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The Hollywood Walk of Fame | A brief history in photos

Taking an early stab at envisioning what would become the Hollywood Walk of Fame, artist Jack Lane, right, puts the finishing touches on a painted star framing a celebrity’s caricature on the sidewalk in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in February 1956. Others, from left, are Edwin Zabel, general manager of Fox West Coast Theaters; actress Kipp Hamilton; A.E. England, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Los Angeles City Councilman Earle Baker; and E.M. Stuart, the driving force behind creation of the Walk of Fame and later a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president himself. (Los Angeles Times)
Actress Virginia Mayo nails a silver-plated star to the pavement at Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue in June 1956 as part of a Hollywood refurbishment project that would eventually lead to the establishment of the Walk of Fame. Looking on are E.M. Stuart, left, and Harry M. Sugarman, president of the Hollywood Improvement Assn. (Los Angeles Times)
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)
A Walk of Fame star dedicated to the Ritz Brothers comedy team is unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard on Nov. 17, 1987, with Hollywood’s honorary mayor, Johnny Grant, front row, center left, presiding. (Los Angeles Times)
The Walk of Fame on Sept. 27, 1987. (Los Angeles Times)
Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant is joined by a swarm of Swedish film stars and directors on April 18, 1988, to dedicate a new star for Swedish director Maurice Stiller, whose name was misspelled as “Maurice Diller” on his first star, installed 28 years earlier. (Los Angeles Times)
Martin Sheen receives his star on the Walk of Fame on Aug. 25, 1989. (Los Angeles Times)