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    Norma Jeane's

    by davequ Updated Jul 20, 2010

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    Hold a good thought for her in the street / alley of 5th Helena.

    UPDATE 2010 - Holy S#*l!! - Norma Jeane's crib is up for sale!
    Anybody wanna' lend me $3.5 mil?

    Here's the LISTING (until it's sold)


    If you are a Marilyn fan, I recommend you get this book below:

    At this website
    Cursum Perficio

    I bought it and enjoyed it ... recommended. (GET the second HARD-cover edition) - much better!

    Gary's site on Marilyn is here:
    Holding A Good Thought For Marilyn

    where you can walk through Norma Jeane's last Brentwood home on Gary's great visual tour.

    Great book Gary, thanks 4 your reply.

    Pic w/ Gary & Marilyn belongs to Gary Vitacco-Robles and was created by him for his excellent web site.

    This other book (below) is also worth a read and is probably close to the real facts, telling the sad & true story of her life and murder.

    The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe

    If there is justice in the world (or the next), all the snakes that ruined her life are enduring some "payback" now.

    “To have survived, she would have had to be either more cynical or even further from reality than she was. Instead, she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling at her clothes.”
    Arthur Miller in his 1987 autobiography

    Norma Jeane, I miss you

    Gary and his close friend Lets have broiled steak peas & carrots & champagne
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    Clams on the half shell..... and...

    by davequ Updated Aug 2, 2005

    Not in Brentwood, but very close by,'s another SoCal / LA guilty pleasure:

    From Brentwood take the short drive down to Venice Beach some late afternoon and walk the whole scene.

    Skating is still happening in Venice. Get loose some afternoon and go for a walk through Venice Beach.

    One of my favorite memories in my whole life took place one day in Venice in Oct. '79.

    My band was recording an album in North Hollywood. We got a day off, and drove down to Venice.
    Around sunset, I was walking thru the beach scene, when I came upon a group of roller skaters. They were dressed in then-typical tight cutoffs and small halter tops, skating to music.

    It was "magic hour" as sun was setting into the Pacific, and they were doing "scissor-moves" around a line of pepsi cans, skating briskly & beautifully with ease and grace to a boombox playing "Good Times " by Chic.
    It was one of those timeless, beautiful & magical "california moments:"
    ya' had 2 be there..

    There's a restaurant / Seafood broiler called "The Fish Co." at 174 Kinney St. in Santa Monica close to Venice that serves up decent broiled fish.

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    Mommy Dearest

    by davequ Updated Nov 29, 2004

    "No... wire... hangers.... EVER!!! "

    The Joan Crawford House

    Please don't bother the current residents.

    Here is a view of the front of the house:
    Mommie Dearest Crib

    Life at Home with Mummy D
    At this link below, a hilariously boring and typical Hollywood b.s. article about how Joan raised her kids:
    Mommy Dearest Parenting Tips

    Here's a Brentwood Bogieman story:

    When she was a child, Christina Crawford saw and heard phantom children in this Brentwood house. Her mother, Joan Crawford, arranged for an exorcist to "cleanse" the house after she, too, heard the ghostly voices.

    Since Joan's death, an evil presence has allegedly permeated the atmosphere of the house. Unexplained fires sometimes erupt in the house on the wall behind Crawford's bed. Even after four days of investigation, the Fire Department couldn't explain the mysterious blaze.

    (Courtesy of Hollywood Hauntings .. )
    Hollywood Hauntings


    Hauck, Dennis William. The National Directory of Haunted Places.

    Steiger, Brad and Sherry Hansen Steiger. Hollywood and the Supernatural.

    Christinaaah... Christopher....DAMN IT!!

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Brentwood Restaurants

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    Brentwood Restaurant & Lounge: Upscale, mellow steaks and seafood

    by davequ Updated Nov 1, 2006

    Dark and quiet, mellow, ... mostly locals.

    Bruce Marder is owner and executive chef.

    Favorite Dish: Steak or prime rib with a decent red wine, later in the evening (10pm-midnight).

    Filet mignon with Tuscan-style beans also recommended.

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    Ristorante Peppone: Best traditional Italian food

    by davequ Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    (To all regulars of Peppone's Brentwood:
    Please do not kill me for bragging on you)

    If you love traditional; hearty; old-school, kick-butt Italian.... try Peppone's.

    and the old-style Italian-american ambience (see website) makes it even better.

    Peppones, unlike some of the usual LA showbiz/suck-up restaurants, practices equal courtesy, treatment and service for all.

    Even Gwyneth Paltrow & Madonna have to wait in the bar if they don't have a reservation (true story)

    Peppone's is always busy after 6:30pm
    so make sure YOU have a reservation of your own.

    Just try it, you will like it.

    Vua bene, si, si SI!

    Favorite Dish: Here's what I usually get:
    antipasti: fried calimari and marinara;
    the minestrone soup is excellent;
    secondi: veal casa d'oro, the veal chop, or the chicken casa d'oro;
    and tiramesu or a cannoli with bartender Rudys "funny coffee," (essentially a specially spiked espresso mocha)

    At the website posted below they have the whole huge menu.
    Peppone menu .. click on menu to enlarge..

    I hate it when I ask someone what is good and they say, "everything." But at Peppones, that is not B.S.

    In general terms, the food here is not light. It is killer, traditional, robust Italian. Portions are large (notice I don't even order a pasta course) but quality is even better.

    One of the great things about Peppones is they are flexible, meaning they will "tweak" anything on their menu to fit your specific taste. Their menu is excellent, but the chef will be happy to adjust or customize any dish to your wishes.

    As per favorite dish, there are so many here, (check the menu on the website listed below), and then if still undecided, surrender to your waiters recommendations and go with the flow.

    Even the calimari marinara appetizer w/bread and a glass of wine at the bar is a good meal here.

    Wine list is world class +.

    SoCal's Best Traditional Italian
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    by davequ Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I thought this was a Costanza family joke / bit, but feel free to enjoy "Festivus" in Brentwood.

    Photo taken in Barrington Court / walk / Peppone's parking lot Nov. 2004.

    See website below for rules and customs....


    and don't forget your pole....

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    Accident alert: Don't stop, just keep...

    by davequ Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are driving on S. Bundy in Brentwood and happen to accidentally "run into" this man in his white bronco:
    ... don't bother to stop and exchange insurance information. Just keep going as fast as you can........

    Lookout, Florida!

    Update: 8/'05 - Excellent rates on DirecTV now available!!!

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    Brentwood is LA at its "mellow" best

    by davequ Updated Aug 6, 2005

    Favorite thing: Whenever I go to LA for business, if I have some spare time and just want to hang out for dinner & walk around, Brentwood is one of my favorite areas of LA to do that.

    Upscale & sleepy, but with some good restaurants in Brentwood, nearby shopping and tons of LA history & infamy. Brentwood is off Sunset and very close to some of my favorite "after-dinner" LA drives up Benedict Canyon and up along Mulholland.

    Shown here is the entrance to my favorite Brentwood restaurant, Peppone's. (see restaurant tips).

    Fondest memory: Dinner at Peppone's, shoping and hanging around Barrington Court area, and visiting some of the more infamous haunts in the area.

    Best Traditional Italian in LA
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