Celebrating Steve Martin’s ‘LA Story’ 30 years later

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Steve Martin grew up and went to college in Southern California. He wrote “LA Story” by observing Angelenos and embellishing his own experiences in the early 1990s. Photo by Danny Clinch.

In 1991, actor Steve Martin wrote and starred in “LA Story,” a satirical romantic comedy in which a wacky weatherman tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter struggling to make sense of early 1990s Los Angeles. Thirty years later, we speak with Martin about whether the LA stereotypes that made the film so hilarious still hold up.

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