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Greater Los Angeles 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.
Fire Station No. 23, is a former fire station in
Downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1910 as an operating fire station, it was also the
Los Angeles Fire Department's headquarters until 1920 and the residence of every fire chief from 1910-1928. When it opened, it spawned a political firestorm due to the ornate interior and expensive imported materials, leading to its being called the "Taj Mahal" of firehouses. After 50 years of operation, the station was closed in 1960 as the department began replacing older stations with new facilities. Since the 1980s, Fire Station No. 23 has been a popular
filming location. Motion pictures filmed at the station include the
Police Academy 2,
Ruth Elizabeth Davis
(April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) known as Bette Davis
was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in world cinema history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to
and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
After appearing in
Broadway plays, Davis moved to
Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for
Universal Studios (and as loanout to other studios) were unsuccessful. She joined
Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized.
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