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Brief History on the Walk of Fame:
To be honored with a star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame, the world's
most famous sidewalk, is a tribute as coveted and sought after
as any of the entertainment industry's equally prestigious awards
-- including the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Mike or Tony. And,
because it recognizes a life-long contribution of both public
and peer appreciation, it is an honor uniquely in a class by itself.
The Walk of Fame is a permanent monument of the past, as well
as the present.
Envisioned in 1958 as a lasting tribute to the personalities
who helped make Hollywood the most famous community in the world,
the Walk continues today as a superior asset to the city, perpetuating
the aura that has made the name Hollywood synonymous with glamour.
The Walk remains one of the city's most widely-seen tourist attractions.
Administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Walk of
Fame was designated, in 1978, as a Cultural/Historic Landmark
by the City of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Historic Trust, a continuing,
self-financing program, maintains the quality of the Walk of Fame
and the historic lure that is Hollywood.
A chronological history of the Hollywood-based entertainment
industry, including the behind-the-scenes people as well as the
most famous and instantly recognizable personalities, the Walk
of Fame encompasses five acres of bronze stars embedded in pink
terrazzo and surrounded by charcoal terrazzo squares. Inside each
star is the bronze-engraved name of each artist and a distinctive
emblem identifying in which of the five categories -- Motion Pictures,
Television, Radio, Recording, or Live Theatre -- the recipient
has been honored.
The Walk of Fame lines both sides of Hollywood Boulevard from
Gower to La Brea, and both sides of Vine Street, from Yucca to
Sunset. Official groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted February
9, 1960. In sixteen months, when construction was completed, 1,558
luminaries were forever immortalized in the sidewalk. Since then,
approximately one to two stars per month have been added. Stars
dedicated in 1994 pushed the total over the 2000 mark. However,
even at this rate, it will be many years before the stars in the
famed Walk will be completely occupied, assuring the continued
presence of Hollywood in the world's media, and remaining a highly
visible and lasting tribute to a unique city.