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Hollywood Walk of Fame

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame consist of 2450 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Blvd. and three blocks of Vine Street, in Hollywood. 

The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from North Gower Street to north La Brea Ave., plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that runs diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; and 0.4 miles north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Blvd.

The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.

The stars are spaced at 6-foot intervals, each consisting of a coral-pink terrazzo five-point star rimmed with brass,  inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background. In the upper portion of the pink star field, the name of the honoree is inlaid in brass block letters. Below the inscription, in the lower half of the star field, a round inlaid brass emblem indicates the category of the honoree's contributions.

The Walk of Fame categories include Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording and Live Performance/Theatre.  The Nomination Committee selects approximately 12-15 names for insertion into the Walk.  When nominating an individual or group, the sponsor must submit a photo, a biography and the nominee’s qualifications as well as a list of contributions to the community and civic-oriented participation. A letter of agreement from the nominee or his/her management must be included with the application.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce credits E. M. Stuart, its volunteer president in 1953, with the original idea for creating a Walk of Fame. Stuart proposed the Walk as a means to 'maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.'  Harry Sugarman, another Chamber member and president of the Hollywood Improvement Association, was very active in promoting and implementing the Walk of Fame. A committee was formed to develop the concept, and an architectural firm was retained to develop specific proposals. By 1955, the basic concept and general design had been agreed upon, and plans were submitted to the Los Angeles, City Council. In February 1956, a prototype was unveiled featuring a caricature of an example honoree inside a blue star on a brown background. However, caricatures proved too expensive and difficult to execute in brass with the technology available at the time; and the brown and blue motif was nixed by C.E. Toberman, the legendary real estate developer known as 'Mr. Hollywood', because the colors clashed with a new twelve-story office  building he was erecting on the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland.

Once the design of the Walk of Fame was agreed upon, construction began at the corner of Hollywood and Highland.  In mid-1958, a construction/installation ceremony was held in front of the new First Federal building. Those in attendance were Charles E. Toberman, Harry Sugarman, Earle Baker, Otto K. Olesen, actor Marvin Miller, actor Preston Foster and actress Dorothy Malone. 


The first eight stars were dedicated in September, 1958 and placed in the sidewalk on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. They were installed several months prior to the official 1960 Walk of Fame groundbreaking so as to be ready when the new, twelve-story First Federal Savings and Loan building was completed in January, 1959. 

The eight film notables, who bear the distinction of being the first to have their names placed in the Walk of Fame were Preston Foster, Joanne Woodward, Ernest Torrence, Olive Borden, Edward Sedgwick, Louise Fazenda, Ronald Coleman and Burt Lancaster. In September, 1958, Joanne Woodward was asked, by Harry Sugarman and Charles E. Toberman, to come to the corner of the Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. to participate in the unveiling of the eight Walk of Fame stars. She, not only posed by her star, but also posed with Charles E. Toberman and Harry Sugarman for several publicity photographs. The official ground breaking ceremony, for the rest of the Walk of Fame, took place on February 8, 1960 near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard & Gower Street. Some of the notable celebrities who attended the groundbreaking included Gigi Perreau, Linda Darnell, Francis X. Bushman and Charles Colburn.

The first star to be laid in the new Walk of Fame (eighteen months after the first stars were installed at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.) was that of Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960, near the intersection of Hollywood and Gower. By that fall, work had progressed far enough that it was decided to dedicate the Walk on November 23, 1960, in conjunction with the Hollywood Christmas Parade. E.M. Stuart, as the originator of the idea, was appointed chair of the Completion Committee and planned the ceremony to mark completion of the project. The job was not actually completed until spring 1961, when it was finally accepted by the Board of Public Works, with the first 1,558 stars.

Shortly after completion, it was recognized that in order to continue the original intent of the program for the addition of more names in the vacant stars, a mechanism had to be created. On May 18, 1962, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance that specified the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce should be the agent to advise the City in all matters pertaining to the addition of other names. The Chamber faced three tasks in moving forward: (1) to establish a set of rules to determine the qualifications of personalities to be eligible for addition to the Walk of Fame, (2) to work out a procedure to process candidates, and (3) to develop a plan for the financing of the costs of the addition of approved names. The task took several years, and it was not until December 11, 1968, that another star was added. Actor/comedian Danny Thomas hosted the momentous star unveiling for producer/studio executive Richard D. Zanuck in front of the world-famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre. From this time forward, star ceremonies have been held on a fairly regular basis.

The largest collection of Hollywood Walk of Fame photographs can be found on the web site.

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