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The Hotel Chelsea

The Hotel Chelsea (sometimes referred to as The Chelsea Hotel) may be one of the greatest landmarks of 20th century pop culture in the world. It has been part of many works created, including the Warhol film Chelsea Girls, the Jefferson Airplane song Third Wee at the Chelsea, an episode of An American Family, the 70's show that pioneered reality television, and many others. But more impressive than the movies and books and songs in which the Chelsea shows up, are the many creators who have shown up in the Chelsea. Many actors, musicians, writers and artists have lived there, and notoriously in a couple of cases died there. Charles R. Jackson who wrote The Lost Weekend committed suicide there in 1968, and Nancy Spungen (girlfriend of Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols) was stabbed to death there in 1978. Other famous residents of the hotel include (and this is not by any means the full and comprehensive list): Mark Twain, Arthur C. Clarke (Who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey there), O. Henry, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Thomas Wolfe, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Stanley Kubrick, Alice Cooper, Dennis Hopper, Uma Thurman, Jane Fonda, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Bette Midler, Jimi Hendrix, Cher, Robert Crumb, Robert Mapplethorpe, and many many more. Also of note, several survivors of the Titanic stayed there after being rescued.


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