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Very few places can be truly described as having legends galore. However, Hollywood is definitely one of them. The very name 'Hollywood' brings to the mind an aura of glamor and luxury. Read on for some interesting facts about Hollywood.
Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California. It is identified as one of the most happening places in the world, and is used as a metonym for the motion picture industry of the United States.
H. J. Whitley, a real estate developer from Canada coined the name Hollywood. He is known as the Father of Hollywood. It is said that he and his wife Gigi, came up with the name when on their honeymoon in 1886. The nickname of Hollywood is Tinseltown. Being the work-zone for some of the most famous (and infamous), influential, and affluent people in the world, there are a plethora of interesting, weird, and funny facts that are associated with this place.
Facts About Hollywood
• The Hollywood sign, located on Mount Lee in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California, is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world.
• In 1923, Harry Chandler, an investor, and the then owner of 'The Los Angeles Times', built the famous Hollywood Sign to advertise the area 'Hollywoodland'. The total expense for this advertisement was $21,000. Initially, it was built to last only for eighteen months.
• In 1939, four thousand twenty-watt bulbs were put to illuminate the signboard, and a caretaker was appointed to maintain the same.
• In 1949, the alphabets 'L', 'A', 'N' and 'D', that formed the word 'land' were removed, and the sign started to represent the Hollywood district as a whole.
• Over time, the alphabets of the sign began to deteriorate and fall down. To restore them, a public campaign in the form of an auction was started in 1978, where celebrities like Hugh Hefner, Gene Autry, Alice Cooper, and others managed to raise $250,000.
• In 1992, a trust known as 'Hollywood Sign Trust' was set up to maintain the Hollywood sign.
• Although it is illegal to modify the sign in any way without prior permission, it has been done on quite a number of occasions. Some of the altered names were: 'HOLLYWEED' (1976), which was done after a state law was passed that decriminalized marijuana; 'GO UCLA' (1993), for the annual UCLA-USC game; 'SAVE THE PEAK' (2010), as a part of a campaign to protect the land around the sign.
• A tragic fact associated with the sign dates back to September 1932, when Broadway theater actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping off the letter 'H' of the sign.
• In May 1927, a Chinese theater known as 'Grauman's Chinese Theatre' was opened in Hollywood. It is one of the most popular and legendary theaters in the world. This Chinese theater is a major tourist attraction. Featuring an attractive jade-green bronze roof, which is 90 feet high, Grauman's Chinese Theatre houses many artifacts from China, and is truly a Chinese landmark in Hollywood. One of the courts of the theater has the foot and hand prints of various Hollywood legends such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, etc.
• The 'El Capitan Theatre' in Hollywood Boulevard hosts many live stage shows and world premieres of the movies. The Walt Disney Company and Pacific Theaters of Warner Brothers renovated it in 1989.
• In November 2001, 'Kodak Theatre' with a seating capacity of over 3,000 was opened in the heart of Hollywood. This theater has become the first permanent location of the Academy Awards. It is now known as the Dolby Theatre.
• Other famous theaters include the 'Egyptian Theatre' and 'Pantages Theatre'. These theaters run behind-the-scenes of movies, and feature dance performances and musical concerts.
• Hollywood was also home to C.C. Brown's Ice Cream that is renowned for inventing the Hot Fudge Sundae. It closed down in 1996.
• The 'Hollywood Hotel' near the northwest corner of Hollywood was the first hotel where the elite and movie stars of the yesteryear gathered for lunch or dinner.
• 'Cafe Montmartre' was the first nightclub of Hollywood. It is believed that actress Joan Crawford was discovered here.
• One of the oldest restaurants favored by many in Hollywood is the 'Musso & Frank Grill'. It has been the prime destination of many Hollywood greats like William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway.
• 'Capitol Records Tower' in Hollywood was the world's first circular office. Musical nights of big names like The Beatles, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, and Frank Sinatra were hosted here.