Hugh Hefner Saves Hollywood

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Hollywood Sign
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Every time I fly into L.A, I squint through the layer of smog looking for the Hollywood Sign. The untouched piece of land that has not been taken over by the glitz and glamour of celebrities and their entourages. As of today, it will continue to remain untouched.  

The property, zoned for four luxury homes, was put on the market two years ago for $22 million. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday a final $900,000 donation by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner completed the $12.5 million fundraising drive to protect the 138 acres behind the famous sign.

“It’s a symbol of dreams and opportunity,” Schwarzenegger said of the sign. “The Hollywood sign will welcome dreamers, artists and Austrian bodybuilders for generations to come.”

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

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