Hollywood, California – Home of the Stars

In 1985, the Hollywood Boulevard commercial and entertainment district was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places protecting important buildings and ensuring that Hollywood’s past would always be a part of its future.

The Kodak Theatre, which opened in 2001 on Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue, where the historic Hollywood Hotel once stood, has become the new home of the Oscars.

Like many other large cities, Hollywood also has its share of problems, the most significant of which is its attractiveness to desperate runaways.  Fleeing broken homes across the nation, hundreds of teenagers with “stars” in their eyes flood the city hoping to become famous.

Unfortunately, they learn quickly that their chances are very slim against professionally trained actors and usually end up sinking into homelessness, a major problem in Hollywood.

While some eventually go home, others stay in Hollywood joining the prostitutes and panhandlers lining the city’s boulevards.  Others wind up on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles and yet more end up in the seamy underside of the entertainment business – the large pornography industry in the San Fernando Valley.


The theater-like "Hollywood" sign and marquee surmount the Guinness World Records museum on Hollywood Boulevard in the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name.

The theater-like “Hollywood” sign and marquee on Hollywood Boulevard

© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated February 2020.


I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood.  They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but  I love plastic. I want to be plastic.

— Andy Warhol

Also See:

California Fun Facts & Trivia

Celebrity Ghosts

Entertainment Trivia

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