The news of “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer‘s death spread quickly yesterday as tributes to her disco legacy, sequined gowns and searing voice played on the airwaves and got everyone up to dance once again. The world has lost a great legend in music who brought great joy to our lives. Who doesn’t hear “Last Dance” or “MacArthur Park” and not remember a distinct moment in time, or have an emotional re-connection t0 the past?
Summer is rumored to have lived at 531 S Windsor Blvd in Windsor Square during the early 1980s. The only evidence we’ve found online so far is a real estate listing from Regal Estates in 2010 which says the residence was once home to Donna Summer as well as to fashion critic Richard Blackwell of “Worst Dressed” list fame. Hotelier Ian Schrager also mentions her LA base in his tribute to Summer today in the Daily Beast where he claims “She was the soundtrack for a part of my life.”
We’d love to hear from readers who may have anecdotes about Summer living in the area. It could be she kept her private life under wraps then as she did in her last days – news reports vary widely in what city she last called home in Florida at the time of her death.
For the looky-loos who love peeking inside these glorious Hancock Park area residences, the 2010 real estate listing for the 1917 manse designed by architects Hunt and Burns (who also designed the Ebell Club at Lucerne and Wilshire a few years later) is still online.
YouTube: Video on 531 S Windsor Blvd.
About Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.
2 thoughts on “Donna Summer a Local HP Gal in the 80s?”
My! Is this ever a distasteful, disrespectful article to write and publish the day after someone’s death.
There are people close to Ms. Summer who are grieving in her absence because she was likely a cherished friend or relative.
You’ve chosen to jump on the most commercial of bandwagons without a scrap of humanity or dignity.
Hooray for Hollywood.
We’re sorry you found the post to be disrespectful. That was certainly not our intention. We have great appreciation for Donna Summer and what she brought to this world and wanted our readers to know that in some small way she was connected with our local community here in Hancock Park. I personally didn’t know she had lived here, and wanted to share that with others who also may not have known this.