Top to Bottom

By definition, an elevator is a platform or an enclosure raised and lowered in a vertical shaft to transport people and freight. The shaft contains …

Engineering

What Became of the Manson Family?

Over two nights in August 1969, Charles Manson’s followers savagely murdered seven people through a frenzied combination of shooting, stabbing, beating and hanging.<p>Their most famous victim was the actress Sharon Tate, the wife of the film director Roman Polanski. She was killed at her house along …

Crime

TAG Heuer Monaco Quartz Watch For $1,700

The TAG Heuer Monaco Quartz will start at $1,700 and can scratch the itch of owning a full-fledged Monaco without dipping into your child's …

Watches

Female Spitfire pilot who flew the planes from factories to the front lines and was celebrated as 'a lovely lady and a trail-blazer for all women' has died aged 94

• <b>Joy Lofthouse flew Hurricanes and Spitfires from factories to WW2 fighter airfields across Britain</b>• <b><br>She and her sister Yvonne MacDonald were both</b> …

An interactive map of every record store on Earth. You’re welcome.

Blue Arrow Records, photo via FacebookI know of very few vinyl obsessives who’ve never availed themselves of the global online music database at …

Vinyl Records

Jewels Of Jazz

This week another book from James Spencer, probably the hardest working man in the lounge scene. I’ve got a Lounge Lotharios golden rules of driving …

Jewels

The Qvale Mangusta Is Weirdly Wonderful

Only 284 of these accessible but exotic coupe/targa/convertibles were ever built.<p>Mecum Auctions<p>Let's look at a forgotten classic that still comes up …

Classic Cars

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

<i>In the winter of 1965, writer Gay Talese arrived in Los Angeles with an assignment from Esquire to profile Frank Sinatra. The legendary singer was approaching fifty, under the weather, out of sorts, and unwilling to be interviewed. So Talese remained in L.A., hoping Sinatra might recover and</i> …

Las Vegas

Costume Jewels From 'Camille,' 'Gone With the Wind' and More Hit the Auction Block

More than 500 pieces will be up for sale Nov. 18, when Julien's Auctions presents "Treasures From the Vault: Joseff of Hollywood."<p>Tucked into a …

Jewelry

Tiki Bar TV

I know I’m way late to the party, but I have to tell you all about Tiki Bar TV!<p>Back in 2006, three people from Vancouver, B.C. thought it would be a …

Los Angeles

LIZ SMITH: What REALLY Happened to Hollywood's Delicious "Ice Cream Blonde?

Thelma Todd — "The Ice Cream Blonde."<b></b> <i>by Liz Smith</i><b><br>What REALLY Happened to Hollywood's Delicious "Ice Cream Blonde?" ... Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many</b> …

Entertainment

The most extravagant Austin-Healey ever made: One-off 1958 'Goldie' with 24-carat gold plating and mink fur interior is tipped to sell for £420,000 at auction

• <b>Ppulent two-seater's exterior is plated with 24-carat gold while its interior features mink fur and goat leather</b>• <b><br>Named the 100-Six 'Goldie',</b> …

Longtime Trader Vic’s employee says goodbye after 57 years of tiki memories

Image 1of/8<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Being greeted by Claudette Lum in the entryway of Trader Vic’s in Emeryville is not just a pleasure. It’s a rite customers …

CIA documents renew Hitler escape conspiracy

The official files show a former SS soldier told spies he regularly met with the Nazi leader in Colombia.<p>It goes on to suggest that Hitler, who would …

When Satanist Anton LaVey seduced Jayne Mansfield

Halloween is here, a liminal time when the boundary between this world and the nether realms can more easily be crossed by all manner of evil …

Marilyn Monroe

Milwaukee didn't panic over radio's 'War of the Worlds.' Or did it?

Seventy-nine years ago tonight, Orson Welles and his radio troupe "annihilated the world before your very ears" with a Halloween Eve broadcast about …

Why Marlon Brando refused the Academy Award for his performance in "The Godfather"

Marlon Brando is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time. His sense of on-screen realism continues to inspire actors across the …

15 Things You Should Never Buy at a Thrift Store

Unless you want lead poisoning...<p>Whenever you can buy a secondhand or vintage treasure for your home, we say go for it! Buying used is often an easy …

Hacking

Bringing the 1930s-era cocktail ‘The Zombie’ back from the dead

Bringing dead cocktails back to life is pretty common in bartender circles these days. Arguably, it’s the backbone of the craft bartending …

Beverages

Seth MacFarlane's New Album 'In Full Swing' Out 9/15

Grammy-nominated artist Seth MacFarlane's love affair with standards continues with his fourth album, In Full Swing, set for release on September 15 …