Visit Walk of Fame

There is no way you can visit L.A. without seeing the famous Walk of Fame. That would be like visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel tower or visiting London and not seeing Big Ben.

The Walk of Fame was created in 1958 to represent the characteristic glamour of Hollywood, and now, it has become one of the most representative elements of Los Angeles.

Feb. 8, 1960: Celebrities break ground for the new star-studded sidewalks in Hollywood.
(Los Angeles Times)

It features nearly 2,400 stars honoring celebrities with their names engraved on them and it is visited every day by thousands of people (maybe less these days since we are living in a covid world).

Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame is paved with five-pointed pink stars that make up the most famous stretch of Hollywood Boulevard.

Types of stars

The Walk of Fame has different star categories:

  • Camera: Contribution to the film industry.
  • Television: Contribution to the television industry.
  • Gramophone: Contribution to the music industry.
  • Microphone: Contribution to the radio industry.
  • Mask: Contribution to the theatre industry.

Here are some stars worth highlighting:

  • The first star was awarded in 1960 to the American actress Joanne Woodward.
  • At the crossroads between Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, you can see special stars that pay tribute to the astronauts of Apollo 11.
  • Another interesting case is that of the two stars with the name of Harrison Ford. One of them pays tribute to a silent film actor from the 50s and the other to the well-known actor of today.
  • Among the most unique stars is that of Muhammad Ali, who asked that his star not be placed on the floor for religious reasons, so it was placed on the wall at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Muhammad Ali’s Hollywood star

Since the installation of the stars, four of them have been stolen. Two of them were found later but the other two were completely destroyed.

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Originally published on introducinglosangeles.com

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