Beverly Hilton Hotel
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Looking back at The Beverly Hilton

The Beverly Hilton Hotel is one of the hardest-working hotels in Hollywood, hosting events such as the Golden Globes and the Oscar luncheon.

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The Beverly Hilton, in the 1950s.  (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Boxing fans, after dining on prime rib and au jus, settle back to watch fights from ringside tables in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 26, 1970.

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Atty. Gen. Pat Brown, left, Actor Leo Carrillo, center, and Vice President Richard Nixon participate in flag-raising ceremonies at the new Beverly Hilton on Aug. 10, 1955.

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The Beverly Hilton ballroom as it’s set up for the 74th Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.

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The footing and first wall sections of the Beverly Hilton Hotel site at Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards on Nov. 22, 1953. 

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Mayor Floyd Fischer of Beverly Hills, left; Lt. Gov. Goodwin J. Knight; Conrad Hilton; architect Welton Becket; Edward R. Valentine, president of J. W. Robinson Co.; actress Terry Moore; and Del E. Webb, whose company was the hotel’s builde on Aug. 29, 1953.

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Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Conrad Hilton and a guest at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s official opening in 1955.

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Conrad Hilton in front of the Beverly Hilton sign in 1953.

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Beverly Hilton Hotel manager Michael Robertson.

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Jerry Lewis, left, performs with the U.S. Army Reserve Band at the Beverly Hilton prior to his receipt of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal in 1985.  (Michael Tweed / Associated Press )

The seating area of the Beverly Hilton lobby.

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Duane Mah, head of catering at the Beverly Hilton.

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A hallway at the Beverly Hilton.

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Inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Actress Esther Williams, center, at the hotel’s Aqua Star Pool Aug. 12, 1955. 

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The Aqua Star Pool at the Beverly Hilton in 1953.

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Merv Griffin, owner of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in 2003.

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At the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s official opening in 1955, luminaries were greeted with fireworks, elephants and champagne fountains.

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Hotel owner Merv Griffin with his sharpei at the Beverly Hilton.

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