VOD: History of the Hollywood Sign | KCET
VOD: History of the Hollywood Sign
The sign that today is a symbol of Hollywood first appeared as an advertisement for a housing development in 1923. It read HOLLYWOODLAND until 1949, when the city council ordered the removal of the L-A-N-D to reflect the greater Hollywood community.
The sign was also the site of a dramatic suicide that seemed right out of the movies. After he film debut, Broadway actress Peg Enwhistle jumped from the top of the 'H" in 1932.
The sign later fell into disrepair, a state that many older readers will remember with disdain. Massive restoration fundraising and care have since returned the sign to its former grandeur, although the sign is now five feet shorter than it once was.
Get the full story by watching this video, commissioned by the Art Institute of California-Hollywood: