600 Strockton Street
|Lady of the
is the 1978 made for TV version of the autobiography of San Francisco's
most famous bordello operator, Sally
Stanford. Dyan Cannon stars the
madam who would be mayor (of Sausalito). Legendary San Franciscan Melvin
Belli appears in the role of "Mayor Jim of San Francisco," aka Sunny
Jim Rolph. The Ritz Carlton Hotel on Stockton Street stands in for City
Hall, where Cannon and Armand Assante tie the knot. In 1978 the Ritz Carlton
was still the Cogswell College. Cannon and Assante are seen jumping out
of their car and running joyfully up the staircase which then led to the
school's main entrance under the portico. The staircase was removed for
the valet parking shelter and covered entrance seen here. The Assante character,
Ernest de Paulo, is based on Stanford's real life husband, Ernest Spagnoli.
Directed by Ralph Nelson and Vincent Sherman.
about Lady of the House