The Lava Lady

L.A. icon week continues with the Lava Lady, a.k.a. Susan Strauss.  This is a photo of her  near her old home in Los Angles.  Strauss earned her name by covering her entire house on the corner of Detroit of Clinton in Lava Rock.

She has since moved to Wellington Florida where she was been dubbed the Wellington Witch.  Strauss was infamous in L.A., just as she seems to be now in Wellington.  But, anyone who walks the streets daily with their hair wrapped straight up, in doll-like blush, long velvet gowns, and 5-inch platforms is bound to get a bit of attention!

Some say Strauss was a model for Rudi Gernreich in the 60s, others label her as a long-lost wife of Dr. Seuss, many claim her to be an heir to the Levi Strauss fortune, and a few are positive she was a member of the Manson family.  But, the Lava Lady has only admitted to being a retired poet.

Wouldn’t you just love to sit down with her for lunch and fill in all the blanks?!  Pretty epic.

Photos by Osker Jimenez

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