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Recipients of the 2012 Hollywood Walk of Fame

A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2012, it was announced today by the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These individuals were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held on June 17, 2011 and ratified by the Chamber's Board of Directors.  The recipients include: MOTION PICTURES: Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, John Lasseter, Malcolm McDowell, Sumner Redstone, Kate Winslet and Richard Burton (posthumous). TELEVISION: Valerie Bertinelli, Matt Groening, Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Walter Koenig, and Adam West. RECORDING: Pepe Aguilar, AMERICA, Boyz II Men, Hal David, David Foster, Vince Gill, Jennifer Lopez, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Barry White (posthumous). RADIO: Ellen K.

“The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and luster to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year, as well as to generate a once-in-a-lifetime Hollywood experience for many of the visitors who stop by when their favorite personality, such as Jayne Mansfield, is having their stars placed in the world-famous sidewalk of the stars,” said John Pavlik, chair of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee.  Thousands of Walk of Fame photographs have been taken over the past fifty years.  Scores of Walk of Fame photos, starting with Joanne Woodward (the first Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony) to Michael Jackson are included in the hollywoodphotographs.com collection.

For the year, the Walk of Fame Selection Committee selected the following celebrities to have their names placed in Hollywoods famous sidewalk: MOTION PICTURES: Penelope Cruz, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Ed Harris, The Muppets, Kenny Ortega, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ridley Scott, Sissy Spacek, Donald Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon. TELEVISION: Danny DeVito, Tina Fey, Simon Fuller, Neil Patrick Harris, John Langley, Ed O'Neill, John Wells, and Oprah Winfrey. RECORDING: Melissa Etheridge, Los Tigres Del Norte, Rascal Flatts, Go-Go's, Slash, Will i. Am, and Bebe & Cece Winans. Posthumous: Buddy Holly and Louis Prima

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

The Hollywood Walk of Fame consists of more than 2,400 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine St. in Hollywood.  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 administrated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.

Each year, an average of 200 nominations are submitted to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Selection Committee. Anyone, including fans, can nominate anyone active in the field of entertainment, as long as the nominee or his or her management is in agreement with the nomination (a letter of agreement from the nominated celebrity or representative must accompany the application). Nominees must have a minimum of five years' experience in the category for which they are nominated and a history of 'charitable contributions'. Posthumous nominees must have been deceased at least five years. At a meeting each June, the committee selects approximately 20 celebrities to receive stars on the Walk of Fame during the following year. One posthumous award is given each year as well.

COST OF A STAR ON THE WALK OF FAME

A fee (currently $30,000), payable at time of selection, is collected to pay for the creation and installation of the star, as well as general maintenance of the Walk of Fame. The fee is usually paid by the nominating organization, which may be a fan club, or a film studio, record company, broadcaster, or other sponsor involved with the honoree's current or ongoing project.

HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

The history of the Walk of Fame goes back more than fifty years ago.  Joanne Woodward was the first celebrity to pose with a Walk of Fame star. She was one of eight celebrities to be selected to have their names placed in the new Walk of Fame. After the Walk of Fame concept had been adopted in the mid-1950s, construction of the twelve story First Federal Savings of Hollywood building, on the NW corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., was begun. By early 1958, the exterior of the building was nearly completed and it was time to install the sidewalk, next to the building, on Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. It was decided to implement the the Walk of Fame concept and install a terrazzo sidewalk, rather than cement. 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 Doroty 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 ground-breaking 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 Bordon, 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

 

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