Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Home of "JOE GILLIS"

The Alto Nido
1851 N. Ivar St., Hollywood, CA
This apartment building on the corner of Ivar and Franklin and today overlooking the Hollywood Freeway was the home of struggling writer Joe Gillis (William Holden) in Billy Wilder's cynical paean to Old Hollywood, Sunset Blvd. (1950). Gillis, we all remember, swapped his crummy little room here for Norma Desmond's gothic pile on the eponymous thoroughfare (albeit the mansion used for filming was actually located at 641 S. Irving and sadly now demolished) complete with monkey funerals and creepy butler.

Blithely ignorant of a life changing meeting about to take place, Joe Gillis leaves the Alto Nido


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