I went to a dinner in downtown Culver City this evening at the chair's house, for faculty and graduating students. Catered in his backyard, with great food and wine, it was fun. You access Steve's house by "passing through a walkway between two pairs of small salmon-colored Spanish court-style apartments (one of which was allegedly occupied by Marilyn Monroe in her early studio days)." Passing MM's door was just the beginning of my Hollywood history tour. Afterwards as Alistair McCartney and I walked back to the parking garage, he pointed out Culver Studios, where Gone With the Wind was shot. We stopped and peered through the gates.
Here's a picture of the studio in 1920. It still looks the same, an ornate white mansion. We also passed the Culver Hotel, where most of the Munchkins stayed during the filming of Wizard of Oz. From the hotel website:
The reputed stories of the Munchkins' supposedly drunken shenanigans are legendary, and helped inspire the 1981 movie comedy Under the Rainbow (starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher). The producers used the actual hotel as a shooting site for that fictionalized version of the making-of-Oz story.
According to some of the not-so-tall tales, many of the 124 adult midgets got drunk, sang choruses of "Ding Dong, The Bitch Is Dead," and almost wrecked the hotel.