Beatles & Zsa Zsa Gabor: LA House Comes With Real Trippy Guest List
Try to imagine a dinner party at this house that puts Cary Grant, Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Rolling Stones, Peter Fonda and the Beatles around the tiki bar.
It might be just our imagination, but the cocktail-hour conversation might be just a little bit wild and loopy — even by Los Angeles standards.
In the hills overlooking Hollywood, anything can happen, and often does … although in this Beverly Glen home at 2850 Benedict Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, that mix of A-list movies stars and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians weren’t all gathered at the property at the same time.
According to listing agent Stephanie Nahai of Westside Estate Agency, who listed the home for $3.1 million on Aug. 24, these cultural icons did, over the years, spend a little time living or relaxing there. And thanks to our friends at Curbed LA, we know that at least some of the celebrities partied together at the house at least once — not that a great time was had by all.
A quick check with The Beatles Bible reveals that the Fab Four rented the 4-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom property from Gabor for five days in August 1965. They were taking a break from their North American tour, and the gated estate on 2.53 acres was the perfect place to relax — if you can call dropping acid amidst a carnival of reporters, groupies and visitors “relaxing.”
While everyone except Paul McCartney did take LSD, the party hit a snag when Fonda showed up. John Lennon recalled the day this way:
And Peter Fonda came, that was another thing, and he kept on saying, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead.’ We said, ‘What?’ And he kept saying it, and we were saying, ‘For chrissake, shut up, we don’t care. We don’t want to know.’ But he kept going on about it. That’s how I wrote ‘She Said She Said…’“
While Lennon got a good song out of the stay at Benedict Canyon Dr. home, George Harrison and Ringo Starr said some of their most vivid memories of that day came from swimming in the pool. Starr described it as “swimming in jelly,” while Harrison said:
I had a concept of what had happened the first time I took LSD, but the concept is nowhere near as big as the reality, when it actually happens. So as it kicked in again, I thought, ‘Jesus, I remember!’ I was trying to play the guitar, and then I got in the swimming pool and it was a great feeling; the water felt good.”
Built in 1949, the home was subsequently owned by a Los Angeles business owner but over the years, the place has retained the aura of a country estate with two wet bars, peg-and-groove floors, patios off all the bedrooms, fireplace in the kitchen, guest house, six-car garage and views of the canyon.