Officially founded on September 4th 1781 as part of Spain’s colonisation of California, the second largest city in the United States was originally named El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles. Translated as The Town of the Queen of Angels, it’s easy to see how the City of Angels arrived at its well-known moniker.
In the years since its foundation, L.A. has grown to become the entertainment capital of the world with Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Warner Bros all based within the city. It’s no wonder that thousands of aspiring actors are drawn to its big lights each year.
Ironically, the iconic Hollywood sign that has come to be a beacon of glitter and glamour for those trying to work their way into L.A.’s movie industry actually began life as an advertisement for a new property development, Hollywoodland, in 1923. The sign we see today was rebuilt in 1978, funded by three famous Los Angeles inhabitants, Andy Williams, Alice Cooper, and Hugh Hefner, and any trip to the city should include a trek to the top of the Hills to take in the view and get a picture beside it (or as close as the barrier and security system will allow).