With its dreamy mansions, sophisticated residents, world-renowned shopping, and legendary haunts, Beverly Hills is the epitome of luxury, wealth, and beauty. Originally established as a private residential community in the early twentieth century, the city celebrates its centennial in 2014. From its larger-than-life denizens including Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, luxurious Rodeo Drive boutiques, and fabled addresses such as The Beverly Hills Hotel, to its countless depictions in popular culture, In the Spirit of Beverly Hills explores the rich and glamorous heritage of this city that lies within Los Angeles.
Nancie Clare is a Los Angeles-based editor and writer with more than twenty years of experience covering Southern California culture. For more than a decade she was an editor at Los Angeles magazine and most recently was editor in chief of LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine.