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Picture of a sculpture called the Four Ladies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Four Ladies Statue, the Gateway to Hollywood

©2005 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
It's hard to know what to call this: sculpture, gazebo, statue or archway. Its official name is the Hollywood La Brea Gateway, but it's more often called Gateway to Hollywood or Four Ladies. It sits at the north end of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It was created in 1993 by Hollywood director and production designer Catherine Hardwicke to honor Hollywood's multi-ethnic leading ladies: Dorothy Dandridge (first African-American woman nominated for Best Actress), silent film star Anna Mae Wong and Dolores Del Rio, who starred in more than 30 films in Hollywood and Mexico and the voluptuous, outspoken Mae West who was both actress and writer. And don't miss the little Marilyn Monroe finial/weathervane up top, in her famous skirt-blowing-up pose.

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