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Hollywood Walk of Fame Repairs To Begin

Hollywood Walk of Fame Repairs

After several years of wrangling and negotiating with Los Angeles’ Board of Public Works, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is finally able to spearhead the repair of several areas of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The area that is need of the greatest amount of repair is on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. For several years, the Walk of Fame Terrazzo in front of the popular Hollywood and Highland shopping center as been in terrible disrepair. Most of the damage was caused, several years ago, when the Metro system was installed below the streets of Hollywood. Over the course of the past few years, patching was done but it never was permanent. An terrazzo expert, Fritz Iselin, was brought in to analyze the problem and make suggestions for a permanent repair solution. Work is to begin within the next few weeks.

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Construction of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The first installation of the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars took place in late 1958.  While the First Federal Savings building was being built, the sidewalk needed to be installed.  It was decided that the first phase of the Hollywood Walk of Fame would be installed on the south and east side of the building. 

 

 

 

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First Walk of Fame Stars

There were eight stars installed honoring Joanne Woodward, Ernest Torrence, Robert Preston, Burt Lancaster, Olive Bordon, Edward Sedgwick, Ronald Colman and Louise Fazenda. Joanne Woodward was the firs celebrity to pose by a Walk of Fame star. The official groundbreaking took place on February 8, 1960.  When the construction was completed, more than 1700  celebrities were honored by having their names placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

 

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Walk of Fame Ceremonies

A few years after the initials Hollywood Walk of Fame stars were constructed, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began holding dedication ceremonies, in which the celebrity being honored actually was present when his/her star was unveiled. Over the course of the past thirty years, more than 500 celebrities have been honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to have their names placed in the terrazzo sidewalk. Probably, the most heavily attended ceremony was for Michael Jackson. Most recently, country singer, Vince Gill, TV star, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Diamond and Valerie Bertinelli. Each year the Chamber selects about twelve celebrities to be honored in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The largest collection of Hollywood Walk of Fame photos are on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.

 

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