Introduction to the HOLLYWOOD sign

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05 May

Introduction to the HOLLYWOOD sign

Not many people know the history behind the famous sign, which is nearly 100 years old. The H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D letters were placed on the side of the mountain above the city in an effort to promote a new housing development, “Hollywoodland”. Of course the rest is history. The sign came to be recognized as more than an advertisement for some long ago piece of real estate....

Hollywood California

H.J. Whitley is considered the founding father of Hollywood. He opened the Hollywood Hotel, in the early1900’s. In the early days the State of California was favorable to the motion picture business, because of its fair weather. Production companies began to boon in Los Angeles. Nine years after the founding of Hollywood, Los Angeles was following a close second to New York City for movie production. By 1940 Hollywood was world famous.   H.J. Whitley hired an architect to design Whitley Heights; the development named for the founder was the first celebrity community and was home to many early movie stars; Rudolph Valentino, W.C. Fields. William Powell, and Marlene Dietrich were all early residents.   Hollywood is west-northwest of the...