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Greater Los Angeles, also called the Southland, is the second-largest urban region in the
United States, encompassing five counties in
southern California, extending from
Ventura County in the west to
San Bernardino County and
Riverside County on the east, with
Los Angeles County in the center and
Orange County to the southeast. It consists of three metropolitan areas in Southern California: the
Los Angeles metropolitan area, the
Inland Empire and the Ventura/Oxnard metropolitan area (
Throughout the 20th century, it was one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States, although growth has slowed since 2000. As of the
2010 U.S. Census, the
Los Angeles metropolitan area had a population of nearly 13 million residents. Meanwhile, the larger metropolitan region's population at the 2010 census was estimated to be over 17.8 million residents, and a 2015 estimate reported a population of about 18.7 million. Either definition makes it the second largest metropolitan region in the country, behind the
New York metropolitan area, as well as one of the largest
urban agglomerations in the world.
The agglomeration of the
urbanized Greater Los Angeles area surrounds the urban core of Los Angeles County. The regional term is defined to refer to the more-or-less continuously urbanized area stretching from Ventura County to the southern border of Orange County and from the Pacific Ocean to the Coachella Valley in the Inland Empire.
, commonly known as The Oscars
, is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the
. Winners are awarded the statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit,
that is much better known by its nickname Oscar. The awards, first presented in 1929 at the
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
, are overseen by the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
. The Oscar Academy Awards are an electoral race to the trophy to best film in any category.
The awards ceremony was first televised in 1953 and is now seen live in more than 200 countries. The Oscars is also the oldest entertainment awards ceremony; its equivalents, the
Emmy Awards for television, the
Tony Awards for theatre, and the
Grammy Awards for music and recording, are modeled after the Academy Awards.
Did You Know...
- ... that after the first demonstration by members of
Católicos por La Raza at
St. Basil Catholic Church (pictured), in downtown
Los Angeles, California, the
- ... that the first
gang injunction to make headlines was obtained by
Los Angeles City Attorney
James Hahn against the
West Los Angeles-based
street gang the Playboy Gangster
- ... that
Tomás Rivera, a
educator, was the first
Mexican American chancellor of the
University of California system?
- ... that on
California lawyer and noted political activist
Ricardo Cruz was a law student at
Loyola Law School, he was arrested for leading a march of several hundred demonstrators protesting the newly constructed, $4 million St. Basil's Cathedral?
Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) was an American competitive swimmer and actress.
Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the
Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the
1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined
Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by
Eleanor Holm after the show's move from
New York City to
San Francisco. While in the city, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic gold medal winner and Tarzan star,
Johnny Weissmuller. Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts at the Aquacade. After appearing in several small roles, alongside
Mickey Rooney in an
Andy Hardy film, and future five-time co-star
Van Johnson in
A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as "aquamusicals," which featured elaborate performances with
synchronized swimming and diving.
From 1945 to 1949, Williams had at least one film listed among the 20 highest grossing films of the year. In 1952, Williams appeared in her only biographical role, as
Australian swimming star
Annette Kellermann in
Million Dollar Mermaid, which went on to become her nickname while at MGM. Williams left MGM in 1956 and appeared in a handful of unsuccessful feature films, followed by several extremely popular water-themed television specials, including one from
Cypress Gardens, Florida.
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