Walk of Fame: Ceremonies over the decades
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Hollywood Walk of Fame history


In June 1956, actress Virginia Mayo nailed a silver-plated star among the painted ones at Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue in the first step in the $1-million glamorization program. Looking on behind her are E. M. Stuart, left, chairman of the board, and Harry M. Sugarman, president, Hollywood Improvement Assn.

Since the first star went in four years later, the Walk of Fame has proved a perennial draw to tourists eager to see the stars. An estimated 10 million visitors come each year to the 18-block stretch.

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Breaking ground for star-studded sidewalks along Hollywood Boulevard are, from left, Supervisor Ernest Debs; E.M. Stuart, originator of the idea; actresses Gigi Perreau and Linda Darnell; Harry M. Sugarman, president of the Hollywood Improvement Assn.; and veteran actors Francis X. Bushman and Charles Coburn. The $1,151,000 project was expected to take 10 months to complete.

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From left, actress Dorothy Malone, Preston Foster and Harry Sugarman of the improvement association and builder C.E. Toberman, display a star for Hollywood’s three-mile Walk of Fame on Aug. 15, 1958.

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A jubilant Chill Wills kisses his star in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Feb. 8, 1960.

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Chick Hearn, center, gets an assist from Johnny Grant, left, during the unveiling of the Laker announcer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 24, 1986.

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On Nov. 17, 1987, Hollywood’s honorary mayor Johnny Grant presented the Ritz Brothers’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Johnny Grant, center, honorary mayor of Hollywood, and Bill Welsh, far right, chamber president, with Swedish film personalities at star lift for director Mauritz Stiller on April 14, 1988.

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Actor Martin Sheen received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 22, 1989.

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Actor Richard Dreyfuss kneels down, as he unveils his Walk of Fame star on Hollywood Boulevard on Oct. 10, 1996, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Dreyfuss’ roles have included: “Jaws,” “The Goodbye Girl” for which he won an Academy Award, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and " Mr. Holland’s Opus.”

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Fred Rogers of the “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” show leans down to touch his star at its unveiling on Jan. 7, l997, in the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard. It was the 2,101st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Christopher Reeve, accompanied by wife Dana, son Will and about 500 fans and celebrity friends, received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 15, 1997.

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Actor James Brolin and his wife Barbra Streisand share a proud moment on stage as the actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 27, 1998.

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Don Knotts, right, and Andy Griffith kneel at the unveiling of Knotts’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 19, 1999. Knotts won five Emmys as Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and appeared in many movies. He was also greeted by Louis Nye, Gary Owens and John Ritter, who starred in TV’s “Three’s Company,” in which Knotts had a recurring role.

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Singer Freddy Fender stands on his unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 4, 1999. In a long musical career, Fender rose to fame as a Latino pop star in the 1950s, ventured into country-pop in the 1970s and has been a member of the Grammy- winning Texas Tornadoes in the 1990s. Fender’s is the 2,129th star on the Walk of Fame.

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The Watsons celebrate their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22, 1999. Top, left to right: Bobs Watson (shown in photo), Louise, Harry; middle: Coy Jr., Bill, Delmar; bottom right: Garry.

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Members of the rock band KISS, from left, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley, place well-heeled soles on their star during a ceremony on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Aug. 11, 1999. The group, known for theatrics onstage and off, has sold more than 80 million albums over a 26-year career.

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Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, right, and her friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, pose after Sager was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Feb. 14, 2000. Honors for Sager’s work include an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, two Golden Globe Awards and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Actor and director Peter Fonda dances on his star that was placed on the Walk of Fame on Aug. 15, 2000.

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Muhammad Ali receives the 2189th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near the Kodak Theatre on Jan. 11, 2001, from Johnny Grant, Hollywood’s honorary mayor. Ali’s star hangs on a wall because the boxing great wants people to look up to see it.

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Abigail Van Buren, a.k.a. Dear Abby, a.k.a. Pauline Phillips, stands with her daughter Jeanne Phillips after being presented with Dear Abby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Feb. 14, 2001. Next to the star are her grandchild, J.J. Phillips, great-grandchild Daniela Phillips and grandchild Hutton Phillips.

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Actor Kevin Bacon jokingly hushes his friends and family while getting photographed with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 30, 2003. His is the 2,238th star and is located at 6356 Hollywood Blvd.

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Singer Britney Spears greets some of the nearly 2,000 fans who attended a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard on Nov. 17, 2003. After her arrival, the pop star signed posters and magazines for her admirers. “This is something that I’ve dreamt about since I was a little girl,” Spears said. “I can’t believe I’m actually here with all of you amazing fans.”

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Michael Eisner, chief executive of Walt Disney Co., waves to the crowd with Disney character Donald Duck, during a ceremony honoring Donald with the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Aug. 9, 2004.

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Posing with Los Angeles City Council member Eric Garcetti, Renee Zellweger received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard on May 24, 2005.

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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, left, and film critic Roger Ebert posing for photographers following a ceremony in which Ebert was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 23, 2005, in Los Angeles.

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Samantha Rios touches the L.A.P.D. Hollywood star unveiled on March 10, 2006, on Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea Avenue honoring fallen officers, including Rios’ father, Officer Joe Rios, who died in 1993 of injuries from a 1992 on-duty traffic accident.

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(Left to right) Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger pose for photos as Winnie the Pooh receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2006, in Los Angeles.

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Hockey Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller, the voice of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, lies down next to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after a ceremony on Oct. 2, 2006, on the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.

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Jerry Buss, center, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Laker Girls, after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Oct. 30, 2006.

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Actor Jeff Bridges holds a camera as he hugs actress Michelle Pfeiffer during a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 6, 2007, in Los Angeles.

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The Munchkins from the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” were honored on Nov. 20, 2007, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Margaret Pellegrini points to the star in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Hundreds of “Wizard of Oz” fans attended the ceremony. A Woodridge, Ill. theater owner enlisted the help of movie industry leaders to get a star for the Munchkins.

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(Left to right) Ray Simpson, Jeff Olson, David Hodo, Alexander Briley and Eric Anzalone, members of the disco group The Village People wave to the crowd upon their arrival for a ceremony honoring them with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard on Sept. 12, 2008.

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Academy Award winning actress Mary Steenburgen poses next to her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Dec. 16, 2009.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Ringo Starr examine the entertainer’s new star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, which was installed on Feb. 10, 2010, at 1750 N. Vine St., in front of the Capitol Records Tower.

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