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History of the Hollywood Sign

Establishment of the Hollywood Sign, 1923

The Hollywood sign was conceived as an outdoor ad campaign for a suburban housing development called "Hollywoodland."  The original sign was first erected in 1923 and studded with 4,000 light bulbs! The sign would flash in segments; "HOLLY," "WOOD," and "LAND".  The sign, which was designed to stand for only 18 months, sustained extensive damage and deterioration. 

One of the most prominent ghost stories to come out of the Hollywood Hills evolved from the suicide of aspiring and frustrated actress, Peg Entwhistle when she tragically and dramatically through herself off the Hollywoood sign in 1932. Like so many other actors of the Golden Era, Entwhistle came to Hollywood in search of her first big break in motion pictures. She was an up-and-coming actress on Broadway from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s, and she made the move to Los Angeles hoping to be the next screen siren of the decade. But Entwhistle s…