Excerpts from Gardner McKay’s memoir: Journey Without a Map: Neighbor
...Lainie Kazan, the neighbor downhill, lived closer but was separated by lines of trees and bushes. Another well-known singer who had become an actor. One morning she called. Had that been a lioness she’d seen pacing not too far from her bathroom window?
It was early and she could scarcely see it, but that’s what it looked like to her I became suddenly vivacious, as I always did when I faced a threat to them, their possible loss to me. I wondered what she would say next and all she said was that she was pregnant and would I move it to another part of the property so she wouldn’t miscarry? It was like that.
It was an area that Jack and Eve slept, or were confined to, if I went away. It was forty feet at its widest point with twelve-foot-high iron bars four inches apart. It is solid, extremely heavy and is transported by circuses and is called simply “arena.”
Later, I heard that the experience with the neighbor’s lion had become material in her Las Vegas act. I telephoned her. She was sophisticated, I hadn’t realized, understood, and cut it out of her act. Then I realized that it would have been okay, no one in the audience gave a damn or cared enough to believe her or not. Everyone was from elsewhere and there were no Los Angeles animal inspectors among them...#showbiz #lion#beverlyhills #la #wildanimals #neighborhood