Hollywood sign under a blue sky
Thomas Fisk Goff’s iconic ‘Hollywood Sign’ atop Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills circa October, 1984 in Los Angeles, California | Bill Nation/Sygma via Getty Images

Hollywood, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, is said to be the showbiz capital of the world, filled with major movie and television studios as well as recording studios. Learn more about the celebrities, events, and more happening in Hollywood. 

Prior to becoming synonymous with celebrity, glamour, and wealth, Hollywood was a small agricultural community. By the early 1900s, Hollywood had post offices, markets, a hotel, and a streetcar.

Soon after, banker and real estate mogul H. J. Whitley, the “father of Hollywood,” moved in and opened the Hollywood Hotel, now the Dolby Theater, where the Academy Awards are held every year. Whitley also was integral to getting electricity to Hollywood, as well as growing upscale neighborhoods.

The first film completed in Hollywood was The Count of Monte Cristo (1908), which was filmed in Chicago. The first film made entirely in Hollywood was the short film In Old California (1910).

The famous Hollywood sign, which originally said “Hollywoodland,” sprung up in 1923. In 1949, when the sign was restored, the “land” was removed to leave the famous sign.


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