Monday, July 13, 2009

The Myths and Legends of the Hollywood Sign

Now a world-famous landmark, the Hollywood Sign was originally erected in 1923 to advertise real estate above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. It was officially dedicated on July 13 and each letter on the sign originally measured 30 feet wide and 50 feet high (it has since been resized) and adorned with light bulbs - 4,000 in total. While the real estate deal didn't work out, the sign was unofficially adopted by the burgeoning film industry as a symbolic marquee of the very industry itself.

Today, the sign is maintained by the Hollywood Sign Trust and has countless imitators around the world. While the sign is an iconic image for Hollywood, it is also the subject of countless of stories. Aside from the various urban legends about the sign, the various pranks throughout the years, its regular appearance (and typically destruction in film and television), the sign was also the site of a tragic suicide of a young starlet within a decade of its dedication. Following her death, the sign has also become the source for countless tales of paranormal activity and apparitions that are said to haunt the sign to this day.

Read all of the stories of the Hollywood Sign.

-Casey H.

7 comments:

The Frog Queen said...

That is a great post. I really enjoyed reading about all the stories associated with the sign.

Thanks!

Cheers!

peter said...

I'm a great paranormal activity fan, but this real? well I mean never hear before something about this, I hear about Connecticut haunted house also about Amityville house, place fulls by scary stories, also there another urban legend about the sign of viagra online in New York something like that.

Carl said...

Up to now, I still wonder how this Hollywood sign stands still for a long period of time. It seems that the one who made this carefully planned making this stuff from conceptualizing the design to actual building it. Signages like maybe has great quality stainless steel wing seal that keeps it from falling and makes it stand strong for centuries.

Dakuro said...

Yeah I really care about hollywood and all it's famous and rich people, I can't believe that someone cares about someone else life, specially like them...


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