Saturday, August 6, 2011


In honor of what would have today been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday, take a look inside The Hollywood Museum for an extensive exhibition for all things 'Lucy'. And while you're there, see what else this hidden gem at the Max Factor building has to offer.

This past Thursday I attended a special event at The Hollywood Museum, celebrating the life and career of the incomparable Lucille Ball. Also serving as a launch for their recently-opened exhibition "Lucille Ball at 100 & I Love Lucy at 60", I was impressed at the size and scope of the building and the wealth of displays (both good and...questionable) contained within. 

Here are some highlights from an evening of laughs, cocktail buffets and endless games of "Name That Obscure Elderly Celebrity". When you're done, enjoy a little tour around the museum. Click all images to make 'em bigger!

Tons of costumes, sketches, memorabilia and more. Were you aware that Ms. Ball did everything during her lifetime, including producing the original Star Trek?

Yes, she's embracing a sheep. No, the placards inside the case did not explain why.

Legitimately fascinating!

The mini-gala took place on the museum's 4th floor, accessible by a giant freight elevator with a bar inside (seriously).

I also waited behind the star of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark in line for the delicious hor d'oeuvres. She still sounds exactly the same!

Lucy & Desi's daughter, Lucie Arnaz! While this shot of her leaving isn't the most dignified, I will say that she gave a touching speech earlier in the evening. On her parents' careers in Hollywood: "They did it for the right reasons."

And now on to the rest! Built inside the Max Factor building, The Hollywood Museum has wisely kept most of the first level as it was. 

This famous gingers-only room, where Lucille Ball had her hair dyed red for the first time.

Sulley & Mike from Monsters, Inc. - located suspiciously close to the entrance.

Props and costumes from the OG Planet of the Apes.

Zsa Zsa Gabor...royalty, any way you slice it.

He looks more distressed than dangerous. Poor guy.

All hail Sigourney!

Miniature Téa Leoni not included. 

The Lucy exhibition is located on the second floor. Let's take the booze elevator up to the third!

This car gave me a semi.

There's a LOT of Indiana Jones stuff, which was super exciting. It was hard to photograph, however - see it in person!

Eat your heart out, Hollywood & Highland men's rooms!

Do you dare venture down to the basement? Don't let the name fool you. "The Jail" isn't a fetish club, but rather an incredible display of horror props, costumes, sets and more. Beginning with...

This is the REAL FUCKING DEAL. So creepy! So good.

The rest of the gang.

Lastly, a warning. While I'd say close to 88% of the displays at The Hollywood Museum are of the highest quality and represent the true icons of Tinseltown...the rest aren't quite as astounding. Some side-by-side comparisons:

Rudolph Valentino 
High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Moulin Rouge
The Flintstones

The actual shower curtain from Psycho

Props from 2009's Star Trek (including Klingon Victor Garber's helmet from a deleted scene)
Renée Zellweger on her knees on Hollywood Boulevard

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure 
Anne Heche from I Know What You Did Last Summer

As you can see though, the good far outweighs the bad. "Lucille Ball at 100 & I Love Lucy at 60" will be running through the end of November at The Hollywood Museum, and I highly recommend it! Happy Birthday, Lucy!

The Hollywood Museum
Open 10am-5pm, Wednesday through Sunday
Adults: $15

1 comment:

Bananas Foster said...

Is it bad that I'm the opposite of Ms Arnez most days: Definitely Drunk; Possibly Fierce? I think it's fine.