National Geographic : 1992 Jun
A short drive from her home "in the hills of Beverly," movie star and swim-wear executive Esther Williams relaxes at the Beverly Hills Hotel with her favorite models-from left, daughter-in-law Kathleen La mas, Jack Lemmon's daughter in-law Gina, and Miss USA 1988, Courtney Gibbs. "You can't move in this town without runninginto at least the prog eny of a movie star," says the champion swimmer, whose Olympic hopes were dashed in 1940 "because of the war." "I made a lot of money, I spent a lot of money, and I had a lot offun," says hundred year-old Bel Air resident Hal Roach (above). The genius behind Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang, he made the most money, he says, from the Harold Lloyd comedies. In the 1960s, when music began competing with the mov ies for Hollywood turf,Herb Alpert of Tijuana Brass fame (opposite) and Jerry Moss took over the old Charlie Chaplin studios at Sunset and La Brea for theirA&M Records label.