The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Come walk along with the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
A simple marketing idea to glorify the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood community turned into one of the most sought out tourist attractions: the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A once grimy street in Los Angeles is now a permanent installment that showcases major entertainment achievements! But how did the city gain such a valuable addition and how does it continue to expand today?
Who came up with the idea?
Although nobody knows for certain where inspiration for the public monument came from, E.M. Stuart had the original idea developed in 1953. The goal was to revitalize a decaying Hollywood Boulevard as residents moved to the suburbs and to further beautify the glamour of the Hollywood community. The completed project was recognized on November 23, 1960, where Stuart served as chair of the Completion Committee.
How does one end up a permanent resident on Hollywood Boulevard?
A simple nomination submitted to the Walk of Fame Committee and a sponsor to cover the $40,000 fees will do the trick! The committee will consider the following criteria in the nominee: professional achievement, longevity of career, community contributions, and a guarantee the recipient will attend the dedication ceremony. Although the committee usually receives 200-300 submissions per year, only about 30 are chosen in the end.
What is the Walk of Fame like today?
The Walk stretches 15 blocks along Hollywood Boulevard and 3 blocks on Vine Street. The stars are embedded in two rows down the sidewalks and are made of pink terrazzo and brass. There are now over 2,600 permanent stars that bare the names of actors, musicians, radio personalities, directors, theatrical groups, etc. The stars attract millions of locals and tourists every year!
Can I attend a star ceremony?
The 2018 Class of Recipients has been announced! Make time to see one of the ceremonies, as all events are free and open to the public. Some of the honorees this year include the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Mark Hamill, RuPaul Charles, Minnie Mouse, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Snoop Dogg.
Can I pay my respects to my favorite celebrity?
It’s common for fans to pay homage to the stars (both living and dead) by laying flowers next to their names. As a result, the permanent monuments serve as vigil sites for all to visit. Take the pilgrimage to visit your idol when you take our LA Tour Highlights tour!