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Saturday, January 12th, 2008

A farewell to Hollywood’s Mayor

I was an intern at the California Film Commission in the summer of 1996.  It was through this job that my path crossed with Johnny Grant.  He was always close by our building and was very involved in all of the aspects of Hollywood life.  In 1996 the famed Hollywood Blvd. was nowhere near what you see today.  It was much more like the Hollywood Blvd. depicted in Pretty Woman...the area Julia Roberts’s character was hoping to eventually escape.  In spite of the decline it was clearly going through at the time, Johnny Grant remained loyal to the town and the industry he loved.  He was one of “old guard” who was a bridge to a new era.  He had great public relations skills and was generally liked and admired.  I feel sad to hear about his passing for many reasons.  He was a unique individual.  He was a local legend and as far as legends go, there don’t seem to be many people like that around anymore.  I asked someone at Hollywood Forever Cemetery if Johnny was going to be buried there.  The person I spoke to said, “I wish he was.  Instead I hear they are going to cremate him and scatter his ashes right in front of the Hollywood sign.”  I said, “That seems very fitting and I’m sure that’s what he would have wanted.”  Johnny Grant will now preside for eternity in the city he loved.

Read all about Johnny Grant’s life in these articles L.A Times:

Shining farewell to Tinseltown’s mayor-January 11th

Johnny Grant, 84; Hollywood’s biggest promoter-January 10th

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Written by Karie (site owner) on 01/12 at 06:39 PM

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