Rudolph Valentino once entertained girlfriends (and boyfriends) in Room 1202 of L.A.'s Alexandria Hotel. Location manager Doug Dresser scouted the surreal space a decade ago — and recently took NPR's Susan Stamberg back for a visit. Courtesy Doug Dresser hide caption

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Portrait of a Boy is one of three Rembrandt paintings in Simon's collection. If Simon had had his way, there would have been four; the Metropolitan Museum of Art outbid him for Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer. The Norton Simon Foundation hide caption

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When Atlanta burns in Gone with the Wind, what you're actually seeing is leftover sets from King Kong and The Garden of Allah set aflame in a lot in Culver City, Calif. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hide caption

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From the exhibition "Fresh Flowers," a drawing created by artist David Hockney with the creative tool that's been fascinating him lately -- the iPad. Untitled, 10 July 2010 is one of hundreds of digital works showing on 40 screens in the Paris exhibition, which runs through Jan. 30. David Hockney hide caption

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Dick Cavett didn't do interviews -- he held conversations. And in the 1960s and '70s, he held conversations with the likes of Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon, Richard Nixon and Groucho Marx. Above, Cavett poses in his New York office in 1978. Carlos Rene Perez/AP hide caption

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Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter were married for 28 years before Pinter's death in 2009 from cancer. Doubleday/Courtesy of Antonia Fraser hide caption

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Patti LuPone as Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy.. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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This Qing Dynasty porcelain incense burner dates back to the late 17th century. Freer Gallery of Art hide caption

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Jim Pearce's latest album is inspired by his years making a modest living as a working musician. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nancy Astor, pictured here in a John Singer Sargent portrait from 1909, represents the 19th-century American feminine ideal: soft, delicate, and clad in European-made clothes. As the 20th century developed, that ideal shifted. National Trust / Art Resource hide caption

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