Beachwood Canyon is a community in the Hollywood Hills, in the northern portion of Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The upper portion of the canyon is the Hollywoodland community that was advertised in the 1920s by the original of what is now known as the Hollywood Sign. The canyon features its own market, coffee shop and stables.
Home to more than 22,000 residents, Beachwood Canyon was first developed in the 1920s by a syndicate composed of West Hollywood's founder, Gen. M. H. Sherman; Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler; and real estate mogul Sidney Woodruff (who also developed Dana Point). The architects and landscapers who developed the enclave drew inspiration from the southern regions of France, Italy and Spain.
Film directors have favored the canyon over the years, so movies such as the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) were filmed there, with terrorized masses running down Belden Drive.
Notable residents of Beachwood Canyon, past and present, include Kevin Bacon, Ned Beatty, Jamie Bell, Jack Black, Humphrey Bogart, Adam Carolla, Guy Chambers, Steve Coogan, Charlie Chaplin, David Cook (musician and winner of American Idol), Mac Danzig, Peter Deuel, Dean Delray, Gustavo Dudamel (Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), James Duval, Peg Entwistle (Broadway actress who committed suicide from atop the HOLLYWOODLAND sign in 1932), Anna Friel, George Furth, Kim Gardner, Heather Graham, Aldous & Laura Huxley, Anna Kendrick, Anthony Kiedis, Mila Kunis, Heath Ledger, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Madonna, Ray Manzarak, Jack McBrayer, Moby, D.W. Moffett, Hal Ozsan, Keanu Reeves, Samantha Ronson, Axl Rose, Grant Show, Brooke Smith,, Michael Sopkiw, Ralph Story, David Thewlis, Dean Torrence, Robert Townsend, Mayra Veronica (singer, author, Miss USO), Jack Webb, Jane Wiedlin (guitarist and member of the all female band The Go-Go's), and Forest Whitaker!