History of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

To be honored with a star in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the world’s most famous sidewalk, is a tribute as coveted and sought after as any of the entertainment industry’s equally prestigious awards — including the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Mike or Tony. And, because it recognizes a life-long contribution of both public and peer appreciation, it is an honor uniquely in a class by itself. The Walk of Fame is a permanent monument of the past, as well as the present.

Envisioned in 1958 as a lasting tribute to the personalities who helped make Hollywood the most famous community in the world, the Walk continues today as a superior asset to the city, perpetuating the aura that has made the name Hollywood synonymous with glamour. The Walk remains one of the city’s most widely-seen tourist attractions.

Administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Walk of Fame was designated, in 1978, as a Cultural/Historic Landmark by the City of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Historic Trust, a continuing, self-financing program, maintains the quality of the Walk of Fame and the historic lure that is Hollywood.

A chronological history of the Hollywood-based entertainment industry, including the behind-the-scenes people as well as the most famous and instantly recognizable personalities, the Walk of Fame encompasses five acres of bronze stars embedded in pink terrazzo and surrounded by charcoal terrazzo squares. Inside each star is the bronze-engraved name of each artist and a distinctive emblem identifying in which of the five categories — Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording, or Live Theatre — the recipient has been honored.

The Walk of Fame lines both sides of Hollywood Boulevard from Gower to La Brea, and both sides of Vine Street, from Yucca to Sunset. Official groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted February 9, 1960. In sixteen months, when construction was completed, 1,558 luminaries were forever immortalized in the sidewalk. Since then, approximately one to two stars per month have been added. Stars dedicated in 1994 pushed the total over the 2000 mark. However, even at this rate, it will be many years before the stars in the famed Walk will be completely occupied, assuring the continued presence of Hollywood in the world’s media, and remaining a highly visible and lasting tribute to a unique city.

Chairman of the Walk of Fame

Presiding over the ceremonies is Hollywood’s celebrity Mayor, Johnny Grant, who is also the Chairman of the Walk of Fame committee. The committee is made up of four other members, all experts in one of the five categories. Mr. Grant has been the Chairman since 1980.

Trademark

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a trademark of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Any commercial usage of the Walk of Fame must receive prior approval. For licensing information, call Global Icons, LLC at (310) 820-5300, 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

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