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A Milestone For a Famous Building

Thursday 24 May 2012 @ 16:58 - GMT

This month, a celebrity haunt, visited by Elton, Katy Perry, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others, marks a big birthday.

The Beverly Hills Hotel has turned a hundred years old, and now a book about it is available, penned by the great grandson of the establishment's original owner.

 Robert S. Anderson, the author of The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows - The First 100 Years, is also the site's official historian. He has exclusive access to cherished images, historical documents and vivid anecdotes related to the hotel's fabled history.

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows - The First 100 Years includes never-been-seen-before photos. It can be purchased via the hotel's Web site and at high end stores.

A celebration of the centennial is planned for June 15-17 to benefit the Motion Picture Television Fund, with a filmmaker panel, an evening party hosted by director Brett Ratner and a Polo Lounge brunch hosted by Warren Beatty and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

In a new film timed to the anniversary, directed by Chuck Workman, Michael Douglas mused about the hotels nostalgic appeal to both celebs and those without Hollywood ties.

''Ive been going to the Beverly Hills Hotel for over half of its life. You feel timeless,'' said the actor.

''Theres a thoughtfulness that makes you feel like youre coming home. It could be 50 years ago, except of course for the cell phones.''