Hollywoodland (Images of America Series)
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Established by real estate developers Tracy E. Shoults and S. H. Woodruff in 1923, Hollywoodland was one of the first hillside developments built in Hollywood. Touting its class and sophistication, the neighborhood promoted a European influence, featuring such unique elements as stone retaining walls and stairways, along with elegant Spanish, Mediterranean, French Normandy, and English Tudor–styled homes thoughtfully placed onto the hillsides. The community contains one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, the Hollywood sign, originally constructed as a giant billboard for the development and reading “Hollywoodland.” The book illustrates the development of the upper section of Beachwood Canyon known as Hollywoodland with historical photographs from Hollywood Heritage’s S. H. Woodruff Collection as well as from other archives, institutions, and individuals.
dedication of the Hollywoodland sign in July 1923 at what is now Durand Drive and Mulholland Highway. Inspired by H.J. Whitley’s smaller real estate sign promoting his Whitley Heights community, the Hollywoodland sign cost $21,000 and was intended to be strictly temporary. Surveyors standing east of the sign on top of Bronson Canyon measure the Hollywoodland sign with Mulholland Highway visible beneath it. The developers added the eye-catcher later not far below it, a circular 35-foot-diameter
hillside location. Others seemed to go out of their way to court publicity. Many also frequented the Beachwood Village coffee shop and market. The ultimate representative of the neighborhood is the Hollywood sign, an international icon that denotes Hollywood and its filmmaking machine. Seldom photographed until nearly destroyed in the 1940s from lack of maintenance, the sign soon gained popularity before regularly appearing in print, television, and film. Filming became a regular part of life in
Hungarian Revolution of 1919, eventually landing in Germany. He appeared in films there before arriving in the United States in 1920. He soon appeared in Hungarian plays before playing on Broadway and in films. Lugosi starred in the Broadway production of Dracula before appearing in the legendary 1931 Universal film Dracula. It soon typecast him as a horror villain. In the early 1930s, Lugosi lived at 2835 Westshire Drive, an understated English Tudor home. Beset by health and financial worries,
struggling Miracle Pictures. In the feature, the studio ironically employs the tagline, “If it’s a good picture, it’s a Miracle” to sell its films. (MM.) One of many cop shows set in Los Angeles that have shot scenes with the Hollywood sign, the Aaron Spelling television series Hollywood Beat filmed a dramatic shootout below it. Jack Scalia and Jay Acovone starred as detectives in the show, which lasted only 14 episodes during the 1985 season. (MM.) BIBLIOGRAPHY Fleming, E.J. The Movieland
Other people who have provided support, help, and information include Karie Bible, Joan Myers, Donna Hill, Mark Vieira, Mike Hawks, Eve Golden, Susan Pinsky, David Starkman, Jim Dawson, James Zeruk Jr., Christine O’Brien, Gaelyn Whitley Keith, and Fran Offenhauser. I would like to add a thank-you to all the early stillsmen who took the magnificent photographs that appear in this volume. Without them, this history would be incomplete. I especially would like to thank my parents, Gene and Lou