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Photos of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photos of Hollywood Walk of Fame

On August 15, 1958, the Chamber and City unveiled eight stars on Hollywood Blvd. at Highland Avenue to create excitement and to demonstrate what the Walk of Fame would look like. The eight honorees included: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence, and Joanne Woodward. Construction on the Walk was expected to begin shortly thereafter. However, two lawsuits were filed that delayed construction. The first was by property owners opposed to the assessment district, and the second was filed by Charlie Chaplin, Jr., seeking $400,000 in damages for the exclusion of his father from the Walk. In October 1959, Judge Fletcher Bowron ruled that the assessment was legal. Shortly thereafter, the court ruled that Chaplin had no case and dismissed the suit. The way was finally clear for construction to begin.

Joanne Woodward Photo

Hollywood Walk of Fame Construction

On February 8, 1960, construction actually began on the long-planned Walk. The first star to be laid in the new Walk 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.

Andy Williams photo

After several years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took charge of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They established a set of rule by which potential candidates could apply to have their names placed in the sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd. and surrounding streets.  As of 2017, the

Hollywood Walk of Fame Inductees

Walk of Fame comprises over 2,600 stars, spaced at 6-foot intervals. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background. In the upper portion of each 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 emblems symbolize five categories within the entertainment industry.

There are five categories for which potential candidates must win acceptance. The five categories are:

Motion Pictures

Television

Music

Radio

Theater

In addition to the above five categories, there are special categories stars recognizing various contributions by corporate entities, service organizations, and special honorees, and display emblems unique to those honorees.

Walk of Fame photo

Today, the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedication ceremonies are a very big events. Hundreds of fans show up to witness their favorite celebrity receive their star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

With hundreds of photos, hollywoodphotographs.com is the largest collection of Hollywood Walk of Fame photos.

 

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