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Hotel Ritz, Paris

The Hôtel Ritz at 15 Place Vendôme in Paris, France is considered one of the world's best hotels. Fair use of an image from: www. ... Fair use of an image from: www. ... Place Vendôme is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ...

Located in the heart of the city, it was constructed in the early part of the 18th Century as a private dwelling. The building's façade was designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart, the creator of the "mansard" roof. Converted to a luxury hotel by César Ritz, it opened on June 1, 1898. Together with the culinary talents of minority partner Auguste Escoffier, César Ritz made the hotel synonymous with opulence, service, and fine dining. Jules Hardouin-Mansart, marble bust by Jean-Louis Lemoyne: a full-dress Baroque portrait bust demonstrates that the Kings architect is no mere craftsman Jules Hardouin-Mansart (Paris, April 16, 1646 – Marly, France, May 11, 1708) was a French architect whose work is generally considered to be the apex... César Ritz (February 23, 1850–October 26, 1918) was a famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously The Ritz Hotel. ... Georges Auguste Escoffier (October 28, 1846 (?)-February 12, 1935) was a French chef, restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods. ...

The Ritz garden café by the Swiss artist, Pierre-Georges Jeanniot (1848-1934).

The Hôtel Ritz consists of the Vendôme and the Cambon buildings with rooms facing Place Vendôme and on the opposite side, rooms overlooking its famous garden. The hotel became a favorite of many of the world's wealthiest people, with luxurious suites named for some of its notable patrons from the past. These include Ernest Hemingway, for whom a bar in the hotel was named, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marcel Proust, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo plus couturier Coco Chanel who made the Ritz her home for more than thirty years. The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States. ... The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States. ... Ernest Hemingway, 1950 Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist and short story writer. ... F.Scott Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940), was a Jazz Age novelist and short story writer. ... Valentin-Louis-Georges-Eugène-Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871–November 18, 1922) was a French intellectual, novelist, essayist and critic, best known as the author of In Search of Lost Time (in French À la recherche du temps perdu, also translated previously as Remembrance of Things Past), a monumental work... His Majesty King Edward VII (9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King of the Commonwealth realms, and the Emperor of India. ... Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926) was an Italian actor. ... Chaplin in his costume as The Tramp Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema, and later also a notable director. ... Garbo in the 1920s Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905 – April 15, 1990) was a Swedish actress. ... Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971) was a pioneering French couturier whose modernist philosophy, menswear-inspired fashions, and pursuit of expensive simplicity made her arguably the most important figure in the history of 20th-century fashion design. ...

The hotel was featured in the 1966 movie How to Steal a Million, with a romantic scene between Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in front. A more comedic "role" was played in the 1991 movie Une époque formidable ("Wonderful Times"), where bums (Richard Bohringer and Gérard Jugnot) try to get a room, using an unforgettable verbal trick. 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... How to Steal a Million is an art-heist movie starring Peter OToole as a suave art investigator and Audrey Hepburn as Nicole Bonnet, the daughter of an art fraud. ... Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was a Belgian-born actress, fashion model, and humanitarian. ... Peter OToole (born August 2, 1932) is a famous Irish film actor. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A homeless man pushes a cart down the street. ... Gérard Jugnot (Paris, 4 May 1951 is a French actor, director, screenwriter and producer. ...

In 1979, the Ritz family sold the hotel to Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed who refurbished it and in 1988 added the Ritz-Escoffier School of French Gastronomy. The hotel was where the owner's son, Dodi Al-Fayed and his companion, Diana, Princess of Wales, had visited when employee Henri Paul drove them from the hotel and crashed in the nearby Pont de l'Alma road tunnel. Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (b. ... Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (April 15, 1955 - August 31, 1997) was the son of Mohamed Al-Fayed, owner of the British department store, Harrods. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) was the first wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... Henri Paul (July 3, 1956 - August 31, 1997) was the chauffeur driving at the time of the automobile accident that killed Paul, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her romantic interest Dodi Al-Fayed. ...



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