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Walk of Fame Star for Mary J. Blige

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor singer and actress Mary J. Blige with the 2,626th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Recording at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Eastown.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be guest speaker Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

The iconic Grammy® Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record in the music realm of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy® Awards (with a staggering 32 nominations) and worldwide sales of more than 50-million albums. Blige ventured into acting where she has already received nominations for a 2018 Golden Globe, a 2018 SAG Award and a 2018 Critic’s Choice Award all for Best Supporting Actress recognizing her work in the Netflix film “Mudbound” opposite Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund. The film premiered to rave reviews last year at Sundance and is now available to stream on Netflix.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Blige began moving people with her soulful voice when at 18 she signed with Uptown Records in 1989, becoming the MCA-distributed label’s youngest and first female artist. Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411? The multi-platinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including two R&B No. 1s: You Remind Me and Real Love.

Blige helped redefine R&B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. Blige is an artist who uses her gift of song to lift spirits and touch lives while bringing her heart, soul and truth to those who are willing to listen. She is loved for her passionate, chart-topping hits like “Be Without You”, “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” all of which have made her a force in music.

And so began the Blige movement: connecting legions of fans who identify with and have accompanied her throughout her personal travails and growth—all fearlessly related through her music. Each subsequent album reads like a chapter from an autobiography: Share My World (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), the multiple Grammy-winning and hit-spewing The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007) and Stronger with Each Tear (2009). Along the way, she’s lined up a string of hit singles, including Not Gon’ Cry, Love Is All We Need, Seven Days, All That I Can Say, Family Affair and Just Fine.

In October 2013, Blige for Matriarch Records/Verve Records/Interscope Records released her first-ever holiday album titled, A Mary Christmas in collaboration with legendary producer, David Foster. The holiday album features Blige’s soulful interpretation of such classic holiday tunes as Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and The Christmas Song. Blige is joined by several A-list guests such as Barbra Streisand, and performs duets with Jessie J, The Clark Sisters and includes a Spanish language collaboration with Mark Anthony.

Blige, who co-penned I Can See in Color for 2009’s “Precious” soundtrack, has branched out into acting. She appeared in Tyler Perry’s dramatic comedy, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” in 2009 and starred in “Rock Of Ages,” alongside Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand in 2012. Taking on a more dramatic role, in 2013, she starred as Betty Shabazz in the TV movie “Betty & Coretta,” a biographical story about the widows of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. In November 2013, Blige starred as the mysterious guardian angel Platinum Fro in the holiday musical film drama “Black Nativity.” Ramping up her acting career, Blige has guest-starred on the ABC’s Black-Ish and How to Get Away with Murder, the FOX musical drama Empire and was seen playing Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, on the NBC musical, The Wiz Live!

In 2014, Blige released her 13th studio album, The London Sessions, which reached the No.1 position on the Top R&B Albums chart and included a behind-the-scene documentary of her recording sessions that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015.

Earlier in 2017 Blige completed The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour with Maxwell, and released her 14th album titled Strength of a Woman. Her first single off the album, “Thick of It,” held the No. 1 spot on the Urban AC Chart for 16 consecutive weeks after its release.

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Gillian Anderson get Star on Walk of Fame

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Actress Gillian Anderson poses on her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood, California on January 8, 2017.
She was the recipient of the 2,625th Star in the category of Television. /  FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Walk of Fame Star for Gillian Anderson

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor actress Gillian Anderson with the 2,625th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard next to the FOX Theatre.

“Gillian Anderson is a great addition to the stars immortalized on our Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Her history as an actress on the popular show “The X-Files” as the iconic skeptic Dana Scully, a medical doctor, forensic pathologist and FBI agent inspired a generation of viewership and a following of fans all around the world.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Award-winning film, television and theatre actress Gillian Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as ‘Special Agent Dana Scully’ on the American TV series “The X-Files.” Running for nine seasons from 1993-2002. Anderson won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors’ Guild awards for the series. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the popular show and Season 11 premieres on FOX on January 3rd, with the second episode airing on January 10th at 8 p.m.

In film, Anderson has starred in “The Last King Of Scotland,” “The Mighty Celt,” “The House Of Mirth,” “Johnny English II,” “Shadow Dancer,” and “Sold”. Her Television credits include the critically-acclaimed “The Fall” and the Emmy- and BAFTA-winning mini-series “Bleak House” and “Great Expectations.”

On stage, Anderson has been nominated for two Olivier Awards; one of which was her recent performance of “Blanche Dubois” in the Young Vic Theatre’s production of Tennessee “A Street Car Named Desire.” She won the Evening Standard Award for this performance. In Spring 2016, the production then relocated to New York’s St Anne’s Warehouse. The start of 2016 saw Anderson appear in the hotly-anticipated international return of “The X-Files” and the BBC’s hugely successful adaptation of “War and Peace.” Currently, Anderson can be seen in the Starz series “American Gods,” based on the popular novel by Neil Gaiman. On the series, Anderson portrays the role of “Media” and received critical-acclaim for her diverse transformations portraying the likenesses of David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, and Lucile Ball, and many others.

In addition, she will next be seen portraying ‘Lady Edwina Mountbatten’ in Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017, as well as Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s 2018 film “Crooked House” alongside Christina Hendricks and Glenn Close. Anderson has also wrapped production on Ryan Eslinger’s independent feature “UFO” with Ella Purnell, Alex Sharp and David Strathairn, and the action-comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” opposite Kate McKinnon, Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux.

Anderson is also an author. “The Sound of Seas,” the third novel in her science fiction “Earthend Saga,” was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2016. Anderson co-writes the thriller series with New York Times best-selling author Jeff Rovin. Her most recent novel is non- fiction and co-written with journalist and activist Jennifer Nadel, entitled “We – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere.” It was released by HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster in March 2017 and made the London Sunday Times best seller list.

Over the past 17 years, Anderson has been strongly involved in many charity organizations: as a board member of Artists For A New South Africa, a spokesperson for Neurofibromatosis Inc., a founding member of South African Youth Education for Sustainability (SA-YES), an ambassador for Survival International and a patron of the Alinyiikira Junior School in Uganda, among many others. She remains vocal about child and human trafficking, adult and child literacy, and the impact of commercial fishing on deep sea life.

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Neil Diamond gets Star on Walk of Fame

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Neil Diamond gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

US musical icon Neil Diamond crowned his nearly five-decade career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AFP, Robyn Beck)

 

 

Neil Diamond — who penned and sang hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Red Red Wine” — crowned his nearly five-decade career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “This is probably the most fun,” the 71-year-old singer told reporters after the ceremony. “I didn’t have to campaign for it. They wanted me. They opened their arms and took me in, and that makes it all the better.”

 

The star with Diamond’s name can be found on Vine Street, in front of Los Angeles’s landmark Capital Records Building, a day before the artist launches a series of concerts at the city’s Greek Theater.

 

“He is one of those people, rare in entertainment, who America loves,” said renowned composer Randy Newman at the ceremony, comparing him to Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.

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Malcolm McDowell gets Star on Walk of Fame

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

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Malcolm McDowell honored with Walk of Fame Star

 

 

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Malcolm McDowell was honored with the 2,465th star, outside Hollywood Boulevard’s British pub The Pig n’ Whistle, to celebrate his lengthy career, and he posed with his wife Kelley and their eldest son Beckett, eight, as the plaque was unveiled.

 

Speaking about his honor, McDowell told reporters, “For a lad that grew up in Liverpool (England), Hollywood was this notion of everything that was incredible in the movies, and Hollywood has meant so much to the rest of the world – we take it, because we live in LA, sort of for granted.”

 

And McDowell is delighted about the location of his star, adding: “My father ran a pub in Burscough in Lancashire, just outside Liverpool, so I feel that from the Bull and Dog to the Pig and Whistle (sic), it’s not that far.”

 

McDowell’s pal Gary Oldman was also on hand to pay tribute, revealing that the 68 year old’s performance in 1971’s The Raging Moon inspired him to become an actor.

 

The Harry Potter star explains, “It was like the lights went on in my life, in much the same way that John Lennon saw Elvis on screen and said ‘That’s a good job, I’d like to do that for a living’. I saw Malcolm in this film and I thought, ‘This is what I want to do’.”

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Neil Patrick Harris gets Walk of Fame Star

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Neil Patrick Harris gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

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(Huffington Post) From his humble beginnings as a boy genius teen doctor to his Smurftastic summer hit and womanizing “How I Met Your Mother Ways,” Neil Patrick Harris has been a Hollywood staple for over two decades. A host of both the Tonys and Emmys, it was only appropriate that he was finally awarded one of show business’s highest honors.

 

Today, Neil Patrick Harris became an official Hollywood star in front of the Pantages Theatre. The actor, joined by partner David Burtka and “Mother” co-star Jason Segel, received his official star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, where he joined the industry’s greatest luminaries and tweeted a photo of his star after the ceremony.

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Marilyn Miller’s Star Returned

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

 WALK OF FAME 

Stolen Walk of Fame Star of Marilyn Miller returned after 40 years

 

 

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April 12, 2011

 

To the list of things that can only happen in Hollywood, add today’s revelation about a man coming forward to return 1920s actress Marilyn Miller’s original Walk of Fame star, which was apparently stolen 40 years ago without anybody realizing it.

 

 

Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told City News Service she received a call yesterday from a nervous man who said he had a Walk of Fame star, which he claimed someone had given to him.

 

It turns out it was Miller’s, which was one of several that were removed from the area of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in the 1970s to make way for special honors on the famed walk for NASA astronauts, Martinez said.

 

“The stars were removed because they were going to be moved up in the same area of original placement,” Martinez said.

 

She said the original stars were supposed to be destroyed because they were being replaced with new ones.

 

“Obviously a few of them weren’t,” she said.

 

Miller’s star was apparently pilfered from a construction site — the same one from which the original stars of James Stewart and Kirk Douglas disappeared, she said. Those stars were later recovered, but nobody realized that Miller’s had not been destroyed as planned, so the theft apparently went undetected.

 

“I guess everyone assumed it was destroyed,” Martinez said.

 

Until yesterday.

 

Martinez said the caller, whom she identified only as Bill, asked if it would be a crime to keep the star.

 

“I said it’s a registered historic landmark,” she said.

 

So the man hastily returned the 300-pound piece of concrete, even though his wife apparently had plans to turn it into a patio table, Martinez said.

 

Martinez said the star would be kept in the chamber’s archives, which will someday be used to create a “mini-museum.”

 

“I’m just glad she’s back,” Martinez said.

 

As the story goes, Miller — a singer/dancer who rose to stardom on Broadway in 1920 working with Florenz Ziegfield and went on to star in a series of musical comedy films — was the inspiration for an aspiring actress known as Norma Jeane Baker to change her name to the far more memorable Marilyn Monroe.

 

Monroe’s agent, Ben Lyon, reportedly urged the change, saying Monroe reminded him of Miller.

 

Miller died in 1936.

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Penelope gets her Star

Monday, April 11th, 2011

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

 Penelope Cruz receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

  

Penelope Cruz was honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is located in front of the El Capitan Theater and is star number 2,346. She is the first Spanish born actress to receive this honor.

 

Cruz has received three Academy Award nominations and won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2009 for her performance in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. Director Rob Marshall and co-star Johnny Depp both spoke at the ceremony to honor Cruz.

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Adam Sandler gets his Star!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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Adam Sandler gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

 

Adam Sandler is now officially a Hollywood star! He just received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the West Hollywood Hotel.

 

Adam Sandler officially has star #2431 and was presented the honor by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO, Leron Gubler and guest speaker Henry Winkler. Sandler’s daughters and wife were with Sandler for the honor. His daughters Sadie and Sunny interrupted him multiple times saying, “I love you daddy.” The interruptions sparked Sandler to joke, “Let’s here it for my kids, who are now showing that I cannot control them.”

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Colin Firth gets a Star

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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 Colin Firth receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

British actor Colin Firth was presented with the 2,429th star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, an honor which the actor has dedicated to his wife. Firth, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as the lead in The King’s Speech, could be seen wiping away a tear during the official ceremony this week. Firth said that he wanted to thank everyone that has been part of his life during his amazing journey. 

 

The 50-year-old Firth dedicated the honour to his wife Livia. He said that when he looks down at the star he sees her name in it. Firth made his name in the film industry after playing the role of Mr Darcy in the BBC’s production of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.

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