With the unveiling of our new Fall Winter campaign Hollywood Ressurection shot by James Franco just around the corner, we’ve been inspired by tales of tinseltown! How much do you know about America’s most glamorous city? Read on for our favourite Hollywood facts…
The iconic Hollywood sign was built by investor and estate agent Harry Chandler for $21,000 in 1923. It originally read Hollywoodland and was intended to advertise the area for 18 months. Ninety years and four thousand twenty-watt light bulbs later, it’s still standing.
The very first film to be made in Hollywood was In Old California by D.W. Griffiths. It was filmed in 1910 and took two days to shoot. Griffiths was a cinematic pioneer, with the first close-up, long-shot and fade-out attributed to his films.
The first ever screen kiss was between May Irwin and John Rice in the 1896 film The Widow Jones. The movie with the highest kiss count is John Barrymore’s 1926 film Don Juan, racking up a total of 126!
The actor with the greatest number of leading roles in Hollywood movies is western star John Wayne, appearing in 153 films, but John Carradine holds the title for the most screen credits at over 230.
The final line of Gone with the Wind is one of the most famous in film history – ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’ – but director David O’Selznick was fined $5,000 for using bad language.