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Hollywood Walk of Fame History and Photographs

Hollywood Walk of Fame History and Photographs

The Hollywood Walk of Fame was conceived by a group of Hollywood Businessmen and property owners as a vehicle to afford and infinite tribute to the talented artists and artisans who create and perpetuated the Hollywood Aura.

Their objective was to build a solid foundation for future major developments in the core area of Hollywood and to ensure that Hollywood would remain the major tourist attraction in Southern California.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame – lining both sides of Hollywood from Gower St. on the east to Sycamore Ave. on the west, and both sides of Vine Street from Yucca Street on the north to Sunset Blvd. on the South – contains 2518 Charcoal Terrazzo squares, imbedded with coral stars.

Complimenting the “Stars” in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is the most brilliant street lighting system in existence and hundreds of beautifully sculptured trees.

In order to fund this ambitious project, the Hollywood Assessment District was established. This move was approved by the Los Angeles City Attorney and the Los Angeles City Council in 1959 and $1,250,000 was raised by assessing property owners along the Walk of Fame at $85 per front foot.  The trees were added later at a cost of $125,000.  No public funds were used in construction the Hollywood Walk of Fame project.

Groundbreaking took place on February 8, 1960 at the intersection on Hollywood Blvd. & Gower St.  Constructed was completed in June, 1961.  Upon completion of construction, 1,558 entertainment industry luminaries were immortalized by having their “stars” in the completed Walk of Fame.  Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, eight celebrities had their stars placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. They honored Olive Borden, Joann Woodward (WF-171), Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Ronald Coleman, Burt Lancaster, and Ernest Torrence.  Joanne Woodward was the first celebrity to pose by a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. 

Some of the first celebrities to be included in the Hollywood Walk of Fame included Jayne Mansfield (WF-099-2), Marguerite Chapman (WF-025-2), William Boyd and Eddie Cantor.  Since the beginning, more than 2500 celebrities have been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

The largest collection of the Hollywood Walk of Fame is the hollywoodphotographs.com web site. All photos are available for sale and can be seen on Google. Visit the Hollywood Photographs Facebook page by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodPhotographs

 

 

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