Saturday, January 7

DEATH OBITUARY : Marilyn Lewis , Hamburger Hamlet Co-Founder Dies At 87

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marilyn Lewis, who with her husband founded the Hamburger Hamlet chain that pioneered the gourmet burger, has died. She was 87.

Adam Lewis tells the Los Angeles Times his mother died Wednesday.

Hamburger Hamlet was launched on Sunset Boulevard in 1950.

Harry Lewis was an actor and wanted a place where entertainers could relax. The restaurant offered customizable burgers and even a diet menu.

Customers included Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Lewises sold the chain in 1987 and the last restaurant closed several years ago.

People are paying tribute on social media. 

Dorothy Johnson Oh Sam Rubin I also have special memories of Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset back in the day 1971-72. R.I.P. lovely lady.
Mike Breed Well said Sam. Everyone in L.A. has a HH story. We used to play " remember your waiter" . Odds were your waiter would be on T.V with in 18 months. Thank you
Ingrid Oliansky There is still a Hamburger Hamlet on Van Nuys, just North of Ventura.

Ben Herndon Marilyn Lewis was married to "Hamlet" co-founder Harry Lewis who acted in the classic KEY LARGO. Harry is the gent in the hat.

Peggy Timmermans Loved Hamburger Hamlet, when we lived in Palm Springs! Way back in the 80's! Having lunch outside on Palm Canyon Drive! Oh, the wonderful memories!
Barbara Yaroslavsky Oh the memories we share! 
Thank you for this walk down memory lane.

Rhonda Datzker Yaffa I printed for Kate Mantilinis. So sad. At least they opened Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks.

Sherrie Basham The last HH I remember was in Palm Springs. My parents took a boyfriend and I to the one in Hollywood in junior high. It was A TREAT!

Debbie Schultz Haven't been to Lucy's in many years, but loved it while working nearby. It was our go-to lunch spot. The absolute best chicken tostada I've ever had!

Rosalind Broadnax Loved the Hamlet near Westwood when attending UCLA many years ago...

Joni Meyers One of the first restaurant chains to hire African American women as waitresses. Also we lost this week a 3rd restaurant owner from Dulan's on Crenshaw, Adolf Dulan.

Lee Ann Douglas Krueger Back in the 80's we had a HH in Huntington Beach and it was so good!

Marie McNeely I worked in Beverly Hills in the early 70's..... we (the paralegals) would go to the Hamlet on Bedford (I think) for Friday lunch..... the minute one of the attorneys would leave that woman would run over and snag a booth!
Sue Rene Brazee Lmft HH in Westwood. Great French onion soup and the best cheese bread!

Ron Brown Sam I remember the hamburger Hamlet on the Sunset strip, one of the first. Then the one over on Van Nuys Blvd. and the one in Woodland Hills, I've eaten at all of them. At one time we even had one out here in Valencia. They were great restaurants. I re...See More

Paula Saifer 93khj and shana. I remember it well. I remember when it came on the airwaves. You are so lucky to have these wonderful memories. Hope you write a book. Thanks Sam for sharing 🤗🤗🤗
Neal Johnson Pasadena and Palm Springs were my go to HH locations. The number 4 burger or prison style chili were my top choices but oh that onion soup!!!!
Jeanette Phelps Evans Sam- many of the same memories! I also worked at KHJ in the 70's.... spent lots of time at Lucy's! And ditto at HH Sunset location....

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Anna Park Gerard West LA and Century City. Had Onion Soup Fondu for the first time at Beverly Hills. The #17 at Century City when I worked at a law firm across the street. They were always a respite from high anxiety!
Caroline McElroy I had my very first mimosa at the Sherman Oaks' Hamburger Hamlet. We had a Hamburger Hamlet Express in NoHo for a few weeks and then it closed suddenly. Not sure what that was all about.
Chellie Seigel Schwartzman I really miss the Hamlet, especially the Brentwood one where I would go after work with friends and it was one of the few places you could sit and talk to people. Loved the Stella sandwich too.

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