Madame Wu’s Garden became a destination for Hollywood elite when it opened in 1959, known for its cuisine and decor as much as for its elegant host.
Sylvia Wu, whose famed southern California restaurant drew Hollywood’s biggest stars for four decades, has died at the age of 106, the LA Times reports.
Madame Wu’s Garden on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica became a dining destination shortly after it opened in 1959, popular for its cuisine and pagoda-style decor featuring jade statues, a stone waterfall and a koi-filled fountain.
At Madame Wu’s Garden, Mae West favored the cold melon soup, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman enjoyed the shrimp toast and crab puffs, while Princess Grace of Monaco preferred the Peking roast duck, according to the LA Times.
She immediately regretted closing the restaurant in 1998, and opened Madame Wu’s Asian Bistro & Sushi.