As a kid growing up between Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana I used to encounter all sorts of characters who would become forever stuck in my mind, figures who came to represent these cities.
And the figure who came to represent Los Angeles was a bubbly woman named Angelyne, a busty cartoon character come to life seen in print and on billboards throughout the city in the 80s and 90s.
Angelyne is Hollywood's original "famous for being famous" star, a woman who made herself into a star by posting her bodacious image on L.A. billboards along with her manager's phone number.
She made have led the way for Paris Hilton and Kim K., but don't hold that against her- Angelyne was just doing what she does best, being that "'50s glamour girl gone berserk" John Waters loves so much.
Marie Lodi (formerly of Jezebel) had the chance to hang out with Angelyne and go for a spin in her iconic pink Corvette as the two spent the day together talking Hollywood, politics and the art of self promotion.