Since I’m preparing for my yearly pilgrimage to Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) I thought it would be fun to dedicate these Follies to my visit to Madame Tussauds Hollywood last year. As you peruse these images you’ll note I am taking the plunge (after a deep breath) and exhibiting myself at the height of foolishness. I visited Madame Tussauds Hollywood prior to last year’s TCMFF with Annmarie Gatti of Classic Movie Hub, Kellee Pratt of Outspoken & Freckled and Doug and Laura Grieve. Laura blogs at Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings and dedicated a post to our visit to Madame Tussauds last year so be sure read her take on the experience. I should add that Laura and her husband Doug have become unofficial tour guides for the lot of us every year and they do a fantastic job of it, let me tell you. I can’t imagine any other way to get to know classic Hollywood up close.
It was the Sunday before TCMFF kicked off that the five of us walked into Madame Tussauds unsure of what to expect. The museum is located on Hollywood Blvd. right by the Chinese Theater. You can take a look at various pricing options and discount tickets at the museum site here. Thanks to Madame Tussauds Marketing Manager, Ashlea Tate we were granted free media passes to cover the museum, which we did via live-tweeting, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook as we navigated through the exhibits during our visit.
When you walk into Madame Tussauds you get the impression that it’s primarily dedicated to contemporary personalities. Jack Nicholson greets you at a bench in front of the elevators and many other, notable stars stand in a grand area after which I thought we were done. By that point we’d seen a few classic stars, but the general first impression is that Bob Hope and George Burns are basically it from the golden era. By the way, it’s possible that the stars and exhibits change from time to time so you may see different people than we did on this visit.
Here are some of the pictures from the first half of our walk-through…
We were in a giddy mood and among Hollywood elite so up to this point fun was had, but there had to be more because I’d seen somewhere that Norma Desmond is prominently displayed at this Madame Tussauds and she’s the reason I wanted to go in the first place. I have a soft spot for Norma and her brand of insanity, you see.
We continued through the generous space where the underrated Meryl Streep resides, which is separated by different themes, and as we did so it became clear that there are quite a number of gorgeous displays dedicated either to classic stars or classic movies. Unfortunately, Laura and Doug went through the museum quickly because they had another engagement so I have no pictures of them to share. Kellee, Annmarie and I lingered, however, and had a blast interacting with each and every display. Here are some those pictures…
There you have a glimpse of our trip through Tussauds. I hope you enjoyed it.