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Peter O'Toole Immortalized at Chinese Theater

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He was Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett and the man of the year in My Favorite Year. On April 30, 2011, Peter O'Toole was immortalized in cement among the gallery of the less than 200 other films notables in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. 
Angelica Houston, Jane Powell and a large group of his fans from the past 50 years came to see Peter place his hands and footprints into a specially mixed “gold dust” color of cement. The first of it’s kind in the 80 year history of this Hollywood tradition. The gold dust represents his epic appearance in 1962′s Lawrence Of Arabia, his first and most epic film. The first cement mason at the Chinese Theater was Jean Klossner who developed a cement formula that was extremely hard and did not wear down, in spite of the millions of tourists that have walk over the scores of celebrity of hand and footprints. Klossner never revealed the secret formula  and took it with him to his grave, at the age of 91 years old.  Try as they may, others have tried without success to replicate the formula as witnessed by the fact that the old footprints remain today, while the 'New' footprints 1970-on are already faded, worn down and not properly preserved.
Peter was flanked by two of his children, who came into his life well after the age of 50. Peter has outlived many of his talented contemporaries including Richard Harris, Richard Burton and Peter Finch. 
One of the biggest events at this years Turner Classic Movie Festival, TCM’s Robert Osborne hosted the ceremony. On camera, Peter said at one time he actually worked for a cement company. Off camera he laughed and told stories of the many times he had “hit the cement” after a long night of drinking. While thousands of Oscars have been received since the 1920′s, less than 200 stars have been asked to place their hand and footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater.
The first hand and footprint ceremony took place on April 30, 1927 when Sid Grauman asked Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to come to the theater and place their hands and feet in wet cement.  Since then, scores of celebrities have been immortalized in the theater's forecourt, including, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward,  Jimmy Stewart, Steve McQueen, Sophia Loren, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell many others. 

The largest collection of Chinese Theater photographs and hand and footprint photos is hollywoodphotographs.com.  All photographs are available for purchase. 

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