Posts Tagged ‘hollywood walk of fame’

Neil Diamond gets Star on Walk of Fame

Saturday, August 11th, 2012


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.



Marilyn Miller’s Star Returned

Thursday, April 14th, 2011


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




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.



Adam Sandler gets his Star!

Friday, February 4th, 2011


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.”



The Village People Get Star…

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

The Village People get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame



(Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)


About 250 colorfully dressed fans turn out to cheer the famed disco-era musical group.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 13, 2008


Hollywood was overflowing with costumed characters Friday as disco music fans turned out to watch the Indian, the cowboy, the policeman, the construction worker, the biker and the soldier receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Hundreds experienced a 1970s flashback as the Village People were recognized for their catchy, kitschy tunes, including their signature hit, “YMCA.” Fittingly, their star at 6529 Hollywood Blvd. is a block north of Hollywood’s YMCA.   (Click ‘Continue Reading’ for more)