Did you know that the Hollywood sign originally spelled out HOLLYWOODLAND? This is because the sign started as an advertisement for a 1920s real estate development by the same name, but it has since ditched its last four letters to become an icon of this movie-making city. I love learning these tidbits of history about Los Angeles, because it makes this plastic-surgery-laden land feel more real and rich with stories. I also recently delighted in stumbling upon this image of a cowgirl by the Hollywood sign for similar reasons – this is to say, the image reminds me of the way I quickly transitioned from being a snow-shoveling New Englander to a two-stepping Texan, and it gives me a boost of confidence that I’ll be able to tackle the transition from Southwestern gal to LA lady with the same ease. Each of us pieces together bits of our past and our city’s history in order to create a legacy of our own, after all, and I can’t wait to start unpacking boxes while learning more about my new landscape’s lore.
To get into the spirit of soaking up more Hollywood history, I think I’ll watch two of my favorite LA-based movies this weekend: “L.A. Confidential” (1997) and “The Player” (1992). I adore the way these films immerse the viewer in different aspects (and decades) of show business, and I can practically taste the movie-theater popcorn now…Do you have any other favorite flicks set in old or new Hollywood? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
Photo from Elle Spain March 2011 via Knight Cat.