The Gene Autry Statues
There are two different statues dedicated to singing cowboy Gene Autry:
In 1998, a year after the death of beloved actor Jimmy Stewart ("It's A Wonderful Life," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "The Philadelphia Story"), the city unveiled a monument to Mr. Stewart in Griffith Park, where Jimmy hosted his annual Jimmy Stewart Marathon. The monument consists of a 25-foot flagpole, atop a rock pedestal, with a plaque praising the actor. It was dedicated on what would have been Mr. Stewart's 90th birthday. In part, the plaque reads:
It's located off Crystal Springs Drive, near the
main rangers' station, south of the Zoo, and just east of the merry-go-round.
The Michael Jackson Mural:
In 2010, a year after Michael Jackson's untimely death, artist Rudy Martinez created a 100'x30 foot purple mural of the gloved one, titled "MJ2010".
You'll find it on the west-facing wall of the Graff Lab (a legal graffiti gallery). at 1038 Venice Blvd, in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles. (That's a few blocks west of the Staples Center.)
77 Sunset Strip:
Remember the old TV series "77 Sunset
Strip"? If you do, you'll no doubt remember "Dino's
Lodge," which was featured in the credits. It was an actual building,
but it's gone now.
You'll find the plaque in front of the doorway to
8524 Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood.
the hilly Silver Lake district (northwest of downtown L.A.), just south
of Sunset Boulevard, you'll find a long outdoor staircase. This
is where Laurel & Hardy struggled futilely to haul a heavy
piano up all those steps, in their classic 1932 comedy "The Music
Box." It was shot at 927 Vendome Street; just to the west of Silver Lake
Blvd (from Vendome up to Descanso Drive ). If you look carefully, you'll
spot a memorial plaque in the sidewalk bearing images of the boys.
high school in the San Fernando Valley (formerly known as "West Granada
High School") has been re-named Kirk Douglas
High School in honor of the actor, whose foundation provided
a $25,000 matching grant to the school. It marks the first time in history
that L.A. school has been named for a living person, and Mr. Douglas himself
showed up for the dedication. The school, re-named in 2000, is dedicated
to helping bright students with problems, who are on the verge of dropping
out. You'll find it at 10500 Lindley Ave., just north of Cal-State Northridge.
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