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Garden of Allah Hotel

8152 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
1927 1959

Residential hotel and bungalow colony built by silent film star Alla Nazimova. She welcomed unmarried guests to her hotel (risqué for the time), and the hotel was known for its swinging parties. Nazimova herself was bisexual and hosted women-only pool parties at the estate on Sunday afternoons.

"Part of the party at Alla’s Garden involved the Sapphic scene of that era – which she referred to as the “Sewing Circle,” a group of lesbian and bisexual entertainment industry women who lived secret lives. There was Jean Acker, a motorcycle-riding actress who was Rudolph Valentino’s first beard/wife. Acker later lived openly with lover and former Ziegfeld Follies girl Chloe Carter. Other notable women in Alla’s life: Dorothy Arzner (who just so happens to have the largest body of studio film work of any female director to this day), actress Eva Le Gallienne, Oscar Wilde’s niece Dolly Wilde, the writer Mercedes de Acosta, and theatrical benefactor Glesca Marshall who lived with Nazimova at the Garden of Allah until Nazimova’s death in 1945." - Stuart Timmons