Welcome to the first episode of Astonishing Legends!
This episode is about what The City of Angels gives back when you come here seeking fame and fortune and includes a death tour among the Hollywood Hills with a visit to a particularly macabre destination at the end.
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On Dorothy Stratten -
A fan site dedicated to Dorothy.
The Wikipedia entry on Dorothy.
An interview with Peter Bogdanavich from People Magazine in 1989 about Dorothy.
Dorothy on Johnny Carson in 1980.
Pictures of Dorothy and Paul Snider, the loser pimp and her murderer.
More on Dorothy and Paul and her Death.
Interesting Fact: Sleazeball Paul Snider had to get Dorothy's mom to sign a waiver so he could have her professionally photographed nude when he 'discovered' her in Canada because she was underaged.
Paul, strangely, was also friends with Max Baer (Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies), and Max, at one point dated Sharon Tate.
On the Manson-Tate Murder and 10050 Cielo Drive -
10050 Cielo Drive, the infamous house.
The Wikipedia entry on Sharon Tate.
This day in History (History Channel) Sharon Tate.
Find-a-death on Sharon Tate.
Interesting Fact: Trent Reznor was the last resident of the house before it was torn down and the address was changed. He recorded 'The Downward Spiral' here in fact, in a studio he named 'Le Pig' as an homage(?) to the murder. He reportedly had not thought much of being in the house past it being a part of 'American Folklore', in his words, until he met Tate's sister by chance and she asked him point blank if he was trying to capitalize on her death. He ultimately moved out before the house was torn down, but he took the front door with him and uses it at the new version of his recording studio to this day.
On Lana Turner and Johnny Stompanato -
The Wikipedia entry on Lana Turner.
The Wikipedia entry on Johnny Stompanato.
The Wikipedia entry on Lana's daughter, Cheryl.
Lana & Johnny - Crime Library Link
The Daily Mirror Newspaper from that day.
On Yvette Vickers -
The Wikipedia entry on Yvette Vickers.
A People Magazine Article on Yvette.
HuffPo on Yvette's cause of death.
A good blog entry on Yvette.
An amazing intimate portrait with Yvette as told by someone who knew her personally.
Interesting Fact: Paul Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward was none too pleased with Yvette's on set chemistry with Newman during the filming of HUD and saw to it that she was nearly cut out of the film entirely. This happened to Yvette more than once, who herself confessed to being flirty, but most certainly not a tramp and completely monogamous when she was with someone. Jealousy in Hollywood can be a true monster and it's fair to say that it contributed to the death of all of the starlets featured in this episode of our show.
Connections: Max Baer was friends with and briefly dated Sharon Tate. Sharon Tate was murdered in the house that Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon lived in after they got married. Cary broke up with Yvette Vickers to marry Dyan.