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On Location: The Hotel Del Coronado, California

By / Sunday, January 9, 2011 / Category: On Location / 1 comment

Built in 1888, the gorgeous Hotel Del Coronado sits just opposite San Diego on the island of Coronado. The hotel has always been famous—movie stars like John Wayne and Frank Sinatra are pictured there and no less than eleven U.S. presidents have visited—but it became even more famous as the location used for all the resort scenes in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959), one of the all time great screwball comedies and a personal favorite of mine. Wilder found the hotel to be the perfect stand-in for Florida—not only was it close to Hollywood but it was also in a down-turn and thus was cheap! The stories about Marilyn Monroe on the set of this movie will make you laugh….check some of them out at IMDB’s Trivia Page.     My favorite quote from Wilder is this one, referring to Marilyn Monroe while making the movie: “We were in mid-flight, and there was a nut on the plane.”

Visiting the Del (as locals call it) seems more than appropriate given Tony Curtis’ death just last year—you can still picture him on the beach there, doing his wonderful imitation of Cary Grant ☺

BTW: Follow this link for more about this gorgeous hotel. Worth the visit—grab a drink and enjoy the scenery!

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