eeing Stars: Where the Stars are Immortalized

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The lyrics of "Celluloid Heroes"*, a song by The Kinks, tell us:

"You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Blvd... "

Well, most days you are unlikely to see any real movie stars here on the Boulevard, but if you look down at your feet, you'll see the kind "stars" Ray Davies sang about: the bronze star-plaques, embedded in pink & charcoal terrazzo squares on the world's most famous sidewalk: the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

These renowned sidewalk "stars" salute the celebrities who made Hollywood great - from the silent film stars of yesteryear to the modern action heroes of today's blockbusters. As the song says, you'll see the names of:

"...Some that you recognize,
some that you hardly even heard of;

People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded, and some who suffered in vain..." *

These sidewalk "stars" honor not only movie actors, but radio, TV, & stage performers, directors, singers, songwriters, and other well-known show-biz personalities.

Right below the name of each celebrity on the five-pointed stars is a small, round emblem which illustrates the celebrity's category, with one of five symbols: a motion picture camera (for movie stars & directors), a television set (for those in the television industry), a phonograph record (for singers, songwriters, and recording artists), a radio microphone (for radio luminaries), and the twin theatrical masks of comedy & tragedy (for live stage performers).

The celebrity with the most "stars" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is singing-cowboy Gene Autry, who earned five different "stars," one in each of the above categories. His five stars are located at 6644, 6520, 6384, 6667, and 7000 Hollywood Boulevard,

While the limited space at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre forecourt is precious, and is reserved for true Hollywood royalty, one needn't be a superstar to earn a "star" here on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Walk started out in 1960 with over 2,500 "stars,", 948 of which were blank, and 1,558 of which were dedicated to past Hollywood greats. About 2,500 of the "stars" have been dedicated so far - with more "stars"  being added recently to the Walk's west end.

"Stars" on the Walk of Fame have been awarded to minor TV personalities, local radio deejays, animated characters, and even to two dogs: Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.

The selection process is sometimes confusing. Game show host Bob Barker has a "star." So does Pat Sajak (host of "Wheel of Fortune") and Thomas Edison (who invented motion pictures), as well as Big Bird, Pee Wee Herman and Mabel Taliaferro!  Yet some major movie stars, such as Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Jane Fonda and Clint Eastwood, still haven't been awarded "stars" on the boulevard.

And even if a celebrity is awarded a "star," the actual installation is often held up by scheduling difficulties. For instance, when John Denver died in 1997, he still didn't have a "star" on the Walk of Fame, despite the fact that he had been awarded one 15 years earlier - they had been waiting for him to schedule a personal appearance...  (John finally got his star, posthumously, in 2014.)

It has become traditional for fans to place flowers on the "star" of a celebrity who has just died. Sometimes, the "star" even serves as a gathering place for concerned fans. In 1993, for instance, when Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation, fans left notes of support on Jackson's "star" in front of the Chinese Theatre. And Beatles fans gather each year at John Lennon's star to commemorate the anniversary of his death.

The Walk of Fame used to stop at Sycamore, at its west end, but in 1994 it was expanded a block west to La Brea Avenue. New "stars" have been added along the sidewalk here, as have distinctive new street lights (resembling studio lights with "barn-doors").

And anchoring west end of the Walk of Fame, at the corner of Hollywood & La Brea, is a gleaming silver gazebo, topped by a spire which reads "Hollywood," and featuring sleek, life-size statues of four silver screen goddesses in evening gowns.  In a nod to multiculturalism, the four actresses represented by the statues are Mae West, Dolores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge and Anna May Wong.

And you never know exactly what you're going to see on the walk of Fame.

Imagine you're a tourist, looking for Jennifer Garner's star, when you suddenly see this:

( And bear in mind, this wasn't during Jennifer's Walk of Fame ceremony.
She just showed up three months later and did this ! )

But of course, that sort of crazy thing doesn't happen very often. Your best chance of seeing a star on the Walk of Fame is still attending an unveiling ceremony. So here's a look at some coming attractions:

Here are the celebs who will be getting a star in 2024:

For movies:  Chadwick Boseman (posthumous), Chris Pine, Christina Ricci, Michelle Yeoh
, Gal Gadot, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin Feige, and Chris Meledandri.

For TV: . Eugene Levy, Kerry Washington, Mario Lopez, Jim Nantz, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Michael Schur, 
Ken Jeong, Raúl De Molina and Lili Estefan
For recording:  Gwen Stefani,
Brandy Norwood, Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, Toni Braxton, Charles Fox, Glen Ballard, and Darius Rucker,

For live performances: . Melba Moore, Pentatonix, and Lang Lang.

For radio: [ tno selections this year for this category
. ]

Here are the celebs who will be getting a star in 2023:

For movies:  Paul Walker (posthumous), Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Bill Pullman, John Waters, Ludacris, and Juanita Moore (posthumous).

For TV: . Ralph Macchio, Martin Lawrence, Mindy Kaling, Garrett Morris, Jon Favreau,and Ellen Pompeo

For recording:  Jonas Brothers, Lenny Kravitz
, Marc Anthony, Sheila E, Blake Shelton, Charlie Wilson, Irving Azoff, and Jenni Rivera (posthumous)

For live performances: . Melba Moore, Pentatonix, and Lang Lang.

For radio: [ there were no selections made this year for the category of radio
. ]

Here are the celebs who got or will be getting a star in 2022:

For movies: Francis Ford Coppola, Macaulay Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, James Hong, Helen Hunt, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Ray Liotta, Ewan McGregor, Jason Momoa, Adam McKay, Tessa Thompson and Carrie Fisher (posthumous).

For TV: Jean Smart, Byron Allen, Ricky Gervais, Peter Krause, Holly Robinson-Peete, Norman Reedus, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ming-Na Wen and Kenan Thompson, Bob Odenkirk, and Greg Berlanti.

For recording: Black Eyed Peas, George E. Clinton Jr., Avril Lavigne, Martha Reeves, Ashanti Douglas, DJ Khaled, Los Huracanes Del Norte, and Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom (posthumous).

For live performances: Patti Lupone, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., and Angelica Vale.

For radio: Michael Strahan, Richard Blade.

Celebs who got or will be getting new "stars" in 2021 include:

For moviesBenedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Watts, a double-star for Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, Zac Efron, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Jimmy Smits, Morris Chestnut, Giancarlo Giannini, and Shia LaBeouf.

For TVCourteney Cox, Marla Gibbs, Christian Slater, Sarah Paulson, Nick Cannon, Jenifer Lewis, Laura Linney, Judge Greg Mathis, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Peter Roth.

For recording:  Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Don McLean, the Jefferson Airplane, The Judds, The Chi-Lites, Ana Gabriel,  Salt-N-Pepa, Trisha Yearwood, and Charlie Parker (posthumous).

For live performance:
Sarah Brightman, Luciano Pavarotti (posthumous), and August Wilson (posthumous).

And for radio:  Big Boy.

(Individual dates for the ceremonies will be announced later. See the Calendar of Events.)

Celebs who got or will be getting new "stars" in 2020 include:

For movies: Julia Roberts, Chris Hemsworth, Spike Lee, Laurence Fishburne, Mahershala Ali, Ruth E. Carter, Octavia Spencer, Lin Wertmuller, and Batman (the character).

For TVChristina Applegate, Burt Ward, Milo Ventimiglia, Cindy Crawford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Terry Crews, Harry Friedman, Nigel Lythgoe,  Wendy Williams, Dr. Phil McGraw, Andy Cohen,  and (posthumously) Andy Kaufman. 

For recording:  Billy Idol, Tanya Tucker, Elvis Costello,  Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Alicia Keys, Bobby Rydell, Andy Madadian, Mo Ostin, Alejandro Sanz,  Sir Lucian Grainge, and (posthumously) Muddy Waters.

For live performance:
Dave Chappelle, and Billy Porter.

And for radio: Susan Stamberg.

(Individual dates for the ceremonies will be announced later. See the Calendar of Events.)

Celebs who got or will be getting new "stars" in 2019 include:

For movies:  Robert De Niro, Daniel Craig, Kristen Bell, Anne Hathaway, Guillermo del Toro, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Alan Arkin, and Gena Rowlands.

For TV:  Candice Bergen, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Terrence Howard, Stacy Keach, Dianne Wiest, Sid and Marty Krofft, Alvin And The Chipmunks, Guy Fieri, and Julia Child (Posthumous).

For recording: P!nk, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill,Cypress Hill, The Lettermen, Michael Bublé, Tommy Mottola, Teddy Riley, Trio, and Jackie Wilson (Posthumous).

For live performance: Idina Menzel, Cedric “The Entertainer”, Judith Light, and Paul Sorvino.

And for radio(none for 2019).

(Individual dates for the ceremonies will be announced later. See the Calendar of Events.)

Celebs who got or will be getting new "stars" in 2018 include:

For movies:  Mark Hamill, Kirsten Dunst, Nick Nolte, Gina Lollobrigida, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeff Goldblum, Zoe Saldana, Jack Black, director F. Gary Gray,  and the animated legend Minnie Mouse.

For TV:   Lynda Carter,  Mandy Patinkin, Gillian Anderson, Eric McCormack, Simon Cowell, Anthony Anderson,  RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Niecy Nash, producer/writer Shonda Rhimes, producer Ryan Murphy, and (posthumously) Steve Irwin.

For recording: Snoop Dogg, Ice T,  Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Sir Richard Branson, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

For live performance:
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Charles Aznavour, and (posthumously) Bernie Mac

And for radio: Steve Jones.

(Individual dates for the ceremonies will be announced later. See the Calendar of Events.)

Celebs who got new "stars" in 2017 include:

For movies: Amy Adams, Ryan Reynolds, Goldie Hawn, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt , Jason Bateman, Mark Ruffalo, Rita Wilson, horror film director George A. Romero, and director Brett Ratner.

For TV: George Segal, Hugh Laurie, Eva Longoria, Tyra Banks, Keri Russell, Jeffrey Tambor, Andre Braugher, chef Wolfgang Puck, Sarah Silverman, producer Himes Savan producer/director Lee Daniels, and soap opera producer Ken Corday.

For recording:
*NSYNC, New Edition, Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, movie composer/conductor Jerry Goldsmith, music executive Clarence Avant, and (posthumously) Selena (Quintanilla).

For live performance: magician
Criss Angel, comic-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

And for radio: Elvis Duran.

(Individual dates for the ceremonies will be announced later. See the Calendar of Events.)

Celebs whose stars were announced in 2016 include:

For movies: Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, Bradley Cooper, Ashley JuddQuentin Tarantino, and (posthumously) Toshiro Mifune .

For TV: Kathy Bates, Rob Lowe, Debra Messing, David DuchovnyRoma Downey, Barbara Bain, Tracy Morgan, Gary Sinise, Allison Janney, and (posthumously) William S. Paley.

For recording:
LL Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Itzhak Perlman, Shirley Caesar, Joseph B. ‘Joe’ Smith, and (posthumously) ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot.

For live performance: 
Harvey Fierstein, Kevin Hart, and Angélica María.

And for radio NBA voice Ralph Lawler.

(Individual dates for the ceremonies will be announced later. See the Calendar of Events.)

Celebs whose stars were announced in 2015 include:

For movies: Will Ferrell, Jennifer Garner, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd and Eugenio Derbez (plus one animated TV beagle: Snoopy).  Posthumous stars were be awarded to noir writer Raymond Chandler and to Batman comics creator Bob Kane. For TV: Jim Parsons, Chris O’Donnell, Amy Poehler, Sofia Vergara, Seth MacFarlane, Julianna Margulies, Kelly Ripa, TV chef Bobby Flay, plus Grammy show producer Ken Ehrlich and writer/producer James L. Brooks.  For recording: Kool & The Gang, Pitbulland recording engineers Al Schmitt and "Dr. Luke" (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald).  For live performance: Kristin Chenoweth, Dick Gregory and composer/conductor Ennio Morricone. And for radio talk show host Larry Elder.

(Some of these 2015 star unveilings have already taken place, but the celebs have up to 5 years to schedule a ceremony.)

Celebs who received new stars in 2014 included:

For movies: Orlando Bloom, Sally Field, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson, Christoph Waltz, Jessica Lange, L.O.T.R. director Peter Jackson, Paul Mazursky, audio inventor Ray Dolby, and producers Tom Sherak and Jack Harris.  For TV: Claire Danes, Kaley Cuoco, Melissa McCarthy, Dabney Coleman, Deidre Hall, Cheryl Hines, Giancarlo Esposito, Tavis Smiley, producer Don Mischer, and (posthumously) Phil Hartman.  For recording: Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Rick Springfield, songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland, Jeff Lynne, Ray Parker Jr., Maná, and (posthumously) Tupac Shakur.  And in radio: Renan Almendarez Coello.

Celebs who received new stars in 2013 included:

For movies: Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, James Franco, Viola Davis, Javier Bardem  and makeup artist Rick Baker. For TV: Friends' Matthew Perry, Married with Children's Katey Sagal, EllenDeGeneres, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Glee's Jane Lynch and The Mentalist's Simon Baker. For recording: The BackStreet Boys, Usher, New Kids on the Block, Jennifer Hudson, Thalia, Jane’s Addiction, and posthumously: Janis Joplin and Luther Vandross. For live theatre: actress Olympia Dukakis and comic magicians Penn & Teller. For radio: Steve Harvey and DJ “Shot Gun” Tom Kelly.

Celebs getting new stars in 2012 included:
For movies:
Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, Malcolm McDowell, Pixar/Disney animation chief John Lasseter, media mogul Sumner Redstone, and (posthumously) Richard Burton.
For TV: One Day At a Time's Valerie Bertinelli, Everybody Loves Raymond's Patricia Heaton, TV's Batman - Adam West, Star Trek's Chekov - Walter Koenig, Law & Order's Mariska Hargitay,
and CSI 's Marg Helgenberger.
For recording:
Jennifer Lopez, Vince Gill, Boyz II Men, Heart (Ann & Nancy Wilson), AMERICA, Pepe Aguilar, producer/musician David Foster, songwriter Hal David, and (posthumously) Barry White.  From Radio: Ellen K.

Celebs  getting new stars in 2011 included:
For movies:
Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Ed Harris, The Muppets, Ridley Scott and Kenny Ortega. For TV: Oprah Winfrey, Taxi 's Danny DeVito, Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, How I Met You Mother's Neil Patrick Harris, Married with Children's Ed O’Neill, American Idol creator Simon Fuller, Cops' creator John Langley and producer John Wells. For theatre: Joe Mantegna. For recording: Melissa Etheridge, Rascal Flatts, Go-Go’s, Slash, Will i. Am, Bebe & Cece Winans, Los Tigres Del Norte, and (posthumously) Buddy Holly and Louis Prima.

Celebs selected to get new stars in 2010 included:
For movies:
Russell Crowe, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Mark Wahlberg, director James Cameron, producer Gale Ann Hurd, and music composers Alan Menken and Randy Newman. For TV: Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Cryer of Two & a Half Men, Law & Order's Sam Waterston, Mission: Impossible's Peter Graves, sportscaster Chris Berman, political comic Bill Maher, and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. For recording: the Beatles' Ringo Starr, the late Roy Orbison, ZZ Top, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, The Funk Brothers, Alan Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Marco Antonio Solis. And for live performances: singer Andrea Bocelli, and Cirque Du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte.

Celebs getting new stars in 2009 included:
For movies:
Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Leslie Caron, Hugh Jackman, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, William H. Macy, Charles Durning, and director Tim Burton, plus the Disney animated character Tinkerbell.; for TV, Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman, Full House's John Stamos, CSI's William Petersen, The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick, sitcom writer/producer Chuck Lorre, and Survivor producer Mark Burnett; for recording: Kenny "Baby Face" Edmonds, Shakira, Rush, The Miracles, The Village People, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, and Universal Music CEO Doug Morris; and from radio, Bill Handel and Harry Shearer.

Celebs getting new stars in 2008 included:
For movies:
Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett, Tim Robbins, Stan Lee (Marvel Comics creator), The Westmores of Hollywood (makeup legends), and The Munchkins (from "The Wizard of Oz");  for TV: Brian Keith ("Family Affair"), Susan St. James ("McMillan & Wife"), Howie Mandel ("Deal or No Deal"), soap star Kate Linder ("The Young and the Restless”), Sherwood Schwartz (creator of "Gillian’s Island" & "The Brady Bunch"), Vince McMahon (WWE wrestling promoter) and newsman Bill Geist; for music: George Harrison (The Beatles), Christina Aguilera, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brooks & Dunn, and Ricky Martin, and for live theatre: Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked", "Godspell").

The list of celebs getting stars in 2007 included:
For movies:
Matt Damon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Caine, Jamie Foxx, John Goodman, director Robert Altman and producer Lauren Shuler Donner; for TV: Kiefer Sutherland, Barbara Walters, Erik Estrada, Jerry Stiller, and "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf; for musical recording: Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs, The Doors, Crystal Gayle, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, and Shania Twain; for radio: sportscaster Stu Nahan and rock disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer; for live theatre/performance: Lily Tomlin and composer Tim Rice.

The list of celebs getting stars in 2006 included:
For movies:
Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Nathan Lane, and Steve Martin.  For TV: Ray Romano, Vanna White, Judge Judy, sportscaster Jim Hill, producer/writer David Milch and journalist/host Robert Osborne. For musical recording: Motley Crue, Isaac Hayes, Alejandro Fernandez and record producer Lou Adler. Shecky Greene and Magic Castle founders Milt & Bill Larsen. For radio: DJ Wink Martindale, talk show host Dan Avey, and DJ's Mark & Kim. And posthumous stars will be awarded to: actor Jack Cassidy and ABC founder Leonard Goldenson.

The list of celebs getting new stars in 2005 included:
For movies:
Tim Allen, Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, Donald Duck, Kevin Kline, Julianne Moore, Patricia Neal, Dennis Quaid and Ben Stiller. For TV: Tom Brokaw, Wayne Rogers, David Hyde Pierce, James Doohan, Susan Lucci, Roger Ebert, Al Michaels and Soupy Sales. For musical recording: Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, The Righteous Brothers, Emilio Estefan, Al Green and Herb Jeffries. For live theatre/performance: Theodore Bikel, Linda Hopkins and Fred Travalena. For radio: Jim Ladd and Bob Miller. And posthumous stars will be awarded to: Redd Foxx, Freddie Prinze, Stella Adler and David O. Selznik.

( Although most of the recipients will choose a date in the next year after they are selected, they actually have up to five years to decide when they will receive their star. Check my Calendar of Events for the next upcoming ceremony. )

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on the Walk of Fame.

 Click here to see a list of the addresses
of many of the sidewalk "stars"
on the Walk of Fame.

Getting there: The Hollywood Walk of Fame's star-studded sidewalks stretch for 18 blocks (east-west) along both sides of Hollywood Boulevard, from Gower Street (on the east) to La Brea Avenue (on the west). The Walk of Fame also runs for three blocks (north-south) along Vine Street, beginning at Sunset Boulevard (on the south), crossing Hollywood Boulevard, up to Yucca Street (on the north).

(* The song "Celluloid Heroes" was written by the Kinks' Ray Davies, © Arista Records. You can buy it here.)

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