Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Los Quotes from famous authors such as George Perez, Malcolm Boyd, Dan Gilroy, Malin Akerman, Margaret Stohl. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!
To clarify the facts to everyone, yes, I did have a heart attack. I was on a plane leaving from Los Angeles, CA, heading to Secaucus, NJ, for a comic convention when I started to feel some discomfort in my chest.
Five days a week I drive from our home to the Episcopal Cathedral Center of Los Angeles where I have an office, my computer, and a wonderful sense of community – especially nurtured by the presence of several younger gay men and women who are good friends.
I find Los Angeles to be a place of great physical beauty, in which you have the oceans and the mountains, and there’s a vertical sense and a desert light that you can see forever.
New York reminds me a little bit of Canada and my upbringing. Los Angeles is like living in a vacation, and you have to pinch yourself every once and a while.
I was raised in a community of Christian orthodoxy that had traveled with my parents to Los Angeles when they moved there for my father’s job.
Prior to working for Fox, I worked for ABC and NBC, spent a lot of time at CNN, and almost ended up at CBS. I worked for a bunch of local stations in Los Angeles and had a talk-radio show at KABC for six years. In other words, I’m fortunate enough to have been around, and Fox News is the best place I’ve ever worked.
I first met Michael in the early days of the Jackson 5 at the family home in Los Angeles, and the memory that stands out is that Michael, as cute and wide-eyed as an 11-year-old could be, was eager to get through the interview so he could watch cartoons before having to go to bed.
My mom and dad are New Yorkers who left the tenement streets of the Bronx and came to Los Angeles when ‘West Side Story’ was real. They have the scars to prove it.
When I moved to Los Angeles, aged 54, I printed out Winston Churchill’s phrase, ‘Never, never, never give up’, and stuck it on my fridge. I had no idea what was going to happen, but I knew I had to keep on going.
The average actor might only be able to book six to eight guest star jobs a year – that would be high. So when you start doing the math, you can’t live on that in Los Angeles.
When I left the San Francisco DA’s office, I went down to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, and I was able to try a tremendous amount – very serious cases and working in gang neighborhoods, impoverished neighborhoods – really make a difference and be impactful in those communities.
I have recently taken on two major challenges: running the CHC BOLD PAC and serving Los Angeles as our voice on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
When I was 11, I moved to Los Angeles to live with my father and stepmother and my half brothers. I became really close to my stepmother, and I am still very close to my brothers. My stepmother is the actress Shirley Jones, who was in ‘The Partridge Family’ alongside me, so we worked together for years.
I was reading an article with Stevie Ray Vaughan a long time ago, and the number ‘1959’ stuck out to me for some reason. So I started searching those out as the band got more popular and I could actually afford one. And I found this one in Los Angeles. That’s what introduced me to the whole world of 1959s.
I do ‘The Howard Stern,’ make me happy. Also I sold out Comedy Store in the Los Angeles for my roast. This way everybody know I make the people laugh and happy. I love it.
I would say New York, Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles were my favorites.
And here in Los Angeles, once again, I’m going to go down and be a witness. There’s a guilty plea. I don’t mind being on the witness stand, but I think they mind it a lot.
The thing about New York is you can leave your house without a plan and find the day. You can’t do that in Los Angeles. You need to get in your car, all this, you can’t just drive around like a lunatic. In New York, you can literally walk outside, and wind up anywhere.
New York is like the weirdest city in the United States, in a great way, and Los Angeles is probably more similar to most of America.
Shooting in Los Angeles is always pleasant and comfortable. Shooting in New York is like being on ‘Survivor.’
I’m a very law-abiding citizen, and I’ve never consciously broken any law. I get nervous just jaywalking in Los Angeles!
From cheesecake on a stick to meat skewers to deep-fried bananas on a stick – there are no plates anymore. In Los Angeles, everything has become a corn dog. Actually, corn dogs still work. But most other food should be stickless.
My favorite thing about Los Angeles is there are businesses that you can call, and they will deliver groceries to your house.
I like the enthusiasm but not the insincerity of Los Angeles.
My parents were both in show business. My father was an actor, my mom an actress, and both singers, dancers and actors. They met in Los Angeles doing a play together and so I grew up in a show biz family.
I’ve been through the process qualifying for the World Cup, which is an amazing, two-year process. It was an honor to represent the U.S. and to represent the city of Los Angeles and California.
The Puente Hills Landfill, about sixteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles, serves 5 million people in seventy-eight California cities, one of six landfills operated by the Sanitation Districts of L.A. County.
I’m involved with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I love anything that helps and improves the life of children.
I got my first job when I moved to Los Angeles. I worked at a coffee shop for five years and it was one of the best experiences I ever had. It was a bunch of actors covering shifts for each other and becoming great friends.
I was the only person I’d ever met who had a record contract. None of the E Street Band, as far as I know, had been on an airplane until Columbia sent us to Los Angeles.
I think the process of ‘SNL’ is still pretty formal. You make an audition tape, your agent sends it in, they watch people’s tapes, and then they invite people to perform at a comedy club in Los Angeles or New York. But I don’t know how much actual scouting they do online.
After spending three years of my life looking into this, I am more convinced than ever that the U.S. government’s responsibility for the drug problems in South Central Los Angeles and other inner cities is greater than I ever wrote in the newspaper.
I love how easy it is to run my business, Writing Workshops Los Angeles, with the help of email and my website. I love that I don’t have to use cuneiform, a quill, or a typewriter to write my novels – I love to write on my laptop!
Los Angeles is an uncanny place to live. It has many science fiction qualities. For example, when I’m standing in line at the supermarket and I recognise the person in front of me, but I can’t figure out how I know them. Suddenly, I realise I saw them in some random commercial six years ago.
My mother passed when I was in the third grade, my father when I was in the seventh, and that’s when I was shipped to Los Angeles to live with an aunt.
One nice thing that I have discovered about Los Angeles is the enthusiasm with which people dress.
Try driving the streets of Los Angeles without seeing a billboard depicting a film with a lead actor holding a gun. It’s almost as if guns are harmless props used to bring out the cheekbones and jawline of the screen star.
I stayed in the East for about a year after I graduated. Then, I came out to Los Angeles and started knocking on doors and working my way up. This was the ’70s. I had been told how tough it was for a woman trying to make it in Hollywood, but I sort of had blinders on. I just did things anyway.
My home is in Chicago, but I have an apartment in Los Angeles.
City of Los Angeles is my home, and it is my duty to lead by example, contribute all that I can, and help make the world a better place with the tools and resources available to me.
In the late spring of 2008, my wealthy entrepreneurial husband, Elon Musk, the father of my five young sons, filed for divorce. Six weeks later, he texted me to say he was engaged to a gorgeous British actress in her early 20s who had moved to Los Angeles to be with him.
I trained in theater. I loved Los Angeles, but I’ve found New York to be successful for me.
In Los Angeles, it’s always nice out. In New York, it can be nice out or horrifying. You really have no idea what you’re going to get on any given day.
As far as loneliness, I feel Los Angeles and its layout, having to drive everywhere – it is a lonely place. It’s an isolated city in that respect because you’re driving to places alone listening to the radio.
Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday that pays tribute to the dead and also celebrates life. So I thought, what better of an idea to bring it in with PETA and let people know how we can respect the living and the dead. Going vegetarian could be an incredible option for people if they would just educate themselves.
I started in dance classes when I was, like, seven years old. And the arts in general, it kept me not only off the street, I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, so it kept my mind focused. It kept me passionate about something. So I wasn’t easily distracted.
I’m from Los Angeles, and growing up here, I’ve always been enamored by Hollywood and the industry. It’s just something I grew up with, and I loved it.
I drink just as much tea when I’m in Los Angeles as I do when I’m in London. I take my tea bags with me wherever I go.
I always wanted to have a family – that was one of my big wishes. And in school, I’d taken drama, and I’d always wanted to act. I did go to drama school in New York, Los Angeles and London, and I did small parts here and there, but I never really had the time. Modeling was always paying more.
I feel comfortable here primarily because I think Los Angeles is made up of people who don’t come from here, so you can find kindred spirits very easily. It’s a town of gypsies.
We had an interesting thing at that first dinner. It was prior to the availability of several new hotels in Los Angeles, and we were more or less committed to the old Ambassador Hotel that has the famous Coconut Grove.
I’d come out to Los Angeles for a vacation to see a friend and just fell in love with it.
I considered moving to New York or Los Angeles, but they’re two of the hardest places to move to when you’re just starting out in a band.
We moved to a place where we felt the children could have as normal an upbringing as possible. Los Angeles was not it. We live in a place with clean air and animals.
In Los Angeles there’s, like, this awful image because the girls are so skinny. I don’t think it’s attractive whatsoever, and I also think that it gives a bad image to kids that are in their early teens. It’s not healthy.
I’m not a big fan of working out. Living in Los Angeles makes it much easier for me; I don’t ever have an excuse not to be outside.
With these kinds of figures you can do whatever you want as an actor because there are no guidelines, there are no real vampires. Except in Los Angeles, where everybody’s a vampire, you know?
I think that ‘Station to Station’ is a nomadic project not only in a literal sense, as it’s traveling by train from place to place. Some of these places are New York City or Los Angeles, but some of these places are rather off-the-grid places.
I grew up in a big, blended Irish Catholic family just outside of Los Angeles.
I would love to dive into an indie film based on the streets of East Los Angeles where I grew up. If that doesn’t come my way soon, I think I just might have to write it myself.
The only Angels in Los Angeles are in Heaven, and they’re looking down on the Dodgers.
I have never taken a road trip. Unless you count Los Angeles to Vegas.
In Los Angeles, wealth and poverty are separated by the freeways. In New York, they’re next to each other.
In Los Angeles, we’ve seen a phenomenon where a school will go from one that no one will go to, to within three years becoming the ‘hot’ school. I’ve seen this over and over again.
I’ve never been anywhere in my life like it and I only really noticed it when I returned to Los Angeles and then Berlin. Everybody is much better off in these places, there is not poverty like in Cuba, but everybody complains about things.
I always believed in the YouTube community and myself. I saw something there. The most difficult thing was others not believing in me. I had a lot of friends in Los Angeles who really thought I was crazy for leaving a steady acting job to start on YouTube.
I did a theatrical musical, Annie Warbucks, when I was 11. We did a tour and we stopped by Los Angeles.
When I first arrived in Los Angeles I became a little bogged down in the whole success thing. Now I’m at a place in my life and career where I just want to work. It’s what I do and it makes me very happy.
I look forward to a time when my career in a place where I can get out of Los Angeles and find a nice small town like I grew up in to raise my family.
My favorite drive is Highway 101 in California between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. I love the 101; Highway 1 is too windy, and 5 is too boring – the 101 is just right. It’s like the Mama Bear of scenic drives.
When I was coming up as a kid, there were programs that kept me out of trouble and on the straight and narrow in South Central Los Angeles, and I always felt that when I got to a stage where I could provide similar opportunities to kids then I would do that.
There something to be said for having even unrealistic dreams. Even if the dreams don’t come true – that, to me, is what’s beautiful about Los Angeles. It’s full of these people who have moved there to chase these dreams.
In my district, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles handle approximately 44 percent of all of the goods delivered to American shores, yet they are in constant need of revenue for facilities, improvements and upgrades to roads and bridges and rails.
To be honest, you go to a bat mitzvah in Los Angeles, and you can count on at least a few industry people to be there.
You don’t see me in Los Angeles a lot. I go back home. Because I can’t play the game. I can’t – my tolerance – I know I’m getting old; I’ll be 50 this year. And you know how I know I’m getting old? ‘Cause my tolerance level is low.
Washington is still very much a male-oriented culture. Being from Los Angeles, I think it is less so there – there is less attachment to tradition, perhaps, there is more flexibility, more acceptance of change generally. That is partly because of Hollywood.
Celebrities, the beach, and Coachella, that’s what everyone thinks about when they think of Los Angeles. Then you see these people living in Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, and they’re so chic and have so much style.
All I came to Los Angeles with was a dream. No one from my family ever left Ohio.
I’ve lived in L.A. for a long time, and they say, ‘If you sit in a barber’s shop for long enough, you will get a hair cut.’ Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough, you’re going to get some surgery.
I’ve been playing with Blackwell over 20 years. We used to play when I first went to Los Angeles. Blackwell plays the drums as if he’s playing a wind instrument. Actually, he sounds more like a talking drum.
People figure because I’m blonde and was a model, I just waltzed into Los Angeles and got major roles in major films.
My first flight was in my early 20s, from New York City to Los Angeles, to shoot a Cherry 7-UP commercial.
During my whole year as Miss America and afterward, I was calling agents, looking for advice and opportunities. When I was in New York or in Los Angeles doing different appearances, if I had time on my schedule, I tried to meet with executives.
In certain parts of the world – where I’m at right now in New York, you’re going to pay a whole lot more. In Los Angeles, your average starter home is a million dollars. So I need more money in Los Angeles to live like a normal person. If I live in another city, Iowa maybe, I wouldn’t need as much.
I came to Los Angeles to be an actor, which is, at best, a gamble.
The opera in Los Angeles is excellent.
I think the best thing I ever did was, years before I got the ‘Late Night’ show, when I first got out to Los Angeles to be a television writer, the first thing I did was I signed up to take improvisational classes… And I studied that for years, and I really loved it.
I’d read about Los Angeles and this fact stuck in my mind: that the city gained 1,000 new people every day. In 1956! A thousand people every day! I felt: ‘I want to be part of that.’
I have a few homes, and Los Angeles is certainly one of them.
When I first moved out to Los Angeles I was thinking, you know, I wanted to be an actor but I didn’t really know what acting was about. I thought if I could be a model, or even do commercials and stuff like that for the rest of my life, I’d be happy.
I first drew the attention of my future husband when we were fourteen, on the freshman school bus for an epic field trip from Riverside, Calif. to Los Angeles, where we were taken to the L.A. Zoo as well as the Natural History Museum.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I wrote spec screenplays. I was really poor, and I thought I was just gonna do this for a while to make a little money so I could write novels. I thought movies were a second-class art form. I condescended to it – I didn’t know enough to know it was really gonna be hard.
‘A Different World,’ for me, was in a lot of ways responsible for me going to college. I wanted to go to a black college, and I wanted to get out of Los Angeles. It’s just a natural part of all of our journeys, that idea of leaving home.
I’ll always be a Georgia girl at heart, but I live in Los Angeles full time. My parents still live in Georgia, so I go home as often as I can.
My grandmother raised me for a good portion of my life. She moved to Los Angeles with me to be an actor, so I’ve always had a connection with an older generation.
Georgia was a great place to live, but I wanted to get out because I knew the opportunities for what I was doing – stand-up comedy and eventually acting – were in Los Angeles.
I came to Los Angeles in the fall of 1969 to study at the AFI.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I thought, ‘Whatever hits, I’ll go that direction. If it’s music, fine; if it’s acting, fine.’
There’s sort of an open offer to work with a guy in Los Angeles who does big band and orchestra arrangements who was at least an acquaintance to Les Baxter before he passed away.
I had this crazy job, though, when I first got to Los Angeles… I answered this ad in the back of the newspaper to be a telephone psychic, and I did that for two days.
All I’ve done is work… I arrived in Los Angeles in my early 20s and I’ve been pounding the pavement ever since.
Los Angeles is a true postmodern city. Here, we celebrate with equal aplomb the high and the low. I am just as influenced by the punk rock attitude of local skate and surf cultures as I am by old-school glamour and stardust.
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When I’m in Los Angeles, sometimes I hesitate saying that I’m an actor because people are like, ‘Of course you are.’ And I’m like ‘No,’ not, ‘Of course I am.’ In L.A., being an actor is like a pastime: everybody there is like, ‘I was on this reality show; I’m an actor.’ It becomes a word that is loosely thrown around.
My father is Nigerian; my mother is from Texas and African-American. My father was the first in his family to go to university. He flew from Nigeria to Los Angeles in the ’70s to go to UCLA, where he met my mother. They broke up before I was born, and he returned to Nigeria.
I need to eliminate ‘like’ from my vocabulary. I begin sentences with, ‘That’s seriously like… ‘ I hear myself talking in this Los Angeles high-school student kind of way, and I hate it.
Johannesburg is weird, because half of it is like Los Angeles. It feels like just wealthy parts of L.A. But half of it is severe slummy, something like Rio De Janiero or something. So it’s kind of weird, because it’s both happening at the same time.
Most performers don’t get a chance to sing in Los Angeles.
Fortunately, I was still living in Los Angeles at the time. So I went out to World Gym and got a membership.
So many of my friends and family will go to Palm Springs as their weekend getaway destination, but when I need a break from Los Angeles, I’ll head to Joshua Tree instead. There’s something so magical about the energy of the Mojave Desert.
I lived on a farm with cows, and I lived in the city with rats. My family stayed in Colorado for a while, then went from Los Angeles to Arizona. People would ask me where I’m from, and I would have to say, ‘I don’t have a clear answer for you.’
I tend to hang out with my friends in Los Angeles from high school. We know each other from back in the day. They still see me as just dumb Tyra. We have a strong bond.
One night I’ll be in Los Angeles and it’ll be a Latin crowd, and then another night I’ll go to Fresno and it’ll be an all-black crowd. To me, that’s the beauty of the music.
Today, I regularly attend two Buddhist organizations, the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Against the Stream, but I also attend certain Christian functions. I try to cultivate a generous, kind spirit and am open to anything to help get me there.
One of the first places I was ever recognized after ‘The Office’ came out was at Target in Los Angeles. Someone came up to me, and she said, ‘Are you Phyllis from ‘The Office?” We were in different aisles, but she had recognized my voice.
My first son was born in Los Angeles; he’s a Mexican-American.
I was born and raised in East Los Angeles by a single mom who had three biological kids and adopted four more. I never met my dad.
Los Angeles is like a beauty parlor at the end of the universe.
Yeah, I love Los Angeles.
There’s been so many unbelievable players in Los Angeles, maybe the best of the best.
I graduated high school a year early and moved to Los Angeles to go to acting school, which is hilarious.
Watching Clayton Kershaw in the very first game of the 2014 season, I realized that he’s not overpowering; he’s deceptive. It’s the sum of his parts that makes the Los Angeles Dodgers ace baseball’s most successful pitcher.
That luxury, ossified Los Angeles world isn’t good for the soul.
The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty of imagination and it’s a big problem.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I split my time between the West Coast and the East.
Because I direct films, I have to live in a major English-speaking production center. That narrows it down to three places: Los Angeles, New York and London. I like New York, but it’s inferior to London as a production center. Hollywood is best, but I don’t like living there.
I wasn’t attracted to American cinema, but I fell in love with Los Angeles the minute I arrived.
I know how young black men are seen. They’re boys – scared little boys, oftentimes. I was one of them. I was completely afraid of the Los Angeles Police Department.
I have one rave ‘New York Times’ review framed next to a flop ‘Los Angeles Times’ review. And it’s for the same show. These people watched the same show. That’s what happens. They love it, they hate it.
I’m starting to teach now: I teach in the graduate film program at NYU and next year I’m going to be teaching at Los Angeles at the film program and English program at UCLA.
At first I moved from Sydney to Melbourne, because most of the comedy was shot in Melbourne, and then from Melbourne to Los Angeles – and you have to sacrifice stuff.
I started out a die-hard New Yorker but really grew to love working in Los Angeles. Even though I originally wanted to do theater, TV presented more opportunities for me, which led me out west.
People here in Los Angeles are disgusted now about a sex scandal involving Arnold Schwarzenegger. Apparently for seven years, he carried on a sexual relationship with his own wife.
If the air quality is terrible in Los Angeles, if a particular university is unusually expensive, if crime is on the rise in Dallas, or if a company has a lot of recalled toys, transparency can spur change. Whenever public or private institutions have to answer to the public, their performance is likely to improve.
We started very slow in America. It was small acoustic shows. We played places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago and everywhere there has been a great reaction. It has been really lovely. They listen to the lyrics and the melody over there and the reaction has been fantastic.
A lot of people come to Los Angeles and think that they’re going to be famous, just like that.
The first thing I ask when I’m offered a part is, Who’s the director? which is something they never understand in Los Angeles.
I just never did buy this idea that you have to live in Los Angeles to be an actor. I didn’t see that as a requirement in my job description.
I was never an ambitious girl, or even a self-confident one. I never went in for beauty pageants or wore a stitch of make-up until I went to Los Angeles.
Everything moves a little quicker in Los Angeles.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles.
I’m single. I just moved to a new city. I’m sort of starting over. I’m in Los Angeles. I don’t really know what my life is right now. It’s not what I thought it’d be at 37, and I think a lot of people can relate to that.
I’ve also been working with the Challengers Club in the inner city of Los Angeles for 15 years now, I guess, and it’s essentially an inner-city recreation club for boys and girls.
I don’t mind staying in one place for a while – I like to spend a lot of time in Los Angeles. It’s a place where nobody goes out, where people will leave you alone. People in Los Angeles love themselves and they love what they do and they leave you alone. If you’re isolated, you have a real advantage. You can work.
I guess growing up I realized that there is really this huge epidemic in a city like Los Angeles, and many other cities, where they put down thousands upon thousands of animals every day.
Years ago, when my attempts at a writing career came to a complete stand-still, I applied to the Los Angeles Police Department. This might seem odd for a liberal woman who once went to UC Santa Cruz, but I’ve always had a powerful fascination with crime and serious interest in finding different ways to contend with it.
I’m from Victorville – it’s about an hour-and-a-half away from Los Angeles, up in the desert. They call it Victimville because it’s kind of violent. It’s a beautiful place, though. It’s quiet.
I moved with my mom to Los Angeles for her to pursue her acting career, and she got a job casting atmosphere in some independent films.
I kept saying that I’d never live in L.A., and I didn’t think I would. But that’s where the work is, and I ended up making a lot of friends there, and my old friends moved out to Los Angeles too. And also, I think when you’re famous, its hard to live in a small town.
I am a Chicagoan. I feel like I’ve simply been on vacation for 10 years in Los Angeles. But Chicago is a real place, and L.A. is a motel.
Los Angeles is my home – I have my wife and two daughters growing up there.
I moved from Chicago to New York in 1984 for ‘Biloxi Blues.’ In 1989, my wife and our then-baby daughter moved to Los Angeles to try to get in television.
Growing up in Los Angeles, obviously it’s a really fashionable city, but it has a really relaxed quality to it as well. So, my fashion education came while working on ‘Suits’.
I prefer Los Angeles just because I live there and my family’s there. But I think New York is just kind of the center of the world.
I’m a gypsy at heart. I have a little triangle where I tend to go, which is between Sydney, Los Angeles, and London, and I’m happy with that at the moment.
I have three favorite cities: London, Wellington, and Los Angeles. What makes them so good? The friends who live there.
If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there’s no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream.
I operated a professional football team in L.A. By no means was it the NFL, but I understand what it takes on some level to build and operate a professional sports enterprise in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles feels empty and overrated. I struggle with it as a holiday destination. It’s the sort of place where you need to know some locals, otherwise it just feels so empty.
In D&D, you’re only in that fantasy world. But with GURPS, you can, like, play a game that’s Los Angeles film noir, or a game where the premise is you are world-jumpers, and you can go to different worlds.
When I first came to Los Angeles, I was a teacher in Compton. I know how in need schools are around the country.
Los Angeles is a city known as much for it’s sun as for its stars and it’s dirty air.
To me, everything outside of Los Angeles is the ‘south,’ including places like San Diego. It’s sort of like the saying, ‘Everything is God.’ Indeed it is.
I’ve always wanted to sing and to be an entertainer. After high school, I moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles and started songwriting. But I didn’t really get serious until then.
The Hispanic population in this country is not a monolith. When you’re in Miami, the newscast is going to be different from the newscast in Los Angeles.
A lot of times when I’ve been offered film series and stuff, if they shoot in Los Angeles, I lose interest.
I was a drummer living in Los Angeles in 1990. I had finished music school and was playing with a band. It wasn’t going as well as it should have been.
Ironically, if only because over the years I’ve known so many – from college deans to studio executives to European expats – who come to Los Angeles aspiring to nothing other than living in Topanga, I wound up there by accident.
Sometimes people come to my shows and think I’m a Christian artist, and they put their hands up in the air, like they do. But first of all, I’m a Jewish girl from the Valley, and I’m from Los Angeles. It’s funny to be misinterpreted.
When I’m Los Angeles, it’s work. That’s what I’m there for is work.
The year after Russell retired, in the famous seventh game of the NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden, Willis Reed, the New York Knicks center, limped onto the court against the Los Angeles Lakers, inspiring his team and freezing Chamberlain into a benign perplexity.
In Los Angeles, I feel like the ugly duckling, like I’m from Venus or something.
I was raised in Connecticut. And I honestly wasn’t aware that my dad was a celebrity until I moved to Los Angeles a year ago.
I was born here and I was raised here in Los Angeles. And when I was five years old, my best friends were Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen because we lived across the street from each other.
In the late 1960s, Ontario Airport was a throwback to a bygone era. Located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the airport served only two carriers, Western and Bonanza. Passengers could catch regional flights to San Francisco, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Phoenix and Los Angeles, and that was about it.
I am back in Los Angeles after a very successful run in Chicago as Billy Flynn.
I get the ‘The New York Times’ and ‘Los Angeles Times’ thrown at my door every morning. I’ll read the front page of ‘The New York Times,’ then the op-eds, then scan the arts section and then the sports section. Then I do the same with the ‘L.A. Times.’
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, and then I got this call from a casting director in Los Angeles. She remembered me from something years before, and she called my mom wanting me to audition for this thing.
The longest road trip I’ve ever been on is from Minnesota to Los Angeles.
Frequently I get asked if I’d rather have spent my career in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, where the exposure would be greater than in Seattle. My answer is no, not at all. Exposure is not important to me.
Each and every one of us has multiple identities, and this is a fact that should be celebrated. I for example, am a queer black woman who grew up poor in Los Angeles.
We city dwellers, we residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, are for the most part urbanized to some extent. We know deadlines, start times and traffic.
I am so honored to be working with A Place Called Home as their ambassador to bring awareness to the incredible services and programs which benefits kids in the Los Angeles community.
I grew up in Los Angeles and always wished I’d spent a childhood in a far different place.
In high school, I was on the youth advisory council for the Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles, and that was kind of my first experience in the bureaucratic system. We tried to get things done, and nobody was really interested in getting anything done.
My parents come down to Los Angeles a lot.
Half of my family is in Los Angeles, so my cousin was the first person to play me, like, Snoop Dogg, and I would always feel like, ‘OMG, I shouldn’t be listening to this,’ and my other cousin was the first to introduce me to Aaliyah, so every time I’d go to the West Coast, I’d get those West Coast vibes.
Los Angeles is great for partying and also for its sights and sounds.
The first time I performed at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, I was in the back of the room doing vocal exercises. ‘Me-me-me, my-my-my, mo-mo-mo.’ And I’m looking around, and no one else is doing it. I’m like, ‘They must have done it before they came to the club.’ I came to realize that I was an idiot.
I have always identified with Joan Didion’s depiction of Los Angeles and Southern California, ever since reading ‘Play It As It Lays,’ ‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem’ and ‘The White Album.’
There’s such a unique humour in Wales that I just love and miss in Los Angeles.
There’s a bizarre prejudice that exists in the New York publishing establishment that any work outside the tri-state area is being done by trained chimpanzees, that geography screens out sensibility. There’s an idea that all Los Angeles writing is about the movie industry, that it’s vulgar, shallow and banal.
My first paying job in Los Angeles was taking tickets at the Bing under Ron Haver.
At a very young age, I was in Germany watching TV and I told my mom I wanted to be an actor. She said, ‘Go for it.’ When my dad retired from the military, we moved to Los Angeles, and it all kicked off.
Drawing the desperate and the adrift, Los Angeles has long been the dumping ground of dreams both real and cinematic.
When I was 19, I did an internship in Los Angeles and lived with a friend of mine in the Valley.
The perfect party for me is having six to 12 people for dinner Friday or Saturday – good, fun friends, a lot of artists. I have a beautiful deck that looks over the canyon and Los Angeles on one side, so it’s very pretty at night. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends.
I have lovely memories of Los Angeles in the 1930s. I came down to live with my mother’s cousin and they invited me to come and go to junior college for a year.
Los Angeles is a very magical place when you take the entertainment industry out of it. You have beautiful beaches and amazing mountains here. I’m a big rock climber. I head out into the mountains whenever I have free time. It’s amazing.
You would think with me living in Los Angeles I would go to the beach all the time, but we don’t. It’s the same as visiting the Statue of Liberty. If you don’t live in N.Y.C., it’s the first stop on your family vacation, but if you live there, you only go if you have relatives visiting from out of town!
Los Angeles was great fun because it was the polar opposite of Moscow in 1980. It was sunny and bright, lots of colours around, whereas Moscow was dark and oppressive.
The most romantic thing someone did was surprise me at the airport, after being away for 3 months in Los Angeles. You always see people with signs, and you’re like, ‘Isn’t that lovely?’ and then you see your own name on one – that isn’t a taxi driver’s! I was very impressed.
Many areas of Los Angeles have gang problems.
It was not possible to film in California, because all the areas are heavily built up now. Coming to Cape Town is an invitation to step into the past and recreate Los Angeles of the 1930s.
I studied music at the most remedial level when I was a kid, through the Los Angeles public schools, with a little private instruction.
I lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and now my kids are growing up in Los Angeles, so that’s culturally very different.
‘Battle: Los Angeles’ – I’ve got to say this was easily one of the most physically trying things that I’ve ever done in my life because I play a Marine in the film, and they had us training with real live Marines for, like, three weeks. It gave me a whole new respect for just the armed forces, period.
I grew up in Los Angeles, where long drives on packed freeways make everyone a fan of radio and, particularly, of America’s national treasure, National Public Radio.
I grew up in Los Angeles, and I’ve made movies all over the world… I’ve been in New York, Norway, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, London – I’ve been in all these cities, shooting away in the winter, thinking, ‘People who choose to live here are insane.’
I would fly to Los Angeles just for a cheeseburger with pickles and extra tomatoes from In-N-Out.
I’ve done modeling since I was 18, but it didn’t take off until I moved to Los Angeles. Modeling has always been something I’ve been really good at, and has been something that’s helped pay bills.
Los Angeles has been great to me, and I have a home there, and I’m so lucky I get to do what I do for a living. But I did not go down to Los Angeles really even with the intention of staying.
I never thought I’d end up living in Los Angeles while my children grew up in Britain, but here I am, and we are all making the best of it.
Thank God, I have sort of a pan-European accent rather than Russian, which doesn’t sound very pleasantly to Americans. For them, we speak with a rather rude pitch, and that might be our actors’ problem there. Now I’ve begun working with language coaches in Los Angeles to get rid of the accent completely.
I moved out to Los Angeles with the idea of becoming a director, which thousands, if not tens and hundreds of thousands, of people do, every year. It’s a very competitive field, of course. I immediately got swept away into the visual side of things, starting with visual effects, and then designing.
The difference between Los Angeles and yogurt is that yogurt comes with less fruit.
I like going to New York. I like the galleries and the theatre and the restaurants and bars and music. I think that city is more alive than Los Angeles.
The voice of Vin Scully has become the song of summer for generations of Los Angeles baseball fans and aficionados of excellence in sports broadcasting.
When I worked in Los Angeles covering hard news, very often when something important would happen I’d be off in the woods covering something unimportant, which was more interesting to me.
I started out pursuing an acting career out of college when I lived in Los Angeles. When I got an entry into broadcasting, I preferred it. I liked being me, rather than dressing up to be someone else. Now I’m 30 and doing a career of my own and have been in this career for eight years.
I don’t like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I’m from New York. I will kill to get what I need.
I met Fredo Santana three days before he passed. We were in the studio in Los Angeles, actually, listening to ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin,’ and he’s a great human being.
I still have agents in France, Los Angeles and Amsterdam who call and suggest parts. I’d love to keep on doing both painting and acting until the end of my days.
I didn’t like Los Angeles very much but I like San Francisco.
I’m not sure whether Los Angeles borders on the ocean or on oblivion. I always feel that I’m two steps away from the other side when I’m out there. It’s more like a vacation place or a place to visit than a place to hunker down.
My Aunt Erna was smuggled out of Nazi Germany in 1939, alive, in a coffin with a spider plant at her feet. When I moved to Los Angeles from New York City in 1974 for ‘Happy Days,’ I took a cutting with me.
In early 1983, Gary Goetzman and I went to see my favorite band, the Talking Heads, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show was like seeing a movie just waiting to be filmed.
If you don’t know Tom Lehrer, you should – in addition to being a classical pianist, mathematician, songwriter, satirist, researcher at Los Alamos and, he claims, inventor of the Jell-O shot, he is just delightfully funny and graceful.
In the neighborhood where my studio is, in South Central Los Angeles, there are a lot of immigrant-owned businesses. I’m constantly amazed at the level of work they do. It’s above anything. For me, I think I pattern myself on that work ethic.
The freeways create economic and racial borders in Los Angeles. South of Interstate 10 is one group of people, west of the 10 another, and south of the 405 North yet another.
I went to Los Angeles and enrolled in a production course at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the morning I attended industry meetings and in the evening, I would go for the course.
I grew up in the streets of San Diego, and I love this city dearly. I love this city. San Diego is my home. Even though I represent Los Angeles, this is my home.
I landed in Los Angeles where I’ve stayed, with one year-long exception when I returned to Ashland as an actor in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Los Angeles is much like Mumbai, the film industry rules the city over most other professions, so it feels like home.
This outfit called Los Angeles Theatre Works does readings of plays.
In 1978, the tradition of running from village to village with a message was revived. that first run was from Davis to Los Angeles, a distance of 500 miles.
I originally was more into baseball and football, but being in Los Angeles, you just couldn’t help but to fall in love with the game of basketball because they had such a winning tradition.
Every time you look at a house in Los Angeles, the real-estate agent will tell you that someone famous once lived there. It always seemed irrelevant to me: Does a property gain value just because Alfred Hitchcock used to eat breakfast there?
There’s a vegan and gluten-free bakery called BabyCakes that I love. They’ve got shops in New York and Los Angeles. Their stuff is amazing.
At Johnny’s suggestion I pursued a career in radio that eventually brought me to Los Angeles.
AT&T sucks. There’s no excuse for being in downtown Los Angeles, and your phone loses service. That’s ridiculous.
I grew up outside Cleveland, Ohio, and I went to college at Boston University. I majored in film. Then I came out to Los Angeles.
Real-life conduct aside, LaBeouf, a Los Angeles native, has been working steadily as an actor since he was 12 years old.
In Atlanta, with a large African-American population, Sosa is often considered a black man. In Miami and Los Angeles, with larger Hispanic populations, he is a Latino man, and the black label is rejected as robbing Hispanics of a hero.
In Los Angeles, I drive a hybrid and live in a very simple home. Anything you do from carrying a canteen of water to starting a recycling program in your office makes a difference. Reusing what you already have has always been green – from clothes to boxes to glass jars from the supermarket.
Los Angeles is the strongest defender of immigrants perhaps of any city in this country.
My parents, Santos and Lupe Padilla, immigrated separately from Mexico and met in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. It was love at first sight and the young couple decided to get married, apply for green cards, and start a family.
Shooting on location and dressing locations in Los Angeles is shockingly expensive, especially when you’re talking about webseries-level budgets, so the opportunity to build our sets in YouTube’s space gives us a lot more room in our budget in being able to create the world of ‘VGHS’ properly.
I’m an adaptable nomad. I love Paris, I’ve been living in Los Angeles and New York since 1990. I love London, too. My roots are inside of me.
I find Los Angeles a bit desperate. For me, the energy there is bad.
We wanted to protect the legacy of DC Comics here in New York, and there are many things that make sense to protect and maintain while setting up parts of the organization in Los Angeles to grow.
Luckily, I didn’t have many ‘day jobs’ while trying to find success in Los Angeles. When I first moved to L.A., I worked at Bubba Gump Restaurant for about two days. I didn’t even make it through training before I quit. I just didn’t care to memorize all the different types of shrimp.
Thank God I don’t live in Los Angeles. I think if you’re there the whole time it just gets out of proportion and you lose touch completely with reality.
A figure in Los Angeles politics for five decades, my mother nevertheless had had her fill of talking to people by the time she came home at night.
In March 2010, I attended an art opening for Kimberly Brooks’s show ‘The Stylist Project’ in Los Angeles. It was a starry celebration hosted by Dior and ‘Vanity Fair’ to benefit P.S. Arts. But even as fun-to-gape-at actresses like Christina Hendricks arrived, I couldn’t take my eyes off the oil portraits.
I hate being in Los Angeles when it’s football season. I want to be in New York. It just doesn’t feel right if I’m away.
I started out in New York, and New York has a way of countering a Southern accent, naturally; when I moved to Los Angeles for a job, and I just stayed, the dialect out here doesn’t really counter, and my Southern started coming back.
Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I came out here with a thousand dollars to my name.
You don’t just leave Los Angeles. Such a departure requires magical intervention. You can’t simply purchase a ticket to another destination. You must disappear.
It just seemed like an unattainable dream to go down to Los Angeles and to land a professional working, acting gig on a show that you really love with a character you really connect with. That doesn’t seem possible; that seems insane.
I grew up in Cleveland and started doing plays in high school. And I went to the University of Illinois, and I majored in drama. And after school, I went up to Chicago, because I didn’t really know anybody in New York or Los Angeles, and I knew people who were doing plays in Chicago.
I live in Los Angeles where there is not that much in the way of theatre, so the La Jolla Playhouse is pretty much the only place that is on my radar, and when they have something going on, and I am available, I will certainly go in.
The final story, the final chapter of western man, I believe, lies in Los Angeles.
Big Star invented a vision of bohemian rock & roll cool that had nothing to do with New York, Los Angeles or London, which made them completely out of style in the 1970s, but also made them an inspiration to generations of weird Southern kids.
Many of my friends back in New York and elsewhere have a glib or dismissive attitude toward Los Angeles. It’s a place of strip malls and traffic and not much else, in their opinion.
I discovered Los Angeles in the late ’90s. The city was not at its best at the time, but I fell for it right away. There is something almost haunted about it, a vibrant mythology I find rather inspiring.
After ‘Sesame Street,’ it’s a hyper-familiar world to me and I have this childlike ability to ignore the fact that I’m talking to scraps of cloth. Every country I go to, I see posters promoting the film in different languages. ‘Los Muppets’ – I love that!
A move to MLS – you never know. New York or Los Angeles, you never know.
The Hispanic culture is finding its way into the American culture. Places like Miami are going to be centers for that influence – places like Los Angeles and, certainly, cities in Texas.
I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
When I got to Los Angeles, I started building cabins in peoples’ yards, building post-and-beam structures and cutting the joinery for those.
My cousin Simon Bor, the champion of Los Angeles, convinced me to concentrate on running.
I don’t have any regrets. When I quit college and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, it was so that I would not look back and have any regrets.
Home is a relative concept for me. I’ve been in Los Angeles 10 years, and I definitely feel at home here, but I also feel at home in a lot of places. I’m not too attached to anywhere, really. Home is where the people you love are at the time.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I figured I’m really going to make an attempt to become a real actor. And when I did that, I thought it was time for me to face my parents and tell them what I did.
I am Puerto Rican. I think Latinas are sexy, and being one, it has influenced a lot of my style, but being an official Los Angelite, this town has influenced most of my daily style, which is relaxed & easy.
I always had this childhood image in the back of my mind of this fantastic place where all the things I liked came from; Orson Welles, jazz, all that stuff. Los Angeles is one of those places where somebodies become nobodies and nobodies become somebody.
My dream is to have a bed of my own in Los Angeles and one in Sweden.
Los Angeles is not a town full of airheads. There’s a great deal of wonderful energy there. They say ‘yes’ to things; not like the endless ‘nos’ and ‘hrrumphs’ you get in England!
And new people come in, and it doesn’t go along with their politics, and they fire me, end the column, silence a voice in Los Angeles. They can’t silence it nationally, but they are able to do it there.
Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
There’s an uncanniness to living in Los Angeles, from the way you move through the city to the moments of feeling familiarity or deja vu, like you’ve been somewhere or you know something when you really don’t.
I lived for 10 years in Los Angeles, and the one element that surpasses everything else – that you are very conscious of – is fear. You can smell it.
I grew up in Los Angeles, and my first musical theatre experiences were at the Music Center in downtown L.A.
I did grow up in Los Angeles. I actually didn’t start acting until I was sixteen, so I was very removed from the Hollywood scene. I had always been in my school plays, but my mom and dad wanted to keep me out of the business until I was old enough to know who I was and not let anyone change me.
I am from Los Angeles, and my parents are from Los Angeles.
I’d always dreamed of being an actor and going out to Los Angeles or New York and being paid to do what you love, and then I went and did that, and it wasn’t what I expected.
Even the cleanest air, at the centre of the South Pacific or somewhere over Antarctica, has two hundred thousand assorted bits and pieces in every lungful. And this count rises to two million or more in the thick of the Serengeti migration, or over a six-lane highway during rush hour in downtown Los Angeles.
Having an automobile in Los Angeles enables me to change clothes at least three times a day: I will go from western wear to nautical to Savile Row in the course of 12 hours.
Los Angeles is a really strange place. I grew up there like a normal kid, but it was not until I experienced other parts of the world that I realized how really and truly bizarre to the core it is – inside the homes of the powerful and damaged.
The studio rented a house for my wife in Los Angeles under a phony name to keep reporters away. Whenever I wanted to visit her and my children, I would have to sneak in the back door after dark.
I normally live in Los Angeles, if you can call it normally living.
With ‘Greenberg,’ I wanted to make a movie about Los Angeles… my great love for it and also the way that I felt not at home and alienated there.
I don’t know that ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ is a complete reinvention, but I’m playing one of the guys in charge this time. Before I’d be cast as a young impressionable character. I think part of that is just being more mature.
I do all kinds of roles – nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho – and occasionally someone kind of normal. It’s weird, when I lived in Austin I was always cast as pretty normal people. But when I moved to Los Angeles I was immediately branded a psycho.
I live in Topanga Canyon, which is like a faux-rustic enclave in Los Angeles. I love the sounds of all the critters outside – the frogs, owls, crickets, and birds. Some of the birds around here are pretty accomplished musicians. You can learn a lot from them.
I went through some tough years when I first moved to Los Angeles, and ‘The Riches’ was my first major success.
Regarding comments attributed to me in the Los Angeles Times – allegedly made on a bus trip from Germany to Holland in 1998 – I emphatically denounce such comments as false.
In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.
I’d move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack.
I was voted the most beautiful girl in the world in 1958, and courted by every young, available man in Los Angeles, most of whom I didn’t go out with, by the way.
I went to Columbia film school; that’s where I met Matthew Weisman. We then became writing partners, graduated, and moved out to Los Angeles. I didn’t know a soul.
In Los Angeles you get the sense sometimes that there’s a mysterious patrol at night: when the streets are empty and everyone’s asleep, they go erasing the past. It’s like a bad Ray Bradbury story – ‘The Memory Erasers’.
I don’t want to be daft and say I had some spiritual awakening or something, but I really did come of age in Los Angeles, where we recorded the album. I had my own little house and my own little circle and I really got to feel how the city ticks.
In my second year in Los Angeles, when I was eighteen, I wasn’t getting any bookings, so I stopped going out, stopped partying. It was a matter of getting to the work. I had to focus.
It was when ’21’ came out. I was in Los Angeles and my face was everywhere: on buses, on posters, on the side of buildings. I didn’t feel that blown away by it. I was still hungry to prove myself. I realised that quite quickly, that I had to find something that challenged me from an acting point of view.
Los Angeles is one of the four cultural capitals of the world, but we don’t attract as many cultural tourists as New York, London or Paris. I want to change that.
I love that we are bringing the flavors of Frontera to Los Angeles. I think we can only add to the booming food community in Los Angeles. Our food is gutsy and soulful.
Moving to Los Angeles and working in places like Hawaii, you get to experience a true melting pot. It’s really nice to be around people who are multiethnic.
This is one of the last unique things to do in the business of sports, to return the National Football League to the city of Los Angeles. I happen to love the city of Los Angeles; I happen to love the NFL – and to somehow be a part of that, a helper in that process, is something I’ve always been interested in.
I began with small roles in successful movies like ‘No Country For Old Men’ by the Coen brothers; but it was ‘The Last Exorcism’ that changed my life: with what I earned, I left Texas and moved to Los Angeles.
Australia is so cool that it’s hard to even know where to start describing it. The beaches are beautiful; so is the weather. Not too crowded. Great food, great music, really nice people. It must be a lot like Los Angeles was many years ago.
I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
When I was 18, I moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA.
That’s why I wanted to be part of this AIDS Project Los Angeles party. We help raise funds for those who are having a tough time with some very basic necessities, like shelter, food, and medical care.
You know it’s important to have a Jeep in Los Angeles. That front wheel drive is crucial when it starts to snow on Rodeo Drive.
I have been blessed to win a number of awards and be involved in numerous historical baseball moments over my 20-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Basically, my parents messed up because it was the Sixties, and they both had affairs, but they had a great love for each other. I saw that when my father flew over from Los Angeles when he knew my mother was going to die.
Drake went through my exhibition. I did meet him in Los Angeles, and he was in the spaces that I did do there, and has some images from that.
I went from broke and homeless sleeping on couches. Couldn’t even figure out what I was doing in Los Angeles. Now, I’m paying my own bills. I’m about to move my mama in with me at 19. I’m on tour now, and this is all off of one mixtape.
I had dreamed of visiting Bali for many years and because I had an extended family of Balinese friends in Los Angeles, I felt connected. The island is so peaceful and the smiles are constant.
I wound up getting my degree in sports medicine and nutrition because I wanted to work in the medical field. But I wound up taking a trip to Los Angeles and decided being an actor sounds pretty cool, too.
In terms of specific cinematic influences, certainly I’d recommend ‘Juan de los Muertos,’ and I also really love this French zombie movie – ‘Les Revenants’ – where the dead reanimate for no apparent reason.
I attended private Catholic schools in Paris and Los Angeles through high school.
I always gravitate towards the independent side of things, just because those are the stories I always fall in love with, but you don’t really get paid, and living in Los Angeles is expensive, and I have a mortgage to pay. So it’s good to jump onto a studio film and then in all my other time do small passion projects.
I moved out to Los Angeles a fan of many people, and meeting people I put on a pedestal that just disappointed me. Without fans, this business would not exist, so I try and say that we’re all on the same level.
I remember when I was in Los Angeles, and there was one of the very big earthquakes, and it was just absolute pandemonium. I mean the streets were just – people were crashing into each other, people were looting, in just a very short amount of time.
It’s not easy to leave your hometown and your family and your support system and come out to Los Angeles to – to pursue a dream where the odds are not in your favor.
I just want to be able to keep my house and pay for my son’s school tuition in Los Angeles.
What attracted me to New York was there was an anonymity that I couldn’t always have in Los Angeles, and it was easier to blend in there. The more successful you are, the less you are able to do that.
I love, love writing about Los Angeles. I love exploring every part of it. And I find, rather than a burden, it’s actually one of the most enjoyable parts of the writing process for me. I love everything about L.A. Okay, not the traffic. But I love the way it looks. I love the geography. I love the diversity.
I know Charles Michael Davis. I used to play poker with him when I lived in Los Angeles.
I worked in the theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts for years and moved to New York and then to Los Angeles.
I worked on the workshop of ‘Topdog/Underdog’ before it went to Broadway. My minor in school was theater, so I’m based in that, and then I moved to Los Angeles.
In 1983, I was working at an art gallery in Los Angeles and going to film school at Los Angeles City College. At that time, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a young painter and was visiting L.A. for his first show at the Larry Gagosian Gallery.
Louise Bonnet is a Los Angeles-based painter of round, fleshy, almost obscene shapes and people. But hers is a very clean, friendly cartoon world, so there’s this tension between harmlessness and perversion that is totally unsettling.
I still remember going to a smart restaurant in Los Angeles, and the maitre d’ knew my name and showed me straight to a table even though we hadn’t booked. I get stopped for autographs by people from Sweden on the tops of mountains.
When I first arrived in Los Angeles from New York in 2004 to try to break into television, I couldn’t believe how segregated it was – how many neighborhoods were nearly all-white or all-black or -Asian or -Latino.
The great thing about Los Angeles is that you can get so much money in this town by constantly failing. You can get a lot of television deals that don’t go anywhere, but you still get paid.
You go to Los Angeles or New York or Miami or Chicago, and you see Latinos everywhere; they are involved in every part of American society. That’s why they have to start being represented in Hollywood, because an ‘Americano’ can’t walk down the street and not see a Latino.
I was so successful in Cleveland, and we moved to Los Angeles, and there was nothing for me to do. All of a sudden, from being a success, I was a has-been at 13.
I moved to Los Angeles to be with a man I loved.
I’m not that crazy about how some of the men dress in Los Angeles.
I wrote my first screenplay on a lark, because it was a storytelling format that felt like a familiar shorthand – we all watch movies, don’t we? But even though I grew up in Los Angeles, my family was entirely unconnected with the movie industry, and I never truly believed that it would one day be my fate.
When I was 23, I went to work for Jack Nicholson reading scripts. Later, I was married to a production designer named Richard Sylbert. So I lived in Los Angeles for ten years.
I like ‘Goodbye My Lover’ because it’s a really personal song and I recorded it in my landlady’s bathroom in Los Angeles. She had a piano in there and for me listening back to it, it actually sounds like the voice I hear in my head. It’s so close to what I can imagine.
I think when I first started out making music here in Los Angeles, a lot of people were really curious about my ethnicity, and you know, whatever questions they had, I’d be more than happy to answer them.
I’m a sucker for any band named after a work of literature. Los de Abajo take their name from Mariano Azuela’s famous novel ‘The Underdogs,’ and that says a lot about who they are and the music they make.
I have an avocado tree at my place in Los Angeles – it’s the smoother-skinned one, which tends to be a little stringy. Often the birds or raccoons get the avocados before I can harvest them. I have figs, too, which are great with prosciutto, of course. I have limes and lemons, which I use to make lemonade.
I support Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles through Disney Channel and Britti Cares International in support of children with various diseases and illnesses and donate my time with pride and dignity.
I live in a small town in Connecticut, and they don’t write scripts there, but I get them anyway because my agent is in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters.
I wound up graduating from the Los Angeles County School for the Arts as a theatre major and then was honored to be accepted into Carnegie Mellon’s Musical Theatre program.
I started traveling by myself as early as 5 to see my dad. I’d go to Toronto or Los Angeles, depending on what show he was doing, but most often New York, and we would hang out, and he’d take me to museums and Broadway plays. The ones that had the biggest impact on me were the George C. Wolfe productions.
I think you should check out ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ because it really is a sci-fi movie, but it’s not. It’s not like anything you’ve seen before. The best way to describe it is it’s a war movie that happens to have aliens as the enemy.
I spent my whole life as a writer talking to just the average guy in Los Angeles and Latin America, talking to working people.
It feels great seeing posters everywhere, and bus stops promoting ‘Black Nativity,’ and billboards in Los Angeles. It’s overwhelming. I can’t wait for everybody to see what I got.
Being in Los Angeles is this brutal awakening, where I feel not good enough as soon as I walk into a room, and I’m wearing the wrong thing, or I don’t have enough make up on. It’s all about image.
In Los Angeles, as I gained and lost celebrity, then gained it again, I often found myself wondering why I, out of thousands like me, had become famous.
I don’t live in Los Angeles. I work in Los Angeles, and even that – I audition in Los Angeles; I very rarely film in Los Angeles. I don’t hang out with producers on my off-hours, so I don’t even know what that world is like.
I think I’m the only 65-year-old actress in Los Angeles who hasn’t had plastic surgery, so somebody’s gotta play the old-lady parts!
I’ll be going to the granddaddy of the Los Angeles theaters.
I’ve never been to Hollywood. I can count the number of times I’ve been to Los Angeles on my hands. I’ve never made a movie there and I’ve never been there for working reasons. The only reason to go there is for silly awards shows.
I live in Los Angeles, which is the second most polluted city in the world, and I wake up in the morning to dirt all over my window.
My connection with Basquiat was really in Los Angeles, which really was a whole different world to what he was experiencing in New York.
When I turned 11, my dad decorated a room at the Standard hotel in Los Angeles in a ’60s, Austin Powers style. There was human bowling: You run inside a giant inflatable ball and try to knock down pins. To this day, adults say it was one of the craziest parties they’ve ever been to.
At heart, I’m a dude from South Central Los Angeles. We roll the way we roll because we had survival tactics; we had to learn how to adapt. That’s just me.
I have great confidence in Rick Caruso’s unique qualifications and his ability to lead a successful bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I started as a child, in this PBS series ‘Voyage of the Mimi,’ which led to driving down to New York for ‘Afterschool Special’ auditions, which led to moving to Los Angeles. I wanted to be an actor. But in L.A., I got into film technology, and I was building cheap editing systems and would edit my friend’s acting reels.
You can get stuff done in New York that you can’t in Los Angeles. If you wanted to get some milk and get your shoes repaired and drop something off at the dry cleaner, that’s an all-day adventure in Los Angeles. In New York, you can bang that out in half an hour.
I really did graduate at 14, and I go to college in the Los Angeles area near where I live.
Yeah, moving to Los Angeles definitely influenced my sound.
I’m not a city kind of guy. I’m happiest when I’m tromping through the woods. That’s why I don’t live in Los Angeles. Being physically away from Hollywood probably loses me a few jobs, but the best ones seek me out.
I made a conscious effort to focus on television so I could stay in Los Angeles, so I wasn’t on a location all over the world doing movies.
One day, I’m designing a candy product; the next day, I’m going to a candy factory. The day after that, I might be traveling to Los Angeles to look at a possible location for another store.
I was born in New York. I grew up in San Francisco, Long Beach, and Los Angeles.
I’m attracted to creative people and train wrecks, and there’s no shortage of that in Los Angeles.
Gangs are born of a lethal absence of hope, and hope has an address: 130 W. Bruno St. in Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The greatest thing I can remember in my whole career was the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey clowns asking me to appear with them at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1965.
Los Angeles and Sydney are very similar, but I definitely enjoy more fresh seafood when I’m back in Australia, as there is so much great, fresh produce here. I also like going swimming at the beach while I’m home, too.
I grew up in South Central Los Angeles in the ’80s, back when it just wasn’t a cool scene. But my mother had the foresight to look for a number of projects that would keep us away from the streets.
Many cultures believe that on a certain day – Halloween, the Irish Samhain Eve, Mexico’s ‘Dia de los Muertos’ – the veil between this world and the next is especially thin.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I used to live in the Hollywood Hills, behind Grauman’s Theater, and I’d always hit the matinees.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I was cooking with two guys who became celebrity chefs, if you will. I became their sous chef for awhile. We’d go to all the big names in Hollywood.
I grew up in Los Angeles. I watched lots of television; I still watch lots of television.
Dating in Los Angeles can be hard, which makes it all the better when you meet a really nice guy.
Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.
I think every young actor in Los Angeles went up for that role. It was between Frankie Muniz and me, and he pulled out, so I got the role.
So, we come out to Los Angeles. And we met with every network. We met with show runners, directors, writers, everything. And what we had an idea for, they didn’t like. And what they had an idea for, we didn’t like. So, we went home.
I think the paparazzi might have chased me out of Los Angeles.
I do live in a couple of worlds. My home is in Kentucky. I fly out to Los Angeles when I’m working.
I arrived in Los Angeles on the Monday, had a call from my agent to say they wanted to see me for ‘Dallas,’ made an audition tape at my friend’s house in L.A. the same day, and had the job the following Monday.
I been all around the world and I haven’t found a city that I’d rather be from or rather come back to than Los Angeles.
I’m actually like a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop kind of guy. So I love the local shops that are kind of like one-off chains in Los Angeles, and I usually get a soy flat white.
If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and of Hiroshima.
In the past, like for the last Rilo Kiley record, ‘Under the Blacklight,’ I wore exclusively hot pants because the themes in that record were the underbelly of Los Angeles.
I’m one of the only actresses in Los Angeles who has never waited tables – yet – and I’m so terrible at holding trays. When we shot the ‘Vampire Diaries’ pilot, I totally spilled water all down Nina Dobrev, and she had to get her hair and make-up redone.
I had a career at home, and I just knew that it’d be okay if nothing happened in Los Angeles.
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I don’t think anyone knew what to do with me.
What’s important is the work that you’re doing, not the country that you’re in. I would much rather be in a play at the Royal Court than in Los Angeles making ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.’
There is an overarching comedy community, and then there are little comedy community pockets, almost like the way L.A. is structured. You have this grand scope of what Los Angeles is, but within that, there are all of these multi-functioning cities and neighborhoods.
When I got a call from Los Angeles to do the Tonight Show, I considered it more of an inconvenience than an opportunity.
Los Angeles, I don’t like that town. Too decadent, and it’s slimy.
I’m really enjoying living in Los Angeles. It’s a great city to live in. I’m living a very suburban domesticated lifestyle out there – a two bedroomed little bungalow with two cars, and we’re just driving around, going to meetings here and there – it’s lovely!
I got an English degree in college and then went to law school because I didn’t know what else to do. I was a lawyer in Houston, Texas. I started writing plays and screenplays, and after about three years of practicing, I decided I would move to Los Angeles and give it a shot.
Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor, or a producer, or a writer, or a director, or an agent, or… So everybody understands the hours.
In Los Angeles, I had the good fortune of anchoring the news right before Johnny Carson came on, so to see him, the Hollywood stars watched me first.
Los Angeles is a good city in which to be a reporter. Always entertaining, always an incubator.
Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t work out like us regular folks. Adulation bathes him from the moment he arrives at his Los Angeles martial arts studio.
Having grown up in Iceland and Los Angeles, gone to school in Europe and America, and lived and worked in London and New York, my insatiable appetite for travel has informed many of my life decisions.
I think Los Angeles is often portrayed as kind of a petri dish, where bad decisions start and then spread to the rest of the world. I don’t see it that way. I feel Los Angeles is a place of almost primal struggle and survival. It’s not a city that embraces its inhabitants.
I didn’t know I wanted to act until it was around 21. I had just come back to Los Angeles after two and half years of traveling and working as a dancer and singer and was looking for a new performing art to study. I started taking acting classes and fell in love.
When I came to Los Angeles, it was the first time that I ever felt like I belong somewhere. Not because it was wacky, but because people here understood what I felt like to perform, and there were other kids my age who wanted to do it. I didn’t get looked at as God, you freak.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I was straight out of grad school, and I didn’t have a single credit to my name. I knew one person in town – another actor whose name is John Billingsley. I just had to audition and audition and audition. I was plugging away for 15 years. So I earned my stripes!
My mother is Greek and my father is Bulgarian. I am a first-generation American and native Los Angeleno. I was born and raised in Hollywood.
I grew up in the States and Canada for a while because my mum came over in the 1970s. We lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years and then moved to Canada for a few more.
Because I’m one of five people in Los Angeles who doesn’t drive, I walk a lot.
I grew up in the ’70s and in Los Angeles during the new blockbuster era. ‘Star Wars’ was the first film that I saw in the movie theater. I wanted to be an actor; then it turned out to be this ‘Wizard of Oz’ story: I was 10 or 11 years old, and it turned into something that I didn’t think it was.
I came to Los Angeles for the first time in 1994. I spoke no English. I only knew how to say two sentences: ‘How are you?’ and ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp.’
I wake up every morning and I feel like I’m juggling glass balls. I live in Los Angeles, my business is run out of London, and most evenings I’m cuddled up in front of Skype, in my dressing gown, speaking with my studio in London. I travel a lot, my team travel a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
One of the great things about shooting in Los Angeles is you have access to all these great performers. We love working with ensembles, and that process of getting a great group of people together and setting them in motion.
There is no right or wrong way of giving. People in Los Angeles have made major contributions in different ways to the city: Eli Broad to art. David Geffen to hospitals. I’m not judgmental.
I’ve always thought of Las Vegas as Los Angeles on its day off. There’s not any hierarchy of taste, and that’s what L.A. always was to me: It’s not really a town of culture – it’s a town of entertainment.
It might take me an hour to get to feel at ease with somebody. I don’t find it easy to go into a room full of 10 people and give it all away. In the pilot season in Los Angeles I’ve done that a couple of times.
Among the gorges and ravines that hang on Los Angeles’s shoulders like a necklace, Topanga – nestled in the cleavage of the Santa Monica Mountains – is the most singular of ornaments.
Unlike accredited zoos like the Bronx Zoo, San Diego Zoo, the Los Angeles Zoo, these are private menageries, and these people are frightened and there is an existential fear that they are going to be shut down by the government, by PETA, by HSUS, by animal rights groups. So they, generally, are very guarded.
Every time I’ve been to Los Angeles, I’ve hated it. My brother works there, so I usually go each year for a holiday.
When you’re in New York City or Los Angeles, even if you’re not dealing with show business, there’s still this sense that it’s the center of the universe. And I think that’s a really dangerous, limiting mindset.
I’m particularly fond of the Mulholland Fountain, at Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard, when it turns colors at night.
I first came to Abbey Road Studios in 1994. I scored ‘Little Women’ there. What I remember most about it was how hard it was to come to London from Los Angeles and conduct when you’re jetlagged.
I think there’s a part when you sign your soul to the devil and start working in Los Angeles that you also sign away that you could be a human being in anyone’s eye. You’re like a robot!
We have good food in Los Angeles, but it’s not as good as Atlanta food.
As soon as I started working at the ‘Los Angeles Times,’ people warned me not to get too close to artists because it could make it difficult to review their work, and you can never really tell if the ‘friendship’ is genuine.
If we do high-speed rail, the governor has to be intelligent and invest the dollars at the ‘bookends’ – San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The thing that really surprised me about strip malls in California, specifically Los Angeles, is that they have some really fantastic restaurants.
I was part of a show called ‘Manifest Equality’ in Los Angeles in 2010, and I realized there was a disconnect between people who are gay or have gay friends and are gay-friendly, and people who think they don’t know any gay people.
It took me forever to leave Chicago. I went to Columbia College because I wasn’t ready to leave! My professors had to kick me in the pants to move to Los Angeles.
When you get quick fame and success and exposure, it makes you feel dizzy, and I didn’t want to lose my balance ’cause that’s something I’ve been struggling with for so many years. I’m not fond of the idea of making it in Hollywood. That’s not my aim; otherwise, I would have settled down in Los Angeles.
My Mozart career began as a teenager in Los Angeles, singing arias from ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni.’
I moved to Los Angeles when I was 17. I had just booked ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakwell.’ I thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to move to L.A. and become famous. ‘Squeakwell’ is going to launch me to that point.’ Well, I didn’t end up working for, like, three years afterward. That’s kind of the name of the game.
Giada De Laurentiis, of ‘Everyday Italian,’ is not a chef, although she has culinary expertise – she was trained at the Cordon Bleu and worked as a private cook for a wealthy Los Angeles family.
In Los Angeles, parenting is a competitive sport. From Beverly Hills baby boutiques to kids’ yoga classes, L.A. fuses high style, industrial-strength materialism, and parental outsourcing into our own unique version of child-rearing.
Unfortunately, teatime in London is when people in Los Angeles arrive in their offices and pick up the phone.
I could never leave Las Vegas. I can’t really afford New York or Los Angeles. I love this town. We don’t have that much. We have the Runnin’ Rebels and boxer Floyd Mayweather. When Mayweather fights, it’s good for the whole city. It’s like the Super Bowl out here.
In 2009, at the Vancouver Peace Summit, I met a supporter of Free the Slaves, an NGO dedicated to eradicating modern-day slavery; weeks later, I flew down to Los Angeles and met with the director of Free the Slaves; thus began my journey into exploring modern-day slavery.
I was just restless with being in school; so I went out to Los Angeles.
Now that I live in Los Angeles, if I meet somebody from Detroit, it’s like there’s this brother- or sisterhood, where we’re real folks.
Every step on my way to becoming an artist seemed preordained. The right people were always in the right places at the right times to boost me to the next level. I was fortunate to be selected for a summer drawing class offered to teens at the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County.
‘Wicked’ has been one of the biggest hits in Los Angeles theatre history, and we are thrilled that theatergoers here have embraced the musical and welcomed us so heartily.
I made two rings for myself, and when I was in Los Angeles, I walked into a store called Maxfields, and they essentially bought them off my hands.
Long ago, I did a five-and-a-half-hour-a-day, six-day-a-week talk show for four years, early on, in Los Angeles – local show. And when you are on that many hours with no script, you know, you get very comfortable, maybe overly comfortable with that small audience.
I read the Life magazine articles about free love and free dope in California. At age 20 I drove to Los Angeles.
Back in 1990, there were fewer than 20 wineries in and around Paso Robles, a farming community midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Most of the wines produced there were rustic, highly tannic and alcoholic, with little charm or finesse.
I eventually became an actor, starting with doing stand-up comedy in New York and then theater wherever they would let me. Finally, I moved out here to Los Angeles and got on a show.
In recent years, our planet has been warming at an alarming rate and seen record-breaking temperatures. We are now witnessing the sixth mass extinction event in the earth’s geologic history. Our sea levels are rising at an alarming rate, threatening our largest cities, like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.
I’ve become convinced that Los Angeles is going to become the next contemporary art capital – no other city has more contemporary gallery space than Los Angeles. We’ve come into our own, finally.
Los Angeles is such a widespread city, sometimes it’s hard to see your friends, and food is a great way to get together – it’s a great way of giving love.
I was born in Sacramento but moved to Los Angeles with my mom and my little sister when I was seven.
Food was always a big part of my life. My grandfather was one of 14 kids, and his parents had a pasta factory, so as a kid, he and his siblings would sell pasta door to door. After he became a movie producer, he opened up De Laurentiis Food Stores – one in Los Angeles and one in New York.
I did Playboy. There was an ad in the paper for playmates. Playboy called me and flew me to Los Angeles, and I was on the March cover of 1992.
I acted when I was young, but at 19, I had my own theater company where I acted but also directed. I also did some theater in Los Angeles. So I was always wanting to direct, even before I became an established actor.
We played New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, maybe 1978, opening for Kansas or somebody. Driving to the hotel after the gig, we came on KLOS. It was like, ‘All right! We’re in L.A., we just played a big gig, and we’re on the radio!’ That was the start of something big.
If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.
I was obsessed with Hollywood from the time I was a kid. I always knew I wanted to live in Los Angeles.