Hollywood Walk of Fame
Go Ahead, Walk All Over Them!
Hollywood is certainly known as the land of stars. If you want to see them in the flesh however, it can sometimes feel like you're looking for the Yeti. Luckily, Hollywood Blvd., between La Brea and Vine St can give you a small fix for your stargazing “needs”. This is where you can find the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Since it was first conceived and started in 1958, the walk of fame has embedded over 2000 names of entertainers divided into 5 categories:
- Live Theatre
There are a few exceptions. A few stars recognize people or groups outside these five categories. A couple of LA mayors are honored. Disneyland has an emblem and the Apollo astronauts who landed on the Moon have a special seal at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.
The Hollywood walk of fame began as part of the Hollywood improvement plan of the 1950s and in 1978 became a historic-cultural monument. These days each person that is chosen to receive a star has to agree to be there live and in person at a unveiling ceremony as well as commit 25 000 dollars to help maintain the star over it's life.
- Gene Autry is the only person to be awarded a star in every category!
- Three dogs have stars: Strongheart, Lassie and Rin Tin Tin
- Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to get a star. He received it in 1978. He was followed by a host of others, including Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck.
- The Harlem Globetrotters received the first sports related star.
- Four stars have been stolen. James Stewart, Kirk Douglas and Gene Autry had stars stolen during construction projects. They were eventually recovered.
- Poor Gregory Peck had his star sawed out of the ground in the middle of the night! They never caught anyone. He got a replacement though. At least he could say he had die hard fans!
- The stars have really become cultural landmarks. For example when certain stars die or suffer hardships, often mini shrines are erected on their walk of fame stars.
- Pee Wee Herman has a star and both Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood do not. Hmmm, do they not want to shell out the 25 Gs?
A tribute to Michael Jackson after his death.
Photo by Taty2007
A nice way to take in the walk of fame is by starting on the south side of Hollywood blvd at La Brea. There you can see the new silver gazebo. The monument is made up of 4 actresses of days gone by, each chosen to represent Hollywood's multicultural background. The actresses are:
- Mae West
- Dorothy Dandridge
- Dolores Del Rio
- Anna May Wong
The monument looks a bit weird to me, but see for yourself.
If you want to keep abreast of dedication ceremonies here is a link to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce "upcoming ceremonies" page.
Upcoming Star Ceremonies
In 2010 you can look forward to new stars being dedicated to:
James Cameron, Russell Crowe, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Gale Anne Hurd, Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Adam Sandler,
Emma Thompson and Mark Wahlberg
Chris Berman, Jon Cryer, Peter Graves, Jimmy Kimmel,
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Maher, and Sam Waterston
Bryan Adams, The Funk Brothers, Alan Jackson, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison,
Marco Antonio Solis, Ringo Starr, ZZ Top and posthumously Roy Orbison
Here is a link to Wikipedia's list of Stars along with their addresses.
You can then input the address you want into
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