Martin Turnbull has worked as a private tour guide showing both locals and out-of-towners the movie studios, Beverly Hills mansions, Hollywood hills vistas and where all the bodies are buried. For nine years, he has also volunteered as an historical walking tour docent with the Los Angeles Conservancy. He worked for a summer as a guide at the Warner Bros. movie studios in Burbank showing movie fans through the sound stages where Bogie and Bacall, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and James Cagney created some of Hollywood's classic motion pictures.
From an early age, Martin was enchanted with old movies from Hollywood's golden era-from the dawn of the talkies in the late 1920s to the dusk of the studio system in the late 1950s-and has spent many, many a happy hour watching the likes of Garland, Gable, Crawford, Garbo, Grant, Miller, Kelly, Astaire, Rogers, Turner, Welles go through their paces.
When he discovered the wonderful world of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, his love of reading merged with his love of movies and his love of history to produce a three-headed hydra gobbling up everything in his path. Ever since then, he's been on a mission to learn and share as much as he can about this unique time.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Martin moved to Los Angeles in the mid-90s.
Official website: www.MartinTurnbull.com
- contains information on the Garden of Allah Hotel, its original owner, silent screen star Alla Nazimova
- a Photo Blog of vintage photos of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the turn of the century to the 1960s
- a Hollywood timeline detailing what happened when in Hollywood
- a comprehensive list of Hollywood places: bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, and speakeasies. Until someone finally gets around to inventing a time machine, it's the closest thing movie fans of classic Hollywood have of visiting a very special time during a very special place.
Martin is also on Facebook where he daily posts vintage photos of the places and people that made the golden years of Hollywood such a special time and place - https://www.facebook.com/gardenofallahnovels
If you would like to join Martin Turnbull's Reader's Group and be among the first to get the latest news, go to http://bit.ly/goareadersgroup
You will also receive a free copy of my 1930s-era short story - "Subway People" - available exclusively to members. (Your email will *never* be shared - promise!)
Martin Turnbull Garden of Allah novels have been optioned by Tamasha Talkies, headed by LA-based film and television producer Tabrez Noorani.
You can see the official announcement by The Hollywood Reporter: bit.ly/gardenofallah
Or on Martin's website: bit.ly/1muu67L