Alison Martino

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Alison Martino
Born (1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Television producer, Writer, Historian
Years active1998–present

Alison Martino (born December 15, 1970, in Los Angeles, California) is a writer, television producer and historian. She is the daughter of the late singer Al Martino and his wife, American Airlines flight attendant and model Judi Stilwell Martino.[1]

Known as an expert in Los Angeles history, Martino has been referred to as the "Godmother" of old LA and the Sunset Strip.[2] Her knowledge of Los Angeles has been featured in numerous regional publications such as Curbed LA,[3][4][5] Los Angeles Magazine,[6][7] WeHoVille,[8][9] The Hollywood Reporter[10] and nationally in the Los Angeles Times,[11] Huffington Post[12] and The New York Times.[13] She has also been featured in various television and radio programs such as ABC's Eye on L.A.,[14] NPR,[15] and the nationally syndicated shows The Insider, Travel Channel's Baggage Battles, Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations and 2018's In Ice Cold Blood, hosted by Ice-T. In 2019, Alison became an on-air contributor for Spectrum News channel on a series called The SoCal Scene[16] produced by Make Fresh Productions.

As an author she has written numerous articles for Los Angeles Magazine.[17]

Martino is also a successful television producer, spending much of the late 1990s and 2000s in various production television roles, producing multiple episodes of E! Entertainment Television's Mysteries and Scandals as well as the popular reality shows Trading Spaces, Celebrity Rehab and the critically acclaimed Intervention. In 2014, she teamed up with P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes of The Ebersole Hughes Company to create the web series VLA TV,[18] premiering on her YouTube channel. In 2017, she co-produced a documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled Mansfield 66/67.[19]

In 2010, Martino created the online community Vintage Los Angeles which documents the history of Los Angeles.[20]


  1. ^ "The Godmother: Alison Martino Preserves the History of Old LA and the Sunset Strip". 30 November 2015.
  2. ^ WeHoVille: Alison Martino Preserves the History of Old LA and the Sunset Strip
  3. ^ Curbed LA: Alison Martino's Neighborhood Guide to Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood
  4. ^ Curbed LA: West Hollywood's Formosa Cafe will be restored and reopened
  5. ^ Curbed LA: Hollywood building that once housed lavish supper club wins landmark status
  6. ^ Los Angeles Magazine: Contributor Q&A
  7. ^ Los Angeles Magazine: Nagel-gazing With Alison Martino
  8. ^ WeHoVille: Alison Martino Heads Back to Hollywood's Golden Age with Villa Nova's Charlotte Dale as Guide
  9. ^ WeHoVille: With 'Vintage Los Angeles,' Every Day is 'Throwback Thursday' for Alison Martino
  10. ^ Hollywood Reporter: Vendor Carts Removed From Front of Historic TCL Chinese Theatre Following Social Media Controversy
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times: Remembering Charlotte Dale and her beloved Villa Nova
  12. ^ Huffington Post: Alison Martino Uncovers A Forgotten City
  13. ^ New York Times: Hollywood History vs Souvenir Junk
  14. ^ ABC's 'Eye On LA'
  15. ^ NPR: Going back in time with Vintage LA's Alison Martino
  16. ^ "The SoCal Scene | Spectrum News 1".
  17. ^ Alison Martino articles in Los Angeles Magazine
  18. ^ VLA TV
  19. ^ Variety: Mansfield 66/67
  20. ^ Vintage Los Angeles

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