Hollywood Facts

Hollywood Facts
Hollywood is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, most famous for its iconic film industry and studios. In 1886 when it was only an agricultural community, a real estate developer on his honeymoon, named H.J. Whitley, stood atop the hill in Hollywood looking over the valley. A Chinese man hauling wood passed by and Whitley asked him what he was doing. When the man, because of his accent, replied, "holly-wood", Whitley was inspired to name the area Hollywood. Whitley's town grew and in 1903 it became a municipality. In the early 1900s filmmakers began to make movies in Los Angeles, and in 1910 Hollywood merged with Los Angeles. Its first studio opened in 1911. As the film industry grew Hollywood gained the nickname Tinseltown, and today it is known as the most famous film industry center in the world.
Interesting Hollywood Facts:
Prior to being named Hollywood, the area was Cahuenga Valley.
H. J. Whitley is known as the 'Father of Hollywood'. He was born in Canada and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in the 1870s.
Filmmakers began to move to Hollywood because Thomas Edison, who lived in New Jersey, held patents on filmmaking equipment and they wished to avoid legal issues.
The first movie filmed in Hollywood was titled In Old Hollywood. It was filmed in 1910. The movie was 17 minutes long.
Before 1910 movie theatres had been banned in Hollywood. Things changed when Hollywood merged with Los Angeles in 1910.
The first film studio in Hollywood was Nestor Studio, in 1911 by New Jersey's Centaur Co. in a roadhouse at 6121 Sunset Blvd.
The first movie to be made entirely inside a Hollywood studio was The Squaw Man, in 1914 by Cecile B. DeMille.
Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood was founded in 1918 by four brothers from Ohio.
The world famous Hollywood sign was put in place in 1923 by a real estate developer. Originally meant to stay in place for 18 months to advertise properties. It originally read 'Hollywoodland'. The sign remained in place long after it was intended to, and in 1949 the word 'land' was removed.
The first 'talkie', in Hollywood, which means a film made with sound, was produced in 1927. It was titled The Jazz Singer.
In 1929 the first Academy Awards (Oscars) were held in Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel, with only 15 awards the first year.
There is a cemetery in Hollywood called Forever Cemetery where many stars have been buried, including Mel Blanc (most well-known for 'That's All Folks' on Looney Tunes).
Some of the most iconic places to visit include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, the Chinese Theatre, Charlie Chaplin Studios, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and Roosevelt Hotel.
Hollywood is home to the Academy Awards, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and the Hollywood Half Marathon.
There are other cities around the world that have nicknames inspired by Hollywood. Bollywood is India's Hindi language version of Hollywood. Canada's film and television industry is referred to as Hollywood North. Chinawood is the name of China's largest film studio.


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