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Dancing with some of Hollywood's most beautiful actresses was one the most popular activities at the famous Hollywood Canteen. Here is Marlene Dietrich dancing with a visiting serviceman while other look on. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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One of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions is the Walk of Fame. This is Hollywood's tribute to the thousands of celebrities that have made Hollywood famous. In Sept. 1958, the first eight celebrities to have their names immortalized in the terrazzo sidewalk included Preston Foster, Olive Borden, Louise Fazenda, Edward Sedgwick, Ronald Coleman, Burt Lancaster, Joanne Woodward and my grandfather, Ernest Torrence. Here is Julie Andrews' dedication ceremony in 1979. Today, there are more than 2,600 stars in the Walk of fame. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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Many of the first film companies, who settled in Hollywood, congregated near the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Gower St. They were small film making companies, which made one and two reel films, many being westerns. For a number of reasons, including the lack of film distribution, many of these film makers went out of business shortly after arriving in Hollywood. Here is the H. Paulis Studio on Sunset Blvd. in 1921. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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In 1976, the Hollywood Sign was altered to read "HOLLYWEED" in honor of California relaxing its marijuana laws. Danny Finegood, and other students at Calif. State University of Northridge, climbed the sign and altered the sign. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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The first market & general merchandise store was the Hollywood Cash Grocery on the northeast corner of Sunset Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave. Here it is in 1905. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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The person responsible for naming Hollywood was Daeida Wilcox, the wife of Harvey Wilcox. They owned 120 acres near the intersection of Prospect Ave. (now Hollywood Blvd.) & Cahuenga Ave. In 1887, Harvey recorded the first real estate tract map in the Cahuenga Ave. & he called it Hollywood. Here is that tract map. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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The Hollywood Sign is Hollywood's most recognizable icon. Originally the sign read Hollywoodland, which was an advertising sign for the real estate development with the same name. For several years the sign was lighted with hundreds of small incandescent light bulbs. Here are workmen carrying light boxes up to the sign, during the last few days of construction. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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One of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions is the forecourt of Grumman's Chinese Theater, where hundreds of celebrities have placed their handprints, footprints and signatures in wet cement. The first to do so were Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, in 1927. Here is Steve McQueen during his induction ceremony in 1967. From the hollywoodphotogrraphs.com website.
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For the 1927 Hollywood Bowl season, Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed this pyramidal "shell". Much of the material used to construct this shell came from the "Robin Hood" movie set at the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio, on Santa Monica Blvd. Because it was felt that the shell was too avant-garde, it was removed after the 1927 season. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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For decades, Hollywood Blvd. was one of this country's most famous shopping streets. Here it is here in 1924, looking east towards Whitley Ave. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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