In the Beginning there was the Garden of Allah

The Garden of Allah Hotel and its founder, Alla Nazimova, a megastar in her day, set the tone and helped define the character of both the Sunset Strip and community around it - today's city of West Hollywood..

The hotel was home to Hollywood's bohemian elites, a place known for raucous all-night parties and long days nursing hangovers by the famous swimming pool. Nazimova, an independent-minded actor, director and producer known for her sexual fluidity, is West Hollywood's unofficial founding mother.