If you're in Hollywood, California and walking down a certain part of Hollywood Boulevard or Vine Street, you may not see any celebrities, but you will definitely see a lot of stars. This area of the city from La Brea Avenue to Gower Street and Sunset Boulevard to Yucca Street is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. First envisioned in 1958, and receiving Historic Landmark status in 1978, there are currently over 2100 stars in the sidewalks on both sides of these streets, each of them honoring the achievements of someone in show business.

Each celebrity can have up to one star in each of five categories1:

Run by the local Chamber of Commerce, the stars also bring in a sizable income for the city. In addition to being a tourist attraction, it also costs the celebrity (or somebody) $15000 per star. Before this, the person must be nominated and get approved by a nomination committee, though anyone can nominate anyone to receive a star. Once approved, the star is created out of bronze, embedded in pink terrazzo, then surrounded by charcoal terrazzo. The name of the person being honored is engraved into the star, and the symbol representing the category is added. The star is later unveiled at a ceremony (included in the $15000) and becomes a permanent fixture of the local sidewalk. An average of 20 new stars are added each year.

It is interesting to note that you don't have to be a person or even a real entity to receive a star. Examples of this include two dogs (Lassie and Rin Tin Tin) and a cartoon character (Snow White). Sometimes the character itself receives the star rather than the actor who plays the character (Pee Wee Herman and Big Bird both have stars).


                                 |   |
                              ---+   +---
             N. LA BREA AVENUE
                              ---+   +---             W
                                 |   |  ^             |
                                 |   |  |          S--+->N
                                 |   |  |             |
                                 |   |7000 Block      E
                              ---+   +---
               N. ORANGE DRIVE                     
                              ---+   +---
                                 | H |
                                 | O |  ^
                                 | L |  |
                                 | L |  |
                                 | Y |6900 Block
                                 | W |
                                 | O |
                                 | O |
                                 | D |
                                 |   |
                                 | B |  ^
                                 | L |  |
                                 | V |  |
                                 | D |6800 Block
                              ---+   +---
            N. HIGHLAND AVENUE
                              ---+   +---
                                 |   |  ^
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |6700 Block
                              ---+   +---
          N. LAS PALMAS AVENUE
                              ---+   +---
                                 |   |  ^
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |6600 Block
                              ---+   +---
                WHITLEY AVENUE
                              ---+   +---
                                 |   |  ^
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |6500 Block
                              ---+   +---
                 WILCOX AVENUE
                              ---+   +---
                                 |   |  ^
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |6400 Block
                              ---+   +---
               N CAHUENGA BLVD
                              ---+   +---
                                 | H |
                                 | O |               
                                 | L |               
     S                           | L |               
     U              S            | Y |            Y  
     N              E            | W |            U  
     S              L            | O |  ^         C  
     E              M            | O |  |         C  
     T              A            | D |  |         A  
   |   |          |   |          |   |6300 Block|   |
---+   +----------+   +----------+   +----------+   +---
VINE STREET
---+   +----------+   +----------+   +----------+   +---
   |   |1         |   |1         |   |1         |   |
        5-->          |6-->      |   |7-->
        0              0         |   |0 ^
        0              0         |   |0 |
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |6200 Block
                              ---+   +---
                 ARGYLE AVENUE
                              ---+   +---
                                 |   |  ^
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |  |
                                 |   |6100 Block
                              ---+   +---
               N. GOWER STREET
                              ---+   +---
                                 |   |

Members of the Hollywood Walk of Fame (in alphabetical order - updated 1/12/2005)

Key:
* = 1 star
# = 2 stars
% = 3 stars
$ = 4 stars
@ = 5 stars1

% * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * @ * # * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # # * * * * # # * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * # * * # * * * * * * * * # * # * * * * # * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # * * * * * $ * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * # * % * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * % # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * # * * * # # * * # * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * % * * # * * * # * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * # * * # * * * * * * * # # * # * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # # * * * * # # * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * # * * # * * * * * * * * # * # * * * * # * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # * * * * * $ * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * % * * * * * # * * * * # * % % * # * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # # * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * # # * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * # * * * * * # * * * * * * * * # # * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * # * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * % * * # * $ # * * # * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # * * # # # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * # * * * # * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * % * * * * * # # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % # * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # * * * # * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * % * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * # # * * * * * * * * * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * % * * # * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * # * * # % * * * * * * * # % # * * * * * * * * *


1 There is currently only one person with a star in all five categories: Gene Autry

Additional Note: There are actually two stars for "Harrison Ford" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and they each belong to two different people. The first was a star of the silent movie era, and the second belonged to the hero most of us know as Han Solo.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.