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Interesting Sign facts - Hollywood Sign

This famous sign was originally built in 1923 for $21,000 as a real estate advertisement. At that time, it said "HOLLYWOODLAND." The lettering "LAND." was removed in 1949.

Each letter is 30ft wide and 50ft high but renovations in 1978 resized the letters to 45 feet (14 m) tall and anywhere from 31 to 39 feet (9.4 to 12 m) wide.

Alice Cooper led the 1978 donation drive to remodel the famous sign. The shock rocker contributed $27,000 of his own money to the project, and bought an “O” in memory of Groucho Marx.

Hugh Hefner donated to the restoration of the “Y” with a $27,777 contribution.

In the 1940s, the sign’s official caretaker, Albert Kothe, destroyed the “H” after crashing into it while driving drunk.

In January 1976, following the passage of a state law decriminalizing marijuana, vandals altered the sign to read ” HOLLYWeeD.”

Hollywood sign