Every so often when I’m flicking through a tabloid magazine I come across photos of a ceremony to induct a celebrity into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The most recent, just this month, was a ‘humbled’ and ‘grateful’ Jennifer Aniston, whose career only seems to be going from strength to strength. But some of the rolecall she joins are just puzzling. I mean, no disrespect, but who are Rod La Rocque and Klaus Landsberg?
Anyway, with about 24 induction ceremonies held annually, I wondered how stars got a guernsey. And the process is this.
Nominations are judged once a year in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording and Live Performance/Theatre. Once a star is chosen a fee of $30,000 is payable for the creation and installation of the star, as well as walk maintenance.
They then have five years to schedule their ceremony. Here’s some other facts I discovered…
• Anyone, including a fan, can nominate a celebrity for the walk, as long as their management agrees.
• Dead stars can’t be nominated for the posthumous award until five years after their passing.
• The stars themselves are made of terrazzo and brass.
* The idea for the walk came from EM Stuart, who was volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 1953.
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