Stop the Paparazzi! 🤣🤣 The Knickerbocker Hotel
Today, it is an apartment house for senior citizens, but back in the 1920's, the Knickerbocker Hotel was the place to be!
Rudolph Valentino hung out at the hotel bar, and visited to tango dance here.
Famed magician Harry Houdini had always been interested in the occult, so he and his wife made a deal that if he died before she did, he would try to contact her after his death. So, on Halloween of 1926, (the first anniversary of his death) Houdini's wife, Bess, conducted a séance on the roof of the Knickerbocker hotel. When Houdini failed to put in a ghostly appearance, she continued holding annual séances at the hotel for over a decade, without success.
The hotel lobby features a large crystal chandelier, which cost $120,000 in the 1920's - which would be over $1 million today's dollars. It is under this very chandelier that epic film director D.W. Griffith ("Birth of a Nation," "Intolerance") died of a stroke on July 21, 1948.
Marilyn Monroe honeymooned here with Joe Dimaggio in January of 1954.
Elvis Presley enjoyed staying at the Knickerbocker; in suite 1016. He was here in 1956, while he was shooting "Love Me Tender." He also posed for "Heartbreak Hotel" photos in one of its rooms.
Other stars who lived at the Knickerbocker include Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Mae West, Laurel & Hardy, Larry Fine of the Three Stooges, and Cecil B. DeMille.
On November 15, 1962, a costume designer to the stars named Irene jumped to her death from a hotel window. She had designed costumes for over 100 Hollywood movies, including "Easter Parade" and several "Thin Man" films.
William Frawley, who played Fred Mertz on "I Love Lucy," lived at the hotel for decades. On March 3, 1966, he was coming back to the Knickerbocker when he dropped dead of a heart attack on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. His nurse dragged him into the lobby in an attempt to revive him, but it was too late.
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