BUILDING: End of the Party?

Even amid the zany opulence of the Hollywood set, Hal Braxton Hayes set a standard for show-offs to aspire to. A self-made millionaire, he liked to throw frequent parties for 200 to 300 guests in his $600,000, six-level surrealistic home carved out of a mountainside in Beverly Hills. Trim and handsomely greying at 48, Bachelor Hayes figured in gossip items with Joan Blondell and Barbara Hutton. and made the headlines for lasting two long months as the fiance-of-the-moment of Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. Hal Hayes also had another, essential side—the money-making side. He is the founder and sole proprietor...

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