hollywood sign hugh hefner saves Hugh Hefner forks over $900K to help save Hollywood sign landmarkThe land behind the Hollywood sign will remain bare, thanks to the Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Monday (April 26) that the final $900,000 needed to keep developers away from the 138 acres came from Hefner. That was the amount required to complete the $12.5 million fund-raising drive to save the land.


  • The Trust for Public Land conservation group raised $6.7 million
  • California raised $3.1 million; local funds provided $2.7 million
  • Private donations from all 50 states and 10 foreign countries
  • Aileen Getty and The Tiffany and Co. Foundation: $1 million
  • Other individual donors include Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and of course, Hefner
  • A little background on the land: It was originally purchased in 1940 by Howard Hughes, who planned to build a home for his girlfriend of the moment, Ginger Rogers. However, the two went splitsville and the Hughes estate ended up selling the property to a group of Chicago investors in 2002. The property was put on the market two years ago for $22 million. So thanks to Hef, we get to keep gazing at shrubbery (hmm) behind the sign instead of sprawling luxury homes. Follow Zap2it, Zap2itChristine on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news.
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