Beverly Hilton Hotel Celebrates 60 Years

Pool party marks hotel’s diamond anniversary

The Beverly Hilton celebrated its 60th anniversary on Friday, Aug. 21, with a retro-themed pool party revisiting the hotel’s history.

Six food-and-drink stations surrounded the pool, each offering copious quantities of a different decade’s culinary arts and libations.

“It’s great that they’re paying homage to the hotel’s history,” said actress Ilene Graff, who has attended multiple events at the hotel. “We’ve been coming here about twice each year,” said her husband, composer Ben Lanzarone.

In a tribute to the diamond milestone, the party featured a jewelry retrospective, curated by designer and jeweler-to-the-stars Neil Lane, showcasing gems worn by Hollywood royalty over the years. (Lane supplies much of the jewelry worn by actresses at the Golden Globe Awards, which the Beverly Hilton has hosted since 1961.)

Burly security guards watched over the exhibit.

“It’s a glorious hotel,” said the New York-based Lane, who walked the red carpet with TV host Kevin Manno and actress Ali Fedotowsky, and also posed with “The Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

No hotel is as tightly intertwined with Hollywood lore as the Beverly Hilton. Its owners have included Merv Griffin. In addition to the Globes, it hosts the Daytime Emmys and has been the site of countless guild awards over the years. Whitney Houston died there in 2012.

In a throwback to the Beverly Hilton’s opening in 1955, when Esther Williams inaugurated the pool, synchronized swimmers the Aqualillies performed to music by singer Gavin DeGraw and DJ Michelle Pesce.

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