vintage l.a. times

Spanish artist Salvador Dalí died 24 years ago today, giving us the perfect excuse to reblog this classic photo from our archives. 

The picture of Dalí in a bathtub at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, was originally published by The Times on June 19, 1944 with the caption:

ARTISTIC — Salvador Dali, surrealist, likes to work in small places. Yesterday at Ambassador suite he chose the bathtub. There was no extra charge for the hand.

It’s Stephen Sondheim’s birthday today (he’s 83), so we took a spin through our archives in search of interesting Sondheim stories. Here’s one: A 1969 item from gossip columnist Joyce Haber on an apparent run-in between Sondheim and his Manhattan neighbor, Katharine Hepburn, over a party that was too noisy for Hepburn’s liking.