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Walk of Fame 5oth Anniversary

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010


Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary




Hollywood Walk of Fame Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Walk of Fame celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010 and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is planning numerous events to mark this important anniversary.



SUNDAY, JULY 25 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Live music, performances, movies and more at four key locations and throughout Hollywood Special Walk of Fame ceremony for the late Louis Prima with a performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses with a special appearance by Lena Prima at 11:30 a.m.


Hollywood celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with “Walk the Walk” on Sunday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This day-long festival is Hollywood’s “open house” with tours of iconic Hollywood theatres and studios, as well as live music, performances, movie screenings and activities for the whole family. Events have been scheduled throughout Hollywood, many are offered free or at a deep discount for this one day only. Four key locations – Hollywood & Highland Center including the TV Guide studio, Egyptian Theatre, Capitol Records and the Montalban Theatre – will showcase the five categories of stars: motion pictures, television, recording, radio and live theatre – and of course the Walk of Fame itself. Many restaurants, retailers and attractions also are joining in the celebration offering discounts, special menu items and giveaways. Information stations will be located at the four locations with free programs outlining the schedule of events and participating businesses and attractions. Thousands are expected to join in and “Walk the Walk,” visiting the stars that transformed a Hollywood sidewalk into a historic, international icon.


The schedule of events is as follows:


Sunday, July 25
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – Special Walk of Fame Ceremony for the late Louis Prima in front of The Montalban Theatre, 1617 Vine Street.




Hollywood Walk of Fame – Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street and beyond Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
• Inside TV Guide studio; courtyard radio broadcasts


The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
• Tour of historic theatre; live music in the courtyard; screenings of Forever Hollywood


Capitol Records, 1750 N. Vine Street
• Inside the famous Studio A; live music outside building


The Montalban, 1615 N. Vine Street
• Stage performances; rooftop soccer competitions


Details, map, program of events, and regular updates on activities and participating businesses at


CONTACT: All media requests should be directed to Karen Diehl at (310) 473 -8090 or


November 2010 – You can’t have a 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame without a grand Gala. Plans are moving forward to hold the Gala in November to mark the date of the completion of the Walk of Fame. More information will be forthcoming. Learn how you can celebrate with us and become a Friend of the Walk of Fame!  Contact


SOURCE: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce



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Russell Crowe gets his star

Monday, April 12th, 2010


Crowe cements star on Walk of Fame



 (Russel Crowe at his star)


Russell Crowe’s star shone bright despite dark rain clouds threatening his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The New Zealand-born, Australian-raised actor has been honoured with the 2404th star outside the Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars.


Fellow Aussie Sam Worthington, US talk-show host Jay Leno, director-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazier and Crowe’s wife Danielle and sons Tennyson, three, and Charles, six, attended the ceremony.


Many in the crowd of more than 500 were spotted wearing Crowe’s beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs jumpers and caps.


“Thanks for the privilege. I’ll always be grateful for it,” Crowe said.


With rain threatening, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to hold the ceremony under a tent. But Los Angeles’ famed sunshine tried to break through as the star was unveiled. Leno joked that Crowe had sought divine intervention.


“It was pouring rain this morning and Russell Crowe made one phone call. The sun has come out,” Leno said.


Crowe’s star sits next to those belonging to Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese.




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Ringo gets his star

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010


Ringo’s star unveiled on Walk of Fame


Ringo Starr honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (AFP: Valerie Macon)


A star for former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At a ceremony outside the Capitol Records building on Monday night, Starr’s name was unveiled as the 2,401st star on the sidewalk attraction.


The Hollywood Walk of Fame also marked its 50th anniversary on Monday.


Those by Starr’s side for the unveiling included actress-wife Barbara Bach, musicians Jay Walsh and Ben Harper, producer Don Was, director David Lynch and actor Noah Wyle.


The Walk of Fame already includes individual stars for the drummer’s former Beatles bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison. The Beatles as a group received a star in 1998. (Austrailian Broadcasting Company)



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Walk of Fame turns 50

Monday, February 8th, 2010


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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Ringo Starr gets a Star

Sunday, February 7th, 2010


A Star for a Starr!



Ringo Starr to be awarded honor as Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrates its 50th birthday



WHO:                  RINGO STARR

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler

Guest speakers: TBA


WHAT:                2,401st Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


WHERE:             1750 N. Vine Street in front of the historic Capitol Records Building


WHEN:               Monday, February 8, at 7p.m.


SPECIAL NOTE: Members of the Los Angeles Unified School Districts’ All District High School Honor Marching Band will perform a special salute in Ringo Starr’s honor


Ringo Starr will be honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 2010, the 50th anniversary to the day on which construction first began on the famed sidewalk.


Ringo Starr was born at “a very young age” in Liverpool England on July 7, 1940.


“When I was thirteen, I only wanted to be a drummer,” remembers Starr. Four years later at age seventeen, he joined the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Band. In 1959, Starr hooked up with the Raving Texans, which later became Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. In 1962, while playing a summer gig with Storm, Starr was asked to join The Beatles. Worried that he might cost his bandmates the summer gig if he left, Starr delayed his departure until they found a replacement. On August 18, 1962, Ringo Starr officially became a Beatle.


In 1971, Starr began his unprecedented run as the first solo Beatle to score seven consecutive Top 10 singles, starting with the release of “It Don’t Come Easy.”  His second hit single, “Back Off Boogaloo,” was written with and inspired by T Rex frontman Marc Bolan. In 1973, Starr released his self-titled smash hit Ringo, which yielded three Top 10 singles, including the #1 hits “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine).” Ringo also marked the first time since the breakup that all of The Beatles participated in the same project, though not at the same time.


Starr continued to release more hits, including “Only You” and “The No No Song.”  In 1981, he recorded Stop and Smell the Roses, his most critically-acclaimed record since Ringo, while the ‘90s saw him release some of the best records of his career and he also found consistent success as a live act with his revolving All Starr Band.  The touring met with great success and yielded Starr’s first live album, simply titled Ringo and His All Starr Band.


“If you look at all the bands I’ve put together, it’s an incredible array of musicians, all these different people,” says Starr. “Everyone has hit records, hit songs. It’s just good music and I’m having a lot of fun and that’s what it’s all about – great music and fun.”


On January 12, 2010, Starr released Y NOT (Hip-O/Ume), supported by Ben Harper and Relentless7 for a promotional tour, and simultaneously announced his 11th All Starr Band line up, which he will take on the road this summer.


The 11th All Starrs will feature Edgar Winter on sax and keyboards, Gary Wright on keyboards and Gregg Bissonette on drums. New to the All Starrs are Rick Derringer on guitar, Richard Page (Mr. Mister) on bass and Wally Palmar (Romantics) on guitar and harmonica. Booked by Dave Hart, the tour will kick off on June 24, 2010 at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and will include a July 7 (Ringo’s birthday!) show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, ending at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 7.


Y NOT, Ringo Starr’s 16th studio album, met with immediate acclaim: Billboard called the collection “some of his best and most poignant songs in years,” while Rolling Stone said “Y Not is full of straightforward, sweetly melodic tunes, most of them about Starr’s abiding optimism.”



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Roy Orbison gets his Star

Saturday, January 30th, 2010


Roy Orbison gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star


Family members from left, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison, background center, and Westly Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Friday Jan. 29, 2010 in the Hollywood Section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)



Late rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Roy Orbison has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Orbison’s widow Barbara accepted the star in front of the Capitol Records building on his behalf on Friday. Orbison died in 1988 at the age of 52, in the midst of a comeback with The Traveling Wilburys, a whimsical supergroup that included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.


Lynne attended the ceremony, as did Eric Idle, Chris Isaak, Joe Walsh and Dwight Yoakam.


Orbison was famous for the wide range of his distinctive and emotional voice, especially in his songs about unrequited love like “Only the Lonely,” ”Crying,” ”In Dreams” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.”


Actor Dan Aykroyd says Orbison was a great balladeer and a great rock ‘n’ roller who could be both gentle and vicious. (AP)



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Angelica Huston Gets Star

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


Anjelica Huston honored on Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’


Anjelica Huston receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California. Credit : Ref.: infusla-64


Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston was immortalized on the streets of Hollywood on Friday as she became the latest celebrity to have a star laid in her honor on the district’s “Walk of Fame.”


The veteran actress, whose films include “Prizzi’s Honor” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” follows in the footsteps of her father John Huston, the legendary director who also has a star inset on Hollywood Boulevard.


A crowd of family, friends and celebrity well-wishers joined Huston Friday for the presentation of her star, the 2,398th on the Walk of Fame.


“The beauty of this award is that it’s as permanent as anything in life these days,” Huston said. “It can’t be misplaced or left in the ladies room by accident and I always get the same billing.


“From here on, I’ll always know where to find myself and so will other people. Now I don’t have to join Facebook, because when someone wants to find me, this is where I’ll be and I’ll always be here.”



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Sam Waterson Gets a Star

Friday, January 8th, 2010


Sam Waterson gets star on Walk of Fame



Sam Waterson – who has starred in more than 350 “Law & Order” episodes — received the 2,397th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.


“At my age, this honor sort of rates as a lifetime achievement award and couldn’t have come at a better moment,” said Waterston. “A) I’m alive; B) I’m working; and C) the show that got me here is up for renewal.”


“I’m hoping that your honoring me will help the powers that be make the right decision so that next year ‘Law & Order’ can capture the record and fulfill Dick’s (Wolf) goal of having the longest-running drama ever,” he said.



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Walk of Fame Will Turn 50

Sunday, December 27th, 2009


Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announces celebration plans for Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary in 2010


 Walk of Fame


HOLLYWOOD – (Business Wire) The Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has become a global icon for Hollywood and Los Angeles, turns 50 in 2010 and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has plans for a year-long series of celebrations. The idea of creating the Walk of Fame was first conceived by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 1953 and seven years later construction began on February 8, 1960. Today it is recognized around the world as a monument to the entertainment industry that draws scores of visitors each year who walk “the Walk” taking photos of their favorite stars. The 50th anniversary celebration will showcase the history of this Historic/Cultural Landmark as well as continue to raise awareness and funds for the Walk of Fame restoration that will secure its continued future as a treasure for the city of Los Angeles and the community. 


“There are three major events planned in 2010 that are designed to offer something of interest for a global audience as well as engage the local community. In addition, throughout the year there will be a series of additional promotions and smaller events to highlight the history and significance of the Walk of Fame through the years,” said Leron Gubler, president, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Of course we will continue to add to the Walk of Fame next year with a series of star ceremonies that will include a new look for the 50th Anniversary.”


Celebration Plans

RINGO STARR CEREMONY February 8, 2010 – Fifty years to the day of the start of construction of the Walk of Fame, an elaborate ceremony will be held to honor internationally renowned, music industry legend Ringo Starr as he receives his Star on the Walk of Fame. The ceremony will be the first to feature new production elements as the Star Ceremonies take on a new look for the next 50 years.


COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF THE STARS July 25, 2010 – A public celebration for the entire community that will showcase the five categories of the Walk of Fame Stars – motion pictures, television, radio, recording and live theatre – will be held on Sunday, July 25. It is currently envisioned as a day-long street festival on Vine Street, from Hollywood Boulevard to Sunset, featuring outdoor stages with live music, live theatre, radio personalities and indoor venues showing clips from Star Ceremonies over the years and film of historic Hollywood as well as food and games for the whole family.


GALA – 50 YEARS OF WALK OF FAME STARS November 3, 2010 – An evening of dining, entertainment and celebration to recognize all Walk of Fame Star honorees and raise funds for the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Walk of Fame. The Chamber is inviting all those who have received stars on the Walk of Fame to participate in this historic event that is the culmination of the 50th Anniversary celebration to be held in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.


History of Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame began with the installation of a few demonstration stars in August 1958, the first of which was dedicated to actor Preston Foster. Officially dedicated in November 1960, the Walk now features 2,393 stars in the categories of television, radio, live theatre, motion pictures and recording. The Walk of Fame ceremonies draw international media attention and throngs of people to catch a glimpse of a favorite celebrity or Hollywood industry leader. It is one of the top tourist draws in Los Angeles and most recognizable images of Hollywood, along with the Hollywood sign that also is entrusted to the care and management of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Hollywood Sign Trust.


Follow the Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary plans, news of upcoming star ceremonies and video clips from the ceremonies at



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Lennon’s Star Okay

Sunday, December 27th, 2009


John Lennon Walk of Fame Star not stolen



Several media outlets have reported that John Lennon’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame star was stolen. A plastic seal was recently found covering Lennon’s star and created panic amongst the media and fans. The plastic was actually set up to cover the star, which was being relocated. Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, also known as wofstargirl on Twitter, confirmed that Lennon’s star was not stolen, but moved so that all the Beatles will be together some day.


“Yes, as a gift to fans, we moved John Lennon’s star next to George Harrison’s and Ringo’s will be there soon 2,” she wrote on Twitter yesterday. “Just waiting for Paul now!”


Lennon’s star has been moved next to George Harrison’s star, which is near the Capitol Tower, in hopes that someday all the Beatles individual stars will be all together. Ringo Starr’s Walk of Fame star, which will be dedicated at the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 2010, will mean that all of the Beatles – except for Paul McCartney – will have their own stars. McCartney’s star will also be located in that same area when his star is finally dedicated. But he hasn’t set up a date for a star ceremony, though he has been approached about it.


There are no plans to move the star for the Beatles as a group, which is located on Hollywood Blvd.

SOURCE:  RockStar Weekly



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