Recently on Tumblr, I posted a wish to find the rare 1945 Cecil Beaton book, An Indian Album . . . and much to my surprise, weeks later a package arrived in the mail from Manchester, sent by a lovely lady named Alice, who had read the post and actually purchased the tome as a gift pour moi! I'm hard pressed to think of a sweeter gesture, as she wrote in the enclosed letter that she wanted to give me something in return for bringing her inspiration through the writing of my first book, Life is a Movie Starring You.
She also wrote in her note that she had just taken herself on a maiden voyage for her 22nd birthday to California with a copy of Vintage L.A. in her handbag, and told me of all her fabulous adventures, which included dining alongside Rodney Bingenheimer at Canter's and placing her hands in Marilyn's at The Chinese Theatre (see her photos below, and how beautiful she is). I'm just blown away by this generous gift, and wanted to let Alice know that she has inspired me just as much.
She also waxed quite poetically about our city of angels, in such a heart-felt way, that I want to share it (hope you don't mind, Miss. A.):
P.S. Alice, please send me your last name and email address. XO!