Television producer, Paul Henning who spent three decades in Hollywood, wrote The Ballad of Jed Clampett. The ballad was the theme song for the popular television sitcom that Henning produced, The Beverly Hillbillies and was sung by Bluegrass legend Lester Flatt. The story took place in Beverly Hills, California and truthfully did not place the Tennessee transplant or the residents of Beverly Hills in a very good light. However, Henning portrayed Beverly Hills correctly in the sitcom’s theme song with the insertion of the brief phrase describing Beverly Hills-“swimming pools, movie stars”. Beverly Hills is a suburb of downtown Hollywood, and Henning was correct in his description. The City of Beverly Hills is a great place to catch a glimpse of a movie star. It is where many of the world’s rich and famous live and play.
The town is small in comparison to other famous California cities. It is less than ten square miles. It is chocked full of trendy shops, expensive, prestigious stores and beautiful homes. The joke is, that no one is born or dies in Beverly Hills, a reference to the fact that there is no hospital or cemetery within its limits. The city of Beverly Hills is cultivated beauty at its finest. There is no industry to speak of and no marred landscapes. Signs are reasonable, meaning there are no billboards in Beverly Hills. There are however wonderful restaurants, spacious homes, exclusive and trendy shops and boutiques.
Beverly Hills is west of Los Angeles and is neighbored by the cities of Bel-Air, Westwood, and Hollywood. The most famous street in the world is located in Beverly Hills, or at the very least, the most famous street for shopping. Rodeo Drive is short, but real sweet. It is only three blocks long, but what a few blocks it is! Armani, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Saks Fifth Avenue and more exclusive stores are sprinkled along Rodeo Drive. The commercial side of Rodeo Drive opens out into a very affluent neighborhood of spacious mansions and huge green lawns.
Tourists wanting to see how the rich and famous live, or where they live, have come to the right place. Not all roads lead to movie stars, but most residential roads do.
Three blocks west of Rodeo Drive is a Drive where stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Peter Falk, George Gershwin and others once lived. Roxbury Drive was the home to many movie stars from the past. Other homes of past and present stars are located on the following Beverly Hills Streets: Bedford Drive, Carolwood Drive, Crescent Drive and Benedict Canyon Drive.
The Museum of Television and Radio is in Beverly Hills and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.