Walk of Fame


The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an 18-block series of sidewalks along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, that serves as a permanent public monument to achievement in the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 5-pointed terrazzo and brass stars are embedded at 6-foot intervals over a combined 1.7 miles. The stars bear the names of an eclectic mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their entertainment contributions. The Walk is maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. Several of the celebrities are making movies at Hollywood studios, performing at radio and television studios or making movies in Hollywood. Hollywood Walk of Fame pictures are available for purchase showing your favorite celebrity's Walk of Fame ceremony. The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from North Gower Street to North La Brea Avenue, plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that slices diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; and 0.4 miles (0.7 km) north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Blvd. Each monument consists of a coral-pink Terrazzo five-point star rimmed with brass (not bronze, an oft-repeated inaccuracy) 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. There are over 300 Walk of Fame photos in this collection. To date, 47% of the stars have been awarded in the motion pictures category, 24% in television, 17% in audio recording, and 10% in radio. Only 44 stars (less than 2%) have been awarded in the live performance category. Several new stars, on average, are added to the Walk each year. 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.  When the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated, in 1964, 1,588 celebrities had their names immortalized in the Terrazzo sidewalk.  It wasn't until later that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began to hold dedication ceremonies. In the 1970s and 1980, many dedication ceremonies were held for shuch celebrities as, Burt Reynolds, Gene Autry, the Bee Gees, Elton John and Michael Jackson.   As of 2011, there have been almost 2,400 stars that have been dedicated. The largest collection of Walk of Fame photographs is at hollywoodphotographs.com. Recently, over one hundred Walk of Fame photographs have been added to the web site. Included in these are photographs of Reese Witherspoon, Penelope Cruz, Alan Jackson, Sissy Spacek, Mark Wahlberg, Shania Twain, Hillary Swank, Etta James, Alec Baldwin, Christine Aguilera and many more. All the photographs on hollywoodphotographs.com are available for purchase.  Ana Martinex, with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, is responsible for the overseeing the entire process of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Cafe Brasserie on Sunset Blvd.
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Walk of Fame stars
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Jack Albertson's Walk of Fame ceremony
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Herb Alpert at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony
Walk of FameCafe Brasserie on Sunset Blvd.
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Walk of FameJack Albertson's Walk of Fame ceremony
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Walk of FameHerb Alpert at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony
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1977
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JULIE ANDREWS
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Julie Andrews Walk of Fame ceremony
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Julie Andrews at her Walk of Fame ceremony
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Julie Andrews during her Walk of Fame ceremony.
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Walk of FameJulie Andrews at her Walk of Fame ceremony
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Walk of FameJulie Andrews during her Walk of Fame ceremony.
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Julie Andrews at her Walk of Fame ceremony
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Paul Anka
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Ken Minyard and Bob Arthurs Walk of Fame ceremony
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Walk of FamePaul Anka
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Walk of FameKen Minyard and Bob Arthurs Walk of Fame ceremony
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