Birth Name: Amelia Mary Earhart
Born: July 24, 1897
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas
Died: July 2, 1937, en route from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island
Married: February 7, 1931, to George Putnam
Amelia Earhart took her first flying lesson in January, 1921. During her short flying career she broke numerous aviation records and captured the heart of the world. She broke records for speed, altitude and solo flight distances. She reveled in being the first woman to accomplish many flying feats, and felt strongly that women were capable of the same achievements as men. A risk taker, she was admired widely by men and women alike.
She wrote articles and books about women in aviation. She was a charter member of The 99’s, an international organization of women aviators. Earhart had a faculty appointment at Purdue as a women’s career counselor and Aeronautics advisor. (There is a copy of the Hollywood statue there.)
Her career was publicized by her husband, George Putnam, so that she became very widely known. In 1937, while taking her greatest risk, she lost her life, trying to fly around the globe. Despite extensive search, her plane has never been found. She remains an icon of bravery around the world. North Hollywood, California, her home from 1928-1937, displayed its pride by erecting her statue in a city park named for her.
Sculptor: Earnest Shelton
Installation Date: 1969. Refurbished in 2003.
Media: Originally steel and fiberglass; recast in 2003 in bronze.
Location: North Hollywood Park
On the northwest corner of the Crossing of Magnolia Blvd. and Tujunga Avenue, Hollywood, CA. Marked by a sign, “Amelia Earhart Square” “First Woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean”
Date of Photos: 12/14/2010