Hugh Hefner saves the Hollywood sign.

All hail Hugh Hefner!!! The founder of Playboy shelled out the last $900,000 needed to save the world-famous Hollywood sign.

Developers had planned to build mansions behind the landmark before The Trust for Public Land stepped in to intervene; leading to a campaign to raise $12.5 million  to protect the 138 acres of land behind the famous sign.

Hefner says of his donation to the Associated Press:

“My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy.”

Other contributors included Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg,  private donors from all 50 states and 10 countries, and a sizable donation from Tiffany & Co.

I’m incredibly happy about this news.  You can’t have Hollywood without the Hollywood sign, and what’s a better Hollywood ending than having a playboy save the town’s pride and joy.

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2 Responses to “Hugh Hefner saves the Hollywood sign.”

  1. TheresaZphotography Reply April 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I heard about this yesterday and I was thrilled! They have been fighting to save the Hollywood sign for a while. I was shocked to think that they even considered taking it down for some mansions. It was Trump, wasn’t it? LoL jk

    I was born in Hollywood and that has always been a huge part of what the city was about. I can’t go into detail but there are some history facts up there that would have been pooped on if they had torn it down.

    Thanks Hef and all Donors for saving history!

    • I’m thrilled as well that it was saved. That sign is one of the reasons I fell in love with film in the first place, just everything it represents is amazing. It’s so universal and I couldn’t imagine Hollywood w/out it. And that’s so cool that you were born there. You must have some awesome stories!!!

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