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Hollywood

How The Hollywood Sign Became An Icon

July 7, 2021

A sign advertises the opening of the Hollywoodland housing development in the hills on Mulholland Drive overlooking Los Angeles, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, circa 1924. (Und...

Rodney Dangerfield And How He Pretty Much Invented Stan...

May 16, 2021

Comedian and film star Rodney Dangerfield poses during a 1987 Beverly Hills, California, photo portrait session to promote his return to Las Vegas. (George Rose...

The Phantom: The World's First Superhero Premiered In 1...

February 17, 2021

The Phantom is a rarity among superheroes. As one of the first costumed superheroes, he paved the way for characters like Spider-Man and Batman while creator...

How Hollywood Started When Independent Filmmakers Moved...

February 11, 2021

Panoramic view of downtown Los Angeles showing Pershing Square, c.1910. (Charles C. Pierce/Wikimedia Commons) Before 1915, Los Angeles was just a desert, but ...

When Charlie Chaplin Was Banned From America For Commun...

September 18, 2020

(United Artists/Wikimedia Commons) British-born Charlie Chaplin was one of America's best-loved silent film stars and one of the few who made a smooth transit...

Marilyn Monroe's Death: Conspiracy Theories And What Al...

August 5, 2020

By the time of Marilyn Monroe's death in 1962, she was one of the most sought-after and successful actresses of the era, but success didn't equal happiness f...

Bugs Bunny: Yes, There Are Facts/Stories You Didn't Kno...

July 27, 2020

Happy 80th birthday, you wascally wabbit! Bugs Bunny made his official debut on July 27, 1940, and he's been chomping on carrots and thwarting hunters to the...

Judy Garland: Things You Didn't Know About Golden Age H...

June 20, 2020

A publicity photo of Judy Garland from 1943. (Clarence Sinclair Bull/Wikimedia Commons) On June 10, 1922, in a white framed house on the outskirts of Grand Ra...

Song Of The South: The Racist Disney Movie That Splash ...

June 11, 2020

No matter when you grew up, Song Of The South has had an effect on you, whether you know it or not. Maybe you saw it in theaters, or you know the characters ...

Josephine Baker: French Resistance Agent, Old Hollywood...

June 8, 2020

Portrait of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker, circa 1925, lying on a tiger rug in a silk evening gown and diamond earrings. (Photo by Hulton Arch...

Orson Welles: Actor, Director, Writer, Legend, And Even...

May 6, 2020

Reaching the zenith of your career in your twenties has to be maddening. Orson Welles directed Citizen Kane when he was only 25 years old, and even though he...

The Hays Code: Hollywood's Golden Age's Hard Rules, Exp...

March 31, 2020

If you pull up most American movies from the 1930s and '40s, you'll find that they're sweet to the point of cavity-inducing, with a hardened spine of morality tha...

Clark Gable: Hitler, Bugs Bunny, And More Stories You'v...

February 1, 2020

Happy birthday to Clark Gable! The uber-masculine heartthrob of the Golden Age of Hollywood was born on this day in 1901. This birthday boy lit up the silver...

The Many Men Of Elizabeth Taylor

January 29, 2020

What comes to mind when you see the name Elizabeth Taylor? Is it Cleopatra? Her humanitarian work? Or is it her stature as the queen of divorce? In 1951, before she was 20 years old, this ...