The Hollywood Walk of Fame are the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine Street, studded with 2,500 pink and black stars made of terrazzo and brass. Each star represents an achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the name of the honoree. With a few exceptions, these stars are awarded to individuals from categories of motion pictures, broadcast television, broadcast radio, music, and theater.
Personalities for Who Just One Star Won't Do
Entertainers can be recognized for their contribution to multiple fields with multiple stars. Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Roy Rogers, and Tony Martin have 4 stars. Frank Sinatra is one of the many personalities with 3 stars. Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney are recording artists having two stars on the same category. Gene Autry is the only one to have been honored with stars in all 5 categories.
All Stars Matter
On November 18, 1978 (his 50th birthday), Mickey Mouse was recognized as a star on Hollywood boulevard. Today, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Godzilla, Big Bird, Tinker Bell, Shrek, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, The Simpsons, and many others grace these pavements. Dogs, namely Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, and Strongheart have their stars in the Walk of Fame. Famous cartoonists like Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, and Hanna-Barbera have a star too.
The Name Game
There are 12 stars with the name Jones, 14 with Moore, and 7 with Smith. Williams is, hands down, the most common surname to appear on the stars. But when it comes to ruling the Walk of Fame, the Barrymore Dynasty, with 7 stars, takes the cake. Stars also recognize 13 entertainers with their stage names, like Houdini, Shakira, Sting, Slash, and so on.
The Walk of Fame has two stars with the name Michael Jackson, one for the King of Pop, and the other one for the radio personality. In 2009, after the death of the legendary singer, his fans mistakenly kept flowers and vigils on the wrong star.
Not Just for Those in Show Biz
A special star is sometimes used to recognize outstanding contributions of the honorees in other fields. LAPD and Los Angeles Dodgers have their stars. Former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley has a star as well. A star recognizes the Apollo 11 mission and its three astronauts. Makeup artists like Max Factor and John Chambers have also made their mark here. Muhammad Ali's star is embedded on a wall of the Dolby Theater, as he didn't want his to be walked on by people who didn't respect him.
It definitely tickles your funny bone when you find the star of Mike Myer placed in front of an adult store, in recognition of his association with the Austin Power roles. Roger Moore's star is located at 7007 boulevard in honor of his seven Bond films. Ed O'Neill's star is present in front of a shoe store, thanks to his character in the TV series Married...with Children. The star of the Dead End Kids is comically present at the end of the Westernmost part of the walk.
We're Not the Only One With Typos
Every celebrity occasionally has an 'oops moment', and our Walk of Fame stars aren't any different. The star of actor Don Haggerty was originally spelled as 'Dan', which was later changed. The actor called Dan Haggerty later received a star for himself as well. Julia Louis-Dreyfus received a star that spelled 'Julia Luis Dreyfus'. Dick Van Dyke had a star named 'Dick Von Dyke', Lotte Lehmann's name was misspelled at Lottie, and Finnish filmmaker Mauritz Stiller was named 'Maurice Diller'.
The youngest celebrities to have received stars are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, in 2004, when they were just 18 years old. They also happen to be the only twins to share a star on the walk. Before them, singer Jimmy Boyd was the youngest star recipient, who received a star at the age of 20.
Oh No, They Didn't
Oh yes, they did! Since 1968, all honorees (the living, of course) are required to attend the unveiling of their star. Due to this, almost 40 celebrities, including Cher, have turned down the star. The only person to have a star on the Walk of Fame without her attending the ceremony was Barbra Streisand.