The World’s Most Famous Pharmacy

3 years ago  •  Add Comment  •  by Donna Bliss

The world’s most famous pharmacy, Schwab’s, was the scene of many Hollywood legends. The pharmacy was owned and run by brothers Bernard, Jack, Leon and Martin Schwab, who discovered the failing drugstore and decided to cash in on its location, which was close to all the movie studios.

Besides filling prescriptions, the brothers also ran a soda and lunch counter, where their Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae was a big seller. According to Hollywood lore, Lana Turner was discovered while drinking a milkshake at the Schwab’s counter. Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald reportedly had a heart attack at Schwab’s while purchasing a pack of cigarettes.

It is said that composer Harold Arlen wrote “Over the Rainbow” for The Wizard of Oz on a Schwab’s napkin. Once, Humphrey Bogart reportedly asked Leon Schwab for a hangover cure. Schwab told him to stop drinking. Bogart was not pleased with Schwab’s retort and replied that he was not looking for a lecture.

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