A brief history of the famous landmark.
The Hollywood sign has become one of America’s culture icons. Erected on Mount Lee, part of the Santa Monica Mountain range in the Hollywood Hills region of Los Angeles California.
The Hollywood sign was originally longer. It was intended as an advertisement for a local realestate development in 1923 under the name of “Hollywood Land” or “hollywoodland”. The sign was never taken down and it has gained increasing recognition as the world wide symbol of the American entertainment industry ever since.
The sign today.
“HOLLYWOOD” is spelled out using 14 meter tall letters and measures 110 meters across. It’s wavy appearance is created by the rolling contours of the hills, on which it stands. Once the subject of pranksters and vandals, it has undergone several restorations, including installation of a state of the art security system to protect it from future vandalism.
“The Trust For Public Land“, a non profit organisation, is charged with the protection and promotion if the sign. The site on which the sign sits, and the surrounding land is part of the Griffith Park.
The Hollywood sign in the movies (films).
To round up this short post it is only right to mention what Hollywood is most famous for. Movie making. The Hollywood sign has appeared in many popular movies. Here are just 10 out of many.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner.
Director: Mark Robson.
Cast: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley
Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes
Director: Marco Brambilla
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Cast: Kurt Russell, Peter Fonda, A.J. Langer
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche
Director: Mike Jackson
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, Burt Reynolds
Director: Mel Smith
The Truman Show (1998)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Lara Linney
Director: Peter Weir
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Cast: Mike Meyers, Beyonce Knowles
Director: Jay Roach
Shrek 2 (2004)
Cast: Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy
Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon