Walk of Fame Will Turn 50


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


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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 www.WalkOfFame.com.



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