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Hollywood Walk of Fame!

In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of popular stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Southern California...including Disneyland, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, The Simpsons, Carlos Santana, Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Gloria Estefan, Samuel Jackson, Chevy Chase, Kiss, the Apollo 11 moon landing team, Elizabeth Taylor, Billy Joel, Johnny Depp, Dr Seuss, Nicholas Cage, Christopher Reeve, Edward James Olmos, DeForest Kelley, and Charles Schulz. Each month, thousands of tourists stroll along the Walk of Fame...snapping pictures with the with the pink & brass "stars" which represent the achievements of their favorite celebrities. In fact, if you take a Hollywood trip without doing at least a LITTLE strolling & gawking, you'll be one of the very few visitors that don't! On this page, you'll discover more about the Walk of Fame's history...and how to find the stars which interest you most.

Hollywood Walk of Fame -- History

Photo of the Doors star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; placed on February 28, 2007 Though it seems like the Hollywood Walk of Fame has "always been there," its introduction to the Hollywood scene is actually rather recent. The Walk of Fame project was conceived in the late 1950's, and the first actual star-placing ceremony wasn't held until February of 1960. (Who was that lucky first recipient? Paul Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward!)

If you've read the other articles in this section, then you already know that Hollywood Boulevard was brand-new and a "white hot attraction" in the 1920's and 1930's. Even during the 1940's, Hollywood Boulevard continued on as a popular theater district...and was even the center for World War II fund-raising efforts and USO shows put on for military personnel by various celebrities.

By the 1950's, though, the theaters of Hollywood Blvd were waning in popularity. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce was well aware that their area was no longer a "hot ticket" type of place...and wanted to do something to put Hollywood "back on the map," as the saying goes. That's when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce came up with the "Walk of Fame" idea to boost tourism to the Hollywood Boulevard area...and the plan soon became reality. Did this tourism-boosting plan work? Once you get to Hollywood and see the busy sidewalk full of visitors from all over the globe pointing at stars & bending down to shoot pictures, you'll certainly think so!

Photo note: To your right, you're viewing a picture of the Doors star on the Walk of Fame, which shows you how shiny and bright these stars look when they're brand new. This photo was taken when the Doors star was only 4 days old...and still in pristine condition. As you can tell by the dozens of Walk of Fame star pictures in the slide shows on this page, it doesn't take long until a star's "mint condition" wears off! If you'd like, you may see our page about The Doors star on the Walk of Fame for extra information about this particular star (and about Walk of Fame stars, in general.)

The Hollywood Walk of Fame today

In the pics above, you're viewing more Walk of Fame stars...including The Beatles, Queen, the Bee Gees, Ricky Martin, Jay Leno, Cicely Tyson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Queen Latifah, Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeifer, Drew Barrymore, James Stewart, Vincent Price and Don Johnson.

Photo: The Patrick Stewart star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Today, the Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremonies continue...and are still one of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce ongoing projects. In general, one or two star-unveiling ceremonies are held each and every month. Therefore, it's quite likely that you'll be able to attend a Walk of Fame ceremony during your vacation to Los Angeles, if you desire and plan your timing well!

A list of recent and upcoming Walk of Fame star recipients makes for interesting reading. If you'd enjoy discovering just who's got a new star or who is getting a new star soon, you may use the following link to visit the Official Hollywood Walk of Fame Website from the the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

How does a new star make it onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Well, it isn't easy, and it isn't free!

Each placement of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame starts out by someone---likely a fan, a fan club or a star's manager---placing an application with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. There are, as you might imagine, an inundation of Walk of Fame star applications made to the Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the Chamber has limited each application period to 60 days per year, to help ease the burden. (If you're interested in making an application, you may use the link we've provided in the next section to get more details at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce official website.)

Every year, under 2 dozen celebrity names are chosen to receive a star. (Most often, the sponsoring individual or group must make an application to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce several years in a row before their favorite celebrity's name is selected.) Winners each year are spread out among the 5 performance categories honored by the Walk of Fame stars. These are---

  • Music (star features the picture of an old-fashioned vinyl record)

  • Live Stage (star pictures a laughing mask/crying mask duo)

  • Radio (star has picture of an old-fashioned microphone head)

  • Movies (star shows the picture of a movie camera on a tall tripod)

  • Television (pictured on the star by a television set.

    Photo: Alfred Hitchcock's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Are recipients of the stars always human beings? Believe it or not, the answer to that question is "No!" Two dogs have stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame---Lassie (6368 Hollywood Blvd) and Rin Tin Tin (1623 Vine St.) Also, several animated characters have stars...Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Big Bird!

    Are the recipients of new stars added to the Walk of Fame always living? Once again, the answer is "no." Every year, at least one star is added posthumously to a star who was unlucky enough to have passed to the other side before getting to see his or her Walk of Fame star placed!

    Each celebrity selected for the Hollywood Walk of Fame must agree to attend the star-unveiling ceremony. (Well, after all, the purpose of the Chamber's Walk of Fame program is to draw visitors to Hollywood...and what better way to draw locals and tourists alike than to offer them the chance to view celebrities?)

    In addition, a $25,000 fee must be paid by the sponsoring group. This $25,000 goes towards upkeep of the terrazzo-and-brass star throughout its lifetime...and pays for security measures, as well. (Believe it or not, there have actually been a few of the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars stolen! These days, security cameras monitor the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame continually to help guard against theft.)

    What celebrities have Walk of Fame stars?

    Here's a list of some of our readers' favorite stars

    In the photos above, you're viewing still more Walk of Fame stars...including Mister Rogers, Rugrats, Don Knotts, Erik Estrada, Cecil B De Mille, Mike Myers, Kelsey Grammer, Sigourney Weaver, Kim Basinger, Gladys Knight, Pierce Brosnan, Paula Abdul, Pedro Infante, and Sidney Poitier.

    The entire list of stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame is quite long. In the next section, you can view the entire list of stars in various formats. One convenient method of finding your favorite Walk of Fame star is to use the Walk of Fame Star Finder on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website.

    However, our readers have mentioned certain stars as being their favorites...and so, for your convenience, you may get some quick info about these stars and their locations below:

    Favorite Movie Walk of Fame Stars

    Antonio Banderas (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Drew Barrymore (6925 Hollywood Blvd); Halle Berry (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Humphrey Bogart (6322 Hollywood Blvd); Marlon Brando (1765 Vine St); Sandra Bullock (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Richard Burton will receive posthumous star placement in 2012; Nicholas Cage (7021 Hollywood Blvd); Jackie Chan (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Charlie Chaplin (6751 Hollywood Blvd); Russell Crowe (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Tom Cruise (6912 Hollywood Blvd); Penelope Cruz (6834 Hollywood Blvd); Matt Damon (6801 Hollywood Blvd); James Dean (1719 Vine St); Johnny Depp (7018 Hollywood Blvd); Vin Diesel (placement in 2012); Walt Disney (7021 Hollywood Blvd); W C Fields (7004 Hollywood Blvd); Harrison Ford (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Clark Gable "Rhett Butler" (1608 Vine St); Tom Hanks (7000 Hollywood Blvd); Laurel & Hardy (Stan Laurel at 7021 Hollywood Blvd & Oliver Hardy at 1500 Vine St); Alfred Hitchcock (7013 Hollywood Blvd and 6506 Hollywood Blvd); Nichole Kidman (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Bruce Lee (6933 Hollywood Blvd); Vivien Leigh "Scarlett O'Hara" (6773 Hollywood Blvd); Steve McQueen (6834 Hollywood Blvd); Marilyn Monroe (6774 Hollywood Blvd); Eddie Murphy (7000 Hollywood Blvd); Paul Newman (7060 Hollywood Blvd); Chuck Norris (7000 Hollywood Blvd); Gwyneth Paltrow (6931 Hollywood Blvd); Michelle Pfeiffer (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Dennis Quaid (7018 Hollywood Blvd); Christopher Reeve "Superman" (7021 Hollywood Blvd); Winona Ryder (7018 Hollywood Blvd); Adam Sandler (6250 Hollywood Blvd); Wesley Snipes (7018 Hollywood Blvd); Sissy Spacek (6834 Hollywood Blvd); Sylvester Stallone (6712 Hollywood Blvd); Meryl Streep (7018 Hollywood Blvd); Elizabeth Taylor (6336 Hollywood Blvd); Charlize Theron (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Billy Bob Thornton (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Cicely Tyson (7080 Hollywood Blvd) . And, strange but true, George Clooney survived the rigorous selection process & was picked to receive a star...but has never made the time in his schedule to receive it! (The rules state that celebrities can't receive their stars unless they actually attend the ceremonies.) Clint Eastwood and Neil Diamond are 2 other notable would-be recipients who were once selected for a star, but refused to schedule placement dates.

    Favorite Music Walk of Fame Stars

    Picture: Capitol Records building on the Hollywood Walk of FameAmerica, placement in 2012; Beach Boys (1500 Vine St); The Beatles (7080 Hollywood Blvd); The Bee Gees (6845 Hollywood Blvd); Andrea Bocelli (7000 Hollywood Blvd); Boyz II Men placement in 2012 Garth Brooks (1750 Vine St); Johnny Cash (6320 Hollywood Blvd); Chicago (6438 Hollywood Blvd); Destiny's Child (6801 Hollywood Blvd; Beyonce does not have a separate star); Celine Dion (6801 Hollywood Blvd); The Doors (6901 Hollywood Blvd); Melissa Etheridge (6901 Hollywood Blvd); The Go-Go's (6650 Hollywood Blvd); Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson) placement in 2012; Jimi Hendrix (6627 Hollywood Blvd); Buddy Holly (Vine St in front of Capitol Records bldg); Michael Jackson (6927 Hollywood Blvd); The Jacksons (1500 Vine St); Billy Joel (6233 Hollywood Blvd); Elton John (6915 Hollywood Blvd); Kiss (7080 Hollywood Blvd); Jennifer Lopez placement in 2012; Barry Manilow (6233 Hollywood Blvd); Ricky Martin (6901 Hollywood Blvd); Tim McGraw (6901 Hollywood Blvd); Reba McEntire (7018 Hollywood Blvd); Bette Midler (6922 Hollywood Blvd); Elvis Presley (6777 Hollywood Blvd); Queen (6356 Hollywood Blvd); Bonnie Raitt (1750 N Vine St); Ray Charles (6355 Hollywood Blvd); Kenny Rogers (6666 Hollywood Blvd); Diana Ross (6712 Hollywood Blvd); Carlos Santana (7080 Hollywood Blvd); Shakira (6270 Hollywood Blvd; placed Nov 8, 2011); Frank Sinatra (1637 Vine St); Britney Spears (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Rod Stewart (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Barry White for posthumous star placement in 2012; BeBe and CeCe Winans (6126 Hollywood Blvd)

    Favorite TV Walk of Fame Stars

    Tim Allen ( 6834 Hollywood Blvd); Jennifer Aniston (placement in 2012); Desi Arnaz (6254 Hollywood Blvd and 6325 Hollywood Blvd); Lucille Ball "I Love Lucy" (6436 Hollywood Blvd and 6100 Hollywood Blvd); Roseanne Barr (6767 Hollywood Blvd); Valerie Bertinelli star placement in 2012; Bill Cosby (6930 Hollywood Blvd); Jon Cryer (6922 Hollywood Blvd); Danny DeVito (6906 Hollywood Blvd); Barbara Eden (7003 Hollywood Blvd); Farrah Fawcett (7057 Hollywood Blvd); Kelsey Grammer (7021 Hollywood Blvd); Larry Hagman (1560 N Vine St); Neil Patrick Harris (6243 Hollywood Blvd); David Hasselhoff (7018 Hollywood Blvd); Ron Howard (6838 Hollywood Blvd); Angela Lansbury (6259 Hollywood Blvd and 6623 Hollywood Blvd); Jay Leno (6780 Hollywood Blvd); Julia Louis-Dreyfus 6250 Hollywood Blvd; Susan Lucci (6801 Hollywood Blvd); Lee Majors (6931 Hollywood Blvd); Elizabeth Montgomery (6533 Hollywood Blvd); Agnes Moorehead (1719 Vine St); Ed O'Neill (7021 Hollywood Blvd); George Peppard (6675 Hollywood Blvd); Regis Philbin (Hollywood Blvd); Tom Selleck (6925 Hollywood Blvd); bad boy Charlie Sheen (7021 Hollywood Blvd); Loretta Swit (6240 Hollywood Blvd); Vivian Vance (7000 Hollywood Blvd); Adam West "Batman," placement in 2012.

    Favorite Hispanic/Spanish-language Walk of Fame Stars

    There are stars celebrating Hispanic actors and musicians on all areas of the Walk of Fame...but you'll see a very good selection of them in under a half hour's walk by starting at the Hollywood & Highland Center Mall and turning right/a la derecha down Hollywood Blvd. Continue until you reach the end of the Walk of Fame, and cross the street. Head back to the Hollywood & Highland Center on the opposite side of the street to see still more important Spanish-language Walk of Fame stars. Here are some interesting & popular stars in this genre that you'll want to check out: Antonio Aguilar (7060 Hollywood Blvd); Pepe Aguilar, placement in 2012; Cantinflas (6438 Hollywood Blvd); Celia Cruz (6240 Hollywood Blvd); Don Francisco (near 7000 Hollywood Blvd); Emilio and Gloria Estefan (side by side stars at 7021 Hollywood Blvd); Vicente and Alejandro Fernandez (both stars at 6160 Hollywood Blvd); Juan Gabriel (7060 Hollywood Blvd); Julio Iglesias (7000 Hollywood Blvd); Pedro Infante (7083 Hollywood Blvd); Jose Jose (7036 Hollywood Blvd); Luis Miguel (7060 Hollywood Blvd); Tito Puente (6933 Hollywood Blvd); Christina Saralegui (7060 Hollywood Blvd); and Marco Antonio Solis (6931 Hollywood Blvd.); Shakira (6270 Hollywood Blvd; placed Nov 8, 2011)

    Star Trek and SciFi Walk of Fame Stars

    Picture: Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper have a chat on the Hollywood Walk of FameSTAR TREK Walk of Fame stars include the following famous names: LeVar Burton "Geordi La Forge" (7000 Hollywood Blvd); James Doohan "Scotty" ( 7021 Hollywood Blvd); DeForest Kelley "Bones" (7021 Hollywood Blvd); Nichelle Nichols "Lieutenant Uhura" (6633 Hollywood Blvd); Leonard Nimoy "Spock" (6651 Hollywood Blvd); William Shatner "Captain James T Kirk" (6901 Hollywood Blvd); Patrick Stewart "Captain Picard" (7021 Hollywood Blvd); George Takei "Sulu" (6681 Hollywood Blvd.) And, of course, Star Trek fans won't want to miss Gene Roddenberry's star located at 6683 Hollywood Blvd. Unfortunately, Walter Koenig, "Checkov" from the original Star Trek series, does not have a Walk of Fame star, yet...but he will soon! Walter Koenig will get his star placed on the Walk of Fame in 2012!

    STAR WARS: There aren't so many Star Wars Walk of Fame stars. The series' creator, George Lucas has refused getting a Walk of Fame far. You can see Harrison Ford's star "Han Solo" at 6801 Hollywood Blvd; the Alec Guinness star (Obi Wan Kenobi) at 1559 Vine St; Samuel L Jackson's star ("Mace Windu") is at 7018 Hollywood Blvd; Billy Dee Williams ("Lando Calrissian") star is at 1521 Vine St. Currently, neither Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) nor Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) have Walk of Fame stars. Neither do Natali Portman (Padme Amidala); Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker); Ewan McGregor ; nor Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn.) Surprisingly, James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) does not have a Walk of Fame star yet, despite his varied work in the film industry, both in and out of his Star Wars roles.

    BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: This series hasn't fared so well for Walk of Fame stars. Still, if you're a fan of the SyFy Channel's version, you'll be glad to see the star for Edward James Olmos "Admiral Adama" at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. And, the original version's Commander Adama has a star, as well! Lorne Greene's star can be found at 1559 N Vine St. Neither Dirk Benedict nor Katee Sackhoff have received stars for their roles as Starbuck. Neither does Richard Hatch, who played Apollo in the original series and Tom Zarak in the SyFy channel's version of the Battlestar Galactica.

    Other Science Fiction Walk of Fame stars: Rod Serling creator of the Twilight Zone has a star at 6840 Hollywood Blvd; Ray Bradbury has a star located at 6644 Hollywood Blvd; Orson Welles, the man whose radio rendition of "War of the Worlds" caused a national panic in 1938, has stars at 1600 Vine Street and 6652 Hollywood Blvd. And, believe it or not, Godzilla has a star! You can find it located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.

    Cartoon characters on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Picture: Cartoon character Snoopy in Hollywood, CaliforniaSeveral Disney Characters have Walk of Fame stars! These include Donald Duck (6840 Hollywood Blvd); Mickey Mouse (6925 Hollywood Blvd); Snow White (6910 Hollywood Blvd) and Tinker Bell (6834 Hollywood Blvd.) Winnie the Pooh (created by A A Milne, but now under the Disney umbrella of characters) has a star at 6834 Hollywood Blvd. Many of the Disney-related stars are located near Disney's El Capitan Theater and the Disney Soda Fountain on Hollywood Boulevard...but some are elsewhere. The much-loved Mousketeer, Annette Funicello has a star at 6834 Hollywood Blvd (also near the El Capitan Theater.) The Sherman Brothers, who created some of the Disney movies' most memorable melodies, have a star at 6918 Hollywood Blvd. John Lasseter, who has done everything at Disney from driving an Adventureland cruise boat to becoming the creative top dog at Pixar (and is also a winner of 2 Academy Awards, as well,) has a brand new star as of November 1, 2011; it's located in front of the El Capitan Theater at 6834 Hollywood Blvd. And, last but certainly not least, Walt Disney's star is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. & Disneyland's star can be found at 6834 Hollywood Blvd.

    Still other cartoon characters can be found along Hollywood's Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. The list includes Sesame Street's Big Bird, (7021 Hollywood Blvd); Kermit the Frog (6801 Hollywood Blvd); and Sesame Street's creator, Jim Henson has a star at 6631 Hollywood Blvd. The Looney Tunes character Bugs Bunny has a star (7007 Hollywood Blvd); . The Rugrats have their own star at 6600 Hollywood Blvd; The Simpsons have a star at 7021 Hollywood Blvd...and so the giant green ogre Shrek has a star at 6931 Hollywood Blvd. Also, the cartoonist team of Hanna-Barbera has a star at 6753 Hollywood Blvd; the Peanuts cartoon creator, Charles Schulz has a star at 7021 Hollywood Blvd; Dr Seuss has a star located at 6600 Hollywood Blvd; and cartoonist Walter Lantz "Woody Woodpecker" has a star at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, will receive a star in 2012.

    Favorite Unusual Walk of Fame Stars

    What US President has a Walk of Fame star? Here's a clue: he's also a former governor of California. Give up? It's Ronald Reagan, whose star's location is 6374 Hollywood Blvd. Also, the disgraced former California governor also has a star...Arnold Schwarzenegger's star is located at 6764 Hollywood Blvd.

    Can you believe that the Apollo 11 moon landing team has a Walk of Fame star? They do---as TV personalities! Most certainly, in July 1969, nearly every television set in the world was tuned into their adventures. You may find this star at the corner of Hollywood & Vine.

    Hollywood Walk of Fame -- Map, List, Directions

    and several Walk of Fame touring plans

    Photo: Tom Hanks star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame The Hollywood Walk of Fame lies along the tourist area of Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. You actually won't have to go out of your way in order to see much of the Walk of Fame---because it runs right in front of the most popular Hollywood tourist attractions.

    If you're headed to Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater, the Hollywood and Highland Center, the El Capitan Theater, the Guiness Book of Records, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Egyptian Theater, the Ripley's Believe It or Not "Odditorium," the Hollywood Museum...and other interesting Hollywood Boulevard attractions, then you can't miss the Walk of Fame. You'll be walking directly on top of it!

    To get a better idea of where the "Walk of Fame" section of Hollywood Boulevard is located, use the following link to see a Google map to the Hollywood Walk of Fame area of Hollywood, California.

    Many a tourist sets out with enthusiasm to view the entire walk of fame...and ends up missing most of it because the Walk of Fame is long! You'll walk farther than you might imagine because, in addition to seeing the stars of the currently-famous, you'll also have to pass by the sidewalk-stars of people who were famous long ago. There are many Walk of Fame stars which honor people that today's tourists won't even recognize!

    Hollywood Walk of Fame touring plans

    In the photos above, you can see Hollywood Walk of Fame stars for William Shatner, George Takei, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Patrick Steward, Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Steven Spielberg, Keven Costner, Chris Rock, Michael Jackson, Bing Crosby, Bob Marley, David Bowie, KC & the Sunshine Band, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

    What's the best way to see the Walk of Fame in Hollywood? How you plan your visit depends on how much time you have, and how many stars you'd like to see. If you stretched out all of the stars end to end, the route would take several miles to walk, and 3 to 4 hours to enjoy. Most people don't have that kind of stamina nor interest. But, here are some ways you can make your visit shorter and more productive, in our opinion:

    ---30 to 45 minute Walk of Fame tour: The Walk of Fame stars are thickest in the block of Hollywood Boulevard which contains the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Kodak Theater, and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. These are all buildings which have opened in the 21st century, which allowed for the sidewalks to be built extra-wide in front of them. Wider sidewalks = more stars in one compact area! Park beneath the Hollywood & Highland mall, then take the escalators or elevators to street level. First, enjoy the stars in front of the mall, then finish off by viewing the rest of the stars on the north & south sides of Hollywood Blvd between Orange and Highland.

    ---1 hour Walk of Fame viewing plan: Once again, begin at the Hollywood & Highland Mall, then turn right...walking all the way to La Brea Ave (where the Walk of Fame ends.) Cross the street, being sure to stop on the pedestrian island in the center of Hollywood Boulevard. This is a special place of honor reserved for the Beatles star and the Elvis Presley well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame's very OWN star! Then, continue to the south side of Hollywood Blvd, heading back to the Hollywood and Highland mall.

    ---1 1/2 to 2 hour Walk of Fame walking tour: Start by using the same plan for the 1 hour tour. However, once you reach your starting point, continue strolling along the Walk of Fame until you get to Vine Street. Vine Street is the only other street besides Hollywood Boulevard that has Walk of Fame stars. Yet, some of the start on Vine Street feature popular actors from the Golden Era of Hollywood. And, the area near the Capitol Records building have some of the newest Walk of Fame stars featuring popular musicians and musical groups. From Vine Street, you can then head back towards your starting point. And yet, you're STILL not all the way to the end of the Walk of Fame! If you've really been enjoying yourself, then allow yourself the opportunity to continue onwards to finish seeing the entire walkway.

    Picture: Hollywood & Vine  Sign on the Walk of FameHowever, if there are certain Walk of Fame stars that you "just can't miss," then you should find out ahead of time the addresses of those stars so you won't miss them. Then, once you've seen your "favorites," you can enjoy the rest of the Walk of Fame for as little---or as long---as you like.

    You may use the following link to visit a Hollywood Walk of Fame website which features a complete list of Hollywood Walk of Fame addresses of the stars.

    Another way to plan which stars you'll want to visit is by consulting a map of the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars. By following the next link, you may see a Hollywood Walk of Fame map of the star locations in diagram form.

    To learn more about the Hollywood Walk of Fame's history, to get an on-line PDF downloadable application for a Walk of Fame star, and to keep current on upcoming star-unveiling ceremonies (which are always open for the public to attend), you may use the following link to the Hollywood California Chamber of Commerce official website. You may also keep up with the Walk of Fame's lastet events by "liking" the Hollywood Walk of Fame's Facebook page.

    Funny stories about the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other trivia & fun facts can be found on the Wikipedia's Walk of Fame page. Whether you'd like to find out who's got the most Walk of Fame stars...or which sports figures have a star...or even the weirdest names on the Walk of Fame, you'll find your answer there!

    Another famous Hollywood landmark -- The Hollywood Sign

    Picture: Hollywood Sign, a famous landmark in greater Los Angeles, California What would Hollywood be without its famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign? There would seem to be something glaringly missing!

    Even though the world-famous Hollywood Sign is true landmark nowadays, it began its "life" as just a real-estate advertising gimmick! In the 1920s, when this section of Los Angeles was being built, its real estate developers erected a sign steering people towards the new construction site, in hopes of selling more homes. And, what a sign it was! The letters were 50 feet high and 30 feet across! Its goal was to advertise homes in the then-brand-new Hollywoodland subdivision. Therefore, originally the sign didn't say "Hollywood"---it said "HOLLYWOODLAND"...just like the name of the housing development.

    Well, of course, as time passed, the new homes sold out...and the developer just abandoned its maintenance of the sign. For a decade, it sat lonely and unattended.

    Finally, in 1949, one of the letters of the Hollywoodland sign blew down...and through experiencing sorrow at the letter's loss, the people of Hollywood realized just how much they had grown attached to their distinctive local monument! A restoration project was begun. During this process, the length of the sign was cropped to say just the word "Hollywood"...and the rest is history.

    Of course, just the one restoration project in 1949 hasn't been enough to keep the Hollywood Sign looking sharp. Several restorations have taken place since that original project. The very latest restoration project was performed in 2005 and 2006. The sign went through a thorough cleaning and rust-removal process, and was then coated with an ultra-modern protective paint that should keep the Hollywood Sign looking shiny and white for years to come.

    Photo: Hollywood Sign, a very visible and famous landmark in Hollywood, California You can view the Hollywood Sign from a number of places in town. If you're at the Hollywood & Highland Center, it can be seen from the upper levels. You'll also be able to view the Hollywood sign quite well from the Griffith Park Observatory.

    Personally, we like to drive up Beachwood Canyon Drive to view the Hollywood Sign---that's a spot where you can come the closest to the sign by automobile.

    Sadly to say, though, you can only admire the famous Hollywood Sign from afar. No one is allowed to drive up to the sign or even WALK up to it! (Warning to would-be hikers: the Hollywood Sign has its "no-visitors policy" enforced by security cameras! You may hike in the hills...and get some really good views. But, no, you can't climb onto the sign, pose for pictures on the sign, etc.)

    But, a drive up Beachwood will give you some good views of the Hollywood Sign, PLUS you'll find other historical things to see in this area. You can see the "gates" of the Hollywoodland subdivision, which are still standing. Plus, you'll the Hollywoodland Realty Co. office.

    You can admire the fantasy-inspired architecture of the 1920's Hollywoodland homes. These older homes often have rounded, turret-like features and almost remind me of the castle illustrations seen in fairy-tale books! The more-modern homes in the area are delightful to look at, as well. Many of the subdivision's streets are narrow, twisty and winding...which makes for a very interesting drive. (Note: Do you have an extra million or two USD sitting around? Then one of these homes can be yours!)

    The Hollywood Sign -- Map, directions, more info

    To view the Hollywood Sign from Beachwood Drive, you may use the following link to see a Google map to the Beachwood Drive/Franklin Avenue intersection. Simply follow Beachwood north from Franklin, and "drink in" great views of the Hollywood Sign!

    To learn more about the history of the Hollywood Sign, learn various fun facts and trivia, get a "virtual tour" of the sign, AND see live web cam pictures of the Hollywood Sign, you'll want to visit the sign's official website. (Yes, it has one!) Use the following link, then, to see the Hollywood Sign official website.

    Are you curious to what happened during the December 2006 Hollywood Sign restoration project?There's even a website available on the internet that will show you all the restoration project photos, and fill you in on all of the project's details. Use the following link to see the website showing photos of the recent restoration project.



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