One of the most iconic aspects of Hollywood is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When you stay at hotels on Sunset Strip, you’re conveniently located to this historic and cultural destination in LA. As you walk down Hollywood Blvd, searching for the stars of your favorite celebrities, think about these fun facts about the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
- The original concept for the stars actually included including caricatures. The idea was to include the caricature of the honoree along with the name. Eventually, the idea was nixed as they believed adding a caricature for each person would be too difficult in the long run
- Originally, only four types of inductees were considered. When the idea for the stars was first proposed, it was to honor four categories: Motion Pictures, Recording/Music, Television and Radio. It wasn’t until 1984 that the final category of Theatre/Live Performance was added
- The first star to be officially laid on the walk of fame was for Stanley Kramer in 1960. The filmmaker directed films such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, Inherit the Wind, The Defiant Ones, and Judgment at Nuremberg. The star was installed on March 28th 1960.
- Out of all five categories, most of the stars belong to movie stars. Out of the over 2,500 stars on the walk of fame, roughly 47% of them are from the Motion Pictures category. Television has 24%, Music/recording has 17%, radio has 10% and Live Performance has 2%.
- A celebrity must attend the unveiling of their star. In fact, it’s a requirement. The only star to challenge the rule was Barbra Streisand who was awarded the the star in 1976. When she didn’t show to the unveiling, a reporter went over to the nearby Hollywood Wax museum and interviewed her wax figure instead!