On Tuesday, the newest recipients of stars along the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame were announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Selected from a field of hundreds of nominees, the 2017 roster of recipients reads like a who’s who of motion picture and television actors, recording artists, theater performers and radio talent. There are even a fashion model and celebrity chef tossed into the mix for good measure.
TV Producer and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona, chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame selection committee for 2016-2017 shared the spotlight with Leron Gubler, President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, at a live-streamed ceremony in front of the Fonda Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.
2017 Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Recipients in the motion pictures category are Amy Adams, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Pratt, Brett Ratner, Ryan Reynolds, George A. Romero, Mark Ruffalo, and Rita Wilson. Recipients in the TV category are Tyra Banks, Andre Braugher, Ken Corday, Lee Daniels, Hugh Laurie, Eva Longoria, Wolfgang Puck, Keri Russell, Haim Saban, George Segal, Sarah Silverman, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Recipients of Walk of Fame stars in the recording category are Clarence Avant, Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, NSYNC and New Edition. Film score composer Jerry Goldsmith and slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla are to receive posthumous Hollywood stars. New York’s z100 radio personality Elvis Duran will also be honored with a shiny new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez and magician Criss Angel are newly eligible to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
History Of The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce members E.M. Stuart and Harry Sugarman are both credited with coming up with the idea for the Walk of Fame in 1953, although final plans were not submitted to the City of Los Angeles until 1955. Between 1956 and 1957, committees representing the fields of motion pictures, television, radio and audio recording held meetings at the Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard to decide which luminaries would receive the first stars on the soon-to-be-fabled Walk of Fame. Construction began in 1958 and continues to this day.
Fun Facts About Hollywood Walk Of Fame
According to the Los Angeles Times, some ten million annual visitors trek the 18 blocks that comprise the illustrious Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Walk boasts 2,570 five-pointed stars placed at six-foot intervals. Each pink terrazzo star is rimmed with brass and weighs approximately 300 pounds.
The first permanent star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated to movie producer Stanley Earl Kramer on March 28, 1960.
A number of celebrities have stars in more than one category. Singer Michael Jackson received two stars in his lifetime, noting his accomplishments with the Jackson Five and as a solo artist. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Richard “Ringo” Starkey and George Harrison each has a star for their solo work as well as for their tenure in the Beatles.
Roseanne, Houdini, Cantinflas, Sting, and Shakira are among the thirteen stars dedicated to single-name recipients.
“Singing cowboy” Gene Autry is the only person to boast Hollywood stars in all five categories.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences owes its existence to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Seminal rules for inclusion on the Walk demanded that recording artists sell one million single records or 250,000 long-playing albums before being considered for a sidewalk star. Upon the realization that the rule would exclude many worthy potential recipients, The Academy was created to fairly judge music category recipients on their merits, not their record sales.
Want your own star on the Walk of Fame?
Is talent a prerequisite for getting a shiny pink-and-grey star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Considering the fact that Donald Trump and Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White have their own stars, the answer is probably no. What you will need to get a star is $30,000 cash, according to the L.A. Times. A nomination is also required, but anyone can nominate anyone, including themselves.
As of this writing, star ceremony dates for the aforementioned recipients have not been scheduled, according to the official Hollywood Walk of Fame website. A quick check of the rules reveals a two-year window of opportunity during which time recipients are required to schedule their own star ceremony. Click here to search for your favorite celebrity’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
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