Jack’s immense collection of bottles of various liquors greeted us to be cleaned up. Louise’s crystal cans had also moved around and when we left for home that night, I removed my pantyhose and tied them around the door with couch in front. The bottles all had been removed from the ledges to the ground. At our home we were lucky to have had minimal loss compared to friends, where cupboard doors opened and dumped into their houses. We live on the hilltop about Turnbull Canyon. Cars were crushed when buildings collapsed downtown. Thanks be to God we have survived to report the day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A big shake got me awake and sent me to the living room to see one of 10 porcelain $12,000 eagles taking flight and breaking. (Best part, my sister had it insured) I got ready for work and drove a few blocks – what a mess everywhere you turned. I arrived at the office on Floral Drive. Whew!! Guess what? The boss, Jack Aldridge, and wife, Louise, were in Hawaii. Lucy Baker, the gal in charge, arrived and opened the door and what an odor!
Elaine Young, the real estate agent to the stars who bought and sold so many celebrity properties that she became a celebrity herself, died Thursday. She was 71. Young died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center after a months-long battle with cancer, according to her daughter, Jennifer Young, and her brother, Tony Garber. Glamorous and ebullient, she lived a life that rivaled those of her star clients, who included Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty, Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder, among others. She married six times, once to a famous film star, Gig Young, who was the father of her daughter. She appeared on television, was profiled in major publications, and drove a Rolls-Royce convertible with the license plate “Elaine 7.” She underwent 46 surgeries to try to remove the material and correct the problem. The doctor, meanwhile, committed suicide and Young never received any compensation for the medical disaster. In the end, the disease that claimed her life began with a cancerous tumor in the part of her face that had endured so many surgeries. Young’s soft voice and gentle manner belied her flossy image, and famous clients were drawn to her. Indeed, she was one of them, born and raised in the realm of Hollywood. Her father, David S. Garber, was a manager at Universal Studios and she grew up with the movie business. She graduated from North Hollywood High School and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. When she began selling wildly expensive Southern California palaces, she acknowledged that even bringing herself to tell clients the price was daunting. She listed her first million-dollar home in the 1970s and recalled showing it to a potential buyer who pointed out that it had only one bathroom. “I got up all my courage and I said, ‘Well, what do you expect for a million dollars?”‘ Young recalled.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt was in the Rolls that she shuttled her clients to some of the most pricey properties in Southern California. One of her sales was a $25 million estate belonging to the Sultan of Brunei. Her more recent listings included the multimillion-dollar estate of rock legend Smokey Robinson. Fame and Hollywood’s glitzy lifestyle had its dark side, however, one that may have contributed to Young’s demise. In the 1970s she did what many Hollywood stars were doing, sought to improve her appearance through cosmetic surgery. It was the beginning of a horror story that would haunt her for the rest of her life. As she told it many times in interviews warning others about the pitfalls of such operations, she was maimed by a doctor who injected loose silicone into her face to accentuate her cheekbones. After a time, the silicone began to migrate, causing eye problems and disfigurement.