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Partying With the Stars

Way back when every one of the Old Hollywood stars partied like there was no tomorrow. One of the popular places to let loose was The Coconut Grove or also known as The Gove which opened in 1921. It was part of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

When it came time to do some decorating the manager of the club was informed by silent film star Rudolph Valentino, who lived at the Ambassador that fake palm trees from his latest movie “The Sheik’ could be bought for cheap. So the fake props found a home at the club. Through the years the “regular tables” were taken up by Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich, and Gloria Swanson.

During the 1920 and the 1930s, Tuesdays were special events days like Charleston contests. Among the special decorations at the Grove were toy monkeys on the palm trees that men could take and give to their dates. One night actor Lionel Barrymore decided to go a little crazy and released a cage of live monkey scaring many of the guests. Scared or not, I would have loved to see that. It was thought that he did this because his brother John Barrymore often took his monkey Clementine to the club and he wanted to one-up him. Way to go Lionel.

The Grove was also popular for its floor shows that included showgirl on floats. Among the entertainers at the club were Bing Crosby and young starlets at that time Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford participated in the dance contests. In 1989 the Ambassador closed its doors and was demolished in 2005.

 

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