What my feet looked like when I decided to walk from my house to Cecil B. DeMille’s

??Graciosa014Once upon a time, in the nineteen eighties, Cecil B.’s house still stood atop a hill in a neighborhood called Los Feliz, not far from our place in Beachwood Canyon. It was a beautiful spring day, the neighborhood where many luminaries live now, was not gated, and I decided to walk over and enjoy the view.

los feliz_demilleNow, angels, baronial is not a term I throw around lightly, but the DeMille joint was just that. Placed prominently, sprawling, a statement. Befitting a man who had famously said to his film crew, You are here to please me. Nothing else on Earth matters. That sentiment seems to have echoed through time and I can certainly imagine a current resident of that neighborhood, if not actually uttering those words, thinking them.

Now, back to my blistered feet. Why have they been documented for posterity? I got home, peeled off my shoes and socks and started bandaging them on the kitchen floor, when a certain production designer (then he was an art director) spied what I was doing, ran to get his Polaroid, and inquired if I would hop up on the kitchen counter so he could take my picture.

Damn, I was such an obliging child, who knew I would turn out like this?

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  1. March 31, 2019

    wow, but what a memory. hope your feet have recovered my now and think it was worth it to see it firsthand?

    • March 31, 2019

      Definitely worth it, and it’s a beautiful house. I believe it’s now the home to Angelina Jolie and her family.

  2. March 31, 2019

    Now *THAT* is what I call suffering for the sake of your art.

    • March 31, 2019

      I used to tromp all over the hills, that was one of the very nice things about living in Beachwood Canyon.

  3. Mary E.
    March 31, 2019

    Give Foot Glide anti-spyware balm a try. It works like magic to prevent blisters.

  4. Mary E
    March 31, 2019

    Auto correct on Foot Glide anti bluster balm works great to prevent blisters.

    • March 31, 2019

      Hello, Mary! I can think of people I would like to dip in anti bluster balm 😉 . As you are the queen of SF scent, I can ask, what are the predominate notes of Foot Glide? Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

  5. March 31, 2019

    This looks exactly what I would imagine Cecil’s house to be.

    Beautiful lighting in the photo.

  6. March 31, 2019

    The house, from what I remember, almost had the hilltop to itself — very impressive.

  7. March 31, 2019

    well, OUCH!!!!! But what a gorgeous house!!!!

  8. April 1, 2019

    LOS FELIX I never knew where that city was located!
    YOU had a good walk and thats what counted!!!

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