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Vintage Hollywood Walk of Fame Images

Hollywood Walk of Fame Images

Without question, the Hollywood walk of fame is one of Hollywood's greatest contributions to the history and importance of the entertainment industry.

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In the late 1950s, the Hollywood merchants Association conceived a plan that would honor all of those individuals who contributed so much to making Hollywood the entertainment capital of the world. Phil Levine, president of the Association, recalled that raising money for the walk of fame was a difficult task. Their solution placed the project on the tax bill. Every property owner along Hollywood Boulevard was required to pay an assessment. This did not sit well with all the property owners who were hit by the special assessment. In particular, the Janes sisters, grudgingly paid their assessment. The sisters, whose father brought them to Hollywood in the early part of the 20th century, lived in a Victorian house on Hollywood Boulevard. In the 1950s, it was the only single family resident on Hollywood Boulevard.

First Walk of Fame Ceremony.

In September 1958, the first eight walk of fame celebrities had their stars placed on the north west corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. They were installed several months prior to the official 1960 walk of fame groundbreaking ceremony. The elite film notables, who bear the distinction of being the first to have their names placed in the Hollywood walk of fame were Preston Foster, Joanne Woodward, Ernest Torrence, Louise Fazenda, Edward Sedgwick, Ronald Coleman, Olive Borden and Burt Lancaster.

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Groundbreaking 

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Hollywood walk of fame was held on February 8, 1960 at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street. After 16 months of construction, 1558 entertainment celebrities were immortalized in the new walk of fame sidewalk.

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On completion in 1961, the omission of Charlie Chaplin caused controversy. Opponents pointed to his leftist politics, his recent exile from the United States, and that he had never become an American citizen. Supporters argue the chaplain contributed to Hollywood's fame, had patronized Hollywood Boulevard, and had built his studio in the district. A decade later, a special ceremony was held in which Chaplin was inducted into the Hollywood walk of fame. However, Chaplin did not attend the induction ceremony.

Hollywood Chamber  of Commerce

Today, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is responsible for selecting which celebrity gets his or her star placed in the terrazzo walk of fame sidewalk. Each year names are submitted to the chamber for possible induction into the walk of fame. A selection process is undertaken and after significant due diligence the chamber selects about a dozen names of celebrities to be inducted the following year.

Great pomp and ceremony is undertaken to maximize the publicity of each celebrity induction ceremony. Typically, hundreds of fans show up to watch the honoree unveil his or her brass star which rights out their name.  Over the course of the past 40 years, thousands of photographs have been taken during the Hollywood walk of fame ceremonies.

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The largest collection of Hollywood walk of fame photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  The first photograph of a celebrity induction is of Joanne Woodward, in September 1958. Other photographs include the ceremonies for such notables as Gene Autry, George Burns, Alan Jackson, and Julie Andrews. All of the photos on the hollywoodphotographs.com website are available for purchase.

Today there are more than 2500 stars in the Hollywood walk of fame, which lines Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.

 

 

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