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Hollywood is a neighborhood located in Los Angeles, California, that’s also synonymous with the glamour, money and power of the entertainment industry. As the show-business capital of the world, Hollywood is home to many famous television and movie studios and record companies. Yet despite its glitzy status, Hollywood has humble roots: It began as a small agricultural community and evolved into a diverse, thriving metropolis where stars are born and dreams come true—for a lucky few.
Hollywood’s Humble Origins
In 1853, a small adobe hut was all that existed where Hollywood stands today. But over the next two decades, the area became a thriving agricultural community called Cahuenga Valley.
When politician and real estate developer Harvey Henry Wilcox and his second wife Daeida moved to Los Angeles from Topeka, Kansas in 1883, he purchased 150 acres of land west of Hollywood and attempted to try his hand at ranching.
His efforts didn’t go well, however, so in 1887, he filed plans with the Los Angeles County Recorder’s office to subdivide the land. Soon, Prospect Avenue and upscale homes sprung up.
H. J. Whitley
By the turn of the century, Hollywood had a post office, markets, a hotel, a livery and even a street car. In 1902, banker and real estate mogul H. Whitley, also known as the “Father of Hollywood,” stepped in.
Whitley opened the Hollywood Hotel—now the site of the Dolby theater, which hosts the annual Oscars ceremony—and developed Ocean View Tract, an upscale residential neighborhood. He also helped finance the building of a bank and was integral to bringing electricity to the area.
Hollywood incorporated in 1903 and merged with Los Angeles in 1910. At that time, Prospect Avenue became the now-famous Hollywood Boulevard.
How Hollywood got its name is disputed. According to one story, after Harvey and Daeida Wilcox learned there was an Ohio town called Hollywood, she named their ranch the same and the name stuck. Another story states H. Whitley came up with the name while honeymooning in the area in 1886.
Whichever story is correct (if either), all three people played an important role in the famous city’s development.
Hollywood Film Studios
The first film completed in Hollywood was 1908’s The Count of Monte Cristo, although production of the film began in Chicago. The first film made entirely in Hollywood was a short film in 1910 titled In Old California.
By 1911, the first movie studio appeared on Sunset Boulevard. By 1915, many major motion-picture companies had relocated to Hollywood from the East Coast.
Hollywood was an ideal place to produce movies since filmmakers couldn’t be sued there for infringing on motion picture film patents held by Thomas Edison and his Motion Picture Patents Company. It also had warm, predictably sunny weather and diverse terrain perfect for movie backdrops.
The Hollywood sign is a must-see tourist attraction, although it didn’t start out that way. It was originally a clever electric billboard advertising an upscale suburban neighborhood in what is now the Hollywood Hills.
The sign originally said, “Hollywoodland,” and was erected in 1923 by Los Angeles Times publisher and real estate developer Harry Chandler at a cost of $21,000. Each original letter was 30 feet wide and 43 feet tall and attached to telephone poles. Four thousand light bulbs illuminated the massive marquis.
The sign was supposed to last just one and a half years; however, it became part of Hollywood’s culture and remained. During the Great Depression, the sign deteriorated. It was partially restored in 1949 and the last four letters removed. In the late 1970s, the sign was restored again and has been featured in countless movies, including Superman, Mighty Joe Young and The Day After Tomorrow.
Golden Age of Hollywood
The Golden Age of Hollywood was a period of great growth, experimentation and change in the industry that brought international prestige to Hollywood and its movie stars.
Under the all-controlling studio system of the era, five movie studios known as the “Big Five” dominated: Warner Brothers, RKO, Fox, MGM and Paramount. Smaller studios included Columbia, Universal and United Artists.
The Golden Age of Hollywood began with the silent movie era (though some people say it started at the end of the silent movie age). Dramatic films such as D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915) and comedies such as The Kid (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin were popular nationwide. Soon, movie stars such as Chaplin, the Marx Brothers and Tallulah Bankhead were adored everywhere.
With the introduction of movies with sound, Hollywood producers churned out Westerns, musicals, romantic dramas, horror films and documentaries. Studio movie stars were even more idolized, and Hollywood increased its reputation as the land of affluence and fame.
During World War I, after President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany, the Big Five jumped on the political-propaganda bandwagon.
Often under pressure and guidance from the Wilson administration, they produced educational shorts and reels on war preparedness and military recruitment. They also lent out their wide roster of popular actors to promote America’s war efforts.
By the 1930s, at the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the movie industry was one of the largest businesses in the United States. Even in the depths of the Great Depression, movies were a weekly escape for many people who loved trading their struggles for a fictional, often dazzling world, if only for a couple of hours.
Despite the tough economic times, it’s estimated up to 80 million Americans went to the movies each week during the Depression.
Some of the greatest films made in all of Hollywood history were made in the late 1930s, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Gone with the Wind, Jezebel, A Star Is Born, Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach and Wuthering Heights.
Hollywood During World War II
As World War II dominated news headlines, people needed to laugh more than ever, and Hollywood was happy to oblige them. Movie studios created scripts for their funniest comedians such as Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bob Hope and Jack Benny.
Pre-movie cartoon reels left audiences guffawing and were often used to promote war propaganda in a lighthearted way. On a serious note, documentary newsreels brought the realities of war to life in ways audiences had never experienced yet couldn’t resist.
But things weren’t business-as-usual in Hollywood. Movie studios had to prepare for civil defense and erected elaborate bomb shelters. Filming from the sea or near military installations was banned. Nighttime blackout rules prohibited filming at night.
In 1942, the War Production Board initiated a maximum $5,000 budget for new film sets, forcing movie studios to cut corners, recycle props and equipment and find creative and cheap ways to produce movies.
Many established movie stars enlisted in the armed forces, including Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and Mickey Rooney. Hollywood actresses such as Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and Lana Turner lent their sensual appeal to the war effort by becoming pinups for love-starved GIs. Most Hollywood movie stars used their fame to help sell millions of war bonds.
In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled movie studios couldn’t own movie theaters that showed only their films. This was the beginning of the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The ruling forced the Big Five to sell their movie theaters and become more selective about the films they produced.
Movie studios were also bound by the Hays Code, a voluntary set of rules for censorship in movies. While not a major issue in the 1950s, it tied their hands even as audiences grew more liberal in the 1960s.
As television popularity exploded in the 1950s, movie attendance suffered. In the 1960s, foreign movie studios proved they could easily snag some of Hollywood’s glory with their James Bond franchise and movies such as Zulu and Lawrence of Arabia.
Finally, with the advent of tabloid magazines, many Hollywood stars were called out for scandal and questionable behavior, eradicating their wholesome images and knocking them from their lofty pedestals.
During the Cold War, paranoia grew in Hollywood and the rest of the United States over communism. In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a House of Representatives group who investigated potential communist ties, decided to investigate communism in films. At least 40 people in the movie industry were called to testify.
Ten directors and screenwriters, known as the Hollywood Ten, chose to challenge the legality of HUAC’s actions. They claimed the investigation violated their civil rights; however, their efforts backfired when they were held in contempt of Congress, fined and eventually jailed.
One of the ten, Edward Dmtryk, later chose to cooperate with authorities and identified 20 of his peers with possible communist ties.
After the fiasco, the Hollywood Ten, not including Dmtryk, and anyone else in the industry suspected of supporting communism were blacklisted and denied work. Hundreds of actors, musicians, writers, producers and directors made the ignominious list, including Lena Horne, Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd Bridges, Burl Ives and Anne Revere.
The Dark Side of Hollywood
On the surface, Hollywood reeks of glitz, but a dark side lurks underneath. As Oscar Levant famously quipped, “Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood, and you’ll find the real tinsel underneath.”
Each year, the appeal of fame attracts thousands of starry-eyed runaways and naive dream-pursuers to Hollywood with little chance of making it big.
Many spend what little money they have on acting classes, agents and headshots. When the money runs out, these would-be stars often become desperate, even homeless. Some turn to drugs, prostitution or the area’s thriving porn industry.
Drug and alcohol use has always been rampant in Hollywood and is often blamed on the stress of fame and a non-stop flow of money. Hundreds of celebrities have experienced drug or alcohol-related deaths including Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, William Holden, Truman Capote, Heath Ledger and Whitney Houston.
But Hollywood’s biggest secret may be rampant sexual abuse. Although the “casting couch” has existed since the dawn of movies, it reached a scandalous climax in 2017 when The New York Times broke the story that movie studio mogul Harvey Weinstein had allegedly sexually abused actors and employees for decades. He was fired from his movie studio as dozens of victims came forward to accused him.
Weinstein’s downfall empowered many more entertainment industry employees—both male and female—to come forward with their own sexual abuse stories, some of them decades old. The fallout is challenging Hollywood to face its culture of silence in the face of abuse and enact meaningful change.
Second Golden Age of Hollywood
Some critics and movie fans regard the 1960s and 1970s as a second Golden Age of Hollywood, as the old studio system of the 1930s completely broke down and restrictions on sexual content, obscenity and violence loosened.
These changes gave groundbreaking directors like Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Mike Nichols, Francis Ford Coppola and others free reign over controversial content that definitely wasn’t “family-friendly.”
Noteworthy films that embraced the counterculture ethos of the 1960s and 1970s include Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Easy Rider, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Conversation, Mean Streets, The Godfather and All the President’s Men.
Reign of the Blockbuster
By the mid-1970s and 1980s, computer-assisted special effects had evolved and helped launch massive blockbuster action movies such as Jaws and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Feel-good movies like Rocky and E.T. sent moviegoers flocking to theaters and made their movie stars larger-than-life.
Movie ticket sales declined in the 1990s, but Hollywood pressed on thanks to a surge in VCR video rentals and later, DVDs and Blue-Ray. With the 2000s came an increase in Disney movies, big-budget blockbusters and crude comedies.
Changing technology continues to move people to a more digital world and Hollywood has more exposure than ever. Yet in an era of economic inequality, many Americans today are much less enthralled with Hollywood movie stars and their glamorous lifestyle. Social media, tabloids, a 24-hour news cycle and online movie review websites can make or break movies, movie stars and movie industry professionals overnight.
As a result, Hollywood will no doubt remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to evolve how they do business to stay relevant by engaging and entertaining audiences worldwide.
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Hollywood conjures up so many images and feelings in many of us – movies or actors that we love, childhood dreams of being a star – but how did Hollywood as a place come to be? Here’s our Hollywood timeline.
Harvey Wilcox, a transplant from Kansas, buys 160 acres of land west of Los Angeles in order to found a conservative community. His wife Daeida meets a woman on a train who speaks of her summer home called Hollywood. She convinces her husband to name their new community Hollywood.
The community is incorporated as Hollywood. Wilcox, a prohibitionist, bans the sale of alcohol in the community except by pharmacists.
Hollywood officially becomes a part of Los Angeles in order to benefit from the water and sewage systems.
David Horsley purchases the Blondeau Tavern on Sunset Boulevard and turns it into the Nestor Film Company, Hollywood’s first film studio.
The first feature-length film, The Squaw Man, is released. Its creators – Samuel Goldwyn, Cecil B. DeMille, and Jesse Lasky – made the film in a barn a block away from what is now the corner of Hollywood and Vine.
The Charlie Chaplin Studios are built just south of Sunset.
The Hollywood sign, which originally reads “Hollywoodland,” is put up. It is an advertisement for a Hollywood Hills housing development. After the advertisement is over, the sign remains and is negelected.
May 18, 1927
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has its Grand Opening in Hollywood. The film shown that evening is Cecil B. DeMille’s The King of Kings. A riot breaks out as onlookers try to see the stars entering the theater for the premiere.
May 19, 1927
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre opens to the public.
May 16, 1929
The first Academy Awards ceremony and banquet takes place in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce takes charge of the Hollywood signing, removing the “land” and repairing the letters that now spell, simply, “Hollywood.”
The now-landmark Capitol Records building is erected on Vine Street.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is created.
The first star is placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The celebrity honored is Joanne Woodward.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is declared a historical and cultural landmark.
The Kodak Theatre opens on Hollywood Blvd in the location of the old Hollywood Hotel.
A group of Hollywood residents campaign for secession from Los Angeles.
The secession referendums go on the ballot during the November election. To succeed, there needs to be a majority of voters not just from Hollywood, but the whole of Los Angeles. The referendums are not voted in.
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The first permanent film studio in Hollywood — Nestor Motion Picture Company — on the corner of Gower Street and Sunset Boulevard. 1911.
David Horsley's Nestor Company came to Hollywood from Bayonne, New Jersey on October 17, 1911. Six days later, this photograph was taken. Wikimedia Commons
The North Hollywood Pacific Electric Car Station located at the intersection of Chandler and Lankershim Boulevards. 1919.
The rail system was eventually dismantled in 1952 due to the popularity of cars. The original station, however, still stands. Wikimedia Commons
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Today, it's difficult to imagine that back in the 1870s, Hollywood was nothing more than a small agricultural community.
Of course, back then it wasn't called Hollywood, but was instead known as the Cahuenga Valley. This area was a frost-free belt that stretched along the base of the Santa Monica Mountains and a place of great importance to the region's farmers. After all, it was an agricultural paradise where pineapples grew with abundance and bananas ripened almost overnight.
But the agricultural paradise of the Cahuenga Valley was not to last long. The real estate boom of the 1880s saw men with entrepreneurial talents turning farm land into suburbs with ferocious rapidity. One such talented man was H. J. Whitley, who saw the potential of the Cahuenga Valley and hatched a plan to buy the land.
Legend has it that, on his honeymoon in 1886, Whitley and his wife stood on top of the hill overlooking the valley when suddenly, a Chinese man with a wagon carrying wood appeared out of nowhere. Whitley supposedly asked the man what it was he was doing, and the man replied, saying what Whitley heard as “I holly-wood,” meaning that he was hauling wood. Whitley was inspired and took the name for his new town which he was yet to buy.
Only Whitley never did buy the land because a man named Harvey H. Wilcox beat him to it. Whitley had shared his Hollywood idea with others and the news traveled fast. Wilcox heard the idea, stole it, and liked Whitley's idea for the name so much that he stole that too. In 1887, Hollywood was born.
Curiously, Wilcox and his wife, Daeida Hartell (who, according to another version of the legend, is said to have convinced Wilcox to buy land near the Cahuenga Valley in the first place and who came up with the name Hollywood after speaking to a woman from Ohio), never wanted Hollywood to become the movie capital of the world, or anything of the sort.
All they wanted was to create a “utopian subdivision” for “cultured, wholesome Midwesterners looking for fresh air and a second act in California,” as Curbed Los Angeles writes. Hartell also wanted the new community to be completely Christian. There was not going to be any liquor, firearms, pool halls, or even bicycle riding.
But Hartell's dream was short-lived. In 1903, the town’s citizens voted on whether or not Hollywood should become an official city, and not the small community Hartell had wanted. Hartell opposed the measure but could not vote (she was a woman after all) and the town became a city.
By 1912, motion picture companies began setting up shop in the area. This was because most motion picture patents were held by Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Company of New Jersey, which made life extremely difficult for motion picture companies. As such, many of them fled west, where Edison’s patents could not be enforced.
Hollywood was a great place to flee to. For one, it was far from Edison but it also had great weather and a diverse landscape that was perfect for filming different kinds of settings. Things then snowballed from there — and the rest is Hollywood history.
After this look at Hollywood history, check out 48 more photos that will transport you right back to vintage Hollywood. Then, have a look at Hollywood's old loves to see the some of the most surprising romantic pairings in Hollywood history.
History of the Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With about 24 induction ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is undoubtedly one of the most successful marketing ideas ever produced. Unfortunately, there is a lot of inaccurate information circulating about the history of the Walk. We present this brief history to set the record straight.
On February 1, 1994 (which was Hollywood’s birthday anniversary), the Walk of Fame was extended one block to the west from Sycamore to LaBrea on Hollywood Blvd. as part of a revitalization project by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Thirty stars were added to the block to create an instant attraction. At this time, Sophia Loren was honored with the 2,000th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Today, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars to the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. An average of two stars are added to the Walk on a monthly basis. The Walk is a tribute to all of those who worked so hard to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction.
The Santa Monica Pier and Carousel
Built in 1876, the Municipal Pier in Santa Monica is one of LA’s oldest, most famous attractions. For years, rumors have circulated about a dark, shadowy figure wandering on the roof at night or riding the carousel horses. It’s one of the city’s most notable ghost legends, yet very little is known about it. Inside the Hippodrome is one of the best-preserved all-wood carousels in the country. A Wurlitzer band organ provides calliope music. It opened to brisk business Saturday, June 10, 1916. Years later the original carousel was replaced and the offices were converted into apartments. During the ’60s, it attracted all kinds of bohemians—writers, musicians, beach combers, hippies, and a faction who would be influential in L.A.’s art scene. Their notorious two- and three-day parties often spilled out onto the roof and attracted artists like Robert Rauschenberg. David Pann, pier maintenance supervisor for 20 years, remembers the scant details of ghostly sounds heard after the parties were over told to him by former tenants. “Late at night, when everything was quiet,” Pann said, “the tenants heard someone walking down the hallway, but when they got up to look, no one was there.” Residents also heard the calliope music from the carousel. Again, they would run downstairs, but find no one. They had no clues as to who their ghostly visitor might be, but this was not an isolated incident. It happened many times.” The apartments were destroyed by fire in 1975, but were restored as offices in the early ’80s when the pier was put on the National Register of Historic Places. “No one is around late at night any more. That was the only time the ghost was ever heard,” says Pann, adding, “besides, everyone up there works for the city now—no imagination.”
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The Hollywood Neighborhood in northeast Portland was named after the ornate Hollywood Theater which was built by Walter Tebbetts. The theater opened on July 17, 1926 with the silent movie, " More Pay-Less Work ". Prior to 1926, this area was known as “ Hollyrood” , Oregon after the Scottish Holyrood.
The Hollywood District was originally part of the Rose City Park subdivision which was platted in 1907. The original Rose City Park subdivision was part of a land claim of Joseph Backenstos, which was assigned to his widow by President Andrew Johnson in 1866. Early maps, around 1890, refer to this area as the Crook Tract. Hollywood is adjacent to the Laurelhurst and Grant Park Neighborhoods.
This view of Portland’s Hollywood District looking east on Sandy Boulevard is from about 1945. On the left, you can see a Standard Gas Station and the Christian Science Reading Room in the Ranken Building by the Sherwin Williams Paint Store. On the right is Carmen’s Restaurant and Stan Block’s Sunset Gasoline Service and Music Mart in front of the Hollywood Theatre.
Once upon a time, Sandy Boulevard in the Hollywood Neighborhood was the most popular automobile cruising destination in Oregon. The signature 7-Up Tower in the upper right, was originally a milk bottle at the Steigerwald Dairy Company.
With their grand opening on May 19, 20 and 21, 1926, Steigerwald Dairy Company , dedicated a new plant topped by a huge milk bottle at 37th & Sandy. Steigerwald Dairy Company boasted the first and largest automatic conveyor bottling plant in the Northwest. With the new plant, Steigerwald’s could wash the glass milk bottles, fill, and cap them at a rate of 2,500 per hour.
Alvin Steigerwald’s Dairy was one of the earliest dairies in East Portland. The original Steigerwald Farm was located between Prescott and Killingsworth Streets from 42nd to about 52nd Street. In addition to selling creamery products, the farm raised nursery stock. Their products were distributed in 1920 at 43rd and Sandy.
The huge milk bottle measured 27 feet in diameter and at 75 feet tall, it was the tallest structure in Northeast Portland. A spiral staircase inside the huge replica was used to take a Christmas tree to the top each year. Lighted with red and green electric bulbs, the tree could be seen for miles. Alvin Steigerwald’s motto was “ Bold on Quality - Never on Price .” In 1936, the dairy was sold and the original milk bottle was covered with lath and plaster, taking on a new shape. For a short time, it became two Pabco Paint cans. By the 1940s, Pabco Paint gave way to the art deco 7-Up sign which remained there until 2002. The sign now advertises Director’s Mortgage.
The Hollywood Theater as it looked on October 31, 1926. The Theater had opened a few months earlier. Associated Gas can be seen in front of the Theater. This view is looking east on Broadway at 39th and Sandy Blvd. Freemans’s Hardware can be seen on the right.
Early view of a Rose City car at 52nd & Sandy. In 1907, real estate developers Hartman & Thompson laid out an extensive project in the Rose City Park Addition along Sandy Road and they received a franchise to operate a streetcar along Sandy. Portland Railway Light & Power Company agreed to build and operate the line. In May, less than three months after the franchise was granted, the new Rose City line opened. Originally, the line branched off of the East Ankeny Line at 28th & Sandy. Two years later, the line was extended west on Sandy to Sixteenth.
Rose City Car 582 at the end of the line at 82nd & Sandy where it connected with Parkrose Car 136. Streetcar service to Hollywood ended in 1936 when electric buses began operating on Sandy. Buses running on overhead electricity would remain until 1963.
In 1931 Fred Meyer opened up a store in the Hollywood Neighborhood along Sandy Boulevard. In addition to groceries, general merchandise and a pharmacy, the new store offered off street parking and a gas station. Paulsen's Pharmacy has continued to operate out of its original 1918 location at 4246 NE Sandy Blvd. Famous for operating a 1920s style soda fountain, Paulsen's offers old fashioned customer service along with the latest products.
Sandy Boulevard has seen its share of restaurants representing nearly every major ethnicity come and go. After the repeal of prohibition in 1933, Pal's Shanty opened in 1937 at 47th and Sandy Boulevard.
Another icon of Hollywood Past was the controversial Coon Chicken Inn which was located at 54th & Sandy. The entrance was shaped like the head of an African American porter with exaggerated features. After opening restaurants in Salt Lake City in 1925 and Seattle in 1929, Maxon Graham opened a third location in Portland in 1930, serving its famous chicken dinners. Customers would actually have to walk through this head’s huge open mouth in order to enter. Inside the restaurant, they would soon discover that this colorful logo was on the menus, silverware, plates, cups, glasses, ashtrays, toothpick holders, receipts, straws, and placemats. The restaurant operated in Portland until 1949.
Hollywood’s most popular restaurant, however, was Yaw's Top Notch which opened in 1926. It was famous for its burgers, gravy fries and berry tarts.
In 1936, Yaw’s moved a block away to 42nd Avenue.
Interior view of Yaw’s Top Notch at 1901 NE 42nd Avenue.
In 1955, Yaw’s opened a brand new restaurant with Car Hop Service. The popular " tootsie roll cop ” handed out tootsie rolls to the youth cruising by the restaurant. After 56 years of serving quality food, Yaws closed in 1982.
Birthdays in Film & TV
- Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress regarded as Hollywood's first Latin and Hispanic movie star actress (Missy, Her Great Part), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1918) Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981) Joseph H. Hazen, Hollywood lawyer (Warner Brothers), born in Kingston, New York (d. 1996) Walter O'Keefe, songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1983)
1901-02-01 Clark Gable, American actor (Gone With the Wind It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', born in Cadiz, Ohio (d. 1960)
- Daniele Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian pianist, conductor and Hollywood film score composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1983) Seton I. Miller, Hollywood screenwriter (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul), born in Chehalis, Washington (d. 1974)
1908-04-15 Lita Grey, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)
- Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989) Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog who was a Hollywood star (Where the North Begins) (d. 1932) Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game) I. A. L. Diamond, Hollywood screenwriter (1960 Acad Award-Apartment), born in Ungheni, Basarabia (d. 1988) Charles Bukowski, German-born American columnist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man) and writer (Hollywood: A Novel) who was described as a "laureate of American lowlife", born in Andernach, Weimar Republic Germany (d. 1994) Dann Cahn, American film editor (I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012) Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer, and "unofficial mayor" of Hollywood (d. 2008) Rhonda Fleming [Marilyn Louis], American actress and singer nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" (Spellbound), born in Hollywood, California Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2014) Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1973) Bill Burrud, American television host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1990) Elena Verdugo, American actress (Little Giant, Cavalier of the West), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2017) Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), born in Paris, France (d. 2001) Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1968) Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1993) Peter Marshall, TV game show host (Hollywood Squares), born in Huntington, West Virginia Kathleen Hughes, American actress (It Came From Outer Space), born in Hollywood, California Don Murray, American actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love), born in Hollywood, California Marilyn Alex, American actress (Molly-Young & Restless), born in Hollywood, California Darryl Hickman, American actor (Human Comedy, Tea & Sympathy), born in Hollywood, California
1933-06-08 Joan Rivers, American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
- Julie Newmar, American actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California David Carradine, American actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2009) Felix Silla, Italian-American circus performer, Hollywood stuntman, and actor (The Addams Family - "Cousin Itt"), born in Roccascasale, Italy (d. 2021) John Phillip Law, American actor (Barbarella, Love Machine), born in Hollywood, California Diane Baker, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie), born in Hollywood, California Buck Taylor, actor (Monroes, Gunsmoke), born in Hollywood, California Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter (Angel on My Shoulder, Cast Your Fate to the Wind), born in North Hollywood, California Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California Beverly Sanders, actress (Lotsa Luck, CPO Sharkey), born in Hollywood, California Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter (Undercover Angel, over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013) Dan Haggerty, actor (Grizzly Adams), born in Hollywood California, (d. 2016) John Davidson, American TV host (Hollywood Squares, That's Incredible), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Rick Sylvester, Hollywood stuntman, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300') Frank Bank, American actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013) Beverly Aadland, Errol Flynns last girlfriend, born in Hollywood, California Stefanie Powers [Paul], American actress (Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Hart to Hart), born in Hollywood, California Eve Babitz, American artist and author (Eve's Hollywood, Slow Days, Fast Company), born in Los Angeles, California Tina Cole, American singer (King Cousins) and actress (Katie-My Three Sons), born in Hollywood, California Tisha Sterling, American actress (Coogan's Bluff), born in Hollywood, California Tony Dow, American actor and director (Wally-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California Donna Theodore, American actress and singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts), born in Pleasanton, California Brenda Benet, American actress (Lee-Days of Our Lives, Beach Ball), born in Hollywood, California Tina Aumont, actress (Master of Love, Casanova), born in Hollywood, California
1946-03-12 Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California
- Erika Slezak, actress (Viki-One Life to Live), born in Hollywood, California Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997) Kim Darby, American actress (True Grit, Enola Gay, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Hollywood, California Jan Smithers, American actress (Bailey-WKRP), born in Hollywood, California Jack Scalia, American actor (Berrengers, Hollywood Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York Jay North, American actor (Dennis the Menace, Maya), born in Hollywood, California Kim Tyler, American actor (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California Corbin Bernsen, American actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law), born in North Hollywood, California Jay Acovone, American actor (Det Rado-Hollywood Beat), born in NYC, New York John Lasseter, American animation director (Pixar), born in Hollywood, California Robert Townsend, American comedian & actor (Hollywood Shuffle, Ratboy), born in Chicago, Illinois Denise Crosby, actress (Tasha-Star Trek: Next Gen), born in Hollywood, California Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (Wanna Hold Your Hand, Bossom Buddies, Back to the Future), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2005) Eric Scott, actor (Ben in The Waltons), born in Hollywood, California Marianne Gravatte, American model and Playboy playmate (Oct, 1982, 1983 Playmate of the Year), born in Hollywood, California Jeb Stuart Adams, American actor (Flowers in the Attic), born in Hollywood, California Leif Garrett, American singer and actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road), born in Hollywood, California Nia Peeples, American dancer and host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton, DJ (Hangin' With Hollywood, Z-100) Michael Brainard, American actor (All My Children, Santa Barbara), born in Hollywood, California Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter and backing vocalist (Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone, Hollywood Vampires), born in Montclair, New Jersey Shelley Michelle, American actress (Golden Eye), born in Hollywood, California Peter DeLuise, American actor (21 Jump Street, seaQuest DSV), born in Hollywood, California Spanky Marcus [Marcus Issoglio], American actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Jimmy Joe"), born in Hollywood, California Pauly Shore, American comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man), born in Hollywood, California Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW) Timothy Olyphant, American stage and screen actor (Deadwood Justified Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), born in Honolulu, Hawaii Patrick Stuart, actor (Will Cortlandt-All My Children), born in Hollywood, California Paula Irvine, actress (Lily Blake-Santa Barbara), born in Hollywood, California Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter, born in North Hollywood, California
1971-06-04 Noah Wyle, American actor (Dr John Carter-ER), born in Hollywood, California
When we were in L.A., all participants on the tour were given the choice of a day at Disneyland or a day at Universal Studios. We made the mistake of opting for Disneyland. I don't know why..it's certainly not what I would do in hindsight. I was disappointed with DL, having already been to DW twice and loved it. So USH is kinda the "fish that got away" for me. I did meet a cool girl at Disney that I communicated with for several years, so I guess it wasn't a TOTAL loss.
Did this scene feature ham sandwiches?
Also, the food was particularly bad at the two restaurants at USH. One of them couldn't even tell us what the desert was. It was new so it wasn't on the menu and none of the people working even knew what was in it.
It's a big area with sand. But that's not important right now. :)
The park to this day is a half day experience. My hope is the park becomes a full day experience after Harry Potter is added, but it is more likely, it will be a 3/4 day park.
I'm glad the Jaws attractions still remains here. Time for a revival of the old movie especially with the "Sharknado" buzz.
Remake? Please, dear God, no.
The thrill of riding Back to the Future for the first time as a 5 year old, realizing King Kong's breath actually smells like bananas, and hearing E.T. say my name are all good memories. Newer memories include experiencing the supreme awesomness of their newest attractions King Kong 360 and Transformers, both of which had me getting back in line again and again.
The parks history is unique and so is its geography. This is one of my favorite places in the world for so many reasons and the future certainly looks bright!
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A time capsule is placed under the Hollywood Walk of Fame
In the future, hopefully, there will be people who will be able to look back in time and see the significance of the Hollywood Walk of Fame from those who captured pieces of it for them. Mental Floss writes that in 2010, a time capsule was placed under the same spot where the Hollywood Walk of Fame began for its 50th-anniversary celebration.
KNBC reported that the capsule includes items connected with each of the five categories: DVDs of the 1960 and 2010 Oscars will represent the motion picture category, while an invitation, ticket, and program from the 2010 Primetime Emmys will be there for television. The recording category will be represented by a replica of Los Angeles' iconic Capital Records Building, as well as a letter. Radio will be conveyed to the future via a flash drive. Within are shows past and present from Pioneer Broadcasters, in addition to one by Jim Ladd of KLOS-FM (95.5). Finally, playbills from productions of Wicked and The Lion King from the Pantages Theatre will acknowledge live theater.
Original Price is Right host Bob Barker (pictured above) helped bury the capsule full of items that commemorate the Hollywood landmark. The time capsule will be opened in 2060.