Known for its excellent entertainment industry, diverse culture, a plethora of tasty food joints, and its cozy relaxation centers, Los Angeles is no doubt a wonderful place to both live in and visit. With over a hundred Museums and tourist attractions, such as the Walk of Fame’s collection of stars to professional opportunities in the ever-increasing technology industry, Los Angeles remains a good place to enjoy life to the maximum.
Nicknamed the City of Angels, ‘L.A.’ according to history, remains the only town in North America that has ever played host to Summer Olympics two times. This cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California has also produced several eminent personalities who cannot be forgotten in a jiffy, due to the impacts they have made, and the footprints they left behind.
Come along and check out some of these enviable personalities:
# ANGELINA PITT JOLIE
This filmmaker, actress, and a humanitarian worker were born on 4th June 1975. As a filmmaker, Angelina, who is perhaps the highest –paid female in Hollywood made her first appearance on the screen in 1982 when she acted alongside her father. About ten years down the line, precisely in 1993, she began her film career producing Cyborg after which she played the leading role in ‘HACKERS’ a 1995 film. Jolie also featured in the celebrated biographical films ‘GIA’ and ‘GEORGE WALLACE’ produced in 1998 and 1997 respectively. For her diligence, she has been a recipient of several awards including three Golden Globe Awards, one Academy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Angelina is not only famous for her film career, she is also a renowned humanitarian worker whose efforts have been recognized and rewarded. Pitt has been at the forefront of campaigning on several issues such as conservation and Women’s rights. As a recognized Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, she has been involved in advocacy on behalf of refugees. This influential woman has been the recipient of a Humanitarian Award from Jean Hersholt. She also has an honorary damehood of the order of St George and St Michael among some other honors.
Angelina Jolie Pitt, a gorgeous and elegant woman has been acclaimed as one of the leading and most prominent entertainment personality in the United States of America. In the year 2001, at UN Headquarters, Angelina was officially recognized as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee Goodwill Ambassador.
# PAUL BATES
Colonel Bates’ 87 years on earth were not only beneficial to the Los Angeles community, he lived in such a way that the United States of America would not forget him in a hurry. Paul Bates, who was born on 4th March 1908 died on the 21st of February, 1995 having served his country as a distinguished Army officer.
In 1931, he moved on from McDaniel College (then named Western Maryland College), where he was a star football player and Reserve Officer Training Corps. He additionally filled in as a secondary school football mentor and an educator before entering the Military force as a First Lieutenant in February 1941.
Colonel Paul Bates, also well-known as the white officer who declined to court-martial Jackie Robinson was honored to take on an important assignment in January 1943, during the Second World War, when he commanded the first all-black 761st Tank Battalion that went into combat during the fierce war. The Battalion entered battle in November 1944 as a major aspect of General George S. Patton’s Third Army and battled for 183 days at a stretch without support. The Battalion battled in France, at Germany, where it punctured the Siegfried Line, and after that in Belgium, where it battled the Nazis in the Battle of the Bulge.
Following his retirement, Colonel Bates stayed in close touch with the doyens of the 761st and their families, going to yearly reunions and setting up a grant at McDaniel College for relatives of the regiment people who served the unit from August 1944 through April 1945.
A scholarship fund in his name was built up in 1999 under the terms of his will. Colonel Bates died on 21st February 1995 and was interred on March 1, 1995, with full military honors.
# THOMAS BRADLEY
Thomas Bradley left his mark on the world in 1973, after he became the main Black leader of Los Angeles, the country’s second-biggest city. He went ahead to become the longest-serving leader in the city’s history, serving an extraordinary five terms. As the mayor, Bradley made room for African-Americans emerge as researchers and competitors at UCLA. He was a cop in the Police Department of Los Angeles known as (LAPD); a lawyer in a private law office; and a Councilman in Los Angeles.
Each period of Bradley’s life and professional career was an inspiration for people who looked up to him locally and internationally. Before turning into a lawyer, he served the city as a cop. He again served the city after leaving private work and afterward as chairman.
Bradley’s contribution promoted the financial success of the city by helping to develop the satellite business hubs at Century City and Warner Center. Bradley was a driving force behind the construction of Los Angeles’ light rail network. He also pushed for the expansion of Los Angeles International Airport and the expansion of the terminals which are in use today.
As a mark of gratitude, Los Angeles has named several edifices after him. These include Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport, the Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA and the Tom Bradley Elementary School.
# Harry Chandler
Harry Chandler, an American newspaper, publisher, and investor, who later on became the founder of the largest real estate empire in the United States was the eldest offspring of his parents. He was conceived on 17th May 1864 in New Hampshire and spent the early years of his life in Landaff.
Chandler assembled the Los Angeles Times into apparently the most effective and fruitful daily paper on the West Coast. Chandler so enormously extended the range of the Times that by 1941, the paper had a day by day dissemination of 320,000 to 615,000 on Sundays. For three straight years in the 1920s, Chandler’s Times led all other American daily papers in delivery and presentation. Under Chandler’s initiative, the Times was likewise the primary daily paper in the nation to build up a faculty office, and one of the first to receive the forty hour work week.
Chandler was instrumental in the establishment of the following: The Pacific Electric Cars, the Los Angeles Art Association, the Santa Anita Park course, the Los Angeles Steamship Company, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, and the reclamation of downtown’s Olvera Street and Chinatown.
Others are the KHJ radio station, Trans World Airlines, the San Pedro Harbor Los Angeles Coliseum, the Biltmore Hotel, the Douglas Aircraft Company, the Hollywood Bowl, The Ambassador Hotel, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Automobile Club of Southern California, , the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the California Club.
# ALLYSON MICHELLE
Allyson, who was born in Los Angeles in 1985 remains one of the highly decorated track and field sprinter who has clinched the Olympic gold medal six times. Michelle, who was intrigued by sports from a youthful age, showed extraordinary speed on the track while still in secondary school, and went ahead to build a career on it. Upon graduating from high school, she decided to forego college eligibility and signed a professional contract with Adidas who paid her college tuition at the University of Southern California.
She made her Olympics debut as an 18-year-old in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, where she earned a silver medal in the 200-meter race.
Allyson Michelle Felix, being the only second woman on record to clinch the award, won Jesse Owens Award from USATF in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012. In 2006, she was also the recipient of the Women’s Track & Field ESPY Award in 2006. Six years after, she emerged the IAAF female athlete in 2012.