Things to do in Los Angeles – Hollywood Museum

One of my favorite museums in Los Angeles is located smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, next door to Mel’s Diner at Hollywood and Highland.  It isn’t hidden, but oddly enough it seems few locals know of it.

The museum is the old Max Factor building.  There are some displays on the history of Max Factor make-up and it’s role in Hollywood including a film with a lot of information.  Having done a lot of make-up design for or theatrical productions in college, I found this quite interesting.

I love the 100 years of Hollywood exhibit.  There are 10,000 pieces of authentic Hollywood memorabilia in this permanent collection.  I like the I Love Lucy memorabilia the most…and the cars upstair are pretty cool too…and the old camera equipment…and the basement.

Actually my favorite is the basement!!!  They have a chamber of horrors area that includes the set from “Silence of the Lambs” of Hannibal Lecter’s cell.  It’s really awesome and spooky.

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RIP Desperate Housewives

So I watched the series finale of Desperate Housewives.  It was the most I think I’ve ever cried during an episode of a TV show.

I cried partly because of the shows wonderful writing, acting, etc… and partly because it was the end of a series that I have grown to love.

But I realized something else…I think a major reason why I love the show and have grown so attached is that I long to have such a wonderful group of close girlfriends that would rather go to prison than break a promise, women that I have known so long and had so many wonderful memories with that I know that every time they have a bad hand of poker they tap their wine glass, friends that have shared thier lives so fully that we have been there for eathother through births, marriages, heartaches, deaths and everything in between.

How lucky those characters were to have created such strong friendships.  And what a terrible feeling it was to realize that even that could drift away.  That reality that hit me during the finale.

And that’s why I feel like something is missing now that my “friends” on Wisteria Lane have moved on.

A big THANK YOU to everyone that worked on the show for sharing your talents with us through that magic box in the living room.