Playboy Founder Helps Preserve Hollywood Sign
The founder of Playboy magazine gave 900,000 dollars to help preserve the land surrounding the Hollywood sign from being spoiled by some development.
Hugh Hefner donated the amount to help achieve the 12.5 million dollars needed by Friday, April 30, under a deal with some Chicago investors who now owns the land beside the famous sign.
The amount will turn over some 138 acre (56 hectare) adjacent land to the Griffith Park where the sign is located. This will help preserve the postcard frame of the landmark.
“My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy,” said Hefner. “As I’ve said before, the Hollywood sign is Hollywood’s Eiffel Tower and I’m pleased to help preserve such an important cultural landmark.”
The Trust for Public Land, Los Angeles City officials and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been supporting the cause. The trust said that Academy Award winners actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg are also expected to make donations.
The sign was built in 1923 and has been a target for attacks and vandalism. The land where the sign is erected is currently a restricted area.