See the Biggest British Movie Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

car rentals in los angeles california hollywood and vineIf you’re visiting Los Angeles from the United Kingdom, it’s fun to find a little bit of home smack dab in the middle of Hollywood. The United Kingdom has as much or more movie history as the United States, but getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is as important to actors from the British Isles as it to their American cousins. Car rentals in Los Angeles California make it easy to tour the whole city, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If you’re visiting Los Angeles from anywhere in the United Kingdom, or you’re just interested in the British film industry, here’s a handy list of the biggest British stars honored with the star that never fades:

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie’s ability to mimic an American accent fools a lot of TV viewers. His iconic portrayal of House on American TV made him an international star, but he’s British, right down to the Union Jack socks he wore when he got his star on the Walk of Fame in 2016.

Of course Laurie was already well-known in England for his portrayal of Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster on British television, with close friend Stephen Fry as the inimitable Jeeves. They also performed as Fry & Laurie on their own comedy sketch show. Fittingly, you’ll find Hugh Laurie’s star outside the Pig ‘n Whistle British pub on Hollywood Boulevard.

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren is one of the most well-known British actresses working in today’s cinema. Mirren was born in London, and her most famous roles were portrayals of three different queens of England. She played Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George, and Queen Elizabeth I for a made-for-TV miniseries. She won an Oscar for her portrayal of the reigning Queen Elizabeth as well. Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003. Car rentals in Los Angeles California make it easy to visit her star at the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth is another actor made famous for playing a British monarch. His turn as King George the VI in The King’s Speech won a slew of awards. It was also one of the most successful productions ever made in the United Kingdom. Firth won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his portrayal of the stammering prince who is suddenly thrust onto the throne when his brother abdicates. You can find Colin Firth’s star on the Walk of Fame very close to Helen Mirren’s. In movie terms, they’re also very close. Firth’s George VI was Helen Mirren’s Elizabeth II’s father!

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh rose to stardom playing a southern belle in the antebellum United States in Gone With the Wind, but she was a British subject through and through. She was born in India when it was still part of the British Empire. Leigh was married to another luminary of the English stage and screen, Laurence Olivier.

Leigh had many other notable movie roles, like Blanche DuBois in Streetcar Named Desire, but she will always be remembered as Scarlett O’Hara. You can see her star on the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.

The Beatles

The Hollywood Walk of Fame has stars for work in television, radio, live performance, music, and film. Only one performer, Gene Autry, has a star for each of these five specialties, but the Beatles surely qualify for all five, too. Everyone knows the Beatles for their superbly crafted record albums, wild live performances, and influence on pop culture. It’s easy to overlook the fact that they were popular actors as well. Of course they simply played themselves in A Hard Day’s Night, and Help!, but that’s a testament to how entertaining they were no matter what they set their mind to. In the UK, the Beatles were also well known for their Christmas radio broadcasts. Perhaps the Walk of Fame should consider making the Beatles the only other group with five stars. Look for their star on the north side of the 7100 block of Marshfield Way.

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Photo courtesy of the The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

How To Get The Most From a Trip to the Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles rent a car hollywood bowlThe Hollywood Bowl is a classic piece of American history. First established in 1921, it has undergone many renovations over the years. Not all the work has been simple maintenance. The bowl has gotten many additions to its original features, but none that’s detracted from its original, very cool vibe.  If you’re in town for a visit, and have a Los Angeles rent a car to drive, a trip to the Hollywood Bowl is a must. We’ve assembled a list of helpful tips to make your visit to the Hollywood Bowl a trip to remember.

More Than Just Concerts

The Hollywood Bowl is certainly famous for memorable concerts, but it’s much more than a bunch of seats and a stage. The site has become as iconic as Carnegie Hall in New York, and the bowl now has its own museum right on site. Originally built in 1984, the Hollywood Bowl Museum gives a great historical context for many famous performances held there. Admission to the museum is free, so instead of hopping in your rental car at the last moment to take in a show, it pays to go early.  The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame alone is enough to warrant an afternoon.

Traveling and Parking

Traveling to the bowl and parking isn’t as simple as rolling up at the grocery store. The Hollywood Bowl isn’t way out in the countryside, but it’s easy to take a wrong turn on the winding roads that lead to it. If you’re from out of town, and driving a Los Angeles rent a car, it’s worth a few extra bucks to rent a GPS along with the car. Depending on which direction you’re coming from, there can be a lot of traffic on nights with performances. Taking a wrong turn can cost you a lot of time.

There is limited parking at the Hollywood Bowl. Attendants stack the cars in rows, making it hard to leave early. If you can’t stay for the whole performance, it’s better to choose one of the nearby parking garages. At the Hollywood and Highland shopping center, you can get your parking validated buy purchasing something as inexpensive as a cup of coffee or a soda. You can take the shuttle to the Bowl from there, and wander around Hollywood when you return.

Food and Drink

You can find plenty of food and drink options offered at the Bowl. It’s perfectly acceptable to bring food with you if you prefer. It can be a bit of a challenge to carry everything on shuttle buses. A Los Angeles rent a car, a checkered blanket, and a basket full of goodies is all you need to turn a trip to the Bowl into the musical equivalent of a football tailgate party. You can bring glass bottles and dishware, but you’ll need to be careful if you’re sitting on the hill. There’s a substantial slope heading down towards the stage. You don’t want to send your bottles rolling into the crowd below you. Remember that you can only bring in outside food if the show is part of the regular Hollywood Bowl season.  Many performance events that lease the Bowl don’t allow outside food or drink.

Buying Tickets

Tickets to bowl events are available online at Ticketmaster. For many performances, it’s possible to park during the day and pick up tickets at the box office. You’ll save money on the reseller fees. If you’re in town for a few days, and using a Los Angeles rent a car service, it’s smart to book ahead to avoid being shut out.

Final Tips

The Hollywood Bowl management likes to avoid disruptions. They frown on attendees who use big professional camera with bulky lenses, which can distract the other patrons. You may be asked to check your camera rig at the desk if you’re tricked out like a paparazzi. Additionally, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. A lot of the walking is uphill and you don’t want to be climbing in uncomfortable shoes.

Value Rental Car has the perfect Los Angeles rent a car for your trip to the Hollywood Bowl, or anywhere in the city. Make Value Rental Car the first stop on your L. A. excursion, and make getting to all the other stops easier.

How To Go Cruising On Mulholland Drive

There are many scenic locations in Los Angeles. The city has great museums, scenic parks, iconic locations, and famous restaurants. If you take advantage of car rentals at LAX, you can also find plenty of scenic roads to tour. One of the most famous scenic drives in Los Angeles is Mulholland Drive.

Mulholland Drive starts in Calabasas and stretches 21 miles to the heart of Los Angeles. It soars high above the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills. This lends itself to spectacular views of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. If you’ve always dreamed of tooling along Mulholland Drive like a movie star, here’s a list of great places to see the sights, and places to stop and enjoy along the way:

Lots of Access Routes

Mulholland Drive is very easy to get to in a rental car. You can choose from any number of different ways to hook up with Mulholland Drive from various parts of the city. Here are some of the easier access routes: to get to Mulholland drive:

The 405 Freeway

It’s easy to find the west end of Mulholland Drive right off the 405 freeway. This is the best route to take from anywhere in west Los Angeles, near the Los Angeles Airport. Take the off ramp for Mulholland Drive and follow the signs.

The 101 Freeway

From North of Mulholland Drive, you can take the 170 freeway to the 101 and get off at Barham. Then turn left onto Cahuenga Boulevard West. From there, Mulholland Drive will be a side road to the right off Cahuenga, about a half mile up the road. There aren’t any signs except for the street sign, so make sure to watch out for it. You can also use the 101 freeway if you are south of Mulholland. Again, look out for Barham, and continue south along Cahuenga until you get to the turnoff for Mulholland Drive.

Laurel Canyon Boulevard

Laurel Canyon Boulevard. is another popular street to for tourists to cruise using car rentals. You can get to Laurel Canyon Blvd from the south by heading west on Hollywood Boulevard, or Sunset Boulevard, to Crescent Heights Boulevard. Head North on Crescent Heights Boulevard, which becomes Laurel Canyon Boulevard at Hollywood Boulevard. Continue North on Laurel Canyon Boulevard through the hills until you get to Mulholland Drive at the top of the hill. You can also head south on Laurel Canyon Boulevard from the 101 freeway or the 170 freeway if you would like a different route to Mulholland Drive.

Coldwater Canyon Drive

Similar to Laurel Canyon Road, you can get to Mullholland Drive by taking Sunset Boulevard to Beverly Drive, then traveling north on Beverly Drive until it becomes Coldwater Canyon Drive. This route is best if you just drove your rental car down to Rodeo Drive for a little shopping or celebrity watching. From north of Mulholland, you can take Coldwater Canyon Avenue south.

Places To Stop and Visit

There are lots of great shops, restaurants, and historic locations that are worth a stop top all along the drive. You’ll recognize many iconic locations from movies and television shows. Here are some of the more well known locations to check out:

Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk

Universal Studios is a great place to visit and spend a few hours or a whole day. You can enjoy the full featured amusement park within Universal Studios, or take a walk along the beautiful outdoor shopping area of Universal CityWalk.  The experience comes complete with lots of famous stores, attractions, and places to take that perfect selfie.

Runyon Canyon Park

If you like hiking the hills, check out Runyon Canyon Park. It’s situated in scenic Hollywood Hills, and it’s a great place to walk, jog, or just sight see. There are many trails to hike on, and the views from the hills are fantastic. Simply take Runyon Canyon road right off of Mulholland Drive, and the park is just a few miles south.

Car Rentals Make Touring the Hollywood Hills Easy

The Hollywood hills offer a great driving experience, and a chance to see beautiful celebrity mansions and get up close and personal with the Hollywood sign. The Griffith Observatory is also a great place to visit and spend an afternoon. If you have a car for touring, simply cruising around the Hollywood hills is a sure bet for relaxing fun while seeing how the stars of stage and screen live.

The Hollywood Bowl Overlook and Museum

One can’t-miss spot is the scenic Hollywood Bowl Overlook. The overlook is just off Mulholland Drive. It offers spectacular views of both the Hollywood Bowl and the iconic Hollywood sign. In addition to the overlook, you can check out the Hollywood Bowl Museum. Inside you’ll enjoy thought provoking exhibits on the cultural events, history, natural environment, and architecture of the Hollywood Bowl. You can also take a guided tour of the Hollywood Bowl, complete with visits to the backstage and onstage area, lus the best seating areas, which also feature a stunning view of the Hollywood sign.

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If you’re visiting Los Angeles, you’ll really need a car to get around. Long and short term car rentals from Value Rental Car in Inglewood and Pasadena are the best way to tour Mulholland Drive, and to see everything else Los Angeles has to offer.

Photo courtesy of the The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Essential Hollywood Landmarks for Los Angeles Tourists

Hollywood is perhaps the most famous area of Los Angeles. While its reputation as the center of Tinseltown is unchallenged, it has a lot more to offer for tourists. Hollywood is ethnically and culturally diverse, and it’s full of history. Tourists can grab a LAX rental car and spend a whole week just exploring this neighborhood.

Hollywood is overflowing with numerous attractions and landmarks that will excite any sightseer. Here are some of the most famous landmarks that are a must see for anyone visiting Hollywood:

The Hollywood Sign

The most recognized landmark in Los Angeles is the Hollywood sign. Originally conceived as an advertisement for local real estate development, the Hollywood sign become emblematic of Los Angeles’ bustling entertainment industry. This is quite the iconic landmark, with HOLLYWOOD spelled out in striking white letters. The entire sign is 350 feet long and each letter is an amazing 45 feet tall. Check out some of the most spectacular photographs taken of this iconic sign located in Griffith Park.

The Walk of Fame

While exploring fifteen bustling blocks of Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll discover more than 2,600 five pointed stars with the most famous names in Hollywood. Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, and Dr. Seuss are only a few of the charming and interesting celebrities featured on the Walk of Fame. You can spend the entire afternoon searching for your favorite stars and exploring Hollywood. If you’re lucky, you may even catch an upcoming Walk of Fame Star Ceremony.

Capital Records Building

A Hollywood tour wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Capital Records Building. This iconic thirteen-story tower was completed in 1956. It was  designed by Louis Naidorf to look more or less like a stack of records. If you thought you couldn’t get any more Hollywood than that, think again. Tthe blinking light atop the Capital Records Building spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code.

You can end your Walk of Fame tour at John Lennon’s star, located right outside of the building’s entrance. Capital Records produced albums from some of the most famous acts in music history, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, Duran Duran and many more.

The Stahl House

The Stahl House is a lesser known attraction, but it’s considered an iconic piece of Modernist architecture. In 2013, Stahl House was listed in The National Register of Historic Places since it has been used in several famous films like Corrina Corrina, Why do Fools Fall in Love, and Galaxy Quest.

In the 1950’s, Buck Stahl paid about $50,000 for the land, house, and pool. Today, this house is worth at least 2 million dollars.  Rumor has it that Stahl’s widow has turned down offers of 15 million dollars for the landmark. Before you book your LAX rental car, be sure to explore the Stahl House interior virtually. You will get the chance to experience what it’s like to live in one of the most iconic houses in Hollywood history. You can make reservations and pay a small fee with the Stahl family, and even get a tour with Buck Stahl’s wife, Carlotta.

Chinese Theater

Located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, the Chinese Theater opened in 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s film The King of Kings. It’s fun to watch a movie inside the theater, but the real action is outside on the sidewalk. You’ll find nearly 200 celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs embedded in the concrete. It’s a fun place to poke around, and a good place to enjoy a break from your long walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The theater is very crowded, so it pays to reserve tickets ahead of time if you want the full movie experience.

Take Your LAX Rental Car and Explore

Hollywood will probably be just one of many pit stops during your trip around Los Angeles. This city has a lot to offer for historic sites and landmarks. It’s fun and convenient to rent a car for daily driving while you’re in town. Value Rental Car makes it easy to rent a car for your vacation with two convenient locations at LAX Airport and in Pasadena.

No Visit to Los Angeles Is Complete Without a Hollywood Studio Tour

Los Angeles is famous for its film and television industry. When you’re visiting, it’s easy to get up close and personal with landmarks in the entertainment industry. You can see everything from Hollywood’s Walk of Fame to the taping of your favorite sitcom while you’re town. No visit to Los Angeles is truly complete without a studio tour. Studio tours give you a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite moves and TV shows are made. Los Angeles is really spread out, so it’s smart to take advantage of a car rental to get around. Here’s a list of the places that make Hollywood magic really happen!

Warner Brothers Hollywood

Get set to explore outdoor sets and soundstages in this exciting and interesting studio tour. It’s more than just a tour of movie sets. The tour is more like an educational look into the filmmaking process. Warner Brothers Studio is known for famous productions like Jurassic Park and Batman. They also showcase an amazing Batmobile collection. These include the  1995 Batman Forever and 1989’s Batman cars. If your tastes tend more to Harry Potter, you’ll l love exploring the production artwork to the original props and costumes used in the movies.

At the end of your tour, it’s fun to step into a replica of the Central Perk Cafe set from the hit TV show Friends. You can actually order a cup of coffee,  and lunch options are available Monday- Friday.

Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures is located in Culver City. It’s easy to get to from LAX with a rental car. It features a fascinating 2-hour-long studio tour that begins by entering through the studio’s iconic gates. Classic MGM movies like The Wizard of Oz were filmed there.  This piece of history is commemorated by a giant rainbow arch sculpture near its entrance. You can even visit the soundstage where Judy Garland recorded the famous song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

If you are a fan of game shows, you will be in for a treat! It’s fun to visit the set of Jeopardy, one of the longest-running quiz shows on TV. It’s a blast to take a picture of yourself in one of the contestant seats. If the timing’s right, you can also enjoy a taping of Wheel of Fortune.

If you are looking for a walking tour that incorporates a look inside a real working film studio, then this is the ideal tour to check out.

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures is next on our list. It’s one of the only big movie studios still located in Hollywood proper. A visit to Paramount will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Famous movies like Forest Gump and The Godfather were filmed on the Paramount lot. You can also see props from these movies and more in the prop warehouse.

It’s a big tour that covers a lot of ground. If you get tired from walking, don’t worry — you can ride in a golf cart for part of the tour to see the sights

After you visit Paramount Studios, stop by for a spooky walk inside Hollywood Forever Cemetery next door.  Many famous Hollywood actors and directors are laid to rest here.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Last but not least, Universal Studios Hollywood  is probably the best known of the studios because of its theme park. It also offers an impressive studio tour. Best of all, a theme park ticket includes the studio tour, so why not do both?

The tour will feel like another amusement park ride in itself after you become immersed in Universal’s world of special effects. You will experience everything from a 3-D King Kong and dinosaurs battle over your tour vehicle, to experiencing a mock earthquake and a car chase similar to the Fast and the Furious movie series.

Universal tours really isn’t an informative studio tour. It’s more of an immersion into a fun cinematic experience that takes place indoors and outdoors.

Car Rental Makes It Easy

Value Rental Car is great for exploring all that Hollywood has to offer. Their Inglewood location is near LAX, and they offer free pickup and dropoff services within seven miles. A car rental makes it easy to step into the movies with any of these studio tours.