Portrait of Hollywood
Project Area: Hollywood
Project: Hollywood High School Auditorium Mural
Project Location: 1521 N. Highland Avenue
Project Type: CRA/LA Initiated
Framing the exterior of the Hollywood High School Auditorium is a large-scale mural 27' wide x 72' high acrylic paint mural. It provides a cultually diverse depiction of Hollywood celebrities, some of whom are Hollywood High School alumni. Celebrities represented include: Dorothy Dandridge, Dolores del Rio, Brandy, Selena, Lana Turner, Laurence Fishburne, Mario Moreno "Cantinflas," Carol Burnett, Cher, Ricky Nelson, Bruce Lee, Rudolph Valentino, and Judy Garland.
In 2007, on the auditorium wall facing Selma Avenue, Eloy Torrez completed an addition to his mural, a 31' wide x 50' high portrait of another Hollywood High School alumnus, actor John Ritter, who had once served as student body president. CRA/LA provided funding assistance to commission this artwork after the actor's unexpected death in 2003. The artist portrays John Ritter pulling back a stage curtain as if presenting to the public a diverse group of artists from past and present who have had successful careers on film, stage, television, and in music.
For additional information on the mural see www.eloytorrez.com.
For information on Hollywood High alumni, see www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Hollywood_HS/.