Monument to the Stars – Beverly Hills
Our Private Tour Stops at the Traffic Island
So often completely overlooked even by our private Los Angeles tour guests with an abiding interest in the history of movies and early film communities, this sculpture on a Beverly Hills traffic island is a tribute to the early stars and residents of Beverly Hills who organized against the annexation of the city by Los Angeles. Not even 10 years after Beverly Hills was first incorporated, back in 1923, the larger nearby city of Los Angeles set its sights on acquiring the garden community principally because of its water. Were it not for the efforts of Will Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and many of their friends and neighbors the annexation might have happened. Instead Beverly Hills remained autonomous, kept its water and flourished into the beautiful city it is today. In 1959 another group of notable entertainment industry figures funded and commissioned this sculptural tribute to those early leaders of Beverly Hills.