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Q&A: Hollywood sign is 45 feet high

Hollywood sign is 45 feet high

How big are the letters that say Hollywood in Los Angeles?

The iconic letters are 45 feet high and range from 31 to 39 feet wide, according to the nonprofit Hollywood Sign Trust. The sign is 450 feet long and weighs 480,000 pounds.

It was unveiled in November 1978 after the original Hollywoodland sign, which was built in 1923, had deteriorated and was demolished in August 1978. It was originally built as an advertisement for a real estate development named Hollywoodland, according to the Hollywood Sign Trust.

All about actor Atticus Shaffer

I love the new television series The Middle, especially the young son character they call Brick. Can you tell me more about him? He's certainly a refreshingly different character.

Californian Atticus Shaffer plays Brick, the younger son in the family comedy starring Patricia Heaton. According to ABC, he began acting in 2006 and has appeared on The Class, My Name Is Earl, Days of Our Lives, Carpoolers, Out of Jimmy's Head and Human Giant, as well as sharing a bus stop with Will Smith in Hancock and doing commercials. Other films include The Unborn and An American Carol. He is home-schooled, a Boy Scout and an avid Yu-Gi-Oh player. And he does all those things while dealing with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease; Shaffer has Type IV, which according to the OI Foundation's Web site leaves people "moderately affected."

Plot change from pilot to show

An episode of Golden Girls featured a next-door family, Renee and George (who is a doctor), daughter Jenny visiting from college and brother-in-law Oliver who has three personalities. Was this intended to be a spin-off? If so, why didn't they ever make it? The episode was hilarious.

It did get on TV, sort of. The second-season Golden Girls episode, which featured Rita Moreno, Paul Dooley, Jane Harnick and David Leisure, was called Empty Nests, and was a pilot for a series. By the time it was turned into a series, as Empty Nest, the concept had changed and the cast overhauled, with only Leisure remaining.

That show, which ran from 1988-1995, starred Richard Mulligan as a pediatrician whose wife dies and his two adult daughters (played by Kristy McNichol and Dinah Manoff) move back into his Miami home. Leisure was the annoying neighbor, and Park Overall played the doctor's nurse.

Awaiting 'Enthusiasm' on DVD

When will Curb Your Enthusiasm's seventh season be released on DVD?

The date has not been released, but it is in the works. Several vendors, including HBO.com and Amazon.com, already have a price for it and are taking pre-release purchase orders.

Q&A: Hollywood sign is 45 feet high 03/25/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:12pm]

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