Villa Carlotta plays Chateau Marmont on ‘The Offer’ – DIRT
Those who prefer their living spaces with a side of Tinseltown history should look no further than Villa Carlottaa stunning Spanish Colonial Revival property that dominates a particularly charming corner on the north end of Hollywood at 5959 Franklin Ave. Originally designed as a luxury apartment building for the show business elite, the quaint resort was completely redesigned in 2018 as a first-class extended-stay hotel. Despite the many updates and modernizations, it remains absolutely teeming with old Hollywood glamour!
As such, the accommodation was a shoo-in for a cameo on “The Offer,” the recent Paramount+ series chronicling the real-life behind-the-scenes drama that took place during the making of the 1972 classic “The Godfather.” widely considered one of the best films of all time.
Built by prolific developer Luther T. Mayo in 1926, Villa Carlotta was designed based on a design by Arthur E. Harvey, the same architect responsible for the neighboring Chateau Elyseethe Norman-style French structure perhaps better known by its other moniker, the Church of Scientology International Celebrity Center.
Steeped in legend from the start, Villa Carlotta was originally owned by Elinor Ince, the widow of studio titan Thomas H. Ince, and is believed to have been financed by William Randolph Hearst, who, as the story goes, the highly publicized story, accidentally shot down and killed Thomas aboard his yacht, the USS Oneida, in 1924. Hearst is said to have confused Ince with Charlie Chaplin, who was also partying aboard the ship and allegedly had an affair with his longtime mistress, Marion Davies. After the shooting, the publishing magnate funded Villa Carlotta as a sort of silent payment to the beleaguered wife Thomas left behind.
While most current reports cite Ince as having in fact succumbed to heart failure as a result of gastritis brought on by the rich foods he consumed on board the yacht, the lewd shooting scenario is repeated far more often. and became the subject of rampant speculation, numerous articles and even a 2001 film titled “The Cat’s Meow”, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.