Last month I celebrated the five-year anniversary of running the A Lady in London blog full time. This month I’ve discovered another area of media that is commemorating some exciting milestones in 2015: film. Given there’s no better place to explore the movie industry than Hollywood, I hopped over to Los Angeles to get an inside look at three famous films that are celebrating big anniversaries this year. Here’s what I found…
Clueless – 20 Year Anniversary
I’ll never forget the year Clueless came out. I had just become a teenager and not only did I idolize Alicia Silverstone, but I also found myself in awe of her character Cher’s Beverly Hills lifestyle. Never mind that she was—as the name of the film implies—clueless. I wanted to be her.
Fast forward two decades, and I find myself on Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills just in time for the 20th anniversary of Clueless. In front of me are the steps that Cher walked down in the movie while thinking about Josh, her step-brother (and later crush). I may not be wearing the same designer clothes she was or looking quite as impeccable as she did, but I can still pretend to have her life as I descend the steps onto Wilshire Boulevard.
Pretty Woman – 25 Year Anniversary
And once I do, I find myself face-to-face with the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. While famous in its own right for being one of one of LA’s best known luxury hotels, it’s also the filming location for much of Pretty Woman. And it just so happens that Pretty Woman is celebrating an anniversary of its own this year—25 years.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long since Julia Roberts and Richard Gere won our hearts as the unlikely prostitute-and-businessman couple of Vivian and Edward, but as I watch the film while getting a mani/pedi at the hotel’s Nail Bar—they’ve invited me to play pretty woman for the afternoon—I’m reminded of how the film never gets old.
Over lunch in the Beverly Wilshire’s THE Blvd restaurant, I recall the scene where Vivian and Edward have dinner with his business contacts. She struggled with complicated cutlery and exotic escargot, but I have the luxury of choosing my own meal, which happens to be a delicious, easy-to-eat piece of salmon that makes me relieved to avoid any breaches of table etiquette.
Back to the Future – 30 Year Anniversary
Back outside, I get on my shiny new hoverboard and make my way over to Universal Studios Hollywood. How did I get a hoverboard, you ask? It’s 2015. Everyone has them now. Just watch Back to the Future Part II. The “future” is set in 2015.
Coincidentally, the first Back to the Future film is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Also set in this part of California, the movie has some pretty famous props. Namely, the aforementioned hoverboard and the DeLorean time machine. The latter is still around, and can be seen up close at Universal Studios. I head down to the Lower Lot, pressing my nose against the glass as I stand in awe of the most famous car of 1985.
Universal Studios has also set me up with a Front of Line Pass pass that allows me to get to the front of any ride’s line at the park. After seeing the DeLorean, I head to the Studio Tour, the trolley ride through the Backlot where I can see Back to the Future‘s famous Hill Valley Courthouse Square and several non-time-traveling cars from the movie, including Biff’s shiny black Ford Super De Luxe.
After seeing so many sights from LA’s classic films, I can’t help feeling that my blog is in good company as it celebrates a big anniversary this year. People may never come to London to walk in my footsteps (although that would be pretty amazing), but they can certainly come to A Lady in London to learn about how to walk in Cher’s, Vivian’s, and Marty McFly’s.