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Keaton Battles with the Kennedys Over Los Angeles Hotel

22 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Diane Keaton has joined a steering group trying to save Los Angeles' famous Ambassador Hotel landmark from demolition. Members of America's powerful Kennedy family are urging city officials to bulldoze the defunct property, because it's where Robert Kennedy was shot dead in 1968 - and harbors only painful memories. But Keaton insists Los Angeles School District bosses, who own the hotel, should consider developing around the 83-year-old hotel and keeping parts for historical significance. The actress, who is a director of the Los Angeles Conservancy group, says, "We in Los Angeles are so guilty of wiping out our history. The Ambassador Hotel is the history of Los Angeles... We have to fight for this." Keaton is particularly keen on redeveloping the famous Ambassador nightclub The Cocoanut Grove, where Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby used to perform, and the study, where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby. But Los Angeles city official Tom LaBonge feels Keaton and her historians are destined to lose their fight because the Kennedys really want the hotel pulled down. He says, "I don't think the conservancy realized the family didn't want that as a memorial. I don't think they realized the depth of the family's feelings." »

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