Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles,
February 8, 1960
Stars of the American entertainment business, both past and present, are honored with stars on Los Angeles’s Hollywood Walk of Fame. There are legendary actors and actresses from the past, such as Greta Garbo, who will always be remembered for her timeless beauty, and Clark Gable, whose role as Rhett Butler in “Gone With the Wind” and the immortal line “Frankly, my dear, I Don’t Give a Damn” cemented his place in cinematic history.
Numerous actors from the most successful films in history have been honored with some of the most well-known musicians in the world, including Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, and Christina Aguilera. More than 2,500 celebrities from the cinema, television, music, radio, and theatre industries have been honored with stars in the city. And I don’t see any relief in sight.
Visitors from all over the world flock to see the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A pathway along Hollywood Boulevard, from Gower Street in the east to La Brea Avenue in the west, covering a total of 18 blocks. The boardwalk stretches for a total of three blocks, from Vine Street in the northeast to Yucca Street in the south, and on to Sunset Boulevard. A diameter equal to around a 2.5-kilometer square in area. If you want to catch all the acts’ highlights, plan on spending at least twenty minutes doing so.
Gower Street, incidentally, is not only where the Walk of Fame begins from the east, but it also has a significant historical significance in Hollywood. After all, the first Hollywood film studio was constructed there, and many of the other early Hollywood production facilities were situated nearby on or around Gower Street.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce claims that EM Stuart had the idea to honour celebrities by erecting a pavement in the shape of a star with their names engraved upon it. However, other speculations exist regarding the stars’ beginnings. Early examples include the old Hollywood Hotel, the Dolby Theatre, and Sugarman’s, all of which honoured luminaries with stars. At originally, it was thought to give each star a drawing of the person being honoured, but that idea was scrapped due to expense concerns.
In the end, it was Southern California artist Oliver Weissmuller who designed the stars for the Walk of Fame as we know it today, back in 1956. The walkway’s construction began on February 8, 1960, with the goal of making Hollywood more appealing to locals and tourists alike.
The 1,558 artists that would be featured on the proposed Walk of Fame had previously been chosen by four separate selection panels. As early as 1958, eight plaques honouring a chosen group of artists had been installed at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.