Tarzana is a district of Los Angeles in the US state of California . The affluent neighborhood of 37,778 people has a high white population (70.7%) and an annual income of 73,195 US dollars, which is above average for the city of Los Angeles (data from 2008).
Tarzana is one of the oldest communities in the San Fernando Valley . The Spanish soldier Gaspar de Portolà was the first white man to visit the valley in 1769 and the present-day municipality of Tarzana was the second place in the valley that he crossed during his visit. In the same century Franciscan friars founded the Mission San Fernando and the present area of Tarzana was part of its land area.
In the 1870s, the southern half of the Valley was sold to the Los Angeles Farm Homestead Association , and in the 1880s the area was transformed into a gigantic wheat field . In 1909 the land was sold to the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company , paving the way for today's community.
In 1919 the Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs bought the local Otis ranch , had his new estate built on the site and named the estate Tarzana Ranch . Three years later, Charles L. Daniels bought 1,295,008 square feet of land adjacent to the Tarzana Ranch. On this site Daniels founded a new town called Runnymede with the aim of attracting farmers to settle here. A year later, Burroughs made part of his land available for this purpose and within a few years an agricultural settlement was established in the area.
In 1927, residents applied for their own post office and because California already had a community called Runnymede, a new name had to be found. They agreed on the name Tarzana and with effect from December 12, 1930 the community received its own post office. At that time the community had around 300 inhabitants.
The community grew slowly in the 1930s and early 1940s, but after World War II a real boom set in and Tarzana grew into a small town.
Born in Tarzana
- Jasmine Jessica Anthony (born 1996), actress
- David Berman (born 1973), actor
- Estee Chandler (born 1964), actress
- Stuart Cornfeld (1952–2020), film producer
- Phillip Glasser (* 1978), actor
- Aaron Gray (born 1984), basketball player
- Hana Hatae (* 1988), actress
- Jenny Johnson Jordan (* 1973), beach volleyball player
- Scott Kevorken (born 1991), volleyball player
- Blake Lively (b.1987), actress
- Bret Loehr (* 1993), actor
- Jon Lovitz (born 1957), actor
- Travis Rettenmaier (* 1983), tennis player
- Hailee Steinfeld (* 1996), actress
- Miles Tu (* 1978), tennis player
- Benny Urquidez (* 1952), martial artist and actor
Died in Tarzana
- Frank Aletter (1926–2009), actor
- Bill S. Ballinger (1912-1980), writer
- Frances Bay (1919–2011), Canadian actress
- Jon Cedar (1931-2011), actor
- Mike Connors (1925-2017), actor
- Charles Correll (1944-2004), director
- Pete Eberling (1952-2007), speed skater
- Sandy Feldstein (1940–2007), composer
- Ray Heindorf (1908–1980), composer
- John Hodiak (1914–1955), actor
- Morgan Jones (1928–2012), actor
- Arnold Laven (1922–2009), director
- Joe Mantell (1915-2010), actor
- Julie Parrish (1940–2003), actress
- Ray Rennahan (1896–1980), cameraman
- Lou Scheimer (1928–2013), film producer
- Jack Shea (1928-2013), director
- Bobby Womack (1944-2014), soul musician
- Jalil Zaland (1930 or 1935–2009), Afghan musician
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- S. Friedländer, Where memory leads. My life. Munich 2016. p. 31.
- Tarzana and Tarzana Ranch, California (accessed August 23, 2013)