Archive for February 8th, 2010

Walk of Fame turns 50

Monday, February 8th, 2010

WALK OF FAME

Golden milestone for the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Formally breaking ground for the Walk of Fame on Feb. 8, 1960, are, from left, Los Angeles County Supervisor Ernest Debs; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President E.M. Stuart; actresses Gigi Perreau and Linda Darnell; Harry M. Sugarman, president of the Hollywood Improvement Assn.; and actors Francis X. Bushman and Charles Coburn. (Los Angeles Times)

 

The L.A. landmark, whose first star was officially placed 50 years ago Monday, has taken a dramatic route from the beginning.

 

By Hugo Martín
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2010

 

Fifty years ago, the Hollywood Walk of Fame began as a gimmick to lure visitors to a Los Angeles neighborhood that had fallen on hard times in the post-World War II years.

 

In the same year that “Ben-Hur” won the Academy Award for best picture, Hollywood leaders and actors gathered near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to install the first pink terrazzo stars rimmed with bronze to launch a $1.2-million venture that some skeptics called excessive.

 

Now, 2,400 stars later, business groups and local boosters say the sidewalk attraction has played a crucial role in making tourism the biggest industry in Los Angeles County, drawing nearly 26 million visitors and $14 billion a year.

 

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